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Fall Favorites: Versatile Knitted Wraps

Oct 19, 2009

It's getting down into the 20s and 30s here in Spokane, so it's time to bundle up! I've amassed quite the collection of cozy scarves, but the one I go to more than any other is a large, simple rectangle that I can wear as a scarf or as a wrap. My favorite way to wear it is around my shoulders with a shawl pin.

One of the most popular knitwear designs of this fall is the Every Way Wrap by Okmin Park. The pattern is in the fall 2009 issue of Interweave Knits, and it's amazingly versatile. This one will work for myriad sizes and styles, as you can see below.

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  The Every Way Wrap, worn as a vest.   The back view of the vest option.  
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The Every Way Wrap worn as a shawl.   And as a scarf!  
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Crosstown Convertible

 

The Crosstown Convertible 

Our next adventure in versatility is the Crosstown Convertible.

This piece was featured on episode 210 of Knitting Daily TV and the free pattern is available here.

The Crosstown Convertible is a simple rectangle with sixteen buttons and buttonholes added (it's one of our favorite easy knitting patterns!). 

It's as simple as knitting a scarf, but you can drape it and button it in so many different ways, it'll become a wardrobe staple. The Crosstown Convertible can be worn as a vest, a scarf, a shrug, or a wrap, and it has built-in pockets, too.

And if you're a beginning knitter, this is the perfect project for you—you'll be able to practice buttonholes and a bit of seaming. This design is a great bridge from knitting scarves to knitting garments.

Here's a video clip from episode 201, in which Bonnie Burton from Colorful Stitches shows several of the ways you can wear the Crosstown Convertible.

Try one of these patterns—I think you'll like the cozy comfort and style of either wrap (or both!). And if you've knit a wrap you love and you want to show it off, post a photo in our gallery section. We'd love to see it!

Cheers,

Kathleen

P.S. Stitches East is happening this week in Hartford, Connecticut, and the CYCA (Craft Yarn Council of America) is offering a new venue for reaching out to new knitters and crocheters as well as providing a meeting place for current enthusiasts: the Share & Care Cafe.  

The Cafe is a place to learn to knit and crochet for FREE and a place for visitors to gather, relax, and exchange ideas. There will also be a Warm Up America exhibit in the Cafe. (Warm Up America is an organization made up of volunteers who create handmade afghan blankets, clothing and accessories to help those in need. These items provide warmth and comfort to people who have lost their homes, fled abusive relations, or are being cared for in hospices, shelters, hospitals, and nursing home.) 
 
The Cafe will provide free yarn and needles or hooks for anyone who sits down for a lesson, free how-to instruction sheets and a Resource Guide listing helpful information about guilds, websites, and CYCA members, their products and programs.
 
If you're headed to Stitches East, be sure and check out the Share & Care Cafe!


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Jenbugg123 wrote
on Oct 31, 2009 2:32 PM

So darn cute!!! Can't wait to try!

Jenny[:D[

dinotanner wrote
on Oct 24, 2009 9:08 PM

I am knitting The Crosstown Convertible, I am a very new beginner and chose this as a second project cause i had much success with a simple scarf. I did the correct cast on 87sts. but dont understand how you end row 1 & 2 with P3 or K3 sts. Are you ommitting the P2 right before these sts and just K or P to the end. This is what I get: P3, K2, P3, K2,...................P3, K2, P3, K1, P3????????

jakquil wrote
on Oct 20, 2009 7:51 PM

I would like the pattern for the knit cap that Kathleen was making for her brother.  I bookmarked it, however,  when I tried to pull it up it was all garbled.  I would appreciate the instructions, this time I will print them in place of saving.

Thanks

Joan

joan@kniffen.org

on Oct 20, 2009 4:31 PM

I cannot get the pattern to download no matter how i try!

on Oct 20, 2009 10:35 AM

Here's the errata for the Every Way Wrap. Sorry I didn't include this in the first place!

www.interweaveknits.com/.../fall09.asp

Liz: My wrap is just a large rectangle. I also wear the Clapotis a lot (from Knitty.com). I knit that out of two hanks of Handmaiden Sea Silk and it's beautiful.

Marilou: The colors for the Crosstown Convertible are listed on the pattern download, and the wool/color for Every Way is Zaol Canon (100% merino; 95 yd [87 m]/50 g): #522 pumpkin.

geridehne wrote
on Oct 20, 2009 10:14 AM

can someone let me know the website where the errata can be found, or can it be simply posted on here

liz@8 wrote
on Oct 20, 2009 9:02 AM

The wraps are lovely!

I am interested in the rectangle wrap you mentioned that you wear, is there a pattern I can use? Thanks and Happy Knitting to yall!

Liz

jillann wrote
on Oct 20, 2009 8:04 AM

I was SOOOO glad it wasn't me!   i started and tore out this wrap five times...even changed yarns types trying to get the cable correct.  Finally found the errata on line.  Whew.....but glad I kept up with it.  It is beautiful.   jbug

kpeknitter wrote
on Oct 20, 2009 6:00 AM

I'm with Amylap, I frogged and frogged and frogged that thing, but it is gorgeous now that I've got it right! The errata makes a HUGE difference!

MWilser wrote
on Oct 19, 2009 10:54 PM

I thought the Every Way Wrap looked really pretty, until I realized it wouldn't keep my back warm! I wish the same front (vest view) could have an actual back. I realize it would then be a different garment, but I can dream can't I!

MarilouG wrote
on Oct 19, 2009 10:19 PM

Wow, what can I say, I have to try and make this scarf/shawl/vest in one. I love the color chosen, very versatile. It will be a talking piece once worn. I am excited!

Can you pls. mention what colors used?

amylap wrote
on Oct 19, 2009 7:13 PM

The Every Day Wrap is beautiful and I have started to knit it.  Please note that there is an errata for this pattern and it makes a BIG difference when you try to knit it.  I did not know this when I started and it was quite frustrating!

Amy

BarbaraR wrote
on Oct 19, 2009 4:00 PM

very nice project and well presented!

barbara

CeliaS wrote
on Oct 19, 2009 3:51 PM

this is crazy cool and we are going to use it for our customers to bring them up and out to a versatile garmenty knit! Thx so much,

Celia@thepurldistrict.com

amaralmyer wrote
on Oct 19, 2009 2:49 PM

I just downloaded the cross-town convertible. It looks fabulous!  Thank you.

Can you give some advice on adjusting the pattern for petites???  I'm 4'11''.