I love a good wrap any time of year (though I maybe enjoy knitting them a bit more than I enjoy wearing them — I have a bunch but wear the same two or three on repeat), and the Riverwalk Wrap from Elizabeth Di Benedetto is a great project to teach you a new skill or two and give you a classic wrap you’ll love to wear all year.
The main design feature of this trapezoidal shawl is reversible cables. The cables are worked over 16 stitches and 16 rows (with a cable cross every 8 rows) and all the stitches are worked through the back loop. Once you get used to working in the back loops and begin to read your knitting, the pattern is pretty simple and intuitive.
The pattern explains how to check your gauge and determine the stitch count you need for the size of shawl you want to make. Hers is rather large (108 inches on its longest side) but you can adjust to make it bigger or smaller as you like.
It also uses an I-cord edging, which is quite minimalist and doesn’t detract or draw attention away from the main pattern. Skills you will need for this pattern include knowing how to work cables and directional decreases, working knits and purls in the back loop and working I-cord edging and as a bind off. It also uses a provisional cast on.
The designer says the pattern is recommended to be worked with an alpaca blend yarn for the slight fuzzy halo, but you can try other fibers depending on the look you are going for and how warm or light you want your finished wrap to be. This is definitely a pattern where swatching benefits you, not just to know how many stitches you’re getting per inch, but also to see how the stitch pattern looks in your chosen yarn.
You can get this pattern as a free Ravelry download.[Photo: Elizabeth Di Benedetto.]