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Modern Quilt Wrap

Aug 29, 2008
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Designer: Mags Kandis
Published: September 10, 2007
Technique: Domino Knitting, Mitered Squares
Skill Level: Easy

What could be more comforting than being wrapped up in the warmth of a colorful quilt? Very loosely based on the traditional Log Cabin quilt block, Mags Kandis worked this wrap/oversized scarf square by square in the easy and satisfying mitered-square method of color knitting. This is as effortless as working in stripes, but the results are far more impressive. As this project is worked one color as a time, it’s perfect for thinking about and playing with color.

Finished Size: About 16½" (42 cm) wide and 66" (168 cm) long, after blocking.

Yarn: DK (#3 Light). Shown here: Rowan Kidsilk Haze (70% super kid mohair; 30% silk; 230 yd [210 m]/25 g): #597 jelly (lime green; A), #596 marmalade (orange; B), #583 blushes (rose; C), #600 dewberry (lavender; D), #582 trance (medium blue; E), #578 swish (gold; F), #581 meadow (pale blue; G), #595 liqueur (dark red; H), and #588 drab (grey; I), 1 ball each. See individual yardage amounts below.

Please note that color #578 swish (gold) has been discontinued.

Needles: Size 7 (4.5 mm). Note: a 16" (40 cm) bamboo circular needle is recommended. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Marker (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge: Small square measures 2¾" (7 cm) square; large square measures 5½" (14 cm) square, both after blocking.

Skill level: Easy.

Pattern Correction (posted 9/10/07; PDF updated 9/4/07):
Block 4 ... Work Small Square, working Rows 1–3 with C, Rows 4–9 with I, and Rows 10-–22 with A.

Yardage Amounts

All amounts given are approximate and include a small "fudge factor" to allow for individual variations.

