Our Chiaroscuro Wrap ambles through the value scale, confirming what we knew all along, that without shadow, there is no light!
In simple seed stitch flowing from color to color, our Chiaroscuro Wrap is as if a light has cast its long shadow across a winter wood… Absolutely gorgeous!
This drift through nature’s subtleties? It is the work of our newest yarn, Cygnet. An exquisite blend of 70% undyed white cashmere and 30% natural-color baby alpaca, Cygnet’s four delicate shades span a range of soft gray-browns, like a little bevy of baby swans!
Knitting up at a fingering weight, Cygnet is nice and light but also as toasty as can be with its one-two cashmere-alpaca punch! We love the warmth, the softness, and the drape, but most of all, we love the natural beauty.
Special for this holiday season, our Chiaroscuro Wrap Gift Bundle includes enough Cygnet for either the scarf or wrap version of this pattern, plus a postcard with a link to this page and a Purl Soho tote… For all the knitters in your life who appreciate a trip from the shadows into the light!
Share your progress + connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoChiaroscuroWrap, and #PurlSohoCygnet. We can’t wait to see what you make!
Update: Five-Shade Chiaroscuro Wrap
September 22, 2021
We’ve updated our original Four-Shade Chiaroscuro Wrap to include the newest addition to the undyed beauty of our Cygnet, a mix of 70% undyed white cashmere and 30% natural-color alpaca. We love how Rock Salt adds to the beauty of this Wrap. To see the newest addition to these stunning Wraps, click here!
Our Chiaroscuro Wrap Gift Bundle includes…
- 4 (8) skeins of Purl Soho’s Cygnet, 70% undyed white cashmere and 30% undyed alpaca. Each skein is 164 yards/ 50 grams; approximately 164 (328) yards required per color.
- Color A: 1 (2) skein(s) of Heirloom White
- Color B: 1 (2) skein(s) of Silver Stone
- Color C: 1 (2) skein(s) of Weathered Gray
- Color D: 1 (2) skein(s) of Ash Bark
- A postcard with a link to this free pattern
- A Purl Soho canvas tote bag
You’ll also need…
- US 2 (3 mm) straight or 24-inch circular needles
30 stitches and 51 rows = 4 inches in seed stitch
Finished Dimensions: 7 (14) inches wide x 69 inches long
Sample: The piece shown here is the Wrap size.
This pattern works over any odd number of stitches.
With Color A, cast on 53 (105) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.
Row 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Repeat Row 1 until you have used as much of Color A as you can, ending at the end of a row and approximately 17 inches from cast-on edge.
Switch to Color B and repeat Row 1 until you have used as much of Color B as you can, ending on the same side you ended Color A.
Repeat with Colors C and D, making sure to always switch colors on the same side. For Color D, end with a couple yards left over for binding off.
Bind-Off Row: K1, *p1, pass first stitch over, k1, pass first stitch over, repeat from * to end of row.
Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitch.
Weave in the ends and gently wet block.