Timelapse Wrap

I set out to knit an afghan, frogged. Started to knit a different afghan, frogged. Ok, I started to knit a wrap. This all started about a year ago when I saw all 21 colors of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. I wanted to make something with the colors all melted into each other. I purchased all 21, 50 gram skeins, yes that’s a lot of yarn. It was the perfect amount for an afghan and I would use mosaic knitting to melt the colors.

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I eventually decided an afghan was the wrong choice, now it was going to be a wrap. I started to post timelapse videos each day of the progress. It was fun to watch an hour pass in one short minute. I kept up with posting daily for awhile and you can check them out on You Tube. I made it through 17 of 21 colors of Woolstok and the wrap was already 120” long, I am only 60” tall. Needless to say I called the wrap done. It was put on a shelf and waiting for the ends to be woven in when a friend used Woolstok for a felted project. It was soft, fluffy and so warm. Cue cartoon light bulb over my head. That ridiculously long wrap, would become a reasonable long felted wrap. Some soak and hot trip through the washing machine later I have a wrap I would travel to Alaska with.

 
 
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Timelapse Wrap Recipe

Needle: U.S. 8

Cast on: 79 sts

Garter Stitch Section

Row 1 - K2, kfb, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, s2 wyif

Row 2 - Knit to last 2 sts, s2 wyif

Row 3 - Same as row 1

Row 4 - Same as row 2

Seed Stitch Section

Row 1 - K2, kfb, [k1, p1] to last 4 sts, k2tog, s2 wyif

Row 2 - K3, [p1, k1] to last 5 sts, p1, k2, s2 wyif

Row 3 - Same as row 1

Row 4 - Same as row 2

Repeat Garter Section

Color Fade Section

Row 1 (C2) - K2, kfb, [k1, sl 1] to last 4 sts, k2tog, s2 wyif

Row 2 (C2) - K3, [sl 1 wyif, k1] to last 4 sts, k2, s2 wyif

Row 3 (C1)- K2, kfb, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, s2 wyif

Row 4 (C1) - Knit to last 2 sts, s2 wyif

Row 5 (C2) - Same as row 1

Row 6 (C2)- Same as row 2

Row 7 (C1)- K2, kfb, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, s2 wyif

Row 8 (C1) - Knit to last 2 sts, s2 wyif

Row 9 (C2)- K2, kfb, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, s2 wyif

Row 10 (C2) - Knit to last 2 sts, s2 wyif

Row 11 (C1)- K2, kfb, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, s2 wyif

Row 12 (C1) - Knit to last 2 sts, s2 wyif

Row 13 (C2)- K2, kfb, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, s2 wyif

Row 14 (C2) - Knit to last 2 sts, s2 wyif

Row 15 (C1) - K2, kfb, [k1, sl 1] to last 4 sts, k2tog, s2 wyif

Row 16 (C1) - K3, [sl 1 wyif, k1] to last 4 sts, k2, s2 wyif

Row 17 (C2)- K2, kfb, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, s2 wyif

Row 18 (C2) - Knit to last 2 sts, s2 wyif

Row 19 (C1) - Same as row 1

Row 20 (C1)- Same as row 2

Repeat pattern for each new color added until wrap reaches desired length.

 

Abbreviations

C1 - Color 1

C2 - Color 2

k - knit

k2tog - knit 2 sts together

kfb - knit in front and back loop of 1 st

p - purl

s - slip st, purlwise

st(s) - stitch(es)

wyif - with yarn in front

West Egg Shawl, Inspired by Art Deco Architecture.

Some people head to nature for hike to relax, I however stick to the sidewalk. I find a long walk around city streets to be much more interesting and I’m far less likely to come across a snake. I’m intrigued by architecture, small businesses, and urban planning. Some of my favorite buildings to stare up at are from our Art Deco era. From the details, angles and colors they can be the among the most beautiful. It was buildings like these that had me sketching for my newest design, the West Egg Shawl.

I started this shawl on my June trip back to Berkeley CA. I picked up a couple of skeins of The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers and a skein of Earl Grey Fiber Co to go along with the Farmer’s Daughter exclusive colorway dyed for The Black Squirrel Berkeley. I wanted a 1920s color scheme to go with the art deco shape.

West Egg is a knitted shawl using brioche stitches, short rows and eyelets to create its art deco shape. It is trimmed with a built in I-cord edging. The pattern is broken down into small sections so you’ll feel accomplished as you knit through this. Not only is the shape more interesting to knit, there is a completely functionally reason. We all have those giant shawls we love, but when you wrap it like a scarf you end up with tons of bulk around your ears. The notched out shape of the West Egg drapes both perfectly on your shoulders but also takes the bulk away from your ears.

Read more about the details HERE

Somewhere, a shawl for gradients

My love for a really good gradient started when I first discovered Apple Tree Knits, there is something so satisfying to a perfectly faded gradient.  When I say "good" gradient, I mean a true gradual color change, not the color block "gradients" you'll find in the stores we do not speak of. My first knit with Apple Tree Knits was the infamous watermelon Dotted Rays shawl I made for The Black Squirrel.  West Knits Dotted Rays was the perfect design to create a fun watermelon slice.

 
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I started to get the itch to make a rainbow, because a rainbow really is the ultimate gradient. I snagged a 6 oz plush fingering, gradient in Chakra from Apple Tree and hit the needles.  My goal was to design a simple pattern that would not intimidate more novice knitters. Elaborate designs never feel as necessary for a yarn that just speaks for itself.  Somewhere is all about the shape and drape around the shoulders. The change in increases midway through is what helps the shawl hug the shoulders and mimic the shape of a rainbow. This shawl could be made larger by simply repeating the last section as long as you desire.

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I hope everyone enjoys this knit and finds rainbows and unicorns in the darkest places. 

Details on Somewhere

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Ellen Coy is the knit designer behind Ellen Rose Knits and can also be found teaching Knitting Classes of all levels at Knitty Gritty Yarns in Syracuse, NY.