Sample scarf weighs: 2.7 oz/78 g

Total yardage: About 826 yd/755 m

Color A: (lime green) 94 yd/86 m

Color B: (orange) 94 yd/86 m

Color C: (rose) 98 yd/90 m

Color D: (lavender) 112 yd/102 m

Color E: ("medium blue"; actually a deep turquoise blue) 105 yd/96 m

Color F: (gold) 89 yd/81 m

Color G: ("pale blue"; actually a light mint green) 72 yd/66 m

Color H: (dark red) 72 yd/66 m

Color I: ("grey"; actually a dark grey-green) 90 yd/82 m


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Debbiedomby wrote
on Jun 2, 2009 6:36 AM
hi do you have to do a backwards cast on...i don't know how and i am left handed any help out there in knitting nirvana land thanks,debbie d
SusanC@3 wrote
on May 1, 2009 7:58 AM
I am using Queensland cotton (137 yards each color).....Will I have enough yarn for this project or do I need 2 skeins of each color?
on Mar 29, 2009 11:03 PM
for those having problems downloading... make sure you are logged in. If that is not the problem and you are a mac user.. when you get to the page that has the actual pattern to download, try holding down the option key when clicking the link. This will make the file download without trying to open it in your browser. Just look for the downloaded file where you would usually find files you download from the web. Hope this helps a few.. it worked for me.
clarinetjazz wrote
on Mar 17, 2009 8:47 PM
I've tried to download the pattern repeatedly today and it downloads just fine, but when I go to open it, I get an error message telling me that the file is corrupt. Could someone please send me their pdf copy? Thank you.
JoAnn@2 wrote
on Mar 14, 2009 3:01 PM
I am brand new to this web site and this Wrap looks delicious. Ihave tried to print it out but it is VERY light grey. My older eyes would not put up with following the directions..any suggestions? If someone emails it to me would it maybe be darker? Thanks JoAnn
Deb wrote
on Mar 11, 2009 10:19 AM
I used Caron Simply Soft and picked my own colors. I was hoping to be able to use this as a wide winter scarf, however it was too wide. I unraveled the whole thing and plan on redoing it but only 2 large blocks wide. I have a big question though - I can't seem to find any way to eliminate the color change line across the "private" side at each color change. Does anyone have a suggestion how to pick up with each color change so the private side does not look so obviously the "back" of the scarf/wrap????
brenda@3 wrote
on Feb 27, 2009 8:07 PM
i find this pattern very good to knitt. bowler
LauraS@5 wrote
on Feb 13, 2009 9:05 PM
I just purchased Knitpicks Shine sport yarn for this project, which was quite a bit less expensive than Kidsilk Haze (which I hate to knit with). Am taking it with me on vacation and will hopefully have it done by the time I return. Wish me luck!
sharont@2 wrote
on Jan 30, 2009 7:25 PM
I saved money on Modern Quilt Wrap by using six colors of Silken KId from $6.50 each. You have to be willing to create your own color palette.Silken Kid is the same fiber blend and guage as Rowan Kidsilk Haze, but the color selection is more limited. I needed to buy the pricey Rowan in onlly three colors. With the remaining yarn you can make the Spectrum Scart on p. 120 of the Winter Interweave Knits. It also uses 9 colors of Kidsilk. These projects are so eye catching, I can probably sell the second one for enough to cover the entire cost of yarn. Sharont
LindaL@3 wrote
on Jan 23, 2009 7:23 PM
Dear Ellen S. -- the Berocco Comfort yarn works up very nicely. I've used it for several different types of projects and all have had excellent results. Might be a good option for ou to try, and it's pretty cozy, too.
LindaL@3 wrote
on Jan 23, 2009 7:20 PM
Edna May, DK (double knitting) weight gets its name from the back that it is a yarn weight between sport weight and worsted. With slight adjustment to needle size youcan use it for projects calling for sport weight and get a finished produce a little more dense, or you can substitute it for worsted weight and get a product that's a little lighter.May need to adjust a needle size to keep to correct gauge. And nowadays, there are many patterns written especiallyfor this "tweener: weight.
Susan@16 wrote
on Dec 18, 2008 6:00 PM
Just FYI--KnitPicks has some great DK weight yarns that are not too pricey. You can find them at
ema wrote
on Dec 18, 2008 1:41 PM
It stands for double knitting weight. Good luck, Edna May
Kathy NV wrote
on Dec 12, 2008 7:46 PM
I have to ask a question I'm you all know but I just recently started knitting again and I don't know what DK weight yarn is . Would someone please enlighten me. KathyNV
YvonneMarie wrote
on Dec 3, 2008 4:25 PM
Tina - I just emailed you the pattern. I hope you receive it ok. I kept getting error messages when I tried to access the pattern. I then realized that I was not logged into Knitting Daily. Once I logged in, I was able to get the pattern!
tina@4 wrote
on Nov 15, 2008 5:41 PM
I am unable to download this pattern I would appreciate it someone would e-mail it to me. thank you
NanceeQ wrote
on Nov 14, 2008 10:08 AM
I just finished this and it is beautiful. I love wearing it. I made it in the Rowan Kidsilk Haze. I have enough yarn leftover to make another one!!
MaryR@3 wrote
on Nov 10, 2008 2:02 PM Don't know if this will translate - a gal sells the Trendsetter in gold on ebay (I find the shipping charge a bit much, but it seemed to be the only source for this item). I think it's a tad darker than "Swish" but since it's a patchwork theme, the color should work.
JanetW wrote
on Oct 23, 2008 5:33 PM

Back to handwashing and drying, I wash in the morning in the washing machine on hand wash and lay flat on my bed with the overhead fan going on high.  I flip after lunch and by bedtime, it is all dry.  Moving air is the trick as I've gotten this to work on all but rainy days.

umstetter wrote
on Oct 21, 2008 6:50 PM

Ok, totally weird!

I back arrowed to the previous page and it let me download the pdf.

umstetter wrote
on Oct 21, 2008 6:46 PM

I would like the pattern too, but I keep getting a 404 error message telling me to contact the website.

