Hogwarts Express by Susan Ashcroft

Hogwarts Express

October 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
383 - 437 yards (350 - 400 m)
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You can buy this pattern separately or as part of the Trainspotting for stitchnerds ebook.

This crescent-shaped shawl uses a simple construction with no short rows, making it both quick and relaxing to work.

The owls take a little time, but they are such fun to make that I think this still qualifies as a speedy knit.

The owls were adapted from quilterx’s fabulous owlie socks pattern, with her kind permission.

NOTES - Row 18 = purl all stitches. PB is place bead (see pg. 2 for abbreviations).

Thanks to all of the testers for their wonderful knits and valuable input:

LillyLaLu - finished first and came up with the idea of the lovely curved tip that features in the final pattern
dona - fabulous orange version!
haftaknit - lovely deep green
oneyarn - cleverly put her ows on an I-cord limb (her photo features in the final pattern)
midnight27 - worsted version with lovely muti-coloured eyes
karinalane - lovely grey owls
drummergirl - rich greens
elkeknits - purple owls and a stunning owl sculpture
sarahboirin - fabulous yarn (a photo of her pointed tip is featured in the final pattern)
jennsmum - pretty muti-coloured version
lvs2run - moody blues
knitowl - lovely owlie shade
eharris11 - yarn by the Brewing Co. !
panfila - happiest knitter photo ?
mireille7 - pretty bright-eyed owls
pilgrim79 - feminine scalloped edge
drachenherz93 - fine blue owls with piercing black eyes
LittleBearMomma - lovely worsted version
xstmj - fabulous in Malabrigo
fifili67 - deep blues
patriciaelizabeth - soft snowy white owls
azknitmama - fine stormy owls
woodlandhelen - pretty in drops alpaga
suzie - lovingly put hers on a k2/p2 fence