We especially love that our beautiful Seamed Wrap takes care of itself: no loose ends, no knotting, no finagling. A self-sufficient design with effortless style built right in? Yes!
The clever construction couldn’t be simpler. You knit a long rectangle, fold it in half, then seam together a section of the cast-on and bind-off edges to create an opening for your head. From 2-D to 3-D just like that!
The elegant woven look comes from one of our all-time favorite stitch patterns, the linen stitch. A simple slip-stitch pattern that remarkably recreates a woven textile, no loom necessary!
For a design that’s so thrown-on-and-go chic, we turned to Season Alpaca, our gorgeous 100% super baby alpaca with just the right drape. Pick your base color and then just the right contrast color for the band of two-color stitching that adds a make-it-yours moment.
The real point here is to have some fun with this little garment. Wear the seam sideways, in front, or even in back; layer it over or under; add flair to an outfit or warmth to a woods walk… Free your spirit!
Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.
- Main Color: 3 (4, 6) skeins of Purl Soho’s Season Alpaca, 100% super baby alpaca. Each skein is 218 yards; approximately 655 (855, 1215) yards required. We used Dove Gray.
- Contrast Color: 1 (1, 1) skein of Season Alpaca. Approximately 75 (85, 130) yards required. We used High Tide.
- US 7, 40- or 47-inch circular needles
- Spare US 7 or smaller circular needles
28 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in Linen Stitch
To fit approximate chest circumference of 28–38 (40–50, 52–62) inches
Finished Dimensions: 44 (50, 58) inches wide by 15 (17, 21) inches long
For our sample we made the Adult Medium size.
You knit this piece in one flat panel, then fold it in half and seam it along the top edge, leaving an opening for the head.
This pattern works over an even number of stitches.
With Main Color (MC), cast on 308 (350, 406) stitches, using a basic Long Tail Cast On.
Work in Linen Stitch as follows…
Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in front (wyif), *p1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in back (wyib), repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Row 2 (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyif, *k1, slip 1 purlwise wyif, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 11 (13, 15½) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.
Work Two-Color Stripe
In this section, work Linen Stitch with two colors…
Join Contrast Color (CC).
**With CC, repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Linen Stitch one time.
With MC, repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Linen Stitch one time.
Repeat from ** for 3 (3, 4) inches, ending with Row 2 of CC.
Continue In One-Color Linen Stitch
With MC only, repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Linen Stitch for 1 (1, 1½) inch(es), ending with Row 1.
Bind Off + Seam
NOTE: For this section, here is how to bind of “in pattern”: With right side facing you, k2, pass first stitch over, slip 1 purlwise wyif, pass stitch over, *k1, pass stitch over, slip 1 purlwise wyif, pass stitch over, repeat from * until directed number of stitches have been bound off.
Bind off 14 (14, 24) stitches in pattern (see Note above) transfer last stitch from bind-off to spare needles and continuing with spare needles, *slip 1 purlwise wyif, k1, repeat from * until there are 67 (77, 87) stitches on spare needles (including last stitch from bind-off), slip 1 wyif. Leave these stitches on spare needles. [68, 78, 88, total stitches on spare needles]
Using main needles, bind off 144 (166, 182) stitches in pattern.
Fold piece in half by aligning selvages, right sides facing each other and stitches on both needles parallel to each other.
Work a 3-needle Bind-Off beginning with the first stitch on the main needles and the last stitch worked on the spare needles, joining together these two sections of the bind off row [68 (78, 88) stitches each] until you have bound off all the stitches on the spare needles. [14 (14, 24) stitches remain]
With right side facing you, bind off remaining 14 (14, 24) stitches in pattern.
Turn piece inside out.
Weave in the ends and wet block.