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Whisper Wrap

Summer's parties demand some tricky layering strategies. As the moon rises and the air turns nippy, it's no fun having to cover up your pretty dress with a cardigan or jacket, and yet goose bumps aren't exactly the perfect party accessory either. And so at times like these, a graceful wisp of a shawl comes in awfully handy!

The Whisper Wrap falls like a breath of golden light, a bit diaphanous and a whole lot elegant. A simple chevron lace pattern gives it a spare structure that's at home with any outfit, from your little black dress to your wedding dress!

For a beautiful shine and a unique story, I knit the Whisper Wrap with Anzula's Mermaid. It combines traditional silk with a newfangled seaweed-based fiber called Seacell, straight from the ocean's floor. Durable, insulating, super soft and absolutely gorgeous, it's quite an invention!

For all of this season's weddings and outdoor get togethers, your very own Whisper Wrap is the perfect companion!

 

The Materials

  • 2-3 skeins of Anzula's Mermaid, 60% Sea Cell, 40% Silk. This color is Maple. (Since writing this pattern, Anzula has shortened Mermaid's yardage by 30 yards. If you are purchasing their current 670-yard skeins, I'd recommend buying three and winding two. You may need to dip into the third, but if not, you can exchange it for store credit in its original condition and within 6 months of buying it. Click here for Purl Soho's complete return policy.)

 

The Pattern

Gauge

8 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch (unblocked)

7 3/4 stitches = 1 inch in pattern stitch (unblocked)

Finished Size

62 inches x 19 inches (unblocked)

72 inches x 20 inches (blocked)

Note

This pattern is knit on a multiple of 47 plus 11 stitches. Make sure also that the multiple is an even number. For example, 481 works because 481 ÷ 47 = 10, and 10 is an even number. But 528 wouldn't work because 528 ÷ 47 = 11, an odd munber. Keep in mind that if you decide to cast on a different number than I did, you will be working over a different number of repeats.

Begin

Cast on 481 stitches. (Tip: When I cast on this many stitches, I place a stitch marker every 50 stitches. That way, when I lose track, I'll never have to count more than 50 stitches. You can remove the markers as you knit the first row.)

Knit 7 rows.

Row 1 (right side): K5, (k43, place marker, [k2tog, yo] 2 times) 5 times, k1, (place marker, [yo, ssk] 2 times, k43) 5 times, k5.

Row 2 (wrong side): K5, purl to last 5 stitches, k5.

Row 3: *Knit to 1 stitch before next marker, slip stitch to right needle, remove marker, slip stitch back to left needle, place marker on right needle, [k2tog, yo] 2 times, repeat from * 4 more times, **knit to next marker, remove marker, k1, place marker on right needle, [yo, ssk] 2 times, repeat from ** 4 more times, knit to end.

+Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until, on the right side, 5 stitches remain before the first marker. Finish the right side row and knit one more Row 2. 

Next Row (right side): K5, remove marker, k1, k2tog, yo, *knit to 1 stitch before next marker, slip stitch to right needle, remove marker, slip stitch back to left needle, place marker on right needle, [k2tog, yo] 2 times, repeat from * 3 more times, **knit to next marker, remove marker, k1, place marker on right needle, [yo, ssk] 2 times, repeat from ** 3 more times, knit to last marker, remove marker, k1, yo, ssk, k6.

Next Row (wrong side): Repeat Row 2.

Next Row: K5, k2tog, yo, *knit to 1 stitch before next marker, slip stitch to right needle, remove marker, slip stitch back to left needle, place marker on right needle, [k2tog, yo] 2 times, repeat from * 3 more times, **knit to next marker, remove marker, k1, place marker on right needle, [yo, ssk] 2 times, repeat from ** 3 more times, knit to last 7 stitches, yo, ssk, k5.

Next Row: Repeat Row 2.

Next Row: *Knit to 1 stitch before next marker, slip stitch to right needle, remove marker, slip stitch back to left needle, place marker on right needle, [k2tog, yo] 2 times, repeat from * 3 more times, **knit to next marker, remove marker, k1, place marker on right needle, [yo, ssk] 2 times, repeat from ** 3 more times, knit to end.++

Next Row: Repeat Row 2.

Next Row: *Knit to 1 stitch before next marker, slip stitch to right needle, remove marker, slip stitch back to left needle, place marker on right needle, [k2tog, yo] 2 times, repeat from * 3 more times, k43, place marker, [k2tog, yo] 2 times, k1, place marker, [yo, ssk] 2 times, **knit to next marker, remove marker, k1, place marker on right needle, [yo, ssk] 2 times, repeat from ** 3 more times, knit to end.

