Wrapped in the warmth of a handknit cocoon, you’ll be ready to take on the season with layers beneath to keep warm and the perfect topper to keep it all together.
18 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st, blocked. 16 sts and 20 rows = 5 inches/12.5cm in Lace Mesh pat, blocked. To save time, take time to check gauge.
2x1 Rib (multiple of 3 sts + 2) Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k1, p1, *k2, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 2: Sl 1, p1, k1, *p1, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k1, p2.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pat. Lace Mesh Pat (multiple of 4 sts + 4) Row 1 (RS): K4, *yo twice, k4; rep from * to end. Row 2: P2, *p2tog, (p1, k1-tbl) into the double yo, p2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2. Row 3: K2, yo, *k4, yo twice; rep from * to last 6 sts, k4, yo, k2. Row 4: P3, *[p2tog] twice, (p1, k1-tbl) into the double yo; rep from * to last 7 sts, [p2tog] twice, p3.
Rep Rows 1–4 for pat.
Wrap is knit as 2 rectangular pieces worked sideways: front panel and back/sleeves.
A “channel” is formed by a column of purl stitches along the side edges of the back/sleeve piece; seams will be sewn into this channel.
Work large gauge swatches (at least 6 inches x 6 inches) in each pattern. Wet-block. If stitch gauge matches gauge given in the pattern and row gauge doesn’t, use your own row gauge to determine the number of rows needed to be worked to achieve the intended measurements.
A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches; do not join to work in the round.
With A, cast on 125 sts.
Work 6 rows in 2x1 Rib, ending with a WS row. Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k1, p1, knit to last 3 sts, p1, k2. Row 2: Sl 1, p1, k1, purl to last 3 sts, k1, p2.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 45 inches, ending with a WS row. Work 6 rows in 2x1 Rib. Bind off all sts.
With B, cast on 68 sts. Knit 2 rows. Beg with a RS row, work in Lace Mesh
Pat until piece measures 231/2 inches, ending with a Row 4. Knit 2 rows. Bind off all sts.
Weave in ends.
With WS facing, wet-block back to 47 inches x 261/2 inches, taking care to allow the side edges of the fabric to lie flat.
With RS facing, wet-block front to 231/2 inches x 21 inches where the caston/bound-off edges are 21 inches and side edges are 231/2 inches.
Referring to photo as necessary, position the front panel on top of the back/sleeves piece as follows:
With WS of back/sleeves piece and RS of front panel facing up, align 1 side edge of the front with a side edge of the back (now the top of the wrap). There will be approx 51/2 inches of back fabric visible at the bottom below the front.
Center front panel on top of back so that there are 12 inches of the back visible on either side; these will be the sleeves.
Fold the top left corner of the back down to meet the bound-off edge of the front and pin in place with the apex of the corner touching the bound-off edge.
Fold the bottom left corner of the back up to meet the bound-off edge of the front. Remove pin and overlap the bottom back corner with the top back corner, then pin all 3 layers in place. Rep for right side. Using seaming method of your choice, sew the sides of the back to the cast-on/bound-off edges of the front tog as pinned. Note: The seams on the sample were sewn into the purl column at the side edges of the back so that the first 2 selvage sts roll forward.
To create the neck opening, sew a shoulder seam 41/2 inches long across the top, joining the side edge of the back to the side edge of the front. Rep on other side. If desired, adjust the length of shoulder seams for a customized fit.