Hand knitted and crochet clothing and accessories are making a come back in the fashion world. Etsy or Ravelry sell numerous patterns and amazingly beautiful hand dyed yarns. As a young, inexperienced knitter, I wanted to challenge my knitting skills to create a new shawl with some amazing yarn. My friends at McKinney Knittery helped me to find the perfect yarn and a simple knitted wrap pattern, called “Pure Joy” by Joji Locatelli.
“Pure Joy” Design Highlights
The design “Pure Joy” is a simple knitted wrap and because of it’s simplicity, it makes for a great pattern to take to a Knit Along. “Pure Joy” is an asymmetrical piece and is created using short rows. If you want to learn how to “wrap and turn” then, this is the perfect simple knitted wrap for you! The designer says, “The combination of garter stitch, short rows and eyelet rows can create the most varied results, but it always guarantees that you’ll have a good time knitting. Enjoy working away on this simple and fun project!”
“Pure Joy” Highlights
Born: July 2017 after completing Hitchhiker. I was going to work on Charleton, but ditched the pattern as I felt I wasn’t ready. McKinney Knittery suggested “Pure Joy” as the pattern had some purl, but mostly garter stitch. The pattern would teach the skill of “wrap and turn”, which would be a new tool in my knitting skill toolbox.
Yarn Selection- Mckinney Knittery helped me choose Canon Hand Dyes’ Bruce Yak Merino Fingering yarn. This yarn is amazing! It is soft, light and a pure joy to use in a finger weight project.
Simple Knitted Wrap Journey
The beginning of the journey was smooth, quick, and exciting because the Canon Bruce Yak yarn was amazing. Using a lightweight fingering yarn was another first for me and this yarn did not disappoint!
As the journey continued, I began to experience some problems. If there was not enough light, it was easy to drop a stitch and that meant several “Frogs”, not “Tinks”. Those “Frogs were frustrating because as the pattern moved forward, the rows were much longer. Crying over hours of lost work was REAL! Once at Knit Night, I nicknamed the simple knit wrap “Pure Hell” because I had to “Tink” out yet more hours of work. The joke became real during the completion celebration at Knit Night. A dropped stitch and 5 rows discovered during the celebration caused more tears. However, Ginger saved the day and taught me how to fix the mistake.
“Pure Joy” took several trips and I learned knitting with fingering yarn in the car made for several mistakes and tears. “Pure Joy traveled to Atlanta, Little Rock, and Knit Night.
While the knit time and learning were more extensive than my thick quick knitted shawl, the blood, sweat and tears were worth every second because the “Pure Hell” I experienced made for great learning and a beautiful, simple knitted wrap for my wardrobe.
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