Wow, this is gorgeous! It took a lot longer than I thought it would – knitting up on US 10s should have made it go quickly, but I guess because it’s so oversized, there was a lot of fabric to knit. While the pattern looks a little intimidating, once you get into it and follow it step by step, it’s not difficult at all.
The pattern is Modern Wrapper from Churchmouse Yarn & Teas, knit double-stranded with Brooklyn Tweed Loft (Thistle) and Rowan Kidsilk Haze (Splendour – color 579). I ended up needing every yard of six skeins of the Loft, and about 5 1/2 skeins of the Kidsilk Haze. Because the wrapper is one size, there’s no agonizing about what size to knit, etc – just start knitting! I made no modifications and am happy with both the body length and the arm length.
I followed the blocking instructions closely, because I think that for this piece especially, good blocking gets it to the correct dimensions. However, I liked the fit better before the blocking – I think that it blocked too big, even though I stuck to the exact pattern dimensions. My advice is to try blocking it a little smaller and then try it on – you can always block it larger the second time around. The arms, particularly, stretched out to become full-length (rather than the 3/4 length they’re supposed to be). To counteract the amount of growth, I tossed it in the dryer when it was still damp – only for a few minutes! It helped to tighten up the entire piece, but I was too nervous to let it go for more than a few minutes.
I actually knit this one for a friend of mine, but I would definitely wear it myself! I particularly love the color, and the Kidsilk Haze gives the entire piece a beautiful halo.Pin It