The Whitewater Wrap is a large rectangular shawl in flowing lace and restful garter stitch. My inspiration for the wrap is the waterfall in the middle of my hometown, Wairere falls in Whakatāne, a special place where I spent a lot of time exploring and climbing on the rocks as a kid.
The wrap is divided in half diagonally, with lace on one side and garter stitch on the other, but it's constructed very simply - just knit from end, with a stitch marker keeping track of the boundary between the two stitch patterns. I found it a relaxing knit, with intuitive lace and simple knit-and-purl wrong-side rows.
The lace pattern is made up of flowing lines of yarnovers and decreases, with sinuous shapes appearing and disappearing between them. This movement in the lace causes the stockinette stitches to shift direction, catching the light at different angles for a shimmering effect.
To knit my sample I used three skeins of Sock Yarn from Wren & Ollie, a soft blend of 85% superwash merino and 15% nylon, in a beautiful and subtle colourway called ‘Glisten’. I love the extra depth the gentle speckles give to the stitch patterns!
Whitewater Wrap features:
rectangular shape, with the lace end slanted on the bias
half flowing lace, half restful garter stitch
knit in one piece from end to end
techniques include simple lace knitting (knit, purl, yarn-over, k2tog, ssk)
suitable for solid, semi-solid, or gently-speckled fingering-weight yarn
one size, easy to alter by changing the number of repeats
pattern includes full written instructions as well as charts.
The Whitewater Wrap pattern is available on Ravelry.