Not much is more meditative to me than crocheting along a hemmed edge. This is not due to expertise; I am a knitter first and foremost. In fact, this is the only type of crochet I know how to do (if you discount making a chain for a provision cast on). But, oh, the joy it brings…
With a single hook in one hand and the softest of yarns flowing through the fingers of my other hand, a rhythm takes over, and in no time, a simple hemmed rectangle has totally transformed into a gorgeous wrap, seemingly with no effort at all.
I outlined Robert Kaufman’s crisp Waterford Linen with Purl Soho’s merino beauty, Line Weight. Its brilliant color and graphic stitches highlight the natural hand and drape of the Waterford Linen, softening its edge with the wool’s subtle bloom.
This feminine, modern wrap continues to comfort and soothe me with each wear. I hope you’re inspired to whip one up for those cool summer nights to come. -Laura
- 2 yards of Robert Kaufman's Waterford Linen. I used the color Natural.
- 1 skein of Purl Soho's Line Weight, 100% merino wool. I used the color Yellow Yellow.
- A size A crochet hook
- Gutermann’s Cotton Thread. I used the color 1040.
NOTE: This is enough fabric and yarn to make two wraps!
Finished Measurements: 26 inches wide by 71 inches long
For a a step-by-step photo tutorial of the techniques used in this pattern, please see our Flannel Receiving Blankets pattern by clicking here.
Cut and Wind
Cut the fabric lengthwise along the fabric's fold into two 27-inch by 72-inch rectangles. You will use only one of the rectangles; save the other for another use (like another wrap!).
Wind the yarn into a ball. Place it to the side for now.
Pin and Sew
Fold and press each edge of the fabric ¼ inch toward the wrong side.
Fold and press each edge ¼ inch toward the wrong side once more.
Pin the folds in place and sew down with an edgestitch.
Crochet the Edge
Note: You will be piercing the fabric approximately every ½ inch. You can mark the fabric using a Chaco Marker if you would like a guide or you can just eye-ball it.
Orient the fabric so the right side is facing you.
Beginning approximately 1 inch from a corner, insert hook just below the hemmed edge. Pull a loop through. Grab the yarn from the back and pull it through the loop you just made.
Insert hook back through the same hole, and make a single crochet along the edge of the fabric.
Insert hook approximately 1/2 inch from the previous hole, and make a single crochet.
Insert hook back through the same hole, and make a single crochet
Insert hook through the same hole, for a third time. Make a single crochet.
Repeat from * until you reach the corner.
Turn the Corner
After you’ve made the cluster of single crochets right before the corner, chain 3 (rather than 1). For the next stitch (the first of the new side) insert the hook into the last hole you made.
Continue around the 2nd, 3rd and 4th edges of the wrap, turning each corner as described, until you reach the hole where you first began.
Connect at the End
Insert hook into the first hole, where you began, and make a single crochet.
Cut yarn and pull it through. Using a tapestry needle, weave in the ends.