Can someone look into this for us. I would imagine that whatever corrections that were done on the PDF has not gone through neatly and that's what's causing the error.

umstetter at hotmail dot com

Kathy NV wrote
on Oct 20, 2008 6:41 PM

I love the looks of this wrap but I'm not sure what DK weight is?  The yarn used in the pattern is a bit too expensive for me, so I need to know what to look for in a less expensive yarn.

on Oct 8, 2008 2:22 PM

I'm a new knitter and I have really enjoyed reading all the comments.  This project is so lively looking that I would venture to make it with any super fine yarn.  I'm not afraid to do my own thing and I think I will with this one.  Thanks, gals,


MeghanC wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 2:14 PM

I have a confession.  I don't knit.  I am however, a mad crocheter.  The cool thing about crochet is with a little ingenuity I can modify many kniting patterns and styles to crochet.  I saw this wrap and absoutely love it.  And thought, hmmm... I can crochet this.  So, I made a test block, and voila!  Since crochet has three strands to a stitch width, the result will be a bit thicker, I can compensate for that by using a finer yarn, or a bigger stitch.  I'm going to hunt down some yarn this weekend.  Thanks.

kochira wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 8:44 AM

I have emailed the PDF of the pattern to both jab ( and halladay ( please post if you do not receive the PDF!

cmg1947 wrote
on Sep 25, 2008 5:37 AM

I was able to obtain the Swish (578) color from Europe.


halladay wrote
on Sep 24, 2008 12:47 AM

jan-modern quilt wrap  could someone e-mail me this

jab wrote
on Sep 22, 2008 6:48 AM

can someone please email me this pattern. I am unable to down load it. Thanks

BonnieR wrote
on Sep 16, 2008 1:03 PM

A big thank you to JeanneH for her recommendation of Crystal Palace Kid Merino.  I bought some for this pattern and it is working out great!  I am knitting mine with two strands held together.  I did a swatch using a single strand and while it was pretty and light as a feather, I thought the colors would be better with two strands held together and I am happy I am doing it this way.  I think if I was using KidSilk Haze I would do the same thing as they are almost the same weight.

It is fun to see this wrap take shape as you work through the squares with all the lovely colors.  The changing of colors definitely slows down the process a little, but I can see that it will be worth it in the end.  Also, I am stopping periodically to weave in my ends so I don't have to do them all at the end.

Happy knittting all!  Bonnie

SilviaR wrote
on Sep 11, 2008 3:26 PM


Anybody have an idea of what to use in susbstitute to the gold color that is not available anymore?

BonnieR wrote
on Sep 8, 2008 11:43 AM

Question for Sandy or Mags...Is this knit with a single strand or double?  The only other time I have knit with Kid Silk Haze it was with it doubled, but the directions don't mention this.  Please clarify.  Thanks!

BonnieR wrote
on Sep 8, 2008 11:28 AM

reply to Jessica...Just guessing...are you doing the decreases on both sides (k2tog slip marker k2tog tbl)??  You want to decrease on one side (even numbered, I think) and just KNIT on the other side.  If you decrease too fast I think it would become a triangle.

EllenS wrote
on Sep 5, 2008 11:42 AM

I was considering trying this pattern using the new Berroco Comfort DK, which has a similar gague and a lot of colors.  It is a lot less expensive, which may be more appropriate for my beginner knitter status.  Has anyone tried this?

Jessica wrote
on Sep 5, 2008 6:33 AM

Hi I have a question about the small square. When I follow this pattern my piece is a triangle and not a square. What am I doing wrong?

Jessica wrote
on Sep 5, 2008 6:27 AM

Testing. Trying to post a question.

Magpye wrote
on Sep 3, 2008 7:39 PM

To JeniferF: I believe that what was meant by "be careful you don't spin creases into your hand knit work!" is the piece(s) can get folded in the washer as they spin.  The folds can be permanent in some pieces, especially in felt.

Betty BJ wrote
on Sep 3, 2008 3:20 PM

I don't mind hand wash, dry flat.  My adult children, on the other hand, have asked that I PLEASE use yarn that they can put in their washing machine.

I agree with the posts concerning $$ for yarn.  This knitting *hobby* is expensive.  Most people (gift recipients) don't realize the amount of $$ and time that goes into a piece...

I do love the look of this wrap.

Will have to go thru my stash and see if I have yarn that I can substitute... hmmm... if my eyes are working, it's 9 colors... 9 colors of yarn(s) that are compatible...

Take care,

Betty BJ

CarolR wrote
on Sep 3, 2008 10:08 AM

Wow, do these posts give me an idea! I could take a cotton yarn (something with virtually no stretch) and knit up a big rectangle with with a nice open "weave" (the kind used for knitting shopping or beach bags, only bigger), using great big needles, and attach "tie-downs" to the corners. The I could stretch it between two chairs and use it for drying and blocking items too large to fit on my ironing board.



