Simple, elegant and pretty are all things I appreciate in a garment and a project, and I think Miranda ticks all the boxes. I like the oblong shaping (which always fits so well), the simple lace, and the use of basic garter stitch to create texture and visual interest. I like that it’s simple enough to look like it *could* have come from a store, but it’s sophisticated enough that you’d never find anything like it for sale commercially. I also like that it’s great for transitional seasons since it’s made with Quince & Co Sparrow linen (ON SALE NOW!). Plus, it only takes 4 skeins, so it isn’t going to become your life’s work (which is ok by me in the summer).
- 78″ [198 cm] wingspan and 12″(30.5 cm) deep at center
I came across this prettly little summer wrap today and I had to share! It’s a great warm weather knit, take to the cottage, road-trip friendly knit. Plus, it’s made with linen, so its wearable all season too. I love the texture, the pattern makes really good use of two different weights of Quince & Co’s linen (which you know I LURV) for a creative & beautiful effect. Wearable, knitterly, and beautiful – my favourite trifecta!
Handmaiden Casbah 5Ply Gradient Wrap Kits
We’ve restocked these super popular kits with your favourite bright, springy colours! They’re great for knitters of all skill levels, for beginner to more experienced, and make a great gift. The project requires 4mm/US6-36″circular needles (or longer), which are sold separately. Handmaiden Casbah 5ply is soft, squishy, and delicious to knit & wear!
Each kit comes with:
Easy Garter Scarfy Wrap
This project is the brainchild of my friend Jo, and I’m very grateful that she came up with this simple solution because it’s GREAT! This wrap drapes like a big scarf, but is also equally wearable as a wrap. The pattern is almost totally brainless; it’s a great second or third project for a beginner knitter, but it also works equally well for more experienced knitters hanging out on the patio with a beer or a cocktail.
It’s designed with the Handmaiden Casbah 5ply Gradient Kits (which we are constantly restocking), but you can use any DK or Sport weight yarn (or if you want to play around with the base math you can use other weights of yarn). You can make it as a gradient colourway, like ours, or use a single variegated, solid, semi-solid, ombre, or even self-striping yarn – it’s such a simple shape that just about anything goes, it’s totally flex.
As an aside, we are always restocking the Handmaiden Casbah 5ply Gradient Kits, but they are all one of a kind and individually dyed, so no two will be exactly alike.
Thank You Jo!
14.5″/37cm wide x 76″/190cm long
I’m sorry it’s taken so long to blog this FO! My Nuvem was done a while ago, but as you can imagine, winter is a hairy time of year in a knitting store, and non-winter projects tend to get shoved down the priority list. Anyway, I loved it. I loved making it, and I love the finished project. As soon as it was complete I started planning the next one! I used a yarn we no longer carry (Wollmeise Lace) but you can really use any lace weight or fingering weight yarn. You can also make a larger version (like this one) or a smaller wrap (we did one few years ago): See our Nuvems on Ravelry HERE!
The hardest part of the project was the cast on. Once you get going it’s almost mindless – great for binge-watching can’t-look-away shows or those times in your life where ‘brain-no-work-good’.
Notes for Next Time
I’d like to make my next Nuvem in a lighter weight laceweight yarn, I’m thinking something really airy and lofty, like Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino. The yarn I used last time is lovely, but it’s heavier and closer to a fingering weight – perfect for fall, but I want something lighter for spring. The lighter weight yarn will also pack smaller and be easier to cart around
I also really liked using interchangeable needles for my Nuvem: when the project got really large I was able to transfer all the stitches onto a single needle with a very, very long cord (I went to 60″). I used the Addi Turbo interchangeable needles (I already had a set so I bought an extra set of tips), but the Knitter’s Pride interchangeables are also a great, economical option since the extra cables only cost $3.47.
PS. Unfortunately, the belt in the picture above isn’t available for sale anywhere: I found it about 10 years ago at a vintage store in San Francisco.
Handmaiden Casbah 5Ply Gradient Wrap Kits
Soft and luxurious, Cashbah 5 Ply is a wonderful DK weight yarn made with cashmere and merino! These gradient sets transition from one skein to another naturally, and have an amazing depth to their colours. Each skein is 82m(87 yards)/50g (80% merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon). Made in Canada. Each kit is individually dyed, no two are exactly alike, images may vary a bit.
- 5 skeins of Casbah 5ply yarn (398m total)
This free wrap/scarf is an easy, mindless knit that will make a very popular gift. It would equally gorgeous with a self-striping yarn like Noro Silk Garden, or a hand-painted yarn like Malabrigo Rios or Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande.
- 6mm/US10 needles (5.5mm/US9 for Alegria Grande or Rios)
- tapestry/darning needle
- FREE Pattern