When the weather turns (even the slightest bit) to hints of spring, I begin longing for cotton. At the end of February I discovered a pattern from a blog I follow and immediately knew I wanted to knit it. But wool, and the weather that accompanies it, was quickly fading from my yarn-loving visions and I knew I had to knit this in a cotton version.
Of course, this meant having to re-do all the maths and figure out inches and all that good stuff. But that’s actually what I enjoy doing, so it just made for a completely entrancing project from beginning to end.
I had purchased The Bella Wrap pattern but it didn’t give any schematics whatsoever. I think I got close to the original and I’m enjoying wearing it ever so much now that the days are a bit warmer.
I’ve worn it with long sleeves as well as short sleeves…very versatile for the roller coaster temps we have here in the South in Springtime.
I pulled out all my leftover cottons. Some are cotton-acrylic blends and others 100% cotton. I doubled the colors throughout to allow them to gradate as I went along…cream melting into yellow, yellow flowing into pink, pink morphing into green, etc.
It has a very cosy feel to it. And I love the three ways you can wear it:
Open in front.
Or pinned in the middle.
Or secured over to the side. The pattern showed a nifty round shawl pin, but I just used one of my decorative crochet hooks. It works great!
I seem to have issues with knitting things exactly by pattern. I owe this to my dear mother and to Elizabeth Zimmerman. Mom almost always does something different with a pattern in order to make the project fit correctly or to change something about the design. Elizabeth Zimmerman gave me the instruction for how to calculate making any pattern using a different gauge or weight yarn. When you have a little confidence and know-how, the knitting world is at your finger tips! Quite literally!! 🙂
I know I will make this again in a bulky wool on size 15 needles (as the pattern calls for) one day! But from now until August, cottons will be running through my hands.