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RiverRay - Wrap Pattern PDF

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This pattern spent a long time without a name. As I was knitting it, the stitch pattern was making me think of a rippling stream, so this was always in the back of my mind.

The idea for this wrap was to use two sock-blank fades which both start off dark in colour but slowly transition to the natural yarn colour as you knit them. The wrap starts by casting on the first colour at the darkest end and then knitting on the bias which creates this lovely horizontal stockinette and lace wave pattern. If you are familiar with my patterns you may recognise this stitch pattern from ‘Reach for the Stars’ or ‘Lasso the Moon’, the stitch pattern is the same for this wrap. If you are new to knitting lace, a video tutorial on how to work the yo, k2tog stitch combination can be found here

Once you reach the end of the first blank, the next one is cast on from the lightest point. So in the centre you get a lovely pool of light yarn, and when the wrap was on the blocking mats it looked like a ray of sunshine was shining across the middle – so the name became the RiverRay Wrap!

Instead of using sock blanks, you could use 2 x skeins of 4ply sock yarn at 400-425m per skein, or 9-10 mini skeins at 20g / 85m per skein. The wrap would work beautifully with 2 x sets of gradient mini skeins fading into each other.

Whatever yarns you decide to use, the end result is a large, versatile wrap or scarf which will keep you as warm as a ray of sunshine wherever you go.

Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, knit, purl, kfb, yo, k2tog lace stitches

Sizes: One size

Measurements: The finished, blocked item has a wingspan of 71.5” (181.5cm) and a depth of 19” (48cm)


• 2 x 465yd / 425m, 3.5 oz / 100g 4 ply, sock or fingering weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Knits Sock Blanks, 75% Superwash merino / 25% nylon in:
o Yarn A - Thunder Blue Fade
o Yarn B - Forest Green Fade
• US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
• 7 x stitch markers (optional for marking off the repeats)
• A tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Gauge: 22 stitches and 33 rows to 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking

The pattern includes written and charted instructions. It has also been tech edited and test knitted prior to publication.

Pattern Testimonials

“This is such a satisfying knit. Once you get on to the main body of the wrap, you can get in to a groove and the rows just fly by, and the finished product is just wonderful!” – Sabina

“Lovely well-written pattern. Easily memorised for holiday travel knitting. Perfect pleasure / leisure pattern” - Hazel

“Lovely size shawl / wrap and unusual as it looks like its worked on the straight but with the diagonal, it looks more complicated than it was” – Melanie

“The pattern is well written and easy to get into a rhythm when you are on the even section of the shawl. I love the outcome of the pattern” – Pat

“Once again, a very well written and easy to follow pattern. Your knits are a pleasure to test and Knit” – Donna
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