Deceptively simple wrap, looks much harder than it actually is. Uses a basic feather and fan stitch pattern and alternating colours to add dynamic waves. Very well suited for a solid and colour gradient yarn (like one of the Kauni gradients)! Frankly this pattern is fantastic for making new-ish knitters look brilliant because it looks like it would have been difficult to do but really only uses some pretty basic skills. Bonus points for the fact that because your colour changes every 4 rows you can easily see your progress as you go along. No knitting for hours and hardly seeing any change. High fives!
Impress your friends: 7/10
Skills needed: knit, purl, knit 2 together, yarn over, carrying yarn up the side
Yarn: Fingering weight, 1200 yards (600 of colour A, 600 of colour B)
The colour changes every 4 rows, which is key to making this project look so cool, but weaving in all those ends? Ain’t nobody got time for dat! So instead we are going to carry the yarn up the side. Don’t worry, this isn’t hard! Here is a great video explaining this technique. Basically, when you switch colours just drop the yarn you were using and start using the new one. The only “trick” is to be sure to leave enough slack so that you don’t get any puckering or distortion along the edge. You also don’t want to leave too much slack which would leave an unsightly loop along the edge.
For newer knitters or for people who easily forget what number stitch they are on, I strongly suggest placing a marker every 18 stitches. While knitting this I frequently lost track of how many [YO, K] I had done. Because the feather and fan pattern ends on three K2tog I can easily just count back from the next marker and stop doing the [YO, K] when there are 6 stitches left. I find the markers also help so that any screw ups or miscounts are limited to just one repeat instead of potentially a whole row.
For my instructions colour A is my colour gradient yarn, colour B is the solid colour yarn.
Abbreviations: K = Knit P = Purl k2tog = Knit two stitches together yo = Yarn over
Cast on 108 stitches using your first colour.
Row 1: Knit across
Row 2: Purl across
Row 3: *(K2tog) 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times; repeat this pattern 6 times. NOTE: if you opted to use stitch markers you would place them in between each repeat (after the second k2tog) and just slip the marker when you get to it.
Row 4: Knit across. Switch colours.
Repeat rows 1-4 until you are just about out of yarn. Make sure you end on row 4 of a repeat.
Bind off using the bind off technique of your choosing. I recommend Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Weave in ends. Block if you feel like it. Personally I like this wrap to be squashy and unblocked, but you can block if you want. I won’t judge.
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