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!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Tzarina Wrap Confusion

I am trying to finish the Tzarina Wrap in Wrap Styles but don't understand the instructions for knitting the back to the sides and finishing. Any suggestions, comments, ideas, thoughts would be very helpful, as would a photo of the piece from the back...



  • At 3:36 PM, Blogger Lori said…

    The back is just a rectangle 31" wide and 12" high.

    I assume you've already worked the two identical fronts from the lower edge up to the shoulders. Each front should have 70 sts on a holder when you finish them.

    The back is worked from the shoulders down to the back lower edge using sts from the shoulder line of each front.

    As the instructions say, work across the first 38 sts of the left front shoulder. You should be working from the arm edge toward the middle. Leave the remaining 32 sts for the left front on a holder; they will create the deep overlap in the front.

    Next, cast on 36 brand new sts to go across the back of your neck.

    After that, you skip over the first 32 sts of the right front. These sts mirror the 32 sts you left on hold for the left front. Work across the remaining 38 sts of the right front from the middle outward toward the other arm edge.

    The 112 sts you will have on the needle represent the shoulderline of the garment. The back is worked downward to the rear lower edge using these sts. This is explained in the pattern in the Note on page 35.

    The first finishing directions are for the collar. With the right side facing, you work across the held right front sts, then pick up sts across the back neck, and finally work across the held sts of the left front neck.

    This is similar to how you might make the collar or neckband of a cardigan, except the Tzarina has really, really wide fronts that overlap a lot.

    The collar is worked straight up from the shoulders and is shown on the schematic as the chimney-like rectangle sticking out of the top of the body.

    The schematic shows the piece laid flat as it will look when you're done, with the piece folded along the shoulder line, the collar sticking up from the shoulders, and the two fronts overlapping a lot in the middle. The schematic does not show the back as a separate piece.

    This is a pretty general description of what's happening. If it didn't clear up your specific problem, please post again and let us know exactly where you're having trouble so we can work it out together. :-)

  • At 10:37 PM, Blogger strawberryfever said…

    Wow, Lori you sound like you really know about this pattern.

    I too have made this pattern, up to the collar. Then I tried it on and it look like a giant sailor's collar !!! When assembling this pattern there really is only one way to do it according to how many stitches are on your needles etc. So I can't see how I could have messed it up !! But mine is really not looking like the picture in the book - bummer.

    Can you post a picture of you finished wrap with a few different angled pictures ? Maybe I did do it right ?!?

  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger Lori said…

    Hi, strawberry fever!

    I think I may have outed myself in this forum. I haven't made this wrap. I was the book's technical editor, so I spent a lot of "up close and personal" time deciphering the garment and its instructions while preparing the book.

    The wrap really is as four-square and blocky as it appears in the schematic. In fact, I measured the actual sample shown in the book to come up with the schematic measurements.

    The whole trick to the final appearance is the placement of the buttons. If you put both buttons directly under the buttonholes when the piece is folded perfectly flat and even, the wrap will hang fairly straight and look more like a rectangular poncho.

    If you place the button near the left shoulder lower than the other button, the fronts swing open on a diagonal as in the photos. For the sample wrap the left button was 3" lower than the right, but Trinette the model is very broad-shouldered and has a small bust. If you have a different body type you may have to experiment with button placement to get the same draped effect.

  • At 4:13 PM, Blogger strawberryfever said…

    Lori -

    Thanks for the advice, I really didn't want to give up on this wrap, or frog it. I knit it so well and I love the yarn I chose, however it is not anything what I thought it would be. I will finish the collar and play with the button placement and hope that I come up with something I am happy with !! Wish me luck.

    I feel really honored that you wrote back, thanks for surfing around this great blog !!


  • At 2:11 PM, Blogger fordyce said…

    Thank you thank you!

    I have just now been able to read thru and I THINK I understand what you've described. I am someone who really needs to have a "picture in my head" of what something will look like, but in this case, I could have knit on faith and it would have come out right, I was just thinking about it wrong! I am going to try to finish over this weekend, and will let you know how it comes out!


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