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Hagrid's Sweater

Knitting
July 2013
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Dragon Scale pattern, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1148 - 1804 yards (1050 - 1650 m)
341/2 (381/2, 421/2, 461/2, 501/2)" chest circumference.

Hagrid, Harry’s very large friend, is one of my favorite characters in the series. He’s got a heart of gold and anyone who loves animals that much has to be a good soul. I wanted to design a nice warm sweater that Hagrid could wear outside, taking care of the grounds, or puttering about with his animal friends, something with some interesting details, but not overly technically difficult. I love the scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when Hagrid is working on his canary-yellow circus-tent-like sweater on the train during Harry’s first encounter with the magical world.

This sweater features a simple, easy-to-remember Buckbeak cable panel, flanked by twisted-stitches in a “follow the Spiders” pattern, which is also found on the ribbing. The rest of the sweater is worked in
a very quick-to-knit Norbert(a) the Dragon scale pattern with a staggered slip stitch texture. This is a great first-time cable/textured stitch pattern, which requires minimal shaping to work.

Note: When working the Follow the Spiders ribbing chart (page 58), you’ll need to work an extra row after row 17 on the WS in order to move on to the set-up row on the next RS row (the rows that occur after you change to larger needles). Work one WS row with the Ktbl/purls as established on the smaller needles.