Project Inspiration: The Everyday Wrap
Finishing a project is such a rewarding feeling. It doesn't matter what it is that you're binding off, either. As you slowly separate the needles from your project- your heart starts to pump, your palms start to sweat, and time seems to stand still (until you realize you accidentally stayed up 'til 3am murmuring "just one more row, just one more row...."). We all love that feeling of pride when we finish something. There's nothing like holding up an intricate lace shawl and being able to say "Yeah, I MADE this!!" For me, the best feeling comes from finishing a project that I (or the recipient) can wear every day, any day, for any occasion. You know, those everyday accessories that don't need to be complicated or ornate- they just need to look good and be easy to wear.
This week's project inspiration is the Everyday Wrap designed by the talented Julie Weisenberger for Coco Knits. The pattern is aptly named, too. It's such a simple design- but that doesn't take away from the sophistication. Sometimes less is more, and I think that is one of the keys to creating an accessory that can be worn often- if not every day. We've found that this wrap looks good on everyone that tries it on. It's flattering for all body types, and it can be worn a number of different ways.
Did I mention that this wrap is outrageously easy to make? It is. It's a large stockinette rectangle with a strategically placed seam to make that triangular poncho shape. All you need to know to make this wrap is how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. If you want to add a bit of frill to the seam, you can pick up stitches and knit another few inches of stockinette. However, that is completely optional.
For our Everyday Wrap, Laura used 2 skeins of the yarn Luna. We felt that Luna was a great choice for this wrap for a few reasons. First, it's a fluffy mohair- and that works beautifully for loose gauges. Second, it's totally affordable. Luna is only $15 a skein, and since you just need two skeins for this free pattern, you're only looking at a $30 investment here. Finally, we love Luna's bright and saturated colors that have that slight hint of sparkle. Even for those who are not the glitzy type- Luna is definitely wearable. We feel that the touch of sparkle adds a nice, subtle, detail to the wrap.
We decided to use the Luna for the Everyday Wrap, but that doesn't mean we didn't have other choices. There were several other yarns that we considered, too! Our second choice was the newest yarn to the shop, which is also yarn you saw in last week's blog post on the Dutch Cowl. The 2-Ply Mongolian Cashmere has enough yardage in 1 skein to make one of these wraps. It isn't as fluffy as the Luna's Mohair, but it still has that beautiful drape and it is so, so, so incredibly soft. I took a photo of a few cashmere colors that I thought you may like. From left to right in the image below is Mallard, The Blood Orange, Casha Neutra, and Tea Leaves. I confess, I picked up a skein of the Casha Neutra colorway to make one for myself!
A third yarn option is the Haiku, and it just so happens that we have some new (BRILLIANT) colorways. My favorite may be the Morning Glory, but all 8 of the new colors are incredible. Check out that vibrant green Peridot, and the soft tonal variegation of Blue Moon or Shaman. You really can't go wrong picking a color, as long as you love it! While the Everyday Wrap pattern asks for 400 yards, Haiku only has 325. This means you will either need a second skein to reach the length of the pattern, OR you can make a smaller version of the wrap with just one skein. That would certainly still work well, especially or for anyone with a small/petite stature.
Our final choice was the Superior. Like the Haiku, it doesn't quite have the 400 yards. But oh, it would make a stunning wrap! Superior is a cashmere, silk, and merino blend. Unlike the Mongolian Cashmere, Superior's cashmere has the fluff that works so well with this wrap. Knitting this yarn at a loose and open gauge will make it so ethereal and practically weightless.
Do you have a hand knit accessory that you reach for every day? Do these yarn choices spark your creativity? Please share in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!