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For me, colour and texture rule and most of the inspiration feeding my imagination comes from the natural world. I see knitting as art, as viable as any other, and no matter what the tool or preferred palette, in human hands, magic happens.

Jane

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Bohemian Sundance wrap

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Bohemian Sundance is a celebration of Mexican markets, blooming gardens, and a summer fiesta. It's colors are the opposite of subtle. No complex stitches, no gentle blending of hues, and the biggest needles you can find make it easy to make and relaxed to wear. It's summer so I'm taking easy seriously.

Shaped as one large rectangle knit in seed, simple netting, and drop stitches on US 11/ 9mm or larger, the glorious open drape of the wrap means it will go where you put it: over the shoulder in an ample shawl with collar, across the body serape-style or even tossed about the neck like a super scarf. Silk, cotton, rayon or combination yarns contribute to the drape.


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Bloom Wrap

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Here's a light, fun to knit, wrap that combines Inner Circles with free-range knitting to evoke the ebullient glee of springs first blooms. Use your favorite flower colors and create something festive and wearable. Try working the main wrap in colors most flattering to your skin and eyes and then pull out all the stop for the 'blooms'.

My colors hail from the hues in Tuscan pottery I've collected on my Italian trips. To me they represent every season in one. The blossoms of spring plus plump juicy autumn fruit cohabit in the same stylized season in a rich swirl of green, gold, orange and blue.


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Short Rowing Across the Atlantic

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Two designers live by the sea, each inspired by the ocean yet expressing that inspiration in very different ways. One designs modern classics rich with interesting techniques while the other explores free-form knitting through simple stitches.   

Intrigued by the possibilities of the short row technique, they have interpreted the theme of the ocean in their own unique ways. With colour, stitch pattern, and short rows to guide them, they have set out to explore the reaches of the Atlantic.

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Color Streams Wrap

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This is a free-range short row wrap that's all about movement. Colors flow, stitches form undulating waves like the hills and valleys of a landscape. Here's an adventure with no fixed address. Just begin and see where it takes you. Inevitably, short rows will open up a whole new world of possibilities by forming multidirectional bands of color. Combined with feather & fan, garter and other stitches according to whim, this wrap brims with motion and spirit.

The principal of short rowing is simple: knit back and forth on a partial row leaving unused stitches on the needle until later. In more traditional designs, one eventually knits both groups of stitches evenly, carefully marking directional changes to ensure equal rows and a perfect balance. That's not the free range style. I prefer free-flowing, organic, movement where shapes appear as though grown of their own volition. Precise symmetry isn't the goal so much as a balance the eye registers as pleasing.

Pattern provides enough row instructions to get you started after which you are encouraged to fly. 14 pages long, the pattern is illustrated by color photos.


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Wrapuana Wrap

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A ruana by definition is a South America design often constructed as one long rectangle with two pieces extending over the shoulders and down the front on either side of the head. Mine, however, wanted to be more generous, a suitably cozy cloak that could keep me toasty on crisp morns. And so it went. I knit a back with an ornamental free-range short-row yoke and found I had so much knitted fabric that I could create makeshift sleeves. The fronts also gave me enough latitude to toss one side over my shoulder, let them hang free, or even pin one side cross-wise across my body, poncho style. No quite a ruana, then, put not a wrap, either-- a Wrapuana!

picThe fronts are two long drapes of stitchery, primarily drop and garter, long enough to wrap across the front to fasten with a pin or button or tossed over one shoulder.

The back is simply a long, fat, rectangle with a slightly wavy bottom, thanks to liberal doses of wave and feather&fan stitchery which undulate edges by nature. An upper yoke worked in a combination of short rows and mixed stitches creates a rear focal interest. Nothing is meant to be regular – the wave stitches cause hem undulations as does the yoke’s silky fall of drop stitches. I preferred the random drape, reminiscent of how the cloaks of old fell about the calves. Personally, that image conjures up visions of Colin Firth’s calves in a period film but that’s just me. Depending on your build, choose to scale yours to suit your height.


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Golden Blossoms Wrap

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A favourite flowering tree inspired this multi-directional wrap but, in truth, I see it as an ode to all blooming things. Knit on size 9mm/US 13 needles in a stash-busting mix of everything from cotton to silk (with all that lies between), this is the perfect project for a summer afternoon while nested deep in your own secret garden.

picThe triangle back grows easily with increased stitches at the beginning of every row while the two sides are knit separately length-wise. Another option shown in the Garden View version, is to knit the two front sides as part of the back thus avoiding sewing. Add a pointy end on one side or not and you’ve grown yourself an interesting but surprisingly easy alternative to a summer cardigan when all you need is a little shoulder shelter.

An added feature is a few rows of openwork through which thick ribbons are woven for a little extra eye appeal. ‘Strippon’ additions of silk ribbons streaming from the edges enhance the effect.


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Culture Fushion Wrap

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Celebrate global culture with this Culture Fushion wrap knit in predominantly black, rust and neutrals, a color combination easy to match using any DK-weight yarn. Stitchery is simple garter, drop-stitch, seed, and yarnovers with i-cords added from which to dangle your personal collection of buttons and beads.

The shape couldn’t be easier: three elongated points to flip down your back and over the shoulders. Make your points as long as you want or ease up on the drama by making them shorter to suit your tastes. Besides the beaded i-cords, larger beads give aplomb at both the central back point and at the ends of both left and right fronts. Try yours in a different color combo. How about beachy neutrals festooned with shells? What about a spicy salsa color mix dangling with Mexican charms? Or, think pinky creams mingling with the soft glimmer of freshwater pearls. If you can dream it, you can knit it!

