Marcelle Wrap by Cheryl Toy

Marcelle Wrap

May 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
600 - 669 yards (549 - 612 m)
One Size
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This pattern is available for free.

Welcome back to “Free Pattern Friday”, a fresh new free pattern every week!

A wrap is a mighty handy thing to have these days, especially if it’s light, soft and airy and worked in the pale, promising colors of spring. It’s perfect for tossing around shoulders in a chilly restaurant or outdoors in the evening while we wait for summer to arrive. (It would also be lovely in fall and winter… there’s plenty of fabric to swathe your neck during the cooler months.)

I’ve had a thing for chevrons recently. I love their fluid movement and the energy they produce in fabric. They remind me of the exciting geometric patterned textiles of Sonia Delaunay, Orphism, and the reckless time between the wars. Marcelle is a little tamer, a glimpse of that time viewed through a long lens.

If you’re new to knitting shawls, you might find this pattern interesting. Using a shaping strategy that increases 3 stitches at each end of every right side row, Marcelle becomes a very elongated semi-circle. This yields longer pointy ends so the shawl can be draped over shoulders or wrapped around the neck, cowl-style, with lots of ‘end’ to hold her in place. You won’t need a shawl pin and there won’t be a whole lot of fabric hanging down in back.

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!