Two of Wands

Coast to Coast Wrap

Free Patterns, CollaborationsAlexandra Tavel18 Comments

At the beginning of March I embarked on a road trip from Los Angeles to New York with my dear friend Paige (more on that later), and along the way we were completely blown away by the beauty of the landscapes in each part of the country. We fell in love with so many places that we ended up staying in many longer than we planned and having to drive through the dark to our next destination, but this turn of events was wonderfully kismet. Having seen nothing of the place in the dark the night before, each morning we awoke to a totally different and majestic setting. 

I was so inspired by all of these different environments along the way, and I kept dreaming of ways to incorporate them into some magnificent piece that could represent this special trip. Every good road trip needs a wrap or a blanket of some sort to go on the journey with you. What better way to capture all of these landscapes than to create an extra large wearable tapestry of the sites!? I knew this piece would need to encompass the trip in both form and function. Read on to learn more about the inspiration behind the Coast to Coast Wrap and discover the free pattern, purchase a printable PDF here, or purchase the knitting kit with all the yarn you'll need here.

The Coast to Coast Wrap was conceived about half way through, somewhere in the middle of Kansas. I began sketching out ideas and decided on a progression of stripes and mosaic color work to illustrate each place. I love mosaic colorwork because it reminds me of an intricate weaving, and that's exactly the aesthetic I wanted to create with this piece. Coined by Barbara G. Walker in the 1960s, mosaic knitting is a slip stitch technique using two colors that produces a geometric repetitive pattern that's much faster, easier, lighter, and stretchier than stranded colorwork. 

I chose mosaic patterns that reflected the four main atmospheres we experienced along the way - the waves of the Pacific Coast, the mountains of the southwest, the fences and power lines of the middle of the country, and the sparkling city lights when we arrived at our destination. Each one of these places holds memories from our trip that are so special and unique, so I separated each colorwork section with a variety of stripes to allow each to stand alone and have a "moment." 

Mosaic knitting can be worked in stockinette, garter stitch, or a combination of both. I chose to use a combination, because I wanted the elements in each "location" to stand out with garter stitch bumps. The waves, mountains, powerlines, and city lights appear to pop out from their backgrounds and create a three-dimensional look. The stripes between also represent the roads connecting all of these locales. 

Since I wanted to start this as soon as the idea was conceived, I had to work with yarn that I had on hand, and decided on a combination of Lion Brand Wool-Ease (one of my favorites!) and Touch of Alpaca. With so much going on in this piece, I stuck to a neutral palette so as not to distract or make the piece too wild. 

Mosaic colorwork may look complicated, but it's actually incredibly easy and fun once you've learned the technique. I'd recommend this pattern as a great way to expand your skills and learn a new tool that can really elevate your work. This is an intermediate level knitting pattern and the techniques involved are the knit stitch, purl stitch, changing colors, slip stitch, color chart reading, and picking up and knitting stitches.

MATERIALS:

2 skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Natural Heather (098) for color A
1 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Cocoa (129) for color B
1 skein Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca in Oxford Grey (150) for color C
2 skeins Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca in Navy (110) for color D
1 skein Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca in Charcoal (152) for color E
Size US 10 (6mm) circular knitting needles, 40”/100cm long
Stitch holders or scrap yarn
Tapestry needle

FINISHED SIZE:

Width: 28”/71cm
Length: 74”/188cm

*Dimensions taken after blocking

GAUGE:

15 sts + 20 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette

ABBREVIATIONS:

*All Two of Wands patterns are written in standard US terms

CO – cast on
K – knit
P – purl
Rep – repeat
RS – right side
Sl – slip
St(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
Wyib – with yarn in back
Wyif – with yarn in front
 

Notes: Wrap is worked in two pieces from end to center, which are then grafted together. Garter edging is added to long sides after main panels are grafted. Pattern is composed of sections of stripes and mosaic colorwork. Coined by Barbara G. Walker in the 1960s, mosaic knitting is a slip stitch technique using two colors. The color worked as the first stitch of the row is considered the dominant color. Each dominant color of the chart is knit (or purled), while the contrast color is slipped. Mosaic knitting can be worked in stockinette or garter stitch, but for the purposes of this pattern it will be worked in a combination of both. One color in each chart will be worked in stockinette, knitting each RS row and purling each WS row when that color is dominant, and the opposite color will be worked in garter stitch, knitting all rows when that color is dominant. Charts are read from right to left on RS rows and left to right on WS rows. All sts are slipped purlwise with yarn either in back on RS rows or in front on WS rows.