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Feather 'n Fan Organic Wrap

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What happens if you ‘grow’ a wrap rather than simply knit it and think of a pattern as a seed rather than a plan?

Well, here’s the result: a surprisingly gleeful ruffle of color and texture that hugs your shoulders and drapes like a dream. Knit on size 11US/8mm and 13US/9mm circuliar needles, the beloved feather and fan stitch unfolds in gorgeous flights of texture and color to showcase any yarn to it's best advantage. Mix in mohair to create misty waves amid ridges of chunky fare; add streams of luminesent silk or cotton for a lacy effect amid the hills and valleys. Any yarn, any weight, any fiber, will do. Each combination creates a unique effect and no two projects will or should look the same. The pattern includes suggestions on how to create 'Mist over the Mountain' effects, 'Lace Wings' or 'Foothills and Valley's' as well as a scarf variation of the pattern.

Search my journal for 'Feather 'n Fan Organic Wrap' ( November 07) for more pattern information.

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Four Winds Wrap

  

The season changes sending gold-charged light through the trees. Leaves ripen burnished on the branches as cool chills the air. Celebrate the change with the Four Winds Wrap, a big, luxurious piece of wearable art to knit on large needles with lots of lustrous yarn in shades of luminous orange and toasted reds. One end sports a single big leaf dangling from an i-cord from which bands of drop stitch and seed gradually widen into a central long leaf motif in simple intarsia. Moving from the leaf motif to the other end, the wrap slowly tapers to a straight edge from which a trio of beaded leaves fall.

Sound complicated? Make it as complex or easy as you want, as big or small as you desire. Skip the leaves and tie on beribboned streamers or bypass the intarsia motif in favour of garter or continued drop and seed. In free-range knitting, the spirit moves you and every created item is one of a kind. THERE SIMPLY IS NO WRONG WAY.

Stitches used: seed, garter, drop, yarn over, i-cord and slip stitch (for the 3-dimensional leaves). The drop stitches create an open, flowing wrap with a lovely drape.

Remember that knitting free-range style requires a different approach than regular, pattern-driven knitting. Here, it’s necessary to release your expectations of achieving an outcome EXACTLY LIKE THE ORIGINAL. Free range knitting is about following your own knitting spirit and letting go. Make your creation uniquely your own (with a little help from me along the way), using a process as loose and flowing as the wind itself.

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Botany Wrap

  

Think wicker chairs in sunlit conservatories where watercolor prints hang to evoke leaf and stem no matter what the season. But here spring is in the air with a lace wrap joined at the shoulders that bears an intarsia framed botantical ‘print’ on it’s back.

Knit on 5mm/US 8 needles primarily in two shades of Fleece Artist’s Lady Godiva, this wrap can be worn open at the sides, tied with an i-cord, or sewn into a sleeved cardigan (instructions included).

Fear of intarsia? Knit the back panel in a lovely hand-dyed yarn using simple basketweave stitch for a framed effect. One size fits sizes small to 1X.

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Amber and Onyx

  

Looking for something to spice up basic black? Here, shades of translucent, buttery, amber contrast with the mysterious deep onyx hue to create this sophisticated wrap knit with bands of seed among rows of simple yarnover lace. The effect is airy yet substantial with a back panel threaded with ribbon to create yet another dimension. Optional amber dangles anchor the wraps two ‘wings’.

The mood is created by honeyed strands of Collinette’s Giotto tape in Lichen mixed with black Crystal Palace Mikado and a mix of special effect yarns like lash, ladder and ribbon. Besides being knit across the piece in some places, the ribbon is threaded through the yarnover stitches in the back for added pizazz. Elegant enough for a ball, this wrap could carry you through the holiday season by perking up that black ensemble or, tossed over jeans and a tee, sail you anywhere any time.

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Pralines and Cream Wrap

  

"Despite the high-calorie name, the wrap is designed to go above your waist and not on it! A mix of textures simply knit in shades of French vanilla and burnt sugar create a yummy design that’s easy to wear. With ends long, lean and perfect for tying, you could don this over a tee and jeans or swathed it over a summer dress for the most versatile of chill-busters. It is knit end to end with primarily smooth ribbon tapes and a mixture of cottons and specialty textures, most of which are widely available in yarn stores or on the ‘net. Duplicate the colors exactly or try your own two-toned effect. It's a design that adapts well to any color scheme."

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Scotian Meadow Wrap

  

"Here's a cozy snuggle of a wrap designed to fend off salt-air chills and the fiercest air conditioning attacks. It will sail into Fall with grace. One long basket weave-stitched rectangle undulating with seed stitch borders, it’s irregular edges gently widen as the design progresses towards the center, forming a shawl collar with an optional button closure. Any mix of yarns, including cotton, wool, silk and mohair will work. It's worked on size 9mm needles and designated at the 'intermediate' level only because it encourages the knitter to take a free-range approach to knitting. No need to be an expert to knit this pattern but an adventurous spirit helps!"

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Recent Comments I've almost finished Rouge Wave and anxiously awaiting Book II. Do you have any idea when it will be available?

By Verlene Brooks on 2014 08 22
From the entry 'Rogue Wave nearing completion!'.

 

 

 

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