Quidditch, Anyone?


As all readers of Harry Potter know, Quidditch is the quintessential sport of the Wizarding World. The game features a lot of technical details that I won’t attempt to go into here, but I would just like to share that it features serious technical flying, bludgeoning, and the movement of several flying balls. The most difficult ball to field, and therefore the most desirable for the typical Quidditch player, is the Golden Snitch.

My grandnephew Michael, the brother of Elly who received some purple owl mitts after her broken finger landed her in the hospital, is a great fan of all things Potter. His birthday is coming up and will be Harry Potter themed, so his mom requested a Golden Snitch.

She had already located the pattern that she wanted, which was one of several to be found on Ravelry.  This one, by Melissa Mall, was a crochet pattern. Not my comfort zone, but I was game. Off to the yarn stash I went.

Gold yarn
This is Lumina yarn by Berroco.

What do you know? I do have some gold sparkly yarn (this is a stash to be proud of, let me tell you!). It was a little thin, so I doubled it to make the ball. I found some DK weight Knit Picks Bare to use for the wings, and I was in business. In spite of my reservations I found the pattern to be simple, easy to understand and it produced a snitch lickity split.

Here's the finished snitch all ready for its flight west.
Here’s the finished snitch all ready for its flight west.

One Golden Snitch launched from Colorado on its way to California this afternoon. Happy Birthday, Michael!