Festive Wrap by Ambah O'Brien

Festive Wrap

Knitting
September 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Festive Lace, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1250 - 1260 yards (1143 - 1152 m)
One size, adjustable
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A celebration of two hemispheres, Festive Wrap is designed in collaboration with a trio of dyers from northern America and myself, an Australian designer.
I began by curating two sets of beautiful yarn for this December design to reflect the Summer I enjoy and the Winter my northern hemisphere fiber friends are snuggling into. I asked Neighbourhood Fibre co. if they would create two gradient sets, each with six colours; one for Winter and one for Summer. Building on each of these beautiful sets I added rich, saturated shades from Moondrake co. and the final flourish to tie each set together is a selection of gorgeous speckle yarns from Madelinetosh.
The Winter set (AKA known as Buttermint on the Jimmy Beans Website) includes deep plum, crisp blues, icy whites, spruce green and the warm glow of yellow, reminiscent of candlelight reflecting on snow.
Summer (AKA Ribbon Candy) has the warm shades you would expect, evocative of long summer nights and ocean sunsets. Alternating through the colours, the pattern utilises slip stitches, texture and lace to make the most of each beautiful colour, creating a fiber love story that reaches across the oceans.

This is perfect project for you to create your own colour fiber love story. Each of the 16 lace segments will use a 20g mini, or 80 yards of fingering weight yarn. Use up those lovely end balls you’ve been saving for something special, add in a full skein to fill it out, or perhaps you have a mini skein kit already waiting.
I can’t wait to see the colour scheme you dream up.

DIMENSIONS
Top Edge: 85”/170 cm
Width: 17”/42.5 cm
Measurements taken after blocking.

YARN
Fingering weight
C1 - C16: sixteen mini skeins, each skein consisting of 80 yd/74 m.
Colours in gradient set will be referred to as C1 through C16.

Sample shown in: “Winter” (Buttermint)
Neighbourhood Fiber Co., Organic Rustic fingering (fingering weight, 100% Merino, 475 yd/435 m per 114g), 6-colour gradient set: C1: Remington, C4: Wyndhurst,
C7, Pimlico, C10: Lauraville, C13: Union Square, C16: Charles Centre
Madelinetosh, Tosh Merino Light, (fingering weight/4-ply, 100% Merino, 420 yd/384 m), C2: Cosmic Silver, C5: Faint, C8: Heart of Darkness, C11: Patagonia, C14: Time to pretend
Moondrake Co., Soft Fingering, (fingering weight, 100% Superwash Merino, 437 yd/400 m per 100g),
C3: Forest, C6: Sunflower, C9: Dark Teal, C12: Prada Blue, C15: Frozen

NEEDLES
US 5/3.75 mm, Or size required to obtain gauge

NOTIONS
Optional stitch markers to mark Lace repeats, tapestry needle

GAUGE
20 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10 cm in Festive Heart Lace stitch, blocked
24 sts and 48 rows = 4”/10 cm in Slip stitch, blocked
Gauge is not crucial for this project, but variations will affect yardage and final measurements.

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