English Mustard Wrap
I have referred to this design as my labor of love on many occasions. I started it in 2017 but it took me until spring 2018 to actually finish it. A year felt like a very long time to be designing and making a crocheted wrap. Why did it take me so long I here you ask? For many reasons, but I think mostly because I didn’t focus on it as I should have.
Just after I started this wrap in early 2017 my Dad was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. My Dad and my family were devastated by the news. In the months that followed I found solace in crochet. It took me to an altogether different space in my head where it helped me come to terms with what my family and more especially my Dad was facing and gave me the strength to get through it.
I had ordered some beautiful Drops Alpaca Uni colour in a 3 ply yarn that matched beautifully with a light coat I had just bought. I love this mustard colour it’s one of my favourite colours and is so sunny and warm on a chilly spring or autumn day and I had been eyeing the crosshatch stitch aka basket weave stitch for a while. The basket weave stitch and the alpaca yarn seemed the perfect pairing so I set off with gusto.
My fatal mistake was that as usual I started with the wrap being much to wide. I had used about 4 balls of yarn by the time I realised that the wrap had turned in to a throw that would look beautiful at the bottom of my bed but not so beautiful wrapped around my coat as it was just too bi, so frogging commenced. This not the start I would recommend after crocheting 4 balls of delicate 3 ply alpaca yarn it isn’t that easy to preserve through unpicking. After unpicking many knots and felting many breaks I started again with a much more reserved width. I’ve now noted down the different widths of scarf and wraps that work for me so that I don’t make the same mistake next time I begin a design! I’ve also learnt the hard way that a test swatch will tell you so much and is worth the effort when you start a project.
Now I’ve told my story I am sharing the pattern so that you don’t have to do the thinking or the frogging! You can take yourself to a better place in your head when you make this beautiful wrap.
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6 balls Drops alpaca 3 ply in colour 2923 Goldenrod (167 m per ball, 1002 m total)
3 mm (US size C/2) crochet hook
Tapestry needle for weaving in your ends
Gauge: 10 cm wide x 10 cm tall = 6 sets of stitches x 11 rows
1 set of stitches = ch3, 3trc
Finished size: 35cm wide by 180cm long
Abbreviations (UK terms)
Ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet
trc = treble crochet
Main body of the wrap.
Chain 130 turn
Row 1: Skip 2 ch (counts as 1 trc), 2 trc into the next ch, *skip 3 ch, 1 dc in to the next ch, 3 ch, 1 trc into each of the next 3 ch*, repeat * to * to the last 4 ch, skip 3 ch, 1 dc in the last ch, turn.
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 trc), 2 trc into 1st dc, *skip 3 trc, 1 dc into 1st of 3 ch, 3 ch, 1 trc into next 2 ch, 1 trc into the next dc, repeat * to * ending by skipping 2 trc, 1 dc into top of the turning ch, turn.
Row 3 onward: repeat row 2 until the piece measures 176 cm long. You can adjust the size by crocheting more or less rows. Cast off on your last row.
Row 1: With the right side facing you cast on at the top left corner. You will crochet down the left side of the scarf to start. Ch 1, 1 dc in each st of the starting ch 3 to the end, [this will be 3 dc’s per row] in the last st 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc to form a corner. You should now be at the starting row of the main body of the scarf. 1 dc in the back loop of each starting ch across, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in the last st to form a corner. Repeat as for the first side with 1 dc in each st up the second side of the scarf. 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc to form the corner. You will now have reached the final row of the scarf, 1 dc in each st across. Finish with a sl st in to the starting dc.
Row 2: ch 1,* 1dc, ch1, 1dc in the first corner, 1dc in each st to the next corner*. Repeat * to * to the end joining with a sl st in the first dc.
Row 3: Sl st in to the corner and first dc in the row, ch 3, skip the first 3 dc *1 trc in the next dc, ch 3, 1 trc around the stem of the previous trc, 4 times in the same place, skip the next 3 dc*, repeat * to *,at the corner put your first ch 3 in the first dc of the next side, repeat * to * treating each corner the same until you reach the last trc group. Ch 3, skip 3 dc, 1 sl st in 1st chain of the starting ch 3.
To finish the wrap weave in and trim your ends, wash it on a hand wash cycle at 20 degrees with a suitable hand wash detergent, do not use a fabric softener. Dry flat if you can or hang it to dry shaping it as it dries.
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