Ocean Currents Wrap
Turn the tides in your favor with our Ocean Currents Wrap! An easy-lace layer that’s both elemental and effervescent, it carries the calm beauty of a seascape and the drama of the ocean’s surprises.
To suggest the subtle shifts of color and texture in ocean depths and crests, we put together a sublime combo of yarns: earthy Cattail Silk for a grounding beach walk and wild Tussock for windswept surf.
Chart your (color) course with our Ocean Currents Wrap Bundle (no longer available), which comes in six wide-ranging palettes. Here we used Cattail Silk’s light-filled Willow Tea green with the bright blue blast of Tussock’s Cerulean Sea.
The lace pattern is a simple 4-row repeat, ideal for knitters who are new to stitch patterns or anyone who prefers their lacework less intricate. Barbara Walker, who wrote the definitive stitch pattern logs, calls it Bead Stitch. But we see those beads as drops in the ocean, and many drops make this wonderful, watery wrap!
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- Yarn A: 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Cattail Silk, 100% silk. Each skein is 618 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 1,095 yards required. We used the color Willow Tea.
- Yarn B: 4 skeins of Purl Soho’s Tussock, 60% super fine kid mohair and 40% silk. Each skein is 328 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 1,184 total yards required. We used the color Cerulean Sea.
- US 4 (3.5 mm) circular or straight needles
Here are five more pretty palettes (NOTE: the Ocean Currents Wrap Bundles are no longer available.)…
Moon White + Gray Quartz
Yarn A: Cattail Silk in Moon White; Yarn B: Tussock in Gray Quartz
Porcelain White + Yellow Mimosa
Yarn A: Cattail Silk in Porcelain White; Yarn B: Tussock in Yellow Mimosa
Pale Wisteria + Bright Thistle
Yarn A: Cattail Silk in Pale Wisteria; Yarn B: Tussock in Bright Thistle
Rabbit-Ear Pink + Ripe Boysenberry
Yarn A: Cattail Silk in Rabbit-Ear Pink; Yarn B: Tussock in Ripe Boysenberry
Flower Field Gray + Bright Jade
Yarn A: Cattail Silk in Flower Field Gray; Yarn B: Tussock in Bright Jade
25 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern, holding together a strand of Yarn A and a strand of Yarn B
Finished Dimensions: Approximately 15 inches wide x 70 inches long
This stitch pattern works over a multiple of 7 + 2 stitches.
With one strand of Yarn A and one strand of Yarn B, cast on 93 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.
Set-Up Row (wrong side): Purl to end of row.
Row 2 (wrong side): P1, *purl 2 together through back loop (p2tog tbl), yo, p3, yo, purl 2 together (p2tog), repeat from * to last stitch, p1.
Row 3: *K2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2.
Row 4: P1, *p2, yo, purl 3 together (p3tog), yo, p2, repeat from * to last stitch, p1.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until piece measures 70 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 4.
With the right side facing you, bind off knitwise.
Weave in the ends and gently wet block.