October freebie!

Ophelia Wrap by AnneArchy

When I go to a conference or other situation where I know I’m going to be sitting still and listening for a number of hours, I take a project that I don’t have to think much about. That way my hands are busy so I can ditch the ants in the pants and pay attention to what’s being said. Because I don’t want to pay much attention to what I’m knitting, I want a pattern than is easily memorized and, if possible, doesn’t have a right/wrong side and doesn’t involve repeats that need to be counted. I wrote this pattern to meet all of these wishes! It’s an openwork wrap and since it doesn’t need to be a particular length, all you need to do is memorize the one line of stitches and then work that line until the piece is as long as you want it to be. I also get a TON of compliments on this when I wear it (I’ve made a few and wear them a lot in the cooler months).

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6 thoughts on “October freebie!

  1. I have downloaded this pattern and have selected an Ancient Arts 4-ply fingering multi-variegated yarn to knit it with. The yarn, however, recommends a 2.75 mm needle, and your pattern recommends a 5 mm. I’m just wondering if it matters that much in a scarf of this style, and if so, what needle size should I use? Many thanks!

    • Thanks for asking, Diane! The larger needle size I recommend gives this pattern the open spaces between the stitches. So you could knit with a smaller needle, but it would lose the stitch definition that you see pictured here. I prefer the look of the larger needle. 🙂

  2. It’s Diane again — I have moved to a different yarn, and completely agree about the needle size. However, I have just today started, and I can’t seem to get past row 2!! I’ve cast on the 40, done the first row, K1, *yo P2tog with a K1 at the end. However when I go to do the second row I have 2 st. on my needle after doing the last yo. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but it seems to come out that way every time, so I’m hoping you can help. Thanks!

    • Hi Diane! Thanks for checking back in – I’m glad to hear that the larger needle size is working for you! I’m not sure exactly what’s happening, but here are a couple of theories (if these seem super obvious, please don’t be insulted! I’ve misinterpreted patterns in a MYRIAD of ways over the years and later realized what happened, so I know how easy it is to do!) 1. are you working the yo sts on second row? I know a lot of patterns will have you drop the yos, but in this case they’re worked. 2. are you only doing the first k1 once at the beginning of the row? The bulk of the row is just the “yo, p2tog” part, with just one k1 at the very beginning and one at the very end.

      Sometimes it helps to work the math to figure out where something is going wrong. In this pattern, you have 1 stable st at the beginning and the end, and then in the repeated sts, you add 1 st in the yo and then subtract 1 st in the p2tog, so you should end up with the same 40 sts on the needles after each row. Is that the case when you get done with row 1?

  3. Well, I felt pretty stupid when I figured out what I was doing wrong. The first yo has to essentially go twice around the needle to create the extra stitch, and I wasn’t doing that. I was knitting the first stitch and then merely bringing the yarn to the front to create the purl K2’s, so it wasn’t creating the first yo. So you have to bring the yarn to the front and then yo, which I was skipping. That may sound like Greek to you as these things are hard to put into words sometimes, but it’s all sorted out now. And thanks for getting back to me so quickly!

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