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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Rosebud Pink Wrap

It's all finished! As you can see, I used the closest model available (hey, it matches his tongue). I must say, Finn is getting better at modeling knitwear. When he modeled the Wabenschal, he wasn't nearly as relaxed as he is in the Rosebud Pink Wrap.
All the details if you care: the pattern is a free one written by Classic Elite for two strands of laceweight. Since two strands of laceweight are basically fingering weight, I used a single strand of fingering weight yarn instead. I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Geisha (70% kid mohair/20% silk/10% nylon) in the Rosebud colorway. I used 1286 yards of yarn according to the weight of the finished wrap. I used a US 6 (4.0 mm) needle and I only increased to 175 stitches across instead of the 210 the pattern calls for. My finished wrap after gently blocking is 25 inches by 79 inches.
This was a very easy project (it's essentially a giant garter stitch dishcloth) and while I was a little concerned that I would get bored, this turned out to be a really great project to take places and work on while I waited on Caleb. It was also a good TV project. I think if someone were looking for a gift for a non knitter, this should definitely be something to consider - it's just garter stitch so it's more in the commercial "pashmina" style than an intricate lace stole, if you make it in superwash yarn (sock yarn would be great) they can take care of it really easily and all it would take is laying it out damp and smoothing out the rectangle to dry to block it. This wrap would be great in a more colorful handpainted yarn (my yarn has subtle variations of pink) and would be fun in a multicolor.



Anonymous Robby said...

Hmmm, never thought to coordinate the knitting with the cat's tongue. Cat hair? Nearly every day. Thanks so much for posting the details, as it gives me more to go on for making something a bit smaller. Yours is gorgeous.

8:12 AM  
Blogger PogKnits said...

Those pictures of Finn totally cracked me up!

10:31 AM  
Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Looks so delicate in the pink.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Hi! Just want to send a friendly hello from Vancouver, B.C. I check into your blog every day and love the classy style and endless inspiration you deploy. Thanks so much for always smiling through your words and photos -- love the Rosebud wrap on Finn! Your, seemingly endless, talent and knitting inspiration has helped germinate some lovely items which I will always treasure. Thanks again - Catherine

3:16 PM  
Blogger Bridget said...

It's really lovely! Finn looks quite pleased with the whole thing ...

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Kay said...

I have to compliment you on your choice of models.....he is sooooo handsome!!

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

Loved Finn as your model. He looked adorable and so cooperative.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

The wrap looks soft and would be the perfect thing do wear in the evenings. Of course Finn makes everything look good and I'm quite surprised he hasn't claimed it, something nice and soft to cuddle with.

9:17 PM  

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