Around Christmastime of last year, I promised myself that 2014 would be the year I learned to knit, knit well anyway. I’ve known how to “knit” since I was little but was only able to accomplish the most basic of knitting projects that required zero pattern reading, zero change of yarn position and no thought whatsoever. Finally, after much frustration and countless youtube videos to help, I think I can call myself an intermediate knitter- still needing reference for new stitches and techniques but completely capable of understanding and figuring out even the most complicated of knitting projects.
^ The instagram progression of my wrap. ^
The doll I’ve almost completed for Lilly from the book – Knitted Dolls –
was a huge step in the right direction. These dolls require teeny tiny double pointed needles, think toothpicks, and very thin yarn. Isn’t she fun?!
Then there was this blanket from the book What to Knit When You’re Expecting. Fairly simple, but required some pattern reading as well and then a new stitch in the border.
Read more about this blanket here.
After those two and a few other basic knitting projects and experiments, I decided to tackle something not hard necessarily, but tedious and huge- this knit seed stitch wrap! The original pattern is from one of my favorite sources; thepurlbee.com Their pattern uses a yarn that I’m sure is incredible but am also sure will indefinitely be out of my price range when it comes to a handmade project. I’ve modified their Amazing Seed Stitch Wrap pattern to suit my own tastes and subbed in my own yarn colors and choices as well. I’ve got all that info for you at the end of the post. So admire the pics (I couldn’t narrow them down!) then read on for the details on how to make your own.
What do you think? Have I convinced you to give it a try? As long as you can knit and purl, and have a little bit of patience stashed away, you can definitely completely this project. Hopefully a bit faster than me 😉 *Because I used 8 skeins instead of 11, I changed the size of this wrap for my own purposes.*
US Size 8, straight knitting needles
8 skeins Bernat Satin Yarn in the following colors:
Yarn needle for finishing and weaving in ends.
Cast on 99 stitches with first color. Use and seed stitch for the entire wrap, always stopping and starting new colors on the same side.
This is seed stitch:
K1 P1 (repeated for entire row) ending with a K1. Turn your work and do the exact same thing on the next row and all rows following.
And here is a great video tutorial if you need it:
That’s it! Simple right?! Once you can visually see the texture you are creating it gets easier to pick up and put down this project. I had a few mess up rows because I was getting confused on weather I was starting with a knit stitch or a purl stitch or what I was doing when I left off. If you accidentally throw off your pattern, you will start to see ribbing in your work which is NOT what you want. Just take your time and back track if you need to. Or be lazy like me and just leave those happy little imperfections in your wrap. Hey, nobody’s perfect!