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Knit Broomstick Lace Wrap

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A few weeks ago, I was in desperate need of a hair cut and as I sat down in the chair I plunked my purse on the counter. My stylist nearly squealed with delight asking loads of questions about it.  Although I told her I don’t really like to knit finished objects for sale, she begged, I agreed and while I was picking up the wool I needed for her purse I fell in love with Patons Classic Wool in Lemongrass.  I bought 3 skeins not knowing what I would knit with them.

Well that’s not completely true, I had been working on increases to release knitted broomstick lace from it’s natural, scarf-like, rectangle shape so it could become a lot of other things. The problem with that is that broomstick lace doesn’t behave like ordinary knitting because of the large row of loops so standard ratios of increases didn’t yield a predictable shape.

Initially I wanted to create a triangle shawl, but it looked more like a carrot than anything you’d be able to drape over your shoulders.  The next iteration had a wider angle, but was creating too much fabric and arching at the center back.  I felt as if it would bunch up at wearers neck and look funny.

The roundness was intriguing to me though and I decided if I couldn’t beat it, I would join it and this wrap was born. The best part is that I learned a lot about increasing with Knitted Broomstick lace and I hope it won’t take me as long to push out patterns with even more shaping.

You won’t believe how well this wrap stays on your shoulders. By adding increases in the style of a Raglan sweater, it hugs and won’t let go. I also think the Broomstick Lace gives this wrap great flexibility to be dressed up or down depending on your moods.

Although the pattern calls for circular needles, this project is knit back and forth using the extra length to accommodate the ever growing number of stitches.

Front of the WrapIf you would like to knit your own Broomstick Lace Wrap, you’ll need:

  • The Pattern, available for download at Ravelry (and with the buttons below)
  • 3 Skeins of Patons Classic Wool or ~630 yards of your favorite Worsted Weight yarn
  • US size 8 and US size 36 circular knitting needles, 40″ or longer (Hint – Addi has this monster sized needle in a circular)
  • 4 stitch markers large enough to slide over your largest needle

As always, I can’t wait to see your projects, so please leave comments, and post pictures.  And, don’t forget, You can sell this wrap as a finished object. See Begone, Personal-Use only patterns for details.

Written by Karlie

July 21st, 2012 at 11:43 am

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  1. […] tried holding the yarn double and bumping up to US size 8 and the big US 36′s I used for the Knit Broomstick Lace Wrap. This time, however the blanket was much too thick.  In fact I knitted a whole skein this way and […]

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