Repeat from + to ++.

Knit 7 rows.

Bind off on the right side in knit. If you have a needle one size larger than the one you've been knitting with, use it to bind off. Otherwise, just be sure to bind off loosely.

Weave in your ends and gently block your shawl. All done!

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90 Responses to Whisper Wrap


  1. Evelyn says:

    Hi,
    I have 2 skeins of Milky Way (and could purchase a third). Would it work in this stunning pattern? I'll admit that I'm totally stumped as to what to knit with this yarn, as beautiful as it is.

  2. CathyH says:

    Could I use the Louet Euroflax for this? It would be the perfect wrap for summer!

  3. Linda says:

    O.k. I am confused and it must just be me because no one else has asked but I would like to make this and need to know " on your instructions after you knit seven rows and then [k2tog, yo] 2 times) 5 times am I to do the k 2 tog, yo 2 times or 5 times.? or am I just misunderstanding it? thanks so much

  4. purl bee says:

    Hi Evelyn,

    I think the Milky Way would be a stunning choice! You'll probably need a third skein, however, since the Milky Way is 200 yards shorter than the Mermaid.

    Thanks so much for asking and I hope you enjoy knitting your wrap!

    Whitney

  5. purl bee says:

    Hi CathyH,

    Absolutely! And I totally agree, it would be the perfect wrap for summer.

    Thanks so much for asking and for the great idea!

    Whitney

  6. purl bee says:

    Hi Linda,

    You are to do the K2tog, yo two times. Here's another way of writing what you'll do for Row 1: K5, *k43, place a marker, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, repeat from * 4 more times, k1, **place a marker, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, k43, repeat from ** 4 more times, k5.

    I hope this helps to clarify the pattern for you. Please let us know if you have any more questions and good luck!

    Whitney

  7. Cynthia Crumlish says:

    Hi Whitney! Am on Amtrak, knitting away on this lovely wrap…using up stash of blue and off-white Mermaid. I am a friend of Gio Dechiara…we work together at the same school! Love your patterns and hope to meet you one day. Cynthia

  8. purl bee says:

    Hi Cynthia,

    I love Gio! Have you seen the picture of Giacomo on the Bee (http://purlbee.squarespace.com/the-purl-bee/2008/7/7/whits-knits-baby-bloomers.html)? And the hat named after him (http://purlbee.squarespace.com/the-purl-bee/2008/1/9/whits-knits-giacomos-baby-hat-1.html)? It's hard to believe he's already six!

    I'm so glad you're enjoying the Whisper Wrap. I'd love to see it when it's done! And thanks so much for writing!

    Whitney

  9. Katy says:

    Hi I just finished the whispering wrap as a gift, and while I followed the instructions, and my gauge is correct, my finished wrap is almost 10 ft long! I went back through and checked everything. I used lace weight yarn, gauge was good, and I tend to knit tight, and it still is rediculously long, I am going to try to shrink, I just wish it hadn't ended up almost double the noted finished length!

    But I love the pattern, maybe I wil try it again another time.

  10. purl bee says:

    Hi Katy,

    Hmmm… My finished shawl was actually only 5 feet but grew a foot when I blocked it. It's hard to imagine how you gained four feet! As long as you cast on 481 stitches, the only explanation is that your gauge was more like 4 3/4 stitches to the inch rather than 8. Are you sure that you measured your gauge correctly? We have a tutorial here that might be helpful: http://www.purlbee.com/not-too-tight-tutorial/2006/11/15/not-too-tight-tutorial.html

    I guess one other explanation would be that the yarn you're using is extremely stretchy. Perhaps it's possible that if you used a 100% cotton or linen that the shawl would "grow", but four feet is an awful lot!

    Let us know if you uncover any more information. I'd love to help you prevent this from happening again!

    Whitney

  11. Kim says:

    I'm doing rows 2 and 3 in the + section.

    When it says '+Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until, on the right side, 5 stitches remain before the first marker. Finish the right side row and knit one more Row 2. '

    does this mean that I should do both another row 3 (leaving 4 stitches before the marker) and row 2 or is this saying to complete the row 3 with 5 stitches and only do another row 2?

    thanks!

  12. purl bee says:

    Hi Kim,

    The latter! Complete Row 3 with 5 stitches, then work another Row 2.

    I hope this clarifies things for you. Please let us know if you run into any more questions and thanks for this one!

