20 February 2010

Natural Leaf Wrap

This wrap is worked horizontally as a wide scarf and a center provisional cast on, but the pattern can also be worked lengthwise with more stitches. The yarn used is handspun Icelandic wool…beautiful, soft and warm for the fall and winter.

Experience Level: Intermediate

Materials: - 920 yds Worsted Weight Yarn - Handspun yarn was used for model (This can be made much smaller with less yarn or with thinner yarn as well)
- US 9 (5.5 mm needles)



 
Abbreviations:
BO: bind off
CO: cast on
k: knit

p: purl
k2tog: knit t sts together
RS: right side
SK2P: slip 1 st knitwise to the right-hand needle, k2, pass the slipped st over the knit sts.
ssk: (slip, slip, knit) slip 2 sts (one at a time) knitwise to the right-hand needle; return sts to the left -hand needle and knit them together through the back loops

st(s): stitch(es)
ktbl: knit stitch through the back loop
wyif: with yarn in front
wyib: with yarn in back
RT: right twist: knit 2 together, but do not slip stitches off needle, then knit right stitch only and slip stitches off needle.
WS: wrong side
yo: yarn over

Pattern Stitch: (multiple of 11 + 8)
Set up row 1 (RS): slip stitch purlwise wyif, yo, ssk, place marker, knit to last three stitches, place marker, yo, k2tog.
Set up row 2 and all WS rows: slip 1st stitch knitwise wyib, purl to end.

Row 1 (RS): slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k2, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, RT, *yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, RT; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 3: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, *yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 5: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k2, yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k2, *yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 7: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k2, yo, k3, SK2P, k3, yo, k2, *yo, k3, SK2P, k3, yo, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 9: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k4, k2tog, yo, ktbl, yo, ssk, k4, *k2, k2tog, yo, ktbl, yo, ssk, k4; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 11: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k3, *k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k3; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 13: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k2, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2, *k2, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 15: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k1, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k2tog, *k1, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 16: slip 1st stitch knitwise wyib, purl to end.

Repeat rows 1-16 for pattern.

Instructions:
CO 96 sts with provisional cast on in different colored yarn.  (239 for lengthwise wrap). Work in pattern stitch to desired length (or width if making lengthwise). Bind off loosely.  If knitting horizontally, remove provisional cast on and pick up stitches.  Make sure you have all 96.  Beginning with row 1 work in the opposite direction.  Bind off loosely. Block, tuck ends and enjoy!

NOTE:  For the model, I used Judy's Magic cast on instead of the provisional cast on.  I wanted to give it a go and it worked beautifully.  I cast on, knit a couple of rows on the opposite side I would be working (this provided a little give on the needle), placed the stitches on a holder and continued to finish the originally intended side.  Because I was grading colors this mattered for me....would not otherwise.


13 comments:

Karen said...

Thanks for the pattern, Christina! Love it. Love the gradual color change of your handspun. I may have found a use for the Cestari wool I stashed.

Anonymous said...

I am having problems with row 9 i have tried it over and over again paying careful attention to it and still it is not coming out right...

Christina said...

I have just double checked it and it is correct. Are you using the chart or written instructions? If you're using the chart, you will need to click on it to get the whole thing. Note also that you're really doing a K6, K2 and then K4 at the end.

Anonymous said...

the chart is correct but the writing is incorrect. with the SK2P according to the chart you are to slip 2 sts to the right-hand needle, K1, pass the slipped sts over the knit st. in row 11, 13, and 15, have uncessesary repeats of sts look over it again because i had to tweek each row as i was going to make the pattern work for me

Anonymous said...

Dimensions, please.

Christina said...

The completed and blocked dimensions of this version are 27 x 80.

catherine graham said...

I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but why is the provisional stitch used?
(I guess this pattern is a little advanced for me...?)

Christina said...

Hi Catherine,not a stupid question. Provisional cast on is used because you knit both halves from the middle so the leaves flow out. So since your cast on stitches are still "live", you can just pick them up and knit the second side from the centre. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

catherine graham said...

Thank you very much. I guess the wording was just confusing me

Alice Thomson said...

It is a beautiful scarf. If it is knit lengthwise it is not necessary to o a provisional cast on, is it?

Christina said...

Thank you. Correct. The provisional cast on is just so the leaves move in too directions. Enjoy!

MeMary77knits said...

There wasn't an abreviation notation for PRT in your patterns. There was a symbol, but no explanation. Is it just the 2nd part of the RT where you "K2tog,but do not slip stitches off needle, then knit right stitch only and slip stitches off needle?

Christina said...

Hi there. It is part of the right twist. Technically it's a right twist on the right side and a purl right twist on the back which isn't in the pattern but the way I had to make the key wouldn't allow me to remove it and I only put the RT in the written directions. Hope your version is coming out nicely. Enjoy!