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Easy Dropped & Found Knit Shawl

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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.

White vertical rectangle with purple boarder and line one third down. Top section has text "Dropped and Found" and "a Jacob's ladder wrap knit pattern." Below purple line is an image of a dress form in a black leather jacket and a knit wrap in olive green garter stitch with 5 stripes of thick chain stitches or Jacob's Ladder stitches. Along bottom is text "Jessie At Home dot com."
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Dropped and Found Wrap
Free Knit Pattern
Easy Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

The wrap in this photo was made by my tester, Kristin Mickelson. This photo was taken by Amanda Mae Photography.
The wrap in this photo was made by my tester, Kristin Mickelson. It was made with 2 skeins (1 each color) Hobby Lobby “I love this yarn” and size 9 needles. This photo was taken by Amanda Mae Photography.

Supplies

Size

19″ x 52″ (or as long as you want)

Yarn

Berroco Vintage Chunky: (52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon), Size 5 – Bulky/Chunky, 131 yds / 100 g, (1.31 yds/g)
6 to 7 skeins in the color of your choice (6.3 skeins were used in sample)

Knitting Needles

6.0mm (US 10)

Gauge

Learn about gauge HERE
16 sts x 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Garter Stitch

Other Supplies

Yarn Needle

Stitches and Abbreviations

click on highlighted sts for tutorials
co – cast on
k – knit
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over
( ) – work step in parentheses in indicated stitch
[ ] – work step in brackets number of times indicated

Square image of olive green knit garter stitch with 5 stripes of thick chain stitches or Jacob's Ladder stitches.

Pattern Notes

  • Read through all instructions before beginning.
  • The stitch count is at the end of each row after the period, usually only if the count has changed from the previous row. {count here}
  • Follow the directions: 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 stitches are dropped and worked back together in larger stitches.
  • 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.

Pattern

Using the Long Tail Cast On, 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.

Finishing

Next comes the Jacob’s Ladder technique. You can find a video tutorial that shows this technique in my Stitchopedia, HERE.

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.

4 images in a square. First is knit garter stitch with 3 rows of stitches dropped all the way to the bottom in olive yarn. Next is a white hand holding the bottom 3 strands of dropped yarn twisted into a loop. Third is the hand pulling the next 3 strands through the first 3 strands. Last is the garter stitch knit piece with 2 rows of raised chain stitches made from the dropped stitches.

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.

Square with 4 step by step images of a green crochet hook and white hand making a slip stitch around the bottom of a textured knit stitch.

Fasten off then weave in all ends.

Close up of top side of a dress form wrapped with a knit wrap in olive green garter stitch with 5 stripes of thick chain stitches or Jacob's Ladder stitches.

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55 thoughts on “Easy Dropped & Found Knit Shawl”

  1. I attempted to open the PDF so that I could print the directions
    but it wouldn’t work. I went to the Oravely page and it directed
    me back here. Maybe you could check the site or email the directions
    to me, please. This scarf is beautiful.

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    • Thank you! I have been playing with the Jacob’s ladder stitch in crochet, and so I had to make something using the similar technique in knitting!

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  2. A question about this pattern. do you follow the pattern — dropping all the stitches as you progress and then do the pick up at the end?

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  3. I am not a fan of synthetics, so I tried this in an Aran wool. I only knit up a swatch. The wool is so stiff, even after washing, that it doesn’t give the drape needed. I am guessing that the synthetic blend you used offers the necessary drape. I am now looking at the Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky, thinking that the alpaca would provide the necessary softness/drape. What do you think?

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    • There are plenty of natural fibers that have drape to them, including wool. It will depend on the yarn. I have not tried the Ultra Alpaca Chunky, so I do not know about the drape of that one. If you have an issue with the yarn I used, you can go to your LYS and show them what you are making and ask them for advice.

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  4. Any suggestions for how many to cast on if making an infinity scarf instead of a wrap so that the (braids??) are closer together and the same distance apart?

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    • You make it the same way, and just adjust the width and seam it together. Or you can try using a provisional cast on, dropping the sts, and then grafting it together.

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  5. I cannot get this to work out. decreasing more stitches than are put back on. Is there a type-o or am I not “getting” something.

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    • I think you are missing something. There are no decreases until the very end after you drop all the sts. You drop in sets of 3, and then add just 1 for each set of 3 because when you loop the dropped sts they become 1. Did you watch the video?

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  6. I totally misunderstood the directions and dropped stitches and 3 Y O each row. It still worked. Only could weave 2 @ at time to make the braid. Ending it was super easy and the start row wasn’t loose since I made my own directions!!! Love this pattern, even if I messed it up.

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  7. Very chic looking wrap. Love the creativity involved in this pattern. Thank you for sharing. The video definitely helped. As soon as I have enough yarn, I’m making this. 🙂

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    • Whatever you want. The sections that get dropped are 3 sts, so just decide how many braided sections you want, and how many sts you want between them and on the two sides, then go from there.

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  8. This is gorgeous! However, my knitting skills are really bad. I’m practing though! In the meantime, do you plan to design and release a crochet version of the Dropped and Found Wrap? Please, please, pretty please, say yes?

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  9. I would like to sell a scarf knit from your pattern in my Etsy store, but I wanted to check with you first to see if it was OK. I would, of course, include a link to this page in the listing.

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  10. HI,
    My mom has Alzheimer’s and this pattern is great for her to do…she can knit all the garter and be content and I can do the dropped stitches and finishing parts. Some days are harder than others and I forgot to do the right cast on for the vest she is currently working on. Is there a way to still do the dropped stitches and just add a crochet chain to the bottom with a few lengths of yarn…or do you have any other suggestions. She is almost 3/4 done and it will be awful for her to see that her knitting was wasted! Thank You!

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  11. I am interested in the drop and found wrap/shawl. Also would like to search yarn shop for a certain team color I am trying to find.

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  12. I can’t believe this method/green pattern was in English all along! I’ve saved Russian and Spanish links thinking I’ll try a translator app. Lol. Honestly, check my Pinterst under Knit – Instruction and under Knit – Stitches. Lmao. Thank you so much. I’ve backed this up about 5 ways.

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  13. This looks amazing and will show off my homespun yarn so well. I am looking forward to trying it very soon. Thank you for sharing this pattern and the video tips!

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  14. Very pleased to have found this lovely, new knitting pattern! Elsewhere I have read comments from folks who have made this and have found that drawing up the dropped stitches shortens the piece. You state a 52″ length dimension. Is this before or after the dropped stitches are drawn up into the braided effect? Thank you for your reply. Karen

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    • It’s the finished size, but it didn’t shorten my piece. Maybe they have a tighter gauge or used a bulkier yarn?

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    • I’m so sorry, I think someone I hired to do some SEO work changed a bit more then they should have and this would be one of those things. It is knitting and I’m fixing the changes they made.

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  15. I really like this pattern and would like to make this into a bigger blanket shawl. Do you think it would work better to cast on the long edge and knit up the short edge, or to cast on the short edge and knit up for length (like your pattern, only wider)?

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    • You can only drop the stitches to make the chain on the top in one direction, so if you change the direction you knit it in, you change the direction of the chains.

      Reply

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