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A Blast From the Past

About that Wool Wrap

Let me tell you a story about a little girl and her wool…
I was given 9 skeins of Merino wool from Morehouse as a birthday present. I had intentions of making a lovely sweater for myself. I was on the last 3/4 of the last sleeve when I realized the yarn did not have enough twist and tore very easily. I am typically hard on my sweaters so in my mind I picture suede patches on the elbows within a month.
I turned to my trusty guru, ‘Mon Tricot’, and found a stitch called ‘Imitation Embroidery II’. Initially this was going to be a shawl. I was in the final stages of completion when I decided to take the shawl, twist it and sew the ends together. The final product was a circular wrap/muffler.
Tigress is modeling it for you. If you are stranded in Siberia, wear it over your head; it will easily cover you ears and nose. When the weather is not so drastic, pull it down and it becomes a scarf. The great part about it is all the ways you can wear it. I wore it at work, pulled over my shoulders to keep the draft off me.
I was pleased with this little improvisation and would like to attempt it in a finer wool. I think it would have a more graceful drape and could be used on all occasions. Here is the stitch pattern:
This is worked over a multiple of 9 stitches +2 for the selvedge
Row 1: *P2, sl1, k1, psso, wrn to m1, k3, m1, k2tog* p2
Row 2 and alt. rows: K2, *p7, k2*
Row 3: *P2, k2, m1, sl1, k2tog, psso, m1,k2* p2
Row 5: Rep. from row 1

Cast on any number of stitches in multiples of 9, and knit to the desired length. I used #8 circular needles and 10 repeats. The final product was about 30″ long. I twisted the wrap once and wove the ends together then worked all the loose ends in.
This is a great project because you can make it any size you want, in any yarn you want! I am picturing the next one in a fine fingering wt. wool. Lacy and feminine.
I am happy with the outcome since it started as such a disaster.
You can see the close up of the stitch pattern in the next picture.

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