Our Swath Wrap is beautiful and functional, but just as important, hidden within its folds is a fiber surprise designed especially for those of us who live for such things!

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Close inspection reveals a sleight of hand, a shift from Flax Down to Linen Quill, two yarns very similar in fiber content and color but quite different in gauge. Using the same size needle, you knit two skeins of Flax Down, then one of Linen Quill, and wind up with a shift in texture from warm and cozy to light and airy, as well as a study in gauge, fiber, and fabric!

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But beyond a fiber lesson, the Swath Wrap is also a wonderful multi-tasker. Wear it Flax Down side up for a toasty chill chaser or Linen Quill side up for a beautiful shoulder draper.

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Such subtle fiber play gives the Swath Wrap a restrained sophistication, particularly when both yarns hail from the same family of color. We’ve added nine gorgeous new colors to our Flax Down collection, all of which pair up with a Linen Quill color for a monochromatic match.

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Add to that some more same-color pairings, and you have 16 different Swath Wrap Bundles to choose from! Each is just three total skeins of yarn, and all are as evocative and subtle as the Swatch Wrap itself!

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Update: New Colors

September 21, 2020
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Now with new colors of both Linen Quill and Flax Down, choosing a Swath Wrap Bundle is even more inspiring! Eight new palettes join the party, including this incredibly deep and gorgeous Wild Violet. View the story here!

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Laura Ferguson.

Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoSwathWrap, #PurlSohoFlaxDown, and #PurlSohoLinenQuill. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Materials

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Our Swath Wrap Bundle (no longer available) includes…

  • Yarn A: 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Flax Down, 43% baby alpaca, 42% extra fine merino wool, 15% linen. Each skein is 219 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 438 yards required. We used High Tide. (NOTE: We no longer offer Flax Down, but choose from one of our other light worsted/dk weight yarns.)
  • Yarn B: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen. Each skein is 439 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 429 yards required. We used High Tide.

You’ll also need…

Our Swath Wrap Bundle comes in additional palettes. They are…

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Top Row: Rosewood Pink, Red Poppy + Kiln Red

Second Row: Clover Green, Fresh Pickle + Juniper Green

Third Row: Heirloom White, Vintage Celadon + True Turquoise

Fourth Row: Cobalt Blue, Blue Blue + Stillwater Blue

Fifth Row: Dark Iris, Wild Violet + Bougainvillea Pink

Bottom Row: Crocus Bud, Stonewall Gray + Kettle Black

Gauge

20 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, using either Yarn A or Yarn B

Size

Finished Dimensions: 17½ inches wide x 72 inches long

Pattern

Using Yarn A, cast on 355 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On. (A little tip: When you’re casting on so many stitches, it helps to place a marker or piece of scrap yarn every 50 stitches, so if you lose your place, you don’t have to start counting from the very beginning! Remove them as you work the first row.)

Row 1 (wrong side): K2, purl to last 2 stitches, k2.

Row 2 (right side): K1, p1, knit to last 2 stitches, p1, k1.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you’ve used both skeins of Yarn A or until piece measures approximately 8 inches from cast-on edge, ending with a right-side row.

Cut Yarn A, if necessary.

Join Yarn B.

Continue in pattern, repeating Rows 1 and 2, until approximately 6 to 7 yards of Yarn B remain or until piece measures approximately 17½ inches from cast-on edge, ending with a wrong-side row.

Bind off in pattern.

Weave in ends and block as desired!

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Looking for more inspiration? Explore all of our free knitting patterns and knitting tutorials, buy one of our many knitting kits and yarn bundles, and shop for beautiful yarn. We have over 35 gorgeous natural fiber yarns in 100’s of magnificent colors, designed to bring integrity, beauty, and joy to your next knitting project and only available at Purl Soho!