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My mother was a Wilson. They were stout-hearted Scotch-Irish United Empire Loyalists who trekked northward to remain loyal to the British crown just prior to the American Revolution. As a child, I loved hearing the wooly tales of their survival in Upper Canada, so today’s offering is the Wilson Wrap. This common sense wrap commemorates the early Wilsons. It is simple and warm, shaped in a long, shallow crescent and trimmed with an elegant lace border. Wilson is an easy shawl to knit, using 6 basic increases every right side row. The classic wavy lace edging is knitted on at the end as the shawl is being bound off. I’ve worked Wilson in two natural shades of KnitPicks Palette, a delightfully airy, woolen-spun yarn with a Shetland feel. With 150 shades to choose from, it makes a perfect knit for the last long weekend of summer.
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So, without further ado, here’s today’s free pattern, the Wilson Wrap. I’ve started a Free Pattern Friday Ravelry group where you can post your comments, chat, feedback, modifications and suggestions. I hope to see you there. Happy Knitting!
A simple semi-circular wrap
YARN:KnitPicks Palette (100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 50 g/231 yd) 1 skein MC (#26042 Hare Heather), 1 skein CC (#23731 Ash)
NEEDLES: 4.00mm circular needle with minimum 32” cable, 4.00mm double pointed needle (opt) for edging
TOOLS/NOTIONS: Removable stitch markers (opt), tapestry needle for weaving in ends
GAUGE: 20 and 32 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette st after blocking.
FINISHED SIZE: (after blocking) Wingspan: 51-1/2″ Depth: 13″
- Semi-circular shawl is worked from the top down using 6 increases every other row
- Edging is knitted on as shawl is bound-off
WRAP: With MC, CO 3 sts
- Set-up row: (RS) K1, yo, k1, yo, k1 (2 sts inc)—5 sts
- Next row: Knit.
- Next row: (K1, yo) 4 times, k1 (4 sts inc)—9 sts.
- Next row: Knit.
WRAP SHAPING: For the remainder of the MC section, keep first and last 2 sts in garter st (knit every row).
- Inc Row (RS): K2 (edge sts), (yo) twice, k1, kfb in next st, k to last 4 sts, kfb in next st, k1, (yo) twice, K2 (edge sts).
- Next Row (WS): K2 (edge sts), k1, p to last 3 sts, k1, K2 (edge sts).
Work these two rows until there are 272 sts, or until all of MC yarn has been used. The final stitch count is not important because the edging is worked cross-wise and can be worked over any number of sts. You may make the shawl larger by continuing to work these two rows. End with a WS row.
EDGING: With CC, and using the knitted method, CO 14 sts.
- Set Up Row 1 (RS): k 13, sl 1 purl-wise, k 1 st from shawl edge, psso. Turn.
- Set Up Row 2 (WS): Sl 1 purl-wise wyif, k to end.
- Work these 2 rows twice more.
Begin working Chart over the edging sts, consuming one st from shawl edge every RS row. Continue until there are 3 shawl sts remaining. Work Set Up Rows again until all shawl edge sts have been used. Bind off.
Weave in ends and wet block to dimensions.
CHART: Orange column represents shawl edge stitch.
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