With its columns of bobbles and sprays of eyelets, our Hollyhock Wrap, designed by Catherine Li-Abrams, brings the beauty of this dramatic flower to your needles!
Catherine’s wrap elegantly combines an array of techniques to keep you as busy as a bee. Engaging and exciting, it still has enough repetition that you can relax into the knitting.
From bobbles and a bit of lace to a mini herringbone, if any of the stitches are new to you, our tutorials throughout the pattern will help your knitting bloom!
Catherine designed the Hollyhock Wrap to grow from a point into a triangle. Once at its full width, the length of the piece continues in herringbone stitch. You’ll work a second triangle and graft the two pieces together, then add a lovely tassel for the final touch.
Our Sweetgrass, with its palette of undyed neutrals and incredibly soft feel, is a wonderful complement to this gorgeous design. Sixty-five percent organic cotton and 35% superfine alpaca, this yarn is both elegant and warm. Knit with two strands held together, the Hollyhock Wrap uses just four skeins of this natural beauty!
Designed for Purl Soho by Catherine Li-Abrams. Based in Toronto, Catherine is a longtime-knitter-turned-knitwear-designer. She is inspired by color, texture, and the natural world. Catherine works to tell a story through her designs, one of connection, community, and a shared love of yarn and knitting!
Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoHollyhockWrap, and #PurlSohoSweetgrass. We can’t wait to see what you make!
- 4 skeins of Purl Soho’s Sweetgrass, 65% organic cotton and 35% superfine alpaca. Each skein is approximately 437 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 1748 yards required. We used the color Walnut Shell.
- US 6 (4 mm) straight or 24-inch circular needles
- A stitch marker
- A spare needle, US 6 or smaller
21 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, with yarn doubled
22½ stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Herringbone Stitch, with yarn doubled
Finished Dimensions: 16 inches wide x 72 inches long, excluding tassels
You will work this wrap flat in two pieces, beginning with one Bobble Lace Triangle and knitting to end of Center Panel. You will put these stitches on hold, then cast on and work one more Bobble Lace Triangle. You will graft the two pieces together with Kitchener Stitch, then make and attach tassels to each tip of the wrap to finish.
Throughout this pattern, you will pull two strands together. The easiest way to do this is to wind two skeins into separate balls, or you can wind one skein into a center-pull ball and pull one strand from the inside and one from the outside.
Worked over a multiple of 3 stitches plus 1.
Row 1 (right side): K1, *yarn over (yo), [slip 1 knitwise, k2, pass slipped stitch over], repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2 (wrong side): P1, *yo, [slip 1 purlwise, p2, pass slipped stitch over], repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.
MB (MAKE BOBBLE)
[Knit front and back] 2 times into next stitch, then knit into front one more time. Turn work so wrong side is facing you, purl 2 together (p2tog), p1, p2tog. Turn work so right side is facing you, knit 3 together. Fluff bobble, if necessary.
M1LP (MAKE 1 LEFT PURLWISE)
With wrong side facing you, use left needle to pick up horizontal strand between last stitch you knit and next stitch, bringing needle from front to back, then purl through back loop of strand. For more information, visit our Make 1 Purlwise Tutorial.
FIRST BOBBLE LACE TRIANGLE
With yarn held double (see Notes), cast on 3 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.
Row 1 (Increase Row, right side): Knit front and back (kfb), knit to last stitch, kfb. [2 stitches increased]
Row 2 (wrong side): Purl to end of row.
Rows 3–18: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 eight more times. [21 stitches]
Row 19 (right side): Kfb, k8, p1, make bobble (MB, see Notes), p1, k8, kfb. [23 stitches]
Row 20: Repeat Row 2.
Row 21: Kfb, k7, p1, MB, p3, MB, p1, k7, kfb. [25 stitches]
Row 22: Repeat Row 2.
Row 23: Kfb, k10, p1, MB, p1, k10, kfb. [27 stitches]
Row 24: Repeat Row 2.
Rows 25–27: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 one more time, then repeat Row 1 one more time. [31 stitches]
WORK BOBBLE LACE
Update, 10/24/22: A previous version of this pattern required moving the marker in the bobble lace section every other row. We have since updated the marker placement so you only move it once per repeat. Both versions are correct, but if you would like a copy of the previous version please contact us at email@example.com.
Set-Up Row (wrong side): P22, place marker (pm), p9.
Row 1 (right side): Kfb, knit to 2 stitches before marker, k2tog, sm, k3, yo, k7, yo, k3, ssk, knit to last stitch, kfb. [33 stitches]
Row 2 (wrong side): Purl to end of row, slipping marker as you come to it.
Row 3: Kfb, knit to 2 stitches before marker, k2tog, sm, k3, yo, k3, p1, MB, p1, k3, yo, k3, ssk, knit to last stitch, kfb. [35 stitches]
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Kfb, knit to 2 stitches before marker, k2tog, sm, k3, yo, k2, p1, MB, p3, MB, p1, k2, yo, k3, ssk, knit to last stitch, kfb. [37 stitches]
Row 6: Repeat Row 2.
Row 7: Kfb, knit to 2 stitches before marker, k2tog, remove marker, k3, yo, pm, k5, p1, MB, p1, k5, yo, k3, ssk, knit to last stitch, kfb. [39 stitches]
Row 8: Repeat Row 2.
Repeat Rows 1–8 six more times, removing marker on final row. [87 stitches]
FINISH BOBBLE LACE TRIANGLE
Row 1 (right side): Knit to end of row.
Row 2 (wrong side): Purl to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 four more times.
Next Row (right side): Knit to last 2 stitches, kfb, k1. [88 stitches]
Next Row (wrong side): Purl to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Herringbone Stitch (see Notes) until piece measures 40 inches from beginning of Center Panel, ending with Row 1.
Next Row (wrong side): P1, *make 1 left purlwise (m1Lp, see Notes), slip 1 purlwise, p2, pass slipped stitch over 2 purl stitches, repeat from * to end of row.
Place stitches on spare needles and cut yarn.
SECOND BOBBLE LACE TRIANGLE
Work as for First Bobble Lace Triangle, ending before Center Panel, and omitting final wrong side row. [88 stitches]
Leave stitches on needles and cut yarn, leaving a 1-yard tail for grafting.
Hold two sets of live stitches (end of Center Panel and end of Second Bobble Lace Triangle) parallel to each other with wrong sides facing. Use the 1-yard tail and Kitchener Stitch to graft stitches together.
WEAVE IN ENDS + BLOCK
Weave in the ends, and gently wet block to finished dimensions.
Using a piece of cardboard that is 7½ inches long by at least 4 inches wide, hold yarn double and wrap it 80 times the long way around the cardboard. Visit our Tassel Tutorial to finish. Make an identical second tassel and use the tails to attach each tassel to the cast-on points of each Triangle.
Gently steam tassels and enjoy your wrap!