Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,
Well, this project has been somewhat of an adventure. I started knitting with a small blanket in mind. However, as I began the zig-zag stitch pattern it pulled in the width substantially, way more than I had accounted for. After working for awhile I realized that it is too rectangular to be a blanket so I started playing around with the idea of a substantial wrap or shawl.
I worked the bind off row and immediately threw the whole thing in the washing machine. I ran it on a cold and gentle wash cycle. Next, I threw the piece in the dryer on delicate. When it was still slightly damp I pulled it out and gave it a good stretch lengthwise and boy, did it stretch beautifully. I let it air dry from there.
Voila! A beautiful, warm and cozy wrap was born. I couldn’t believe how this came together. As I threw the knitted piece over my shoulders the top edge gently turned over to create a gorgeous shawl collar. I had been saving up the most wonderful cut branch buttons for the perfect knit and this is definitely it. I stitched the buttons on and they easily slipped through the fabric on the other side without buttonholes due to the big gauge. It was like magic.
I simply adore the edging on the front and the lines formed from the stitch pattern on the front and back. The stitch pattern is so easy. It is a garter ripple stitch. It is a two row repeat that after a couple times through you will quickly memorize. I loved knitting the Cedar Wrap.
I was so excited about this new design I had TC take a few photos right when she got home from school. The sun was already going down so we quickly got a few shots in. TC then tried on the Cedar Wrap. I had to wrestle it back off of her before she ate anything. She said it felt so good and warm on her shoulders that she didn’t want to take it off. We need that around here. It’s cold.
You can also make the wrap and leave the buttons off to wear it open and draped over your shoulders or you could use a shawl pin to hold it in place. Any of these options would work.
Get your yarn ready!!! Here is what you’ll need if you want to make your own cozy Cedar Wrap for this late fall and winter season:
5 skeins of Spud & Chloë Outer in your color of choice (I used Cedar.)
US size 17 needles ( I used 24-inch circulars) or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 1.5 stitches per inch in stockinette
5 one-inch buttons
I used the most beautiful cut branch buttons crafted by Jay Beesmer. I adore these buttons.
I’ll be back soon with the free pattern for you!