Dropped and Found is a warm wrap that is much simpler to make than it looks. It uses dropped stitches woven back together in larger stitches to create texture and an interesting detail. I love bringing mine to movies or Girl Scout meetings ~ as both those places are always a bit cooler than I like.
Dropped and Found Wrap
Free Knit Pattern
Easy Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot
19″ x 52″ (or as long as you want)
Berroco Vintage Chunky ~ 6 to 7 skeins in the color of your choice (6.3 skeins were used to make the sample seen in the photos)
Size 10 / 6 mm
16 sts x 32 rows in garter st in a 4″ square
Stitches and Skills used:
CO ~ cast on
K ~ knit
Please read all the directions before you start. You will make a plain garter stitch rectangle to begin. Many people think this should be difficult, when it is not, so they are trying to add in stitches and drop things too early. This pattern is worked in garter stitch to start off, all the way until the piece is the length you want, then sections of sts are dropped and worked back together in larger sts. There are photos to help with this. There is a video to help with the finishing. If you are at all confused, please watch the video, this is a super simple pattern, if you are having trouble, you are most likely overthinking things.
The edge of this wrap has a chain look because of how the first stitch is slipped. Here is a tutorial showing the technique.
Using the Long Tail Cast on method, CO 81. Most other cast ons will not unravel properly for the dropped stitches, so be sure to use this method. Here is a tutorial to help.
Row 1: Slip 1 purl wise with yarn in front, K to end.
Repeat row 1: to desired length.
Here is a video to aid in the finishing of the wrap, and to show the optional crochet slip stitch along the bottom.
Row 1: Slip 1 purl wise with yarn in front, K8, drop 3 sts, yo [K12, drop 3 sts, yo] 4 times, K9.
Row 2: Slip 1 purl wise with yarn in front, K to end, ignoring dropped sts.
Chains, Step 1: Pull the dropped stitches all the way to the bottom. Count the dropped strands in groups of 4. You do not need to know how many groups of 4 you have, you just need to know if you have a multiple of 4, or if you have a multiple of 4 with 1, 2, or 3 left over.
If you have a multiple of 4 with no strands left over, you will use 4 strands for all the loops in step 2;
if you have a multiple of 4 with 1 strand left over, you will use 5 strands for the first loop in step 2, and 4 strands for the rest of the loops in step 2;
if you have a multiple of 4 with 2 strands left over, you will use 5 strands for the first and last loop in step 2, and 4 strands for the rest of the loops in step 2;
if you have a multiple of 4 with 3 strands left over, you will use 3 strands for the last loop in step 2, and 4 strands for the rest of the loops in step 2.
Step 2: Take the bottom 4 (or 5) strands from the dropped sts, hold them together, and twist them half a turn to make a loop, * grab the next 4 strands together and pull them through the loop (do not twist), repeat from * until all the dropped strands have been turned into a chain. This can be done with your fingers, or with a large crochet hook. Leave the last loop free, it will be worked into the bind off. Repeat for each set of dropped sts.
Bind Off: Bind off 8, slip the set of loops from the looped section onto the right needle, K1, pass all remaining sts on the right needle over the st just made (1 st left on right needle) [bind off 12, slip the set of loops from the looped section onto the right needle, K1, pass all remaining sts on the right needle over the st just made (1 st left on right needle)] 4 times, bind off remaining sts.
If the looseness on the bottom bothers you, then you can make a crochet slip stitch along the bottom edge, place one slip stitch in each st, and one in the bottom of each loop.
Clip yarn, fasten off, and weave in all ends.
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