Rasta Wrap or Oversized Cowl by Jennifer Kirchenbauer
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Rasta Wrap or Oversized Cowl

September 2011
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
1.75 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 19 - 15.0 mm
12.75 mm
360 - 450 yards (329 - 411 m)
one size
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Gorgeous and scrumptiously soft oversized cowl or wrap made in Malabrigo Rasta super chunky hand kettledyed fine merino.

Directions are both written and charted.

Large bottom up rectangle, with offset knot-work cables. Optionally edged with single crochet of coordinating or contrasting color.
Directions included for optional ‘anywhere buttons’. Anywhere buttons can be put through the fabric at any point, allowing for more ways to pin, fold, and drape the garment. They are also reversible with two different styles/colors on each side.

If using a different yarn: Rasta and Ushya are extra super bulky yarns at 2 to 3 WPI (wraps per inch)
I do highly recommend using the Rasta as the main yarn. It is pricey but absolutely worth every penny.

Maybe add some fringe? Lots of possibilities.

Knitting: K, P, SSK, K2tog, Lifted Increases (L & R), CABLING,
Basic Crochet: Chain, SC, slp st

Approx. 21” by 48” (53.3 by 122 cm) as knit/unblocked

Body (MC)= 4 hanks of Malbrigo Rasta @ 90 yds/82 m each = 360 yds/328 m.
(5 = 450 yds/410 m if crochet edge in MC or making extra rib and end rows)

Crochet Edge (CC)= 1 hank of Mirasol Ushya -114 yds/104 m

Sample used 4 (MC) Rasta in Piedras and 1 (CC) Ushya in Rosewood. My actual yardage use was: MC approx. 310 yds (284 m) and CC approx. 45 yds (41 m)

US 19 or 17 (15 or 12.75 mm) needles
cable needle or DPN
Tapestry needle

Optional needs:

US sz O crochet hook
2 - 3 sets of two different buttons (4 or 6 total) about 1.25”/ 3.75 cm– (make sure they go thru the fabric and stay put). A nice wide toggle button and a round work well together
Elastic thread

A great versatile size. I wear mine with three sets of anywhere buttons to close it as a cowl. You can drape it or pin it over your head for a hooded capelet/scarf, wear it over a coat or on its own. I’ll put up more pix of ways to wear soon.