JeniferF wrote
on Sep 1, 2008 6:17 PM

To Deb H.

Can you elaborate on the "be careful you don't spin creases into your hand knit work!"  I've only felted once or twice, but would love to know what you mean by this!


DebH wrote
on Aug 31, 2008 12:56 PM

On the subject of drying, I dry and block everything (sweaters, felted items, either hand knit hats and bags or felted sweaters for making totes, my linen and flax clothes) on my kids' TRAMPOLINE.  It doesn't have those side nets on it, tho.  So everything is easy to reach, it's flat, it's off the ground and there's air flow through the mesh.

Be careful you don't spin creases into your hand knit work!  I did that with a pair of felted slippers.. ahhh.

DebH wrote
on Aug 31, 2008 12:53 PM

On the subject of drying, I dry and block everything (sweaters, felted items, either hand knit hats and bags or felted sweaters for making totes, my linen and flax clothes) on my kids' TRAMPOLINE.  It doesn't have those side nets on it, tho.  So everything is easy to reach, it's flat, it's off the ground and there's air flow through the mesh.

jsbell wrote
on Aug 30, 2008 5:15 PM

Any chance you could translate this neat quilt pattern into a chrochet pattern?  jsb~~

SueG@3 wrote
on Aug 30, 2008 3:32 PM

Leave on towels in a corner - clearly you have no cats!! #:-)

TeresaM wrote
on Aug 30, 2008 10:21 AM

Don't fear handwashing!

The secret that I use is to wash by hand then put it in the washer, JUST ON SPIN, to get out the water. Then rinse by hand and again put it in the washer for SPIN only cycle.

This way you have a just damp knit item without blotting in towels, etc. Then I just spread it out on the counter (or on top of dryer for smaller items) in my kitchen, and shape it by hand and allow it to dry.

I do have a large island in the center of my kitchen which allows me to do large articles, but if you don't, spread towels in the corner of a room (beach towels are especially good) and pat into place. Leave to dry.

The key is to have the pieces spun out very dry in the spin cycle of you washer.

Hope this helps!

PattyS@5 wrote
on Aug 29, 2008 1:33 PM

Hi Beverly,

Not sure if anyone else has responded to your request.  I will email you the pattern.  Let me know if you are able to read it.


Cfanning wrote
on Aug 29, 2008 1:08 PM

Better still, try some Classic Elite cotton - great yarn, yardage and price - plus, easy to care for.  Other than that, try some super wash wool, great selection of colors and prices.

Carole, Marietta, GA

on Aug 29, 2008 1:06 PM

help, help.  my mac downloading program is not working! is there anybody out there who could just cut 'n paste this free pattern for the MODERN QUILT WRAP into an email and send it to me at


thnx so much.  there is a place in KNITTERS HEAVEN for people who share great patterns...and overcome computer adversity!!

have a good labor day weekend.

bev jackson

JeanneH wrote
on Aug 29, 2008 11:43 AM

A less expensive yarn than Rowan Kidsilk Haze to use is Crystal Palace Kid Merino, which is 28% kid mohair, 28% merino wool, and 44% microfiber nylon, and has about 240 yds per 25 gram ball. See the colors at The cost is about half of Kidsilk Haze because it does not have the silk in it, but that also makes it a bit less soft. It is still a handwash only yarn.

Karen Bowers wrote
on Jul 23, 2008 8:16 PM

I feel foolish and really ashamed that I wasted so much money in the yarn for this scarf.   It works up easily enough but no one wants a piece that is difficult to clean.

I may be the last person on earth willing to block.  I'm afraid to give the wrap to anyone I know.  Go for cheaper yarn that can be washed and dried with less invested time and trouble.

on Jul 6, 2008 1:06 AM

Well Kate H.... you could always try LionBrand Microspun (also a #3 DK weight)... they've got some really GREAT colors, even a few neon, and Microspun has a good feel and a nice drape.

KateH wrote
on Jun 6, 2008 1:44 PM

I'm wondering if anyone has ever tried this in a laceweight alpaca? Any suggestions on less pricey yarn(s) to substitute for for the Kidsilk Haze?