Once upon a time—some unremembered year before I joined Ravelry, so probably in the early 2000s—I bought 10 hanks of Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe. I hadn’t been planning to buy it when I went to the yarn store—I’d never even heard of it before—but they were closing it out, there was enough of it to make a vest, and I liked the colorway.
Fast-forward 15 years or so. I moved a couple of times; the yarn moved with me. I’d see it every now and then when I was digging through my stash looking for something else, and I’d feel a bit guilty that I wasn’t using it. More than once, I seriously contemplated getting rid of it, but then I’d have an attack of the sunk cost fallacy and end up reburying it in the stash and pushing it out of sight for a while longer.
A few years ago, I discovered the Fortune’s Shawlette pattern. I’ve liked it enough to make four of them so far. (I admit I’ve liked some of the finished shawlettes more than others.) Crochet often makes a stiff fabric without a lot of stretch, but between fingering weight yarn and a very open stitch, the Fortune’s Shawlette is drapey enough to make wearing it easy. And because it’s worked sort of like entrelac, it breaks up the color in a short-repeat yarn differently than knitted rows do, in a way I find quite attractive.
With all that going for it, you’ve probably guessed that I was happy to learn that the designer had taken this pattern stitch and turned it into a wrap. I got thrown a bit at first, though, because this pattern uses DK yarn. Also, the designer measures the gauge differently than she did in the Fortune’s Shawlette pattern. For the shawlette, the gauge may be measured on an unblocked swatch—at least that’s how I measured it, and the shawlettes have come out just fine. The pattern for the wrap, however, specifies a blocked gauge swatch. Somehow, that threw me, and that delayed my starting the project by several months. But I didn’t forget about it, and eventually I decided that, like the shawlette, I’d work with whatever hook was large enough that I’d feel as if I was about to lose control of the crocheting. That doesn’t sound all that promising when I write it out like that, but it worked—I even had to drop down two hook sizes from what the designer had used.
The wrap was bigger than I’d imagined. (Because why do anything sensible before starting like use a tape measure to see just how long the finished dimensions would be?) I’d hoped to use up all ten hanks of the yarn, but I’m short, and at nine hanks, it was sufficiently large for my height. As lacy things do, it grew during blocking, going from 17″ x 66″ to 27″ x 86″ (43 x 168 cm to 69 x 218 cm). I suspect I’m going to need to use a shawl pin to fix it in place for anything more active than posing for a photo.
There’s a warm glowing feeling at having finally used a yarn that’s been in your stash long enough for its origins to have almost been forgotten. Although my stash is large enough that it doesn’t seem at all smaller with this yarn out of it…
Pattern: Fortune’s Wrap
Yarn: Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe
Hook: K (6.5 mm)