    Whitney

  13. Gypsygirl says:

    Hi! Is there any way to download this pattern? Bought the yarn when I was in over the weekend and I knit from my ipad aps but can't find a download link.

    Thanks!
    Sue

  14. purl bee says:

    Hi Gypsygirl-

    You can't download our patterns but you can print them either by pressing the "print" button at the end of the project or copying and pasting the pattern into a word or text doc.

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    Molly

  15. Jane says:

    Elegant shawl. Thanks very much for the pattern.
    Since it was going to take 2 skeins, I used one for the long tail of the cast on. Thus no anxiety about running out. One more end to finish off was worth it.
    It would be easier to use a partial chart than the awkward moving of markers such as one chart for part of the right leaning diagonals of yarn overs and one for the left leaning diagonals. The center V's would then be created by putting the two charts together. Once one understands the pattern, a chart isn't needed for the later rows. The second V would start after a certain number of rows rather than when the marker is 5 stitches from the end.

  16. purl bee says:

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks for your thoughts! We always struggle with whether to give written or charted patterns. Since we work firsthand with so many customers, we know that more people are comfortable with written patterns, but we also know that if people got over the initial hump, they might discover that charts are often much easier. Perhaps a chart-reading tutorial is in our future!

    Whitney

  17. Alissa says:

    I'm getting started on this for my mom and I have a really simple question…we are working on circular needles but not knitting in the round, correct? Is there a benefit to doing this rather than knitting on straight needles? Can you give me a little more info just to get me started? Thanks!

  18. Alissa says:

    Okay, forget the post about the circular vs. straight needles. I think I get it.

    Another question…I'm casting on 387 instead of 481. Can you explain a little more which repeats I will be doing fewer of? Thanks!

  19. purl bee says:

    HI Alissa,

    For Row 1, for example, you will…
    K5, (k43, place marker, [k2tog, yo] 2 times) 4 times, k1, (place marker, [yo, ssk] 2 times, k43) 4 times, k5.

    And for Row 3, for example, you will…

    *Knit to 1 stitch before next marker, slip stitch to right needle, remove marker, slip stitch back to left needle, place marker on right needle, [k2tog, yo] 2 times, repeat from * 3 more times, **knit to next marker, remove marker, k1, place marker on right needle, [yo, ssk] 2 times, repeat from ** 3 more times, knit to end.

    I hope this puts you on the right path. Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for this one!

    Whitney

  20. Peng says:

    What a beautiful shawl! Could I use double strands of the Anzula Mermaid. Of course, it would look a bit heavier. How many stiches for the cast on? The pattern calls for 481 using only one strand of the yarn.

  21. purl bee says:

    Hi Peng,

    Sure! To determine how many to cast on, do a gauge swatch and multiply the number of stitches you get per inch by the length of the wrap you would like. Make sure you consult the pattern's Note on calculating different cast on numbers.

    Please let us if you need any help with this; thanks for your question; and good luck!

    Whitney

  22. Marny CA says:

    I've ordered the yarn from you and email says it's on its way!

    Is there something I should do re: number of CO sts to make this shorter?

    The person for whom I'm making this is short.

    Thank you!

  23. purl bee says:

    Hi Marny,

    You can cast on 387 stitches, which will make a 50-inch wrap (blocked). There isn't a cast-on number between 387 and 481 because of the size of the repeat and the design, but if you wanted something only slightly smaller than the 481-stitch wrap, you could knit at a slightly tighter gauge. For example, 8 1/2 (unblocked) stitches to the inch would make a 56-inch (unblocked) wrap.

    Please let us know if you have any more questions and thanks for this one!

    Whitney

  24. Marie-Claude says:

    I have 5 stitches on the right and left of the wrap that create an edge.
    When you say :
    (…) until, on the right side, 5 stitches remain before the first marker. Finish the right side row and knit one more Row 2.

    Does that include the edge or not ?
    Thank you

  25. Brianna says:

    Hi,

    Could I use Koigu KPM for this? And if so, should I use a different needle size?

    Thanks so much!
    Brianna

  26. purl bee says:

    Hi Marie-Claude,

    Yes, the five stitches that that instruction refers to are the five edge stitches.

    Thanks for asking and please let us know if you have any more questions!

    Whitney

  27. purl bee says:

    Hi Brianna,

    Absolutely, Koigu KPM would be a lovely choice! I would knit the KPM at a bigger gauge, however (8 stitches to the inch would be very tight!). I'd go more for 6 or even 5 1/2 stitches to the inch and would use whatever needle size gave me that (maybe a #5 or #6, depending on how you knit). Also, I would consider casting on 387 stitches instead of 481, which, if you get 6 stitches to the inch, would give you a wrap 64 1/2 inches long.

