Lyla Sum­mer Wrap Tu­to­rial

Crochet World - - Contents - By Karen McKenna

The Crossover Shawl I de­signed for the win­ter 2017 is­sue of Cro­chet! mag­a­zine fea­tures a loop­ing technique to cre­ate the look of broom­stick lace. For this de­sign, I wanted to ex­per­i­ment even more to see how I could ex­pand on this new technique. I be­gan chang­ing the height of the loops, criss­cross­ing the loops and gath­er­ing the loops. These 3 vari­a­tions be­came the Lyla Sum­mer Wrap. These stitches cre­ate tex­ture while keep­ing the wrap open and light. Since mov­ing to Flor­ida from a colder cli­mate, I’ve learned to ac­ces­sorize more with shawls, wraps and scarves. These do be­come prac­ti­cal pieces when go­ing in and out of chilly air-con­di­tioned places and cool nights on the beach or pa­tio. I strongly rec­om­mend mak­ing a swatch as in­di­cated in the pat­tern to get a feel for the way the yarn moves, con­trol the height of loops and, most im­por­tantly, achieve the gauge. Fol­low these pho­tos to see how each step is done, re­mem­ber­ing that pulling up a loop is not the same as lift­ing a loop. Af­ter work­ing sin­gle cro­chet in the back bar of each chain (row 1), turn, chain-1 and lift the loop on the hook to the in­di­cated height in row 2 (see Photo 1). Chain-1 and lift the loop on the hook to the same height (see Photo 3). Hold 5–8 loops (or any num­ber that is com­fort­able) on the hook with your thumb. In­sert the hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (see Photo 2). Re­move the loops from the hook. In­sert the hook in the last loop and con­tinue across (see Photo 4).

With the last loop on the hook, yarn over and pull the strand through the loop. In­sert the hook in the space be­tween the last loop and the strand and make a sin­gle cro­chet (see Photo 5). Turn the piece and work a sin­gle cro­chet in the first loop (see Photo 6). Chain-1 and lift the loop to the in­di­cated height. In row 6, we work back and forth in loops to cre­ate a cross-stitch ap­pear­ance. Skip a loop, slip stitch in the next loop, chain-1, then slip stitch in the skipped loop (see photo 9). In­sert the hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (see Photo 7). To form the 5-loop groups in row 12, in­sert the hook in 5 con­sec­u­tive loops, yarn over and pull up a loop, gath­er­ing the loops to­gether. Chain-1 and com­plete a sin­gle cro­chet (see pho­tos 10 and 11). Row 5 sets up the loops for the crossed stitches in row 6. In­sert the hook in the first stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (do not lift to an in­di­cated height); in­sert the hook in the next stitch, yarn over and draw through the loop on the hook to com­plete a slip stitch (see Photo 8). I love this wrap and the yarn used—Ply­mouth Yarn Pen­denza, a stun­ning mer­cer­ized cot­ton. It’s an ideal yarn for year-round use here in Flor­ida.

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