Needlework is a broad term for the handicrafts of decorative sewing and textile arts. Any craft made with the assistance of a needle for construction can be called needlework. Knitting is a kind of needlework, by which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth or other fine crafts. Needlework is a popular pastime in the wizarding world. There exists a charm that can perform this task.
- "Hagrid took up two seats [on the train] and sat knitting what looked like a canary-yellow circus tent."
In the summer of 1991, Rubeus Hagrid took Harry Potter to Diagon Alley, in London, via Muggle train. Once they climbed aboard, Hagrid started knitting something that looked like a yellow circus tent, counting his stitches.
- Ronald Weasley: "I think I know who that one's from. My mum. I told her you didn't expect any presents and — oh, no she's made you a Weasley jumper. Every year she makes us a jumper and mine's always maroon."
- Harry Potter: "That's really nice of her."
- — Ronald Weasley and Harry Potter unwrap their Christmas presents in 1991.[src]
Molly Weasley usually knits her family jumpers at Christmas. She tends to knit pictures relating to something that the receiver likes or the initial of their first name. She also sends Harry Potter a Weasley jumper each Christmas, as he is a close friend of the family, arguably a de facto member.
- Sybill Trelawney: "I would think that some of us might be a little less frivolous had they seen what I have seen during my crystal gazing last night. As I sat here, absorbed in my needlework, the urge to consult the orb overpowered me. I arose, I settled myself before it, and I gazed into its crystalline depths… and what do you think I saw gazing back at me?"
- Ronald Weasley: "An ugly old bat in outsize specs?"
- Sybill Trelawney: "Death, my dears."
- — Sybill Trelawney makes one of her characteristic and dramatic predictions of death.[src]
In the evening of 6 December, 1994, Sybill Trelawney sat in her office in the North Tower doing needlework when, according to her, she she had an unsettling urge to orb-gaze and while doing so she saw an aura of death over the Castle.
For Christmas, 1994, Dobby knitted a pair of socks to offer Harry Potter: the left sock was bright red and had a pattern of broomsticks upon it; the right sock was green with a pattern of Snitches. In exchange, Harry gave the elf a pair of old socks that once belonged to Vernon Dursley. Dobby bought the wool out of his wages from working at the Hogwarts kitchens.
- Ronald Weasley: "What in the name of Merlin are you doing?"
- Hermione Granger: "They're hats for house-elves. I did them over the summer. I'm a really slow knitter without magic but now I'm back at school I should be able to make lots more."
- Ronald Weasley: "You're leaving out hats for the house-elves? And you're covering them up with rubbish first?"
- Hermione Granger: "Yes."
- Ronald Weasley: "That's not on. You're trying to trick them into picking up the hats. You're setting them free when they might not want to be free."
- Hermione Granger: "Of course they want to be free! Don't you dare touch those hats, Ron!"
- — Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger argue about the latter knitting hats in an attempt to free the Hogwarts house-elves.[src]
Hermione Granger knitted hats and socks for House-elves in her Hogwarts years. She was obsessed with her Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare. Her early efforts were thought by Harry and Ron to be rather poor, but it was said that she later improved as she had more practise. She was a slow knitter without magic, but was able to work with speed once she was able to use magic in her knitting.
Minerva McGonagallNeedlework was one of Minerva McGonagall's hobbies later in her life.
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Notes and references
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 12 (The Mirror of Erised)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23 (The Yule Ball)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 (Christmas on the Closed Ward)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 12 (Silver and Opals)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 16 (A Very Frosty Christmas)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 21 (The House-Elf Liberation Front)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13 (Detention with Dolores)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
- ↑ Pottermore information on Minerva McGonagall (transcription here)