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Sunday
May132012

Whit's Knits: 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 skeins of Anzula's Mermaid, 60% Sea Cell, 40% Silk. This color is Maple. (This pattern uses almost the entire 2 skeins of Mermaid [I had only 8 grams left]. Please be sure to get the correct gauge so you don't run out of yarn! If you'd prefer to have an extra skein on hand, remember that if you don't end up needing it, you can exchange it for store credit in its original condition and within 6 months of buying it.)

 

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!

Reader Comments (83)

Hi Louise,

Cotton would definitely add drape and weight, but if you know to expect that, then it could be quite lovely!

Thanks for asking!
Whitney
March 18, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Your work is really beautiful! Thank you for posting these patterns, and such great information about them.
April 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSophie
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.
June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn
Could I use the Louet Euroflax for this? It would be the perfect wrap for summer!
June 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathyH
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
June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
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
June 7, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
June 7, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
June 7, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia Crumlish
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
June 17, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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.
July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaty
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
July 4, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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!
July 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim
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
July 31, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
August 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGypsygirl
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
August 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane
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
August 27, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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!
September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa
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!
September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa
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
September 25, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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.
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeng
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
February 4, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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!
March 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarny CA
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
March 31, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarie-Claude
Hi,

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

Thanks so much!
Brianna
April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna
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
April 4, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
April 4, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
April 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSkye
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
April 4, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
April 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkim
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
April 10, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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