What to know about knitting an oversized wrap with Cotton Supreme Waves

This week, I’m knitting with Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme Waves, which is 100%, high-quality cotton in bright self-striping colors.

Yesterday, I knit up the Fresh Berries Tee using Heliotrope colorway, a top-down Tee in bright and cheerful purple and pink stripes. Today I’m making this free pattern for a triangular wrap in Lagoon colorway that will show off the striping effect in a totally different way.

My inspiration came from the Flying V Shawl.

Flying V Shawl is a free pattern available for download, that was designed for a different yarn.

The original pattern was knit with different yarn (Universal Yarn Unity Beyond) using two colors, a self-striping and a solid. The open lacework was done with the solid, and the garter stitch sections with the self-striping. I want more lacework in my wrap, so I’ll follow the structure from this pattern to create my own.

Based on my swatching exercise, I decided to use a US 5 [3.75mm] 32” [80cm] circular needle. I opted for this needle size because the weight of the finished project will elongate the fabric. As you knit this wrap, it will get quite large, so you may choose to use a 40” [100cm] needle as it progresses in size.

I’m using Lagoon for this project and I’ve mapped out the order in which I’ll use them so that the colors will flow from one ball to the next.

I’m using Lagoon for this project and I’ve mapped out the order in which I’ll use them so that the colors flow from one ball to the next.

For this project, you will need:

materials

  • 4 balls of Cotton Supreme Waves in Lagoon

needles

  • US 5 [3.75mm] 32” (or 40”) circular needle or whatever size you need to achieve gauge
  • 4 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle to sew in ends

gauge

  • 21 sts over 4” in Stocking Stitch
  • 16 sts over 4” in Lattice pattern
  • gauge is not that important, but it will affect the overall finished size. Use whatever needle size is comfortable for you. Note that there was very little left of the 4th ball at the end.

finished measurements 84” wide x 32” deep after blocking

abbreviations

inc’d increased
k knit
k2tog knit 2 together
m marker
p purl
pm place marker
rep repeat
RS Right Side row
sl m slip marker
st(s) stitch(es)
ssk slip, slip, knit – slip 2 stitches knitwise, then knit them together
WS Wrong Side row
yo yarn over

Lagoon Wrap

Starting Tab

Cast on 3 sts. Knit 7 rows in garter st.

Set-up row 1 (RS): K3, rotate work 90 degrees, pick up and knit 3 sts from side of Tab, pick up and knit 3 sts from cast-on edge – 9 sts.

Set-up row 2 (WS): K3, pm, k1, pm, p1, pm, k1, pm, k3.

Set-up row 3: K3, sl m, k1, yo, sl m, k1, sl m, yo, k1, sl m, k3 – 2 sts inc’d, 11 sts.

Set-up row 4: K3, sl m, knit to m, sl m, p1, sl m, knit to m, sl m, k3.

Garter Pattern

Row 1: K3, sl m, yo, knit to m, yo, sl m, k1, sl m, yo, knit to m, yo, sl m, k3 – 4 sts inc’d, 15 sts.

Row 2: K3, sl m, knit to m, sl m, p1, sl m, knit to m, sl m, k3. Rep Rows 1-2, 6 more times –24 sts inc’d, 39 sts.

Lattice Pattern

Set Up Row 1 (RS) K3, sl m, yo, k1, (*yo, ssk); rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, yo, sl m, k1, sl m, yo, k1, (*k2tog, yo); rep from * to 2 sts before m, yo, k1, yo, sl m, k3. – 6 sts inc’d, 45 sts.

Row 2 (WS) K3, sl m, purl to last m, sl m, k3

Row 3 (RS): K3, sl m, yo, k1 (*yo, ssk); rep from * to m, yo, sl m, k1, sl m, yo, (*k2tog, yo); rep from * to 1 st before m, k1, yo, sl m, k3. – 4 sts inc’d, 49 sts.

Row 4 (WS) K3, purl to last m, sl m, k3

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 twice more – 8 sts inc’d, 57 sts.

From this point forward, Rows 3 & 4 form the Lattice pattern.

Garter 2 – Repeat Rows 1 & 2 – 2 times – 8 sts inc’d, 65 sts.

Lattice 4 – Repeat Rows 3 & 4 – 4 times – 16 sts inc’d, 81 sts.

Garter 6 – Repeat Rows 1 & 2 – 6 times – 24 sts inc’d, 105 sts.

Now that the pattern is established, proceed as follows

**   Lattice 4 – 16 sts inc’d, 121 sts.

Garter 2– 8 sts inc’d, 129 sts.

      Lattice 4 –16 sts inc’d, 145 sts.

      Garter 2 – 8 sts inc’d, 153 sts.

      Lattice 4 –16 sts inc’d, 169 sts.

      Garter 6 – 24 sts inc’d, 193 sts.

Lattice 4 –16 sts inc’d, 209 sts.

      Garter 2 – 8 sts inc’d, 217 sts.

      Lattice 4 – 16 sts inc’d, 233 sts.

      Garter 6 – 24 sts inc’d, 257 sts. **

Repeat from ** once more. (152 sts inc’d, 409 sts.)

Border Section

Row 1: K3, sl m, yo, k1 (*yo, k2tog); rep from * to m, yo, sl m, k1, sl m, yo, (*k2tog, yo); rep from * to 1 st before m, k1, yo, sl m, k3. – 4 sts inc’d, 413 sts.

Row 2: K3, sl m, knit to m, sl m, p1, sl m, knit to m, sl m, k3.

Garter 2 – 8 sts inc’d, 421 sts.

Cast off loosely.

Weave in ends and block.

Try using a removable marker in place of two stitch markers.

TIP Instead of placing a marker before and after a single stitch, try using a removable stitch marker. It will let you know it’s time to do something differently without having to slip the markers on each row. Instead, you can easily reposition it every few rows.

The colors flowed very well from one ball to the next with the exception of the 4th ball. I wound off a few yards so that the color would flow from the previous ball . . . my personal preference only.

You may have noted that this is a very wide shawl, but that was intentional so that it could be worn several different ways . . . as a wrap (Left), as a poncho closed with a shawl pin (Center), or tied (or pinned) over one shoulder (Right) which makes a great swimsuit cover-up.

This oversized shawl can be worn as a wrap (L), Poncho (C), or over the shoulder (R) as a swimsuit cover-up.

Although there was a lot of knitting involved in this project, it was worth it. I love the colors and the diagonal striping effect of Cotton Supreme Waves in Lagoon. It reminds me of the clear waters of the Caribbean and will be a perfect wrap on a breezy evening or as a cover-up over a swimsuit. And it’s so soft. As promised earlier, here’s a link to the PDF version of the original Lagoon Wrap pattern.

So far we’ve seen horizontal stripes and diagonal stripes. Tomorrow, I’m doing something completely different. Join me as I make a blanket (or two) using Cotton Supreme Waves in Equator!

This is part 4 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 3: Knitting a summertime Tee with waves of color

Go to part 5: Weaving a color block baby blanket with Cotton Supreme Waves

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