Main Panels (make 2):

CO 99 sts with color A.

Rows 1-8: K.

Change to color B.

Rows 9-11: K.

Change to color C.

Row 12 (WS): P.

Join color D and begin Mosaic Chart #1 (Waves). For this chart, color C is to be worked in stockinette and color D is to be worked in garter stitch.

Row 13 (RS): With color D, K 1, *K 6, Sl 1 wyib, K 1, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 14: With color D, K 2, *K 1, Sl 1 wyif, K 6, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 15: With color C, K 1, *K 5, Sl 1 wyib, K 1, Sl 1 wyib, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 16: With color C, P 2, *Sl 1 wyif, P 1, Sl 1 wyif, P 5, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 17: With color D, K 1, *Sl 1 wyib, K 3, (Sl 1 wyib, K 1) twice, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 18: With color D, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *(K 1, Sl 1 wyif) twice, K 3, Sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 19: With color C, K 1, *K 1, Sl 1 wyib, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 20: With color C, P 2, *Sl 1 wyif, P 1, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 21: With color D, K 1, *Sl 1 wyib, K 5, Sl 1 wyib, K 1, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 22: With color D, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *K 1, Sl 1 wyif, K 5, Sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 23: With color C, K 1, *K 3, Sl 1 wyib, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 24: With color C, P 2, *Sl 1 wyif, P 3, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 25: With color D, K 1, *Sl 1 wyib, K 1, Sl 1 wyib, K 5, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 26: With color D, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *K 5, Sl 1 wyif, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

End chart. Change to color B.

Row 27-29: K.

Change to color C.

Row 30 (WS): P.

Row 31 (RS): K.

Rows 32 and 33: Rep rows 30 and 31.

Row 34: Rep row 30.

Change to color E and begin Mosaic Chart #2 (Mountains). For this chart, color E is to be worked in stockinette and color B is to be worked in garter stitch.

Row 35: With color E, K.

Row 36: With color E, P.

Row 37: With color B, K 1, *Sl 1 wyib, K 5, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 38: With color B, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *K 5, Sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 39: With color E, K.

Row 40: With color E, P.

Row 41: With color B, K 1, *Sl 2 wyib, K 3, Sl 1 wyib, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 42: With color B, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *Sl 1 wyif, K 3, Sl 2 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 43: With color E, K.

Row 44: With color E, P.

Row 45: With color B, K 1, *K 1, Sl 2 wyib, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 46: With color B, K 2, *Sl 2 wyif, K 1, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 47: With color E, K.

Row 48: With color E, P.

Row 49: With color B, K 1, *K 2, Sl 3 wyib, K 1, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 50: With color B, K 2, *K 1, Sl 3 wyif, K 2, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 51: With color E, K.

Row 52: With color E, P.

Row 53: With color B, K 1, *K 3, Sl 1 wyib, K 2, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 54: With color B, K 2, *K 2, Sl 1 wyif, K 3, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 55: With color E, K.

Row 56: With color E, P.

End chart. Change to color C.

Row 57 (RS): K.

Row 58 (WS): P.

Rows 59 and 60: Rep rows 57 and 58.

Row 61: Rep row 57.

Change to color A.

Row 62: P.

Change to color D.

Row 63: K.

Row 64: P.

Change to color A.

Row 65: K.

Row 66: P.

Join color E and begin Mosaic Chart #3 (Power Lines). For this chart, color A is to be worked in stockinette and color E is to be worked in garter stitch.

