Isn’t this a pretty thing? It’s Michigan’s own Chris de Longpre’s Wrap Me Up. Instead of knitting it with worsted weight, as the original pattern calls for, many knitters (me too) knit this sampler wrap in fingering weight sock yarn. In sock weight, my version of the wrap turned out to be 14 inches wide and 55 inches long. So, still quite substantial.
I started out with these three somewhat mismatched skeins of Opal sockweight. I got each skein on sale and I suspect they are all discontinued colorways:
And, this one, my favorite of the trio:
For each new section of the sampler, I tried to use a different skein. Sometimes the colorways needed to be butted up against the same colorway for at least part of a section.
Here’s a closer look at a few of the sections:
I find that some of my favorite projects are those that let me do a little bit of this and a little bit of that. In this pattern, all the sections are knit onto others as you move along. Except for one. That long section of stacked garter stitch triangles is knit separately and then worked onto the main piece with picked up stitches and the magic of mattress stitch.
My only modifications are that I knit section 4 in all one colorway. And I added bobbles to section 21, a narrow ending strip.
If I make this again, especially if I’m working with colorways that share some of the same colors, I’d not thread so many sections with the yarn you’re working with, as the pattern directs. I’d use waste yarn instead. The stitches tighten up some and picking them up to work with again was difficult at times.
The two long-side edgings are worked after the body of the wrap is blocked. This needed a very aggressive blocking and a few of the sections refused to be completely tamed. But I still like it!
One I made several years ago is a wrap I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of. Here’s a link to some closeups of the first one I knit back in 2010: