For as long as I can remember, I have loved books and reading. Graceling
by Kristin Cashore is one of my favorites, so when Debi of Blue Skin Yarns and I connected over it, of course a collaboration was born!
Katsa’s Wrap is the first of three designs based on the trilogy. (The other two are Bitterblue's Wrap
and Fire's Wrap
; all three are available together as part of the Graceling Collection
.) It’s named for the first book’s main character. As a warrior who spends much of her time outside and on the move, I saw Katsa wearing something practical and understated, but not plain.
With its mix of twisted stitches, large eyelets, and squishy garter stitch, Katsa’s Wrap is as easy to knit as it is cozy to wear. Generous and drapey, it’s knit lengthwise, allowing the contrast and eyelet stripes to run from end to end. The four-stitch repeats (yep, just four) make it easy to alter the length, and tweaking the width to suit yarn or preference is simple as well.
The pattern works especially well single-ply yarns and tamer colorways, but don’t let that limit your creativity! Basic stitches mean Katsa’s Wrap will play well with a wide range of choices.
Lace is both written and charted, and Katsa’s Wrap has been tech edited and test knit, so you can cast on with confidence.SIZES
Length: 91.5” / 232.5 cm
Width: 19.25” / 49 cm
Measurements taken after firm blocking. Wrap will shrink some with wear.YARN
MC: approximately 1150 yd / 1052 m of fingering weight yarn
CC: approximately 460 yd / 421 m of fingering weight yarn
Sample used slightly overweight skeins. Pattern includes a note about altering the size to accommodate different put-ups. Totals include a 15% buffer.
Shown in Blue Skin Yarns Oliver (75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk; 497 yd / 454 m per 115 g / 4.06 oz skein)
MC: Old Man in Winter
US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge; 40” / 100 cm or longer circular needles are recommended to accommodate large number of stitchesNOTIONS
18.5 stitches and 35 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Ribs (excluding edge stitches) after firm blocking. Gauge is not crucial but will affect yardage used and final dimensions.TECHNIQUES
Single decreases, yarn overs, twisted stitches, knitting on the bias. Pattern includes links to more information about required stitches and techniques.Here’s how testers described knitting Katsa’s Wrap:
easy, enjoyable, rewarding, fun, mindless, relaxing, satisfying, meditative, easy to customize, and worth the effort.
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