Row 67: With color E, K 1, *K 4, (Sl 1 wyib, K 1) six times, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 68: With color E, K 2, *(K 1, Sl 1 wyif) six times, K 4, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 69: With color A, K 1, *K 1, (Sl 1 wyib, K 5) twice, Sl 1 wyib, K 2, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 70: With color A, P 2, *P 2, (Sl 1 wyif, P 5) twice, Sl 1 wyif, P 1, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 71: With color E, K 1, *(Sl 1 wyib, K 1) four times, Sl 1 wyib, K 7, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 72: With color E, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *K 7, (Sl 1 wyif, K 1) four times, Sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 73: With color A, K 1, *K 3, Sl 1 wyib, K 9, Sl 1 wyib, K 2, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 74: With color A, P 2, *P 2, Sl 1 wyif, P 9, Sl 1 wyif, P 3, rep from * to last st P 1.

Row 75: With color E, K 1, *Sl 1 wyib, K 7, (Sl 1 wyib, K 1) four times, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 76: With color E, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *(K 1, Sl 1 wyif) four times, K 7, Sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 77: With color A, K 1, *K 3, Sl 1 wyib, (K 5, Sl 1 wyib) twice, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 78: With color A, P 2, *(Sl 1 wyif, P 5) twice, Sl 1 wyif, P 3, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 79: With color E, K 1, *K 2, (Sl 1 wyib, K 1) five times, Sl 1 wyib, K 3, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 80: With color E, K 2, *K 3, (Sl 1 wyif, K 1) five times, Sl 1 wyif, K 2, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 81: With color A, K 1, *K 9, Sl 1 wyib, K 5, Sl 1 wyib, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 82: With color A, P 2, *Sl 1 wyif, P 5, Sl 1 wyif, P 9, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 83: With color E, K 1, *(Sl 1 wyib, K 1) three times, Sl 1 wyib, K 5, (Sl 1 wyib, K 1) twice, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 84: With color E, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *(K 1, Sl 1 wyif) twice, K 5, (Sl 1 wyif, K 1) three times, Sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 85: With color A, K 1, *K 5, Sl 1 wyib, K 3, Sl 1 wyib, K 5, Sl 1 wyib, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 86: With color A, P 2, *Sl 1 wyif, P 5, Sl 1 wyif, P 3, Sl 1 wyif, P 5, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 87: With color E, K 1, *Sl 1 wyib, K 7, (Sl 1 wyib, K 1) four times, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 88: With color E, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *(K 1, Sl 1 wyif) four times, K 7, Sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 89: With color A, K 1, *(K 5, Sl 1 wyib) twice, K 4, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 90: With color A, P 2, *P 4, (Sl 1 wyif, P 5) twice, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 91: With color E, K 1, *(Sl 1 wyib, K 1) four times, Sl 1 wyib, K 7, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 92: With color E, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *K 7, (Sl 1 wyif, K 1) four times, Sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 93: With color A, K 1, *K 1, Sl 1 wyib, K 5, Sl 1 wyib, K 3, Sl 1 wyib, K 4, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 94: With color A, P 2, *P 4, Sl 1 wyif, P 3, Sl 1 wyif, P 5, Sl 1 wyif, P 1, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 95: With color E, K 1, *(Sl 1 wyib, K 1) twice, Sl 1 wyib, K 5, (Sl 1 wyib, K 1) three times, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 96: With color E, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *( K 1, Sl 1 wyif) three times, K 5, (Sl 1 wyif, K 1) twice, Sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 97: With color A, K 1, *K 1, Sl 1 wyib, K 5, Sl 1 wyib, K 8, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 98: With color A, P 2, *P 8, Sl 1 wyif, P 5, Sl 1 wyif, P 1, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 99: With color E, K 1, *K 4, (Sl 1 wyib, K 1) six times, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 100: With color E, K 2, *(K 1, Sl 1 wyif) six times, K 4, rep from * to last st, K 1.

End chart. Change to color A.

Row 101: K.

Change to color D.

Row 102: P.

Row 103: K.

Change to color A.

Row 104: P.

Change to color B.

Row 105: K.

Row 106: P.

Rows 107 and 108: Rep rows 105 and 106.

Change to color E.

Rows 109-111: K.

Change to color A.

Row 112: P.

Row 113: K.

Change to color E.

Rows 114-116: P.

Change to color B.

Row 117: K.

Row 118: P.

Rows 119 and 120: Rep rows 117 and 118.

Change to color C and begin Mosaic Chart #4 (City). For this chart, color D is to be worked in stockinette and color C is to be worked in garter stitch.

