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Simple Elegance

September 4th, 2007

The ultra-simple Cashmere Wrap

Over the weekend, I finished knitting this cashmere wrap. Worked in a simple 2 row staggered lace pattern, it’s lightweight, yet scrummy. I quite love it. I know, I know, 5 skeins of 12ply cashmere isn’t cheap. It’s not even very practical. But if you’re only going to knit with cashmere once or twice in your life, an oversized wrap/scarf/stole is a really nice way to use it.

The thing I really enjoyed about knitting this was that it allowed my fingers to fly in a way they usually only do when working stockinette. And yet, this is so not stockinette. Off the needles, the wrap measured 14 inches by 44 inches. Or something like that. After a good soaking and laying out to dry, it measured 17 inches by 66. In other words: perfect.

I’ve cast on for another and am halfway done. No, NOT out of cashmere, you sillys! I’m using some Alchemy Wabi-Sabi we’ve had on the sale table all week. It should be 4 skeins of silky wool yummy-ness. At least, I’m done with the first 2 skeins and it looks about 24 or so inches in length.

I do have the pattern written up.


Many of you have asked whether the more red photos or the more purple photos of the cabled sweater are “true to life”. The color is called “Red Plum”, and it’s definitely closer to the earlier, more red, photos. It’s a hard color to capture on a digital camera in halogen lighting in the store. The recent shots turned way too blue, didn’t they? In any case, it’s growing slowly, very slowly. I have about 3 inches done on the body, with about 9 or 10 more before I begin the bottom hem pattern. My hands have been bothering me the past few nights, so I haven’t done more than a few rows at a time. I do pull it out of my bag and gaze fondly, however!

I’ve noticed a big shift in my knitting life over the past year. Recently, I’m much more willing (and able) to commit to just one sweater project at a time. While I may have a scarf, some lace, a sock or two on the go, I’ve been getting pretty into The One sweater, whatever that might be. I’m hoping this trend continues. I’d really like to finish up this top-down aran in (for me) record time.

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28 Responses to “Simple Elegance”

  1. Kristi Says:

    Oh, how lovely! And definitely worth it in cashmere. Can’t wait to get my hands on the pattern.

  2. Sara Says:

    LOVE the wrap. It turned out beautiful. Looks so cozy and soft and warm. Scrumptious!

  3. Connie Says:

    Good, I like the redder color more than the purpler color.

    And the wrap is lovely. So effortlessly chic! 🙂

  4. Kayla Says:

    You suck. You started that the same day I started my socks, and you already have it finished! LOL! No fair! I’ll catch up to you yet.

  5. Right Out Loud Says:

    The wrap is absolutely beautiful! I Love it.

  6. Maz Says:

    Love the wrap – can already see the yarn I want to knit it in!

  7. jen lamb Says:

    I love the wrap!! I’m just curious, how much is a skein of this lovely yarn?

  8. Heather Says:

    Love the wrap, can’t wait to knit it! Already downloaded the pattern. Thanks girl!

  9. Kathryn Says:

    That is absolutely lovely!!

  10. leanne Says:

    that wrap is so lovely; it really is. i have it 1/2 done in baby alpaca, and that doesn’t suck either, i’ll tell you that!

  11. Amy Says:

    Wow! Thanks for the pattern. It’s beautiful!

  12. Lisa Says:

    I love it SO much! I’m so making one of these! In ANY yarn… almost!

  13. Betty Says:

    Thanks for the pattern, I love it and can’t wait to make it!!

  14. Felicia from sweetgeorgia Says:

    I’ve been searching everywhere for SOMETHING to knit… and this looks like it might just be IT! Beautiful, Amy.

  15. ozlematalar Says:


  16. jeanne hayward Says:

    can you tell me what wet block means? I’ve never blocked anything before.l

  17. Ada Lai Says:

    this is so totally gorgeous! thanks so much for sharing the pattern. I actually have some luscious alpaca that I may use for it (until I can afford the cashmere). 🙂

  18. Michele Says:

    Wow – not only beautiful, but practical. Looks like this will be my next project – thanks!

  19. Jan Says:

    simply lovely!!! Think I’ll go CO… Thank you for sharing!

  20. Amy Grenbaum Says:

    Hi, Lovely pattern. Questions:
    1) Is it necessry to include a few knit stitches on each side for a border so the garment won’t curl?
    2) For 5 sts/inch yarn, the pattern’s author says to CO 69 sts. Can someone please tell me how many repeats I need for 69 stitches?

    Thank you very much.


  21. Julia Says:

    I am a novice knitter. Saw this pattern on ravelry and loved it – thank you so much for making it so accessible. I have a rather stupid question regarding the main pattern – when u are done with row 1 – you end up with less than 39 stitches. Yet in Row 2 – you are supposed to knit/purl a total of 39 stitches. Does that mean you have to add on/increase some stitches – if so do you add it at the beginning or the end or in the middle.
    Sorry I know! I feel so stupid asking this question, but I am so confused!!! 🙂
    Would so appreciate hearing back from u, if you get the chance.

    Thank you so much

  22. Shannon Says:

    Could you tell which cashmere yarn you used? (Brand)

  23. Jody Says:

    Hello! I MUST have this pattern for your extraordinary shawl! Where and when will it be available, please?!!!

  24. Lisa Blier Says:

    GIVE UP THE GOODIES GIRLIE…….the pattern that is… share? send to me at
    Thanks, many hugs

  25. amy Says:

    Those looking for the pattern can use either link in the body of the post. 🙂 Happy knitting!

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