Garter-Stitch Wrap by Catherine Lowe
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Garter-Stitch Wrap

Knitting
September 2004
Habu Textiles Fuwa Fuwa
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
3000 yards (2743 m)
56" (142 cm) square, after blocking

Pattern Description from Scarf Style: “Catherine Lowe discovered the shape for her wrap while she was ironing napkins. She had been pondering how to create a wrap that would be balanced and drape gracefully, but wouldn’t be heavy or awkward to wear. As she folded a napkin to put it away, she began playing with it, folding it in half from corner to corner to from triangles. When she unfolded it, she found that she had a square made of interlocking triangles, a napkin folded as it if were being prepared for a piece of origami. The folds in the napkin became the basis for her design - knitted triangles ingeniously joined together to form a square. The opening, a slit in the square from a corner to the center, is formed by leaving one pair of triangles unconnected.”

Finished Size: 56” (142 cm) square, after blocking.

Yarn: Habu Textiles Fuwa Fuwa (40% Mohair, 33% Merino wool, 27% silk; 3000 yd (2743m)/ 567 g): #1 (pale olive), one cone.

Needles: Size 6 (4mm): four 47” (120-cm) or longer circular (cir) for working shawl. Size 7 (4.5 mm): straight, double pointed, or cir of any length for working BO only. Optional size 5 (3.75 mm) or smaller: straight, double pointed, or cir of any length for working CO only. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; point protectors (4 pair); 22 markers (8 ordinary closed markers to slip onto the needle between sts, and 14 removable markers or coilless safety pins for marking individual sts).

Gauge: In garter st, 22 sts and 44 rows = 4” (10 cm) before blocking; and 20 sts and 40 rows = 4” (10 cm) after blocking. In stockinette st (St st), 22 sts and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) before blocking; and 20 sts and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) after blocking.

Notes:

  • The shawl is worked in four separate garter-stitch triangles with single twisted chain stitch selvedges.
  • Each triangle is worked from center of base.
  • Work all yarn joins within the knitted fabric, and not at the edges, either by splicing the yarns as they are joined or by weaving the tails invisibly into the wrong side of the fabric using a duplicate stitch.
  • All stitch counts include yarnovers.

Note about yarn: The suggested yarn appears to be extremely difficult to find, as well as expensive. It is listed as 40% mohair, 33% merino wool, and 27% silk, with 3000yd to a 567g cone. This works out to 265yd to a 50g ball, were it put up that way. See the first comment on the comments tab for more information about an available kit from the designer with a suitable yarn substitution.