Boundary Bay by spoutknits

Boundary Bay

September 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1900 - 2000 yards (1737 - 1829 m)
72" long x 26" wide
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Boundary Bay is a big luxurious rectangle wrap that can be styled many ways. Wear it as a large lightweight scarf, a generous shoulder wrap, or anything in between. It has stretch, texture, geometric stitch motifs, stripes of color, and a distinctive curvy edge I call the Tidal Wave.

I named this wrap for the large body of water near my childhood hometown, where my family frequented the shorelines of both Washington and British Columbia. We’d picnic, watch orcas roll by, take long walks, and explore the tide’s edge. The stitch motifs are inspired by gansey fisherman sweaters, and a nod to my ancestors who immigrated to America from the Netherlands in the late 1800s.

The entire wrap uses only knit and purl stitches, and stitch motifs are provided in both written pattern rows and charts, so you can use the form you prefer. There’s lots of easy garter stitch here, one infrequent cable, and satisfying long pattern rows.

Shop for fingering weight wool in three colors, plus a lace weight mohair/silk blend in two of the same colors. Portions of the wrap are knit with either one weight of yarn, or both held together. The Tidal Wave panel is knit first, using both yarns in color A. The gansey motifs are knit in another direction, from picked up stitches along the entire edge of the first panel. They use color B in fingering weight and color C in both weights.

Approximate Yardages:
700 yds wool fingering & 275 yds mohair/silk lace color A
350 yds wool fingering color B
380 yds wool fingering & 250 yds mohair/silk lace color C

Neighborhood Fiber Colors shown in photos:
B=Charles Center

Special Note: Using a single double point needle as your cable needle will help when making the large cable on the Tidal Wave panel. The stitches will slide better and be easier to work on a double point or a cable needle that is straight and smooth.