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I was recently asked to make a Harry Potter scarf for a friend – something that wasn’t a traditional house scarf (because, like any proper Potterhead, she already had one of those!). After struggling with a lot of different ideas, I finally settled on something simple: the Marauder’s Map!
This scarf was so much fun to make, and it worked up pretty quickly, too. From start to finish, and only working on it a few hours a day, it took almost one week. It turned out so freaking amazing. It’s so long that I had a really hard time getting the entire thing into a single photo.
Naturally, I had to share the pattern with all of my fellow HP fans!
The Marauder’s Scarf uses a technique called tapestry crochet. Basically, this means that you carry multiple strands of different-colored yarns across your entire project. As you change colors, you trap the yarn in the color you’re not using (hereafter known as the inactive yarn) within the stitches of the color you are using (the active yarn).
Sounds a bit complicated, right?
Trust me, it sounds harder than it actually is. Still, I’ve put together some tapestry crochet tips that will help you get started.
There are four important things to keep in mind when using this technique:
- Make your color changes on the final step of the stitch right before the first stitch of the new color yarn. It’s the same idea as when you make a color change using most any other type of crochet stitch.
- To trap the inactive color, try to hold the inactive strand of yarn towards the back of your work. Conversely, hold the active strand of yarn towards the front of your work. This will help keep your color changes neat and tidy. It will also help better hide the inactive color from the front side of your work. (Note that the back side of your work won’t be quite as pretty as the front, but that’s okay!)
- After each color change, gently tug on the strand of inactive yarn–but don’t pull too tight! This also helps keep your inactive color hidden from the front of your work
- At the end of the row (before your turning chain), move the inactive yarn in front of the active yarn. (Need a photo? Check out this great tutorial from Mama In A Stitch!) Then chain 1 like you usually would and keep going. It may help to gently tug the inactive color of yarn after you get a few stitches into the next row.
Please note that I am using US terms for this pattern. See our US-to-UK Term Converision Chart for assistance!
Pro tip: try crocheting over your ends as you go. This will make it so you have fewer ends to weave in at the end. Win!
Ready to get started? Then keep reading!
This pattern ranks as Intermediate on our difficulty chart.
The Marauder’s Scarf Pattern
Tapestry Crochet Chart
- 2 skeins of Lion Brand Heartland yarn in Redwood
- 1 skein of Lion Brand Heartland yarn in Great Sand Dunes
- Your favorite size G/4.00mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
Beginning the Scarf
Row 1) In REDWOOD, chain 25. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work 24 sc. (24)
Using the Chart
For the rest of the scarf, work single crochet stitches as indicated on the chart (see link below). Make your color changes on the final step of the stitch right before the first stitch of the new color yarn.
At the end of each row, chain 1 and turn. Then begin working the next row.
See tapestry crochet tips at the top of this page for guidance if needed.
NOTE: You can begin the scarf by carrying both yarns, or simply join the Great Sand Dunes color in at the first footprint – whichever you prefer.
Make sure you start at row 1 (the very last page of the PDF)!
Finishing the Scarf
When you’ve finished the last row of the scarf, chain 1 and then single crochet around the entire scarf. Then fasten off.
Weave in all tail ends of your yarn. Trim any excess yarn.
If your tension is really tight (like mine), that’s okay! The tighter stitches will hide the inactive color of yarn as you go. To help with the stiffness, wash your yarn as directed by the care instructions on the skein label. You can block if you think it needs it, or simply hang dry or lay flat to dry. After washing, my scarf was nice and soft and had much more flexibility!
To add the fringe/tassels to your scarf’s edges, cut 90 strands of yarn approximately 10″ long. Separate the strands into 18 piles of 5 strands each. You should have 9 “piles” of yarn strands for each scarf end.
To add the fringe to the scarf, you basically make a Lark’s Head Knot with five strands of yarn at once. Check out this tutorial here.
Make 9 tassels evenly spaced across each scarf edge. Trim the ends to make them even, and there you go!
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