    Thanks for asking. Please let us know if you have any more questions and good luck!

    Whitney

  28. Skye says:

    Hi!

    Love this shawl and cannot wait to make it for myself for my wedding next May (2015)! What blocking method do you recommend for the Anzula Mermaid? I don't usually block my work so I have no idea the best method for this type of fiber.

    Thanks!

    Skye

  29. purl bee says:

    Hi Skye-

    Congratulations! Here is a link to our blocking tutorial: http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-finishing/2006/11/13/blocking.html
    Thanks!

    Molly

  30. kim says:

    i started this pattern in anzula mermaid 'bark' color, and ran out of my first skein a few rows short of being halfway done. i went to order a second skein, but was informed by purl soho that 1) the 'bark' color is out of stock, and 2) there is an issue at the factory where anzula is made, and that future skeins will be slightly different, due to an issue with the sea cell.

    i'm not sure why i ran out of yarn halfway– i followed the pattern to the tee, but i know that even if i got a second skein, it would be several rows short.

    i don't really know what to do at this point, since i just put about 40 hours into this pattern that might never be completed now :( i was thinking about getting a different color, like seashore, and doing a colorblock with some long black fringe to give it a tricolor look, but there's still the problem of not being exactly halfway done the pattern yet to change colors. i still have 9 stitches left until the end markers, and i'm only supposed to have 5 before the pattern repeats.

    i really don't want to have to rip out the work and use the yarn for something else, because this has taken me forever to get to this point :( i was wondering if you had any suggestions, before i take the work off the needles for good?

    thank you! – kim

  31. purl bee says:

    Hi Kim,

    As I mentioned in the Materials section, because you use almost all of both skeins, it is important that you get the correct gauge in order to ensure that you have enough yarn to complete the pattern. In the situation you're in, you can either just work the second skein and finish the pattern a little short, or you can buy two more skeins and have enough to finish the pattern fully.

    And as far as finding a second (and maybe third) skein of Mermaid in Bark, have you searched the internet? I imagine there is some yarn store out there that still has the original Mermaid still in stock! Be sure to check Ebay too. It sometimes has just the skein you need!

    Thank you for your questions. Please let us know if you have more and good luck!

    Whitney

  32. BBGrammy says:

    I would love to print this pattern, but I can't find a "Print" button.

  33. purl bee says:

    Hi BBGrammy-

    The print button is at the very bottom of the story, before the comments section. It's actually not a button, but a bit of text right after the date that says "print"

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    Molly

  34. leslie says:

    is anzula breeze a good alternative for this project? thank you

  35. purl bee says:

    Hi Leslie,

    Yes, Anzula's Breeze is a great substitute! It isn't as shiny as the Mermaid and has a very natural, down-to-earth look. It'll be beautiful!

    Thanks for asking and please let us know if you have any more questions!

    Whitney

  36. Dianne says:

    I am a little more than halfway through this beautiful project, and I would like to know whether you used blocking wires to finish this piece or if pins would be sufficient. The bottom edge seems to want to curl up quite a bit and I'm not sure whether I can achieve a smooth and even edge with pins alone. Thanks for your help and for all of your beautiful patterns!

  37. purl bee says:

    Hi Dianne,

    Honestly, I have never used either in my life! I always just soak my finished pieces and lay them flat to dry. But if you think you're going to have a big problem with the edge of your wrap curling, then I would give the blocking wires a try. Might as well try the strongest remedy!

    Thanks for your question. I'm so happy you're enjoying the project so far!

    Whitney

  38. Kelly O'Reilly says:

    Hi there, I have a friend getting married in just under a month who has requested I make this for her — I’m so honored! But, wondering if this is a very time-consuming project and that might be an unrealistic goal. Maybe that’s not something anyone can answer without knowing my exact schedule, but let’s just say I’m as busy as the rest of us. Any insight is appreciated, thanks.

    • Whitney from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Well, let’s say it’s not exactly a quick knit! Assuming you’re an intermediate knitter (or better), I’d say that if you knit an hour or two every day, you’d have a good chance of getting it done. Hard to predict, but I say go for it!

      Thank you so much for asking and regardless of your Whisper Wrap plans, I hope it’s a beautiful wedding!

      Whitney

  39. Sandra Sanford says:

    I would recommend a needle designed for working with lace for the Whisper Wrap. The sharp tips make it easier to work with such delicate yarn.

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