River Trail Wrap Pattern
I named this wrap after the Des Plaines River Trail, which is my favorite biking spot here in Northern Illinois. The trail runs completely alongside the winding Des Plaines River and in my opinion, mimics the long cable twists in this wrap.
This cozy, oversized wrap/wearable blanket is knit in one solid piece, starting with the bottom hem in the back. It is then split into two panels at the base of the neck. You will work one panel at a time and hold the stitches for the other panel on a piece of scrap yarn to be worked later. All edges on this wrap have a rolled I- cord edge. I have included extra instructions at the beginning of the pattern for the I-cord as a quick reference if you choose to memorize the rest of the pattern.
Using US 8 (5.0mm) needles:
17 sts and 22 rows make a 4” (10cm) square in stockinette stitch, worked flat, after blocking
-1874 yards (971g/1714m) of light bulky weight yarn (I used Simply Wool, Bulky weight from KnitPicks) Other recommended yarn: Malabrigo Mecha
-US 8 (5.0mm) circular needles with a 40” (60cm) cord or longer, or correct size to obtain gauge
-4 removable stitch markers
-Waste yarn to be used as a placeholder
-Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
-Blocking mats and pins
Cable knitting (3/3 left and right crosses)
Decrease stitches: slip, slip, knit (ssk)
Increases stitches: purl front and back (pfb), knit 2 together (k2tog)
Placing stitches on placeholder yarn to be picked up and worked later