Knitting Along the Silk Road

A couple of people have asked if the Silk Road Wrap pattern could be knit in fingering weight and I had been wanting to try myself in fingering weight, so I dyed up 2 skeins that I had in my stash, a merino/cashmere blend, and got started. Not everyone wants to take on lace-weight yarn and knitting the wrap with the fingering weight … well there is the bonus of less stitches to cast on!

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I sat down and knit a swatch, did some math to adjust for a different gauge and knit through this sample. I love how it came out and the size is pretty much the same as the lace version. I felt victorious!

The pattern is now updated to include both versions. So how about an informal knit along?

While we were  visiting the LYS Tour shops last weekend, our friend Julie suggested that I might want to start a KAL for the wrap and I think it’s a great idea! Now, I’ve never hosted a KAL and I’m leaving next week for a 3-week road trip, so let’s keep it really casual! But there are probably some issues and questions that will come up with knitting this and I think with an informal KAL group we can help each other along and encourage each other when the double-stitch rows seem endlessly long, and show off our wraps.

So yes, I will be knitting it again. I think it will be the 8th version. BUT…. it’s in this gorgeous Black Trillium yarn in charcoal that I got last weekend at All Wound Up. I’ve been wanting to try this scrumptious yarn for a while now. It’s their Lilt Sock in Superwash Merino and Mulberry Silk … 405 yards per skein. The fingering weight version of the wrap takes approximately 700 yards.

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I have updated the pattern to include directions for both Lace Weight and Fingering Weight. The link is HERE.

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The KAL will start now and I’ll be knitting it on the road. The husband and I are driving across the country to visit our daughter in Toronto and then down to Ohio for a family reunion and then back home through some pretty national parks. So I’ll be knitting in the car and then checking in with Ravelry in the evenings.

The pattern will be free until June 1st and then it will be $4.00 on Ravelry. The KAL forum is HERE and I hope you will want to knit along with us!

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