Posted by Kristine Vejar on July 31, 2016 1 Comment
There is a common theme in my life. I fall in love with a skein of yarn that is one of many things: soft, shiny, a color I find irresistible, and / or from a special farm. I want this yarn to come home with me. And I want to knit this yarn and to wear it (immediately). Though, let's be honest, I am also a little brain-dead at night from working all day. I want to knit something simple - I want the focus to be on the yarn as I knit, not so much on the pattern. I want something that's not going to take a ton of time, because I want to get to the wearing part of the knitting experience. I want to feel that gorgeous skein of yarn around my neck. Taking all of this into account, I designed a new wrap, shawl, bandana thing-y!
Announcing Verb's newest knitting pattern; the Simpatico Wrap. It's a large swathe of fabric (depending on the size you choose to knit) that can effortlessly wrap around your neck and shoulders. The Simpatico Wrap is the perfect vehicle to use a wide range of yarns - anything from a lace weight to DK weight - from silk to wool to linen. Use two different yarns to create contrast with color, texture, fiber type, etc. Use two colors of the same yarn, two yarns of the same color - or both!
The Simpatico Wrap is knit on the bias, creating a fabric which elegantly drapes around your neck and shoulders. Knitting fabric on the bias is easy and adds a little oomph to the knitting process. While we want this knit to be easy, we don't want it to be boring. Plus, you start with one stitch and end with two stitches, so casting on and binding off are easy.
Though this pattern is simple, there is a twist. Once you have knit through your first skein of yarn (or until your desired width), you switch to your second skein of yarn and start purling. So, when you go to wear your new Simpatico, when you fold the square in half to wrap it around your neck, not only do you have an extra-thick luxurious fabric, both ends peeking out will be the knit-side of the fabric. Tres chic!
We have a brand new yarn, named Dress Circle. It is made of US wool and silk and milled in Maine. This is our 5th US made yarn! The Simpatico Wrap gave us the perfect opportunity to get this yarn on the needles. Sarah chose to go with more contrast, and chose Dress Circle in Indigo Blue Sky paired with Floating (alpaca, silk, cashmere) in Quartz.
For this pinky-peach version of the Simpatico, I used Verb's Even Tinier Annapurna in Early Girl and Floating in Petroglyph. I really liked knitting with the Early Girl as there are little pops of color as I knit. That said, I typically like to wear solid, subdued colors, so I chose Floating in Petroglyph to pair with Early Girl. Another reason I really like this pattern is because I can get a little wild with a variegated yarn but keep it calm by pairing it with a solid.
Sometimes, I like to wear my Square Wrap casually tossed and knotted around my neck. Other times, when it is a bit chillier out, I pull the ends in close to my neck and secure with one of my favorite pins - like the one shown below - from Fog Linen.
We have created a selection of kits including yarn - including all of the yarn shown in the above examples. Click here to see the beautiful array of yarn and colors!
And go here to add this pattern to your queue on Ravelry.
Small (Medium, Large)
31"x 31" (35"x35", 40"x40")
Small (lavender): Yarn A - Alchemy Yarns Silken Straw (100% silk; 236 yards / 40g), Fieldstone or color of your choice, 1 skein, & Yarn B - Alchemy Yarns Lust (70% wool, 30% silk; 288 yards / 53 g), Fieldstone or color of your choice, 1 skein
Medium (blue/silver): Yarn A - A Verb for Keeping Warm Dress Circle (70% US Merino, 30% mulberry silk; 490 yards / 100 g), Indigo Blue Sky or color of your choice, 1 sk, & Yarn B - A Verb for Keeping Warm Floating (70% superfine alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere; 437 yards / 100 g), Quartz or color of your choice, 1 skein
Large (peach): Yarn A - A Verb for Keeping Warm Floating (70% superfine alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere; 437 yards / 100 g), Petroglyph or color of your choice, 1 skein, & Yarn B - A Verb for Keeping Warm Even Tinier Annapurna (80% superwash Merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 565 yards / 4 oz), Early Girl or color of your choice, 1 skein
One US 8 (5.0 mm) 24in or 32in circular needle
16 stitches and 28 rows / 4" in stockinette stitch (blocked)
KFB - Knit front and back of stitch
K – Knit
P – Purl
M1R - Make 1 right
M1L - Make 1 left
K2TOG - Knit 2 together
SSK - Slip slip knit
PRO TIP: If you are using two different yarns, be sure to cast on with the yarn with the least amount of yardage so you don't run out!
With yarn A, cast on 1.
Row 1: KFB. (2 st)
Row 2: KFB, KFB. (4 st)
Row 3: K1, P until 1 stitch remains, K1.
Row 4: K1, M1R, K until 1 stitch remains, M1L, K1.
Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until your desired size or are about to run out of yarn. (The three sizes measured approximately 38.5"(44.5", 50") along the diagonal).
End with Row 4 (an increase row).
Break yarn A.
Switch to yarn B:
Row 1: K1, K2TOG, K until 3 st remain, SSK, K1.
Row 2: K1, P until 1 stitch remains, K1.
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until 4 st remain.
Row 3: K2TOG, SSK. (2 st)
Weave in ends and block to designated measurements, using blocking wires if desired. Tips on blocking without blocking wires: Lay your Square Wrap flat on your blocking surface. Fold in half diagonally, along where Yarn A changes to Yarn B. Starting at the cast-on and bind-off points, gently pull the fabric apart to create a right angle (rather than an elongated point). Continue to gently pull along the both sides of the triangle until you reach the fold. Repeat as necessary. Unfold shawl and smooth out any uneven sides.
Post your photo to Instagram and add #verbsimpatico so we can see your progress and completed wrap!