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Thursday
May152014

Laura's Loop: Edged Linen Wrap

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

Materials

NOTE: This is enough fabric and yarn to make two wraps!

Size

Finished Measurements: 26 inches wide by 71 inches long

Note

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!

Pattern

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.

*Chain one.

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

Chain one. 

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.

Reader Comments (13)

Laura,

I love this - what a great way to mix several materials and skills. Do you think it would work as a narrow scarf (say 12" to 13")?

Thank you!
May 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
This calls for a video tutorial!
Or is there one already?
May 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterViviane
Lovely work. What is a size A crochet hook? The metal ones start with B and go up, the steel ones start with 0) and go down. (?)
May 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEL
HI Viviane-

We don't have a video on this but there are photos and further explanations on the flannel receiving blankets project linked in the project.
http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2012/3/4/lauras-loop-flannel-receiving-blankets.html

Please let us know if you have any more questions!

Molly
May 15, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Nancy-

Yes, we think that this technique would work great at a narrow scarf. It basically works for any width or shape!

Thanks!

Molly
May 15, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Check out hook chart at http://www.karpstyles.com/crochet/hook-chart.html, the steel hooks are classified by numbers. I am guessing a size 1 or 2 hook, approx. 2mm. would get you the gauge you need.
May 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPauline
Hi EL,
Size A crochet hook converts to a 2mm. Other people have used Size B for this project and it has worked successfully. I would use whatever the smallest size hook you have that you can still grab the yarn with. The smaller the hook, the smaller the puncture point.
Thanks for writing in.
Laura
May 19, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Laura, To photograph your delicate handwork so close shows courage to me. Thank you for sharing all your work. Your craftsmanship is inspiring!
May 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Sawyer
Hi - this is a beautiful project and I've ordered the linen and yarn to make it for a dear friend who is going to a weding this summer in Europe! My question is - should I wash the linen before I begin the sewing/crocheting? Thanks very much for your lovely and inspiring work!
May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Hi Karen...
Great question.
You can wash the linen before hand. This will help prevent any warping that may occur in the wrap's first wash.
Thanks for writing in.
Laura
May 21, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Do you know approximately how many yards yarn were used?
June 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnnabelle
Hi Annabelle,
Less than 1/2 a skein was used. I would estimate 200 yards.
Laura
June 4, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I LOVE this, but really, really need a 30 second video demo.
June 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJen

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