Dowland Wrap by Amy van de Laar

Dowland Wrap

November 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
968 - 1050 yards (885 - 960 m)
One size, 72.5/184cm long and 17.5”/44.5cm wide
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Named for the composer John Dowland, famous for his melancholy songs and instrumental works for viols, the Dowland Wrap is a dramatic rectangular wrap featuring a central cable panel flanked by contrasting garter stitch. It’s part of the Twisted Strings collection - five accessory patterns inspired by the decorative tracery found on Baroque string instruments.

Skills & Techniques:
Working 1-over-1 cables, which can be knit without a cable needle (instructions for my favourite twist method are included).

Materials Needed:
5 skeins of Malabrigo Dos Tierras (50% baby alpaca, 50% merino wool; 210yds/192m per 100g skein), or 1050yds/960m of DK-weight yarn. Sample colourway: ‘Azul Profundo’.
You will also need a cable needle (optional), 4 stitch markers, and a needle for weaving in the ends.

Finished Measurements:
Relaxed after blocking: 72.5/184cm long and 17.5”/44.5cm wide.
To increase the width, cast on additional stitches in the garter stitch panels. You can also add or subtract 7”/18cm in length by changing the number of repeats.

Charts and written instructions are both provided in full.

Read more about the Dowland Wrap and its inspiration on my blog:
New collection: Twisted Strings

Tutorial: How to work mini-cables without a cable needle