Wrap yourself in a touch of summer with the Kaleidoscope Wrap!
The Kaleidoscope Wrap offers a unique multistep shape and ties. Rather than just wearing it as a shawl, the ties allow for multiple looks to be created from a cowl to a cocoon to a cardi look.
Have you ever seen a yarn and instantly knew what you would make with it?
That’s exactly how the Kaleidoscope Wrap kind of came to be.
I was visiting The Traveling Yarn Yogi and her bus, Purl, the mobile LYS last fall to get a shawl cuff to pair with the X-capade Shawl, and of course I was distracted by all of the gorgeous yarns. When the Olive & Two Ewe Twain caught my eye, one skein jumped in my hand and I had a clear vision for the shape of a shawl. As usual, I have a ton of ideas, and I attempt to work on one crochet design at a time, so this idea had to slowly bake until now. As a true crocheter/yarn hoarder, I grabbed a second skein to be on the safe side, and I’m so glad that I did.
The Kaleidoscope Wrap works up quickly, even when made with fingering weight yarn, because of the Fractal Lace, which came to me one night as I was falling asleep. I almost stuck to one skein for this project, but decided to make it longer for added drama, as I really envisioned wearing it as a sarong to the pool or over jeans for a night out.
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Like I mentioned above, the Olive & Two Ewe Twain jumped in may hands as I was shopping for a Birdie Parker shawl cuff. It also helped that the color way is called South Beach, and I knew it was destiny for that yarn and I to meet. My dear husband is from Miami, and we’ve had many days of cruising South Beach taking in the sun, sand and wind.
Twain is a super wash merino and nylon sock blend that creates a lovely stitch definition, as well as a fair amount of stretch (check out the before and after measurements below). The South Beach color way was like working with a rainbow. It was almost too pretty to wind up and crochet with.
If you have yet to try a hand-dyed fingering weight yarn, I strongly encourage giving it a try. If you’re sensitive to wool, Lion Brand Summer Nights Bonus Bundle is a great alternative, and only requires one skein. 🙂
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- Olive & Two Ewe Twain (75% SW merino/ 25% nylon sock, 463 yards /423 meters, 3.5 ounces / 100 grams): South Beach x 2 or 621 yds/567.8 m, 4.8 oz/ 134g total
- Hook US F / 3.75 mm or size needed to match gauge. I used my black Odyssey.
- Stitch Markers x 2
- Measuring tape
- Yarn Needle
5 repeats = 6” [15.2 cm], 9 rows = 6” [15.2 cm]
- Prior to blocking: 50” [127 cm] wingspan x 24” [61 cm] length
- After blocking: 64.5” [163.8 cm] wingspan x 35” [88.9 cm] length
CSTR: chainless starting treble crochet
Dtr: double treble crochet
Dtr2tog: double treble 2 together
DTDtog: double treble crochet, treble crochet, double treble crochet together
FO: fasten off
Fsc: foundation single crochet
M: stitch marker(s)
Sl st: slip stitch
Sc: single crochet
Sc2tog: single crochet 2 together
Tr: treble crochet
WS: wrong side
YO: yarn over
SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES
CSTR: Pull up a loop, wrap around hook 2 times (counts as YO 2 times), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] 3 times
Dtr2tog: *YO 3 times, insert hook in indicated st, YO, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), [YO, pull through 2 loops] 3 times**, sk 7 ch, rep from * to **, YO, pull through 3 loops
DTDtog: *YO 3 times, insert hook in indicated st, YO, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), [YO, pull through 2 loops] 3 times**, YO 2 times, sk 3 ch, insert hook in next st, YO, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), [YO, pull through 2 loops] 2 times (3 loops on hook), sk 3 ch, rep from * to **, YO, pull through 4 loops
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- Pattern is written US terms.
- Read the entire pattern before beginning.
- Pattern is written in 4 parts: Wrap, Edging & Ties, Blocking, and Finishing.
- The foundation ch can be substituted with a standard ch.
- CSTR can be substituted with ch 4.
- The stitch of the first and last leg of each DTDtog will be used by the prev and following DTDtog, except for the first and last one.
- 7 sts are always sk btw the legs of each dtr2tog.
- 3 sts are always sk btw the legs of each DTDtog.
- It helps to insert the hook under 2 sets of loops of the DTDtog of the row below to reduce the natural lean of the sts.
- The ties are created when completing the Edging.
- Each step of Rnd 1 of the Edging is written on a separate line for clarity.
- A stitch chart is included at the end of the pattern for reference.
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What an amazing shape for a wrap! That’s lovely! So light and airy but still dreamy and cozy.
Thank you for the kind words! It’s so much fun to come up with different shapes for classic crochet styles, like a wrap or shawl.
Thank you for a unique shawl pattern and it’s free! Much appreciated.
Please check your Ravelry pattern page. Fractal lace is spelled Factal.
You’re welcome, Debbie! Thanks for catching the spelling error.