Free Pattern Alert!

May 4, 2011 § 7 Comments

Happy Wednesday, dear readers! In honor of making it halfway through the week, we’re offering up a free pattern today!

Hilary Carr is an up and coming knitwear designer who loves all things classic and simple, drawing inspiration from clean lines and all things natural. She currently works at Nina in Chicago, enjoys being around yarn and occasionally teaches classes. She is thrilled to design a piece for a yarn company that has a mission to be sweet to people and the environment.

Her inspiration for this piece actually came from the idea of being wrapped in a cocoon. Hilary wanted something as organic as possible, which resulted in a wrap that is completely seamless, symmetrical and reversible. It is not intended to be a fitted garment. Just drape it around the body for a relaxing, warm, and comforting feeling!

The pattern is available below and will be up on Ravelry next week.

Happy knitting!

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Boucle Cocoon

Sizes: XS/S (M/L)

Yarn:  4 balls of Be Sweet Boucle Mohair or Be Sweet Brushed Mohair

Needles:  24” circular size 11 and dpns size 11

(optional: 16” size 11 to help transition from dpns to 24”)

Gauge:  11 stitches & 14 rows= 4”

Note:  The piece doesn’t “bloom” to size until it is off the needles and blocked.

SM – slip marker

M1R – Make one right.  Bring the tip of the left-hand needle under the strand between stitches, from back to front. Knit this loop.

M1L – Make one left.  Bring the tip of the left-hand needle under the strand between stitches, from front to back. Knit through the back of the loop.

CO 36 stitches LOOSELY and divide evenly onto 3 or 4 dpns.

Join, being careful not to twist. Knit 2 rounds even, placing markers at the beginning of the round and at the halfway point (18 stitches from beginning of round)

Begin increasing as follows:

Rnd 1:  K to one stitch before end of round, M1R, k1

Rnd 2:  K1, M1L, knit to end of round

Repeat these two rounds 3 more times, for a total of 44 sts.  Then begin the following:

Rnd 3:  K to one stitch before marker, M1R, k1, SM, k1, M1L, knit to last stitch before beginning of round, M1R, k1

Rnd 4:  K1, M1L, knit to end of round

Repeat these two rounds 3 times more, for a total of 60 sts.  If 16” circulars are available, switch to them any time after this point.  Otherwise, keep working on dpns.  Begin the following:

Rnd 5:  K to 2 sts before 1st marker, M1R, k1, M1R, k1, SM, k1, M1L, k1, M1L, knit until 2 stitches remain, M1R, k1, M1R, K1

Rnd 6:  K1, M1L, k1, M1L, knit to end of round.

Repeat these two rounds 3 times more, for a total of 92 sts.  Switch to 24” circulars.  Repeat the above two rounds 7 (9) more times, for a total of 148 (164) sts.  Then begin the following:

Rnd 7:  K to one stitch before marker, M1R, k1, SM, k1, M1L, knit to last stitch before beginning of round, M1R, k1

Rnd 8:  K1, M1L, knit to end of round

Repeat rounds 7 & 8 once more, then knit 1 round – 156 (172) sts.  Work these 3 rounds (rnds 7, 8, and the knit round) 4 (6) more times, for a total of 172 (196) sts.

Knit 1 (4) round(s) even.

Bind off 86 (98) sts VERY loosely, and preferably on a needle as big as a 15 or 17.  Cut yarn, leaving tail to weave in.  Place remaining 86 (98) stitches on holder or another set of circular needles.

Repeat instructions for other half, cutting yarn leaving tail of at least 168” for kitchener stitch.

Using kitchener stitch, holding work with wrong sides held together, graft together remaining 86 stitches from each piece.  This is a long kitchener seam, so be patient and take it slowly.  It’s hardest in the beginning when the yarn tail is so long, but it helps to pull a large portion of the tail through the needle to shorten the overall length while you work with it (just make sure you don’t double it into the kitchener seam).  After every 10 stitches or so, check your tension and adjust as necessary.

Optional tie:

CO 6 stitches and work i-cord until tie measures 58” or desired length.

Weave in all ends and block to stretch into shape.

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§ 7 Responses to Free Pattern Alert!

  • jwitt33 says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the clean lines, and the wraparound soft look of it! I can see how you would feel like you were wrapped in a cocoon thanks to the mohair yarn :)

  • Linda says:

    This shrug is a sweet hug!

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  • jan hagan says:

    merry christmas everyone, this is perfect, is there an approximate yardage? maybe i missed it? also do you have any hints on knitting with boucle? i get frustrated cause my needle gets caught in the loops, i knit japanese/european style, ie kinda like crocheting, picking the stitches vs throwing the yarn?

    any help would be appreciated

    jan in palatka

  • Amanda J says:

    I looove this! I may try to make this for myself. It looks so comfy and stylish too!

  • DailyCraft says:

    Hi there,

    I just wanted to let you know that we featured this gorgeous pattern on the DailyCraft Facebook page this morning (https://www.facebook.com/DailyCraft). We’d love it if you could link back to us or let your readers know about us. I’m hoping to work on this over the weekend as a nice knit for cold summer nights.

    Thanks!
    DailyCraft – your daily dose of arts & crafts projects

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