It’s the first day of April………Already! This is one of my favorite times of year, the flowers and trees are in full bloom, every spring I am reminded just how many beautiful Azaleas are around town!
They burst open in an amazing array of hot colors from bright pinks, to hot corals to electric reds. These flowers are a nod to my southern roots as well as a hint of the exciting warm weather months in the future.
This time of year I am always itching to jump into all the fun bright sundresses that have been neglected in the recess of my closets, not to mention the shorts, linen blouses, and flip flops!!!!! But however warm the afternoons can be, there is still a spring breeze whispering, not yet! I so love a light cardigan, but this year I have found I’m reaching for wraps and shawls more than ever.
Meet the Ruched Azelea Wrap light as a feather, a whisper of warmth and a fun and fast knit, even for beginners!
This wrap is knit with lace weight yarn on a larger needle that really allows the halo of mohair to shine. Perfect for tucking around your shoulders on a chilly night, or in a cold restaurant or theater, it will also be your go to in the fall and winter as a luscious scarf!
|Thanks Mom for Modeling!!|
Ruched Azelea Wrap
Finished Size- 24in wide x 78in long
Yarn-Grignasco Kid Seta, (or similar lace weight yarn) 5 balls, 230 yards each
Needles- Size 7, 4.5mm and Size 2, 2.75mm or sizes to obtain gauge
Gauge- 5.5 sts per inch with larger needle in St st.
Using larger needle loosely cast on 160 stitches.
Beginning with a Right Side, (RS), row knit every row for 8 rows. You will have 4 garter ridges showing on the RS. Still using larger needle switch to St. st for 20 rows, AT THE SAME TIME keeping the first 3 and last 3 stitches of each row in garter stitch.
**Switching to the smaller needle, K2Tog across the row, 80sts remain. Knit 7 rows in garter stitch ending with a Wrong Side, (WS), row. Next on the RS, using the larger needle, Knit in the front and back of each stitch across the row, increasing back to 160sts. Work 20 rows of St. st remembering to keep the first 3 and last 3 stitches in garter stitch.**
Repeat this section,( **to**), until you have 13 St st bands+ the Beginning Flounce
Switch to the smaller needle, K2Tog across the row, 80st remain. Knit 7 rows in garter stitch ending with a WS row. Using the larger needle on the RS Kf&b in each stitch increasing back to 160. Knit 20 rows in St st, still keeping the first 3 and last 3 in garter stitch. Still using the larger needle knit 8 rows in garter stich, giving you 4 garter ridges on the RS. Bind off VERY loosely.
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