Scarf Style/Wrap Style Knit-Along

The inspirations for this knit-along are the Scarf Style and Wrap Style books (from Interweave Press); should you wish to share your creations from the book, this is a wonderful place to do it. Also welcome are helpful tips, corrections, ideas for variations, and suggestions for materials. This knit-along will last indefinitely, so join any time!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Hello from Calgary!

I just discovered this knit-along - I've just finished the 'Lace Edged Cardigan with Collar' from Wrap Style.

Behold my giant hand!



Here's a detail of the lace:



The details:

I used two and a half skeins of Araucania Nature Wool, which is a little less than a worsted weight, but more than a sport weight. I managed to get the gauge I needed (sixteen stitches and twenty-eight rows to four inches), which was good. The pattern calls for 599 metres (655 yards) of a worsted-weight yarn and three 7/8 buttons, so it's not likely to break the bank when shopping for the right materials.

The yarn was a nice one to work with, if a bit splitty at times. That might have been the needles I was working with, though.

The pattern is very straight-forward and easy to knit. I really wish they'd mentioned that the lace in the picture doesn't look anything like what you're knitting until after you wash and block. I was really concerned as I was working - the picture is a scalloped type pattern, and when you're knitting, it looks very pointy.

I didn't find any errors in the pattern (what a relief) and the collar was easy to put on. Another issue I had was that the collar doesn't lie really nice and flat until after blocking...which was cause for concern again. Given the amount of blocking this pattern needed, I wouldn't advise using an acrylic. You need the kind of give you get with wool or a wool blend.

It's a nice capelet to wear...works really nicely under a coat, and you can flip the collar up to act as a scarf in a pinch. I really like the way it stops just below the elbows...leaving your hands free, and no trailing edges that you get with a shawl. You can do the dishes in this capelet without dragging the tip in the sink. Definitely a plus...and it keeps my shoulders nice and toasty.

As I was knitting, it occurred to me that this kind of capelet would be excellent for somebody who was ill and spending a lot of time in bed or a wheelchair, or in hospital. It won't bunch up around your waist, and it would be comfortable for sitting in bed because you don't need to pull the blankets up around your chin to keep your shoulders warm. It's also easy to take on and off - no sleeves, which is nice if the person you're knitting for is feeling weak or sore - and you could easily substitute the three buttons for a single tie at the top.

A luxury blend yarn would be nice, but if you're knitting for somebody who's ill or having surgery, I'd recommend something that doesn't require a lot of careful handwashing - a good wool can be handwashed in the sink without too much fuss.

And...the final and...it's the kind of thing that both a granny and a hipster would wear. It doesn't look too fussy, and it's not an outdated design. It can be knit up fairly quickly - mine took about two weeks, but I wasn't spending a ton of time on it. I found that I could get one lace pattern repeat (six rows, 217 stitches per row) done while watching The National or Seinfeld. I finished four pattern repeats while watching Spanglish.

11 Comments:

  • At 2:27 AM, Blogger Robinits said…

    Awesome suggestions - very thoughtful of you! I have my eye on this one so nice to see it is a good pattern to knit. You did a fantastic job!

     
  • At 8:10 AM, Blogger amy said…

    Beautiful- I like the color. All your suggestions/insights are great.

     
  • At 9:35 AM, Blogger Susan said…

    Looks like you did a beautiful job of this one. Fabulous. Looks toasty. I love that yarn too - it is a nice knit.

     
  • At 11:26 AM, Blogger Toby said…

    Wow Heather! You're project turned out beautiful. Thank you for all of your helpful comments. I would still consider myself a beginner knitter so I especially appreciate the detailed insight.

     
  • At 12:24 PM, Blogger Veronique said…

    And there we have it, the first completed wrap! It looks beautiful and your comments are spot-on.

     
  • At 3:38 PM, Blogger Ina said…

    Nice work - I love the way the subtle tones of the wool complement the lace pattern. Looks like you chose great buttons, too!

    And I love your way of gauging progress - I get it. ;)

     
  • At 9:48 AM, Blogger JulieFrick said…

    I have to say that this wrap did not inspire me when I saw it in the book, but your version is just gorgeous! You may have inspired me to go for it!

     
  • At 10:11 AM, Blogger Tipper said…

    That's really cute! Thanks for all the tips and tricks; that's what we're here for! :)

     
  • At 2:24 PM, Blogger annie said…

    Your capelet is gorgeous. Makes me want to do one immediately! Instead of the 5 projects I already have going . . .

     
  • At 9:33 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    Thanks, everybody! I think this is the first time I ever made the first anything in a knitalong! :)

     
  • At 10:15 PM, Blogger Kristi said…

    I just remembered why I put Wrap Style on hold at the library. I love this wrap! You did a beautiful job on it.

     

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