Save yourself some purl rows and knit your wraps in the round!
When working most traditional shawl patterns in rows, you work a “pattern” row, and then turn and purl the wrong side. But by knitting your shawls and scarves in the round, you are always knitting on the right side, so it is easy to work beautiful stranded, lace, texture, and even brioche patterns. Plus, it's so fast to keep knitting with no turning!
Once you’ve finished knitting your shawl, you then cut through the extra stitches included in each pattern (known as steek stitches). Hem with simple hand or machine sewing, and your wrap is ready to wear! Author Andrea Brauneis explains the process in detail, and the extra stitches and instructions are included in each pattern, making it easy to work these 21 gorgeous scarf and wrap patterns even if it’s your first time trying this technique. And once you try it, you’ll want to knit all your wraps around and around!
At kindergarten age, Andrea Brauneis knit rugs for her doll house, and she has not stopped knitting since. More than 25 years ago, she had the great luck to turn her hobby into a profession. She has been a designer and model knitter for various yarn labels and private clientele, as well as offering private design training and workshops. She lives with her family in Munich, Germany. You can follow her on Instagram @strickzeit.
Before you begin 10
Abbreviations & Knitting chart symbols24
Fleur – Fair-Isle shawl with EYELET BANDS 28
Maia– Two-colored Brioche shawl 32
Signe – Two-colored stole in Japanese stitch and simple knit-purl patterns 36
Tyra – Triangular shawl in stranded colorwork pattern43
Live – Cashmere shawl in pattern mix 42
Lilja – Triangular shawl in Ripple pattern 50
Svea – Triangular shawl with slipped stitches and a wide border 56
Stina – Big Triangular shawl in Japanese stitch 62
Julie – Semicircular shawl with lace strip and zigzag border 68
Elif – three-colored shawl with slipped stitches and garter stitch ripples74
Kari – pattern mix stole78
Ebba – delicate Lace stole 82
Nora – Triangular shawl with mosaic pattern and feather-and-fan border 86
Tuva –stole in Japanese Stitch 92
Nour – Triangular shawl with Brioche pattern and mini cables 96
Tess – delicate Lace stole 100
Saga – three-colored Shoulder plaid 104
Eline – Semicircular shawl with nupps 108
Alva – Triangular shawl in knit-purl patterns with picot eding 112
Alix – Triangular shawl in a pattern mix 116
Lovis – Broad stole in a lace pattern mix 120
About the author124
Note of thanks125
Brauneis, a designer and model knitter for various yarn labels and private clients, has produced a gorgeous book of shawls, scarves, and stoles, all knitted with the “steeking” method used in Norwegian sweaters, which allows flat objects to be knitted in the round. What would be two edges of a piece are joined together by a section of stockinette, allowing for continuous knitting without turning one’s work back and forth. The steek is then cut apart and finished, and Brauneis has very clear directions for doing so, by hand or by machine. Knitting basics are well illustrated, and abbreviations and symbols are defined and explained. This is not a book for the novice, however, or the faint of heart. Many of the shawls are triangular, requiring both double-pointed and circular needles. Others are lacy patterns, requiring a variety of stitches, with some patterns given as charts. VERDICT Confident experienced knitters will likely have great fun with this.