The Corrugated Wrap by Cecelia Campochiaro has been my constant companion in recent days.
This is my idea of a staycation: a soothing piece of knitting with moments of drama and long stretches of zen.
Cecelia Campochiaro’s Corrugated Wrap from Field Guide No. 5: Sequences may be the perfect thing. It’s such a sampler, exploring Cecelia’s idea of sequence knitting. These simple knit/purl patterns create surprising textures when you do certain clever things that Cecelia has figured out.
For example, this wrap includes three sections of knit 6/purl 2 sequences, yet each section is unique because of what you do at the end of a row.
The drama here? [whispering] You don’t know what these simple knit/purl patterns are going to do. Thrilling! This is not like any other knitting I’ve ever done.
This is my second Corrugated Wrap, but the first to use color changes that fade from one section to the next.
I worked 14 of the 16 sections specified in the pattern, because I’d arrived a symmetrical color arrangement, and I didn’t want to work two more sections.
When I blocked this piece, the superwash Lichen and Lace gained a foot in length—what was 72″ became 84″, which pleased me utterly because I like a long wrap. I hadn’t knitted a swatch, because I didn’t care about size or gauge. If you do care, then you’ll want to knit and wash a swatch to see your exact gauge.
It’s not really what you would call a fade, but it has fadey moments.
To get from color A to color B, I did the 12 rows of stockinette or reverse stockinette in alternating stripes.
This yarn had me in its thrall. These Lichen and Lace colors remain one of my favorite palettes.
The sequence of colors evolved as I went. I didn’t intend to mirror the colors for the second half of the wrap. But it just seemed the thing to do. The result is a sort of warped rainbow. Thank you, Megan Ingman, for your color sense. Can’t wait for the heat to break so I can wear this thing.
Midsummer Binge Report
As for all my TV wallowing while finishing this Corrugated Wrap, I’m relieved to report that I. Am. Done. with Scandal. I’d do a huge spoiler here except I’m so over that show that I don’t even know or care what happened in those last episodes. It’s like the end of Lost, that other show that started out awesome and ended up with people eaten up by the Smoke Monster and beams of light and I don’t even know what.
And Outlander? I am sad to report that it’s way too violent and sadistic for me. The series of novels (which I devoured) is loaded with violence. But seeing it is so much worse. I hereby retract my gleeful endorsement of Outlander! So sorry to send you to a series before I’d seen enough to check my Puke-O-Meter.
And my beloved Patrick O’Brian novel audiobooks? I’m up to number eleven, The Reverse of the Medal. I can’t quite believe a series of novels can remain so fresh and delightful, eleven novels in. To be clear: I am not a sailor, have never had any interest in the British Navy of the 19th century. I still don’t know what a trysail or a trunnion is, but it doesn’t really matter. Such a tale this is!