Pattern: Tracery Vest

Originally published in The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine (July, 2013). 

Subsequently published in:

Gothic—a style of architecture from the high and late medieval period of European history—is what people probably most often envision when they think of the Hogwarts castle. This garment was inspired by Gothic-style stained-glass windows, such as might be found in the Great Hall at Hogwarts, and the little church in Harry Potter’s ancestral village of Godric’s Hollow. The name of the pattern, ‘Tracery’, is the term used for the stonework sections which contain the glass of Gothic windows.

This pattern is not steeked; however, anyone with experience who would prefer to steek this pattern shouldn’t have too much trouble adapting it.

ERRATA (I will eventually be updating the downloadable file.)

  1. Second-last line of “bottom” section should read:
You will have completed a total of 15[19, 19, 21, 19, 15] patt rnds, including the first one immediately following the 2 purl rnds.
  1. Second-last line of “right front” section should read:
Cont patt as set, dec 1 st at neck edge every RS row until 16[16, 21, 21, 21, 23] sts rem. 69[73, 75, 77, 79, 81] rows have been worked flat in total.


  • XS: 30.75” finished bust, to fit 28”, finished length 17.5”
  • S: 35” finished bust, to fit 32”, finished length 18”
  • M: 38.75” finished bust, to fit 36”, finished length 18.25”
  • L: 43” finished bust, to fit 40”, finished length 18.5”
  • 1X: 46.75” finished bust, to fit 44”, finished length 18.75”
  • 2X: 52” finished bust, to fit 48”, finished length 19”

Skills required

  • Knitting and purling
  • Increasing and decreasing
  • Stranded knitting worked in the round and flat
  • Chart reading
  • Three-needle bind-off (explained in magazine)

Materials needed

  • Yarn: Fingering weight, as follows (all yardages are approximates) - model shown is size small, and used Plymouth Yarn "Happy Feet", 90% superwash merino/10% nylon, 192yds/50g, main colour #1305 Black, contrast colour 27
    • XS: 350 yards of main colour, 285 yards of contrast colour
    • S: 390 yards of main colour, 315 yards of contrast colour
    • M: 440 yards of main colour, 355 yards of contrast colour
    • L: 485 yards of main colour, 390 yards of contrast colour
    • 1X: 525 yards of main colour, 425 yards of contrast colour
    • 2X: 570 yards of main colour, 460 yards of contrast colour
  • Needles: 3mm circular needle
  • 2 stitch markers
  • spare length of yarn 30-40” long
  • spare length of yarn 20” long
  • 3 stitch holders
  • tapestry needle


  • 30 stitches and 33 rows = 4" in chart pattern stitch, blocked


Unknown said...

Hi can anyone help with this pattern having a few problems and would love to ask some questions thank you

Kathleen said...

Hi! Feel free to shoot me a message at .


Í would like to buy your pattern but the contrasted yarn you suggested is not available anymore
Could you suggest an equivalent one.?
Thanks un advanced for your help