We have a defector in our midst. Middle Daughter, heretofore a stalwart Gryffindor, has taken a shine to Scorpius Malfoy and requested a transfer to Slytherin.
In considering this, I have realised that my lovely baby girl was born (in April, 2005) into a house deeply engrossed in all things Potter. We were already six books, three movies and seven gazillion pieces of Lego deep.
The Half-Blood Prince was released in July of that year and I have the warmest memories of spending two whole days seated on our back porch, nursing the babe in arms while reading. Life does not get better than that.
Anyway, it dawned on me that, even though Middle Daughter imbibed Potter with her mother’s milk, The Cursed Child was the first book which she could call her own. I pre-ordered it from Waterstones in her name and she was allowed to read it first. Oh how she LOVED knowing what happened while the rest of us killed time with bated breath. In as much as any of us can own any book, she owns that one.
Her request for a Slytherin scarf was a treat for me…an excuse to indulge in some yarn shopping, faff about with possible designs and then relax into easy-peasy knitting.
I made a Gryffindor scarf a couple of years ago but, as a last-minute Halloween costume request, it was a rush job of super-chunky garter stitch in unpleasant (I’m being generous there) yarn.
This Slytherin scarf, by contrast, was a labour of love. I ordered Sylecraft Special DK, which is unbeatable for colour choice and value for money, from Wool Warehouse.
This one is definitely not just for Halloween. Middle Girl has been wearing it with swagger. It even looks terrific with her school uniform which includes a bottle green jacket. Happy Girl, Happy Mum.
You can find my pattern, for completely free, and read the knitty-gritty details here. I’ve also included suggestions for the other house colours.
This one is dedicated to Alan Rickman, greatest of Slytherin alumni, who melted my heart, always.