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!