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Easy Eyelet Wrap

The Eyelet Wrap fanned out.

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If you want to knit someone (yourself included) a shawl on the double, this easy Eyelet Wrap is a relatively quick project that's really easy and makes a big impact. Worked on size 9 US needles and with a really easy pattern repeat, it goes faster than most lacy projects of its size.

It's a great choice for covering up in a cool restaurant during the summer or to wear to a spring or summer wedding. The bamboo/acrylic blend is light, soft, pretty and machine washable; what could be better?

Materials:

  • 3 skeins Naturally Caron.com Spa (I used color 6, Berry Frappe) or about 690 yards of medium weight yarn of your choice
  • size 9 US (5.5 mm) circular knitting needle, at least 24 inches long
  • size I/9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook
  • tape measure, scissors, yarn needle

Gauge:

Gauge is not that critical, but I got 14 stitches and 17 rows per 4 inches (3.5 stitches and 4.25 rows per inch) in Eyelet Pattern, unstretched.

Size:

After blocking and relaxing from blocking, my shawl measured about 30 inches by 41.5 inches.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 121 stitches. Do not join in round, but work back and forth in rows.
  2. Work the Eyelet Pattern as follows:
    • Row 1: Knit 1, *yarn over, knit 2 together. Repeat from * across.
    • Rows 2 and 4: Purl.
    • Row 3: *K2tog, yo. Repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
  3. Continue in pattern until piece measures about 38 inches, ending with an eyelet row.
  4. Bind off in purl.
  5. Block the piece and pin aggressively. Allow to dry thoroughly before unpinning. If you use the Spa yarn, which is mostly acrylic, the project will "relax" a bit after blocking and come out smaller than the measurements you blocked to.
  6. Weave in ends.
  7. Using the crochet hook, single crochet around the outside edge, working 3 stitches into each corner.

This wrap can be worn as a rectangle or folded corner to corner and worn as a triangle. It has a lot of stretch so it can be tied in front, or you can use a shawl pin to keep it in place.

Note also that it's not absolutely critical to remember which eyelet row you are on. Mess ups can be considered a design feature and actually add interest to the finished shawl.

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