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This pattern spent a long time without a name. As I was knitting it, the stitch pattern was making me think of a rippling stream, so this was always in the back of my mind.
The idea for this wrap was to use two sock-blank fades which both start off dark in colour but slowly transition to the natural yarn colour as you knit them. The wrap starts by casting on the first colour at the darkest end and then knitting on the bias which creates this lovely horizontal stockinette and lace wave pattern. If you are familiar with my designs you may recognise this stitch pattern from ‘Reach for the Stars’ or ‘Lasso the Moon’, the stitch pattern is the same for this wrap. If you are new to knitting lace, a video tutorial on how to work the [yo, k2tog] stitch combination can be found by visiting https://www.undertheolivetreeknits.com/lace-stitches.html
Once you reach the end of the first blank, the next one is cast on from the lightest point. So in the centre you get a lovely pool of light yarn, and when the wrap was on the blocking mats it looked like a ray of sunshine was shining across the middle – so the name became the RiverRay Wrap!
Instead of using sock blanks, you could use 2 x skeins of 4ply sock yarn at 400-425m per skein, or ten mini skeins at 20g / 85m per skein. The wrap would work beautifully with 2 x sets of 5 gradient mini skeins fading into each other.
Whatever yarns you decide to use, the end result is a large, versatile wrap or scarf which will keep you as warm as a ray of sunshine wherever you go.