Looking for a way to use up scraps or showcase the full
Why is everything cuter in mini size!? Every time I see a hand dyed yarn collection with a mini set I am so tempted to buy it, even though I’m never quite sure what to do with it. The baby skeins and colors all lined up just look so freakin’ cute it’s hard to contain myself. So when Lion Brand told me they had a limited run of
I’ve been wanting to design something Missoni-inspired for awhile now, so this felt like the perfect time to go for it. As I started swatching though, I realized that in order to make something the scale I was looking for, I’d have to use a very loose, open stitch to cover as much surface area as possible with each mini skein. Tight Missoni zigzags just weren’t going to cut it, so I started playing around with some other ideas.
I landed on this eyelet-style wave stitch that instantly reminded me of Coogi sweaters, which is kind of Missoni-adjacent, and I was smitten. Coogi is an Australian label that was popularized in the 90s and reminds me of my teens so this design feels very nostalgic. And before you ask – no, Cosby sweaters were not Coogis (they were Perry Ellis). Notorious BIG, on the other hand, did “stay Coogi down to the socks” (a lyric from One More Chance / Stay With Me) and claimed that “every cutie with a booty bought a Coogi” (a lyric from Hypnotize), haha.
There was some trial and error to get the dimensions the right size and make sure that the wrap was big enough and used up as much of each mini skein. I think it ended up being the perfect size and I love having a piece that shows the full array – er, spectrum – of colors in the Color Theory palette! However, I think this design would be equally as cute with any number of colors if you have scraps you want to use up instead of going with the mini set.
This is an easy level crochet pattern and the techniques involved are single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, chaining and skipping stitches, working into chain spaces, and working into the back loop only of a stitch.
1 repeat = 4.25”/11cm in open wave stitch
*All Two of Wands patterns are written in standard US terms
Ch – chain
Ch-sp – chain space
Hdc – half double crochet
Hdc tbl – half double crochet through the back loop
Dc – double crochet
Dc tbl – double crochet through the back loop
Rep – repeat
RS – right side
Sc – single crochet
Sc tbl – single crochet through the back loop
Sk – skip
St(s) – stitch(es)
Tr – treble crochet
Tr tbl – treble crochet through the back loop
WS – wrong side
Wrap is worked flat, side to side. Turn at the end of each row. The ch 4 at the beginning of every 4th row counts as a treble stitch. To change colors, work the last yarn over of the previous row with the new color. Tails at the beginning and end of each row can be incorporated into fringe rather than woven in.
Arrange colors in the order preferred.
With color 1, ch 257.
Row 1 (RS): Starting in 2nd ch from hook and working into back bumps of ch, sc 2, *ch 1, sk 1, hdc 1, ch 1, sk 1, dc 1, ch 1, sk 1, (tr 1, ch 1, sk 1) twice, dc 1, ch 1, sk 1, hdc 1, ch 1, sk 1**, sc 3, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, sc in last 2 ch.
Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc in each st and ch-1 sp across. (256 sts)
Change to color 2.
Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as a tr here and throughout), *tr tbl 1, ch 1, sk 1, dc tbl 1, ch 1, sk 1, hdc 1, ch 1, sk 1, sc 3, ch 1, sk 1, hdc 1, ch 1, sk 1, dc 1, ch 1, sk 1**, tr tbl 1, ch 1, sk 1, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, tr tbl in last 2 sts.
Row 4: Rep row 2, with final sc going in top of turning ch from row below.
Change to color 3.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc tbl 2, * ch 1, sk 1, hdc tbl 1, ch 1, sk 1, dc tbl 1, ch 1, sk 1, (tr tbl 1, ch 1, sk 1) twice, dc tbl 1, ch 1, sk 1, hdc tbl 1, ch 1, sk 1**, sc tbl 3, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, sc tbl in last 2 sts.
Row 6: Rep row 2.
Change to color 4.
Rows 7+8: Rep rows 3 and 4.
Change to color 5.
Rows 9+10: Rep rows 5 and 6.
Change to color 6.
Rows 11+12: Rep rows 3 and 4.
Change to color 7.
Rows 13+14: Rep rows 5 and 6.
Change to color 8.
Rows 15+16: Rep rows 3 and 4.
Change to color 9.
Rows 17+18: Rep rows 5 and 6.
Change to color 10.
Rows 19+20: Rep rows 3 and 4.
Change to color 11.
Rows 21+22: Rep rows 5 and 6.
Change to color 12.
Rows 23+24: Rep rows 3 and 4.
Change to color 13.
Rows 25+26: Rep rows 5 and 6.
Change to color 14.
Rows 27+28: Rep rows 3 and 4.
Change to color 15.
Rows 29+30: Rep rows 5 and 6.
Change to color 16.
Rows 31+32: Rep rows 3 and 4.
Change to color 17.
Rows 33+34: Rep rows 5 and 6.
Change to color 18.
Rows 35+36: Rep rows 3 and 4.
Cut seven 12”/30.5cm strands of each color.
Holding three strands together, attach fringe using larks head knots to the ends of each row on the side where the tail ends are, in corresponding colors, incorporating the ends at the same time. To do so, fold the three strands in half and use the crochet hook to pull the folded loop through a space at the end of the row, then draw the ends of the strands and the corresponding color ends left at the end of the rows through the loop to create the larks head knot. Trim fringe to desired length. Rep on other end of wrap, this time holding 4 strands together.
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