Desert Ripple Wrap
Desert Ripple Wrap, designed by SweaterFreak (available to buy on Ravelry), is a stunning knitted wrap using two colours of 4ply yarn. It combines garter stitch, striping and a simple ripple lace effect.
I started it in June after a customer recommended the pattern so it's been a long knit both in time and size. My version measures 62" long and 18" wide.
The wrap begins like a top down triangular shawl. I started with Love Your Wallpaper in Don't Talk Back from My Mama Knits.
Don't Talk Back is a blend of merino, yak and nylon. The yak fibre gives the yarn a natural grey colour. Sunshine aka My Mama Knits then dyed it with our exclusive Love Your Wallpaper shade.
For the contrast contrast I used the undyed Tibetan 4ply from Chester Wool. It is a blend of merino, yak and silk and so shares the same greyish colour that is the basis of Don't Talk Back. The silk gives it a gleem.
Once you've done the triangle you then you knit two sides of the triangle out, shaping it into a rectangle.
Really pleased how this turned out. The ripple effect lace looks so good in the hand dyed yarn and the undyed yarn gives a good but subtle contrast.
The pattern does give you some diagrams to explain the shape in case I've confused you!
There are also instructions how to add button holes. Buttons could turn the long rectangle into a cowl or poncho. I did not add buttons. I confess I found the instructions a little confusing! Although once I started knitting that side the instructions did get clearer.
The ripple lace effect is not too tricky (instructions are written only) and you can make it easier by using stitch markers to reduce the need to count the stitches.
The ripple lace is worked over 18 stitches so I added a stitch marker after every 18th stitch. Simply moving them from the right hand needle to the left hand needle when I come to them. There is also a lot of garter stitch so you do get a break!
It is important to block this shawl as the different stitch patterns do make it look wonky when it comes off the needles.
I did my usual blocking routine and soaked the finished wrap in Eucalan, drained the water then squished it in a towel. I then laid it out on my foam playmats. It's important to measure the wrap from the centre out so that each side is the same length. I usually just eye ball this but given the different stitch patterns (there is more stretch on the garter stitch side) I got my tape measure out.
I did use my blocking wires* to get straight edges - weaving them in and out along the garter stitch sides and then pinning against the wire to get a nice taut finish and sharper corners.
If you want to make your own Desert Ripple Wrap you'll need 4ply yarn.
About 685m of your main colour and 275m of a contrast colour. You could get creative with leftovers.
If you've got a hank or two in your stash bring them into the shop and we'll help you find a lovely contrast.
You can buy the pattern on Ravelry here.
You'll also need a 3.75mm x 80cm circular needle.
*We have wool wash and T-pins online and in the Pittenweem shop. We also have blocking wires in the Pittenweem shop. Unfortunately they are a bit awkward to post so they are not available online.
Celebrating our 10 year anniversary (2011 - 2021) this exclusive colourway from My Mama Knits is inspired by our shop wallpaper!
Hand dyed by Sunshine in the Borders of Scotland, Love Your Wallpaper is now available in two different yarn bases.
Choufunga is a 4ply fingering weight yarn. It combines soft superwash merino with nylon for a smooth finish and a bit of extra stretch and strength. Perfect for socks, it works well in other 4ply knitting and crochet patterns too - accessories, garments, and blankets.
Don't Talk Back is a 4ply fingering weight yarn. It combines superwash merino and nylon with yak. The undyed yarn colour is grey giving a moodier take on the bright popping shades of Love Your Wallpaper. Great for socks, it's also perfect for garments and accessories. The yak also adds a bit more drape and even more softness.
Sunshine dyes in small batches, creating families of shades that work fantastically as fades or as one hank projects. Her inspirations are varied and each hank of yarn is unique. So if you are using more than one to hank of a shade in your project you should alternate between the hanks for the best overall colour matching.
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