Although you wouldn’t know it from looking at me, I really do love clothes and style and fashion. I don’t purchase September issues or Louboutins, but I do love the human spectrum that is expressed through clothing choices (thank you, New York City!).
This Open Air Wrap would definitely catch my eye on the street, inciting a reverie about the woman wearing it. If she had paired it with a trim black dress and patent leather pumps, I would think about the artistic her making a bid for self-expression, giving a nod to the unconventional. Or if a woman were wearing the Open Air Wrap with flowing skirts and layers of linen and long necklaces, I would admire that every iota of her wants to be free.
Where do we turn for the unexpected and the singular? Easy, Habu Textiles. For this project I chose their spectacularly fascinating Silk Wrapped Paper. Not really paper, but paper-like, Silk Wrapped Paper is actually a slender linen tape bound with an even finer thread of silk. Knit up, it is sculptural, featherlight and totally statement making.
The super simple Purse Stitch, which essentially creates a net-like mesh, gives the Silk Wrapped Paper plenty of room to breathe and to express itself. Which brings us back to the beginning. We wear what we wear, from high tops to topsiders, to be ourselves and to tell the world who we are. So, toss your own Open Air Wrap over your shoulders and express yourself! -Whitney
- 5 skeins of Habu’s Silk Wrapped Paper, 99% Linen and 1% Silk. This color is White Navy.
- A US #4 straight or circular needles. I used 24-inch Addi Turbo Rockets (They have great pointy tips for easy p2tog’s and very smooth shafts for speed).
21 3/4 stitches = 4 inches in stitch pattern (unblocked)
Finished Dimensions, Unblocked: 18 inches wide x 56 inches long
Finished Dimensions, Blocked: 20 inches wide x 60 inches long
Yarn Overs Before Purls
This stitch pattern requires you to make yarn overs before purl stitches, a maneuver that confuses a lot of beginner knitters. The first thing to remember is that a yarn over is simply the act of moving the working yarn from one place to another. That movement does create a stitch once you work the next stitch, but the yarn over itself does not make a stitch. Here’s how to yarn over in the case of the Purse Stitch…
The first yarn over of each row happens after a knit stitch and before a purl two together (p2tog). So, you will knit the first stitch of the row, then bring the working yarn forward into the purl position:
Now bring the working yarn up and over the right needle, wrapping the needle in an away-from-you motion and returning the yarn to the purl position, ready for the p2tog:
For the rest of the row the yarn overs occur between two p2tog’s. In those cases the working yarn is already in the forward purl position (from just having made a p2tog); and so all you have to do is bring the yarn up and over the right needle, wrapping in an away-from-you motion and returning the yarn to the purl position:
Purl Two Together (p2tog)
In this stitch pattern every p2tog is made by inserting the right needle into first the p2tog from the previous round and then the yarn over from the previous round:
Then, as with any normal purl stitch, wrap the working yarn counter clockwise around the right needle and pull a stitch through. Drop the two stitches from the left needle and get ready to yarn over!
Cast on 98 stitches.
Row 1: K1, *yarn over, p2tog, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Repeat Row 1 until you have used all five skeins, minus several yards. (For me, the piece measured 56 inches at this point.)
Bind off loosely, purling each stitch.
Weave in the ends, block the finished wrap and wear it all summer long!