Rows 121 and 122: With color C, K.

Row 123: With color D, K 1, *K 1, Sl 1 wyib, K 1, Sl 2 wyib, K 2, Sl 3 wyib, K 2, Sl 2 wyib, K 1, Sl 1 wyib, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 124: With color D, P 2, *Sl 1 wyif, P 1, Sl 2 wyif, P 2, Sl 3 wyif, P 2, Sl 2 wyif, P 1, Sl 1 wyif, P 1, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 125: With color C, K 1, *Sl 1 wyib, K 15, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 126: With color C, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *K 15, Sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 127: With color D, K 1, *K 2, (Sl 1 wyib, K 1) seven times, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 128: With color D, P 2, *(P 1, Sl 1 wyif) seven times, P 2, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 129: With color C, K 1, *(K 1, Sl 1 wyib) twice, K 9, Sl 1 wyib, K 1, Sl 1 wyib, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 130: With color C, K 2, *Sl 1 wyif, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, K 9, (Sl 1 wyif, K 1) twice, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 131: With color D, K 1, *K 5, (Sl 1 wyib, K 1) three times, Sl 1 wyib, K 4, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 132: With color D, P 2, *P 4, (Sl 1 wyif, P 1) three times, Sl 1 wyif, P 5, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 133: With color C, K 1, *(Sl 1 wyib, K 1) three times, Sl 1 wyib, K 3, (Sl 1 wyib, K 1) three times, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 134: With color C, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *(K 1, Sl 1 wyif) three times, K 3, (Sl 1 wyif, K 1) three times, Sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 135: With color D, K 1, *K 8, Sl 1 wyib, K 7, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 136: With color D, P 2, *P 7, Sl 1 wyif, P 8, rep from * to last st, P 1.

Row 137: With color C, K 1, *Sl 2 wyib, K 2, Sl 2 wyib, (K 1, Sl 1 wyib) twice, K 1, Sl 2 wyib, K 2, Sl 1 wyib, rep from * to last 2 sts, Sl 1 wyib, K 1.

Row 138: With color C, K 1, Sl 1 wyif, *Sl 1 wyif, K 2, Sl 2 wyif, (K 1, Sl 1 wyif) twice, K 1, Sl 2 wyif, K 2, Sl 2 wyif, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 139: With color D, K.

Row 140: With color D, P.

Row 141: With color C, K 1, *K 1, Sl 3 wyib, rep from * to last 2 sts, K 2.

Row 142: With color C, K 2, *Sl 3 wyif, K 1, rep from * to last st, K 1.

Row 143: With color D, K.

Row 144: With color D, P.

End chart. Change to color B.

Row 145: K.

Row 146: P.

Rows 147 and 148: Rep rows 145 and 146.

Chance to color E.

Rows 149-151: K.

Change to color A.

Row 152: P.

Row 153: K.

Change to color E.

Rows 154-156: P.

Change to color B.

Row 157: K.

Row 158: P.

Rows 159 and 160: Rep rows 157 and 158.

Change to color C.

Rows 161-167: K.

Row 168: P.

Rows 169-175: K.

Change to color A.

Row 176: P.

Rows 177 and 178: K.

Rows 179 and 180: P.

Row 181: K.

Rows 182-211: Rep rows 176-181.

Do not bind off. Place sts on a holder or scrap yarn until second panel is complete. Place sts from first panel back on needles and use Kitchener stitch to graft the two pieces together. Secure and weave in all ends. Block work to open up stitchwork and prevent curling.

Side Edging:

Using color D, and with right side of fabric facing up, pick up and knit evenly along one long side edge, approx. 3 sts for every 4 rows of the wrap. Knit 7 rows, and bind off. Rep on other long side edge. Secure and weave in all ends.
 

Tassels:

With color D, cut two-hundred forty 10”/25.5cm lengths, twenty-four 12”/30.5” lengths, and twenty-four 18”/46cm lengths of yarn. Divide the 10”/25.5cm lengths into 24 groups of 10. Tie each bundle at the middle point with one of the 12”/30.5” lengths. Fold each bundle in half so that the tie is at the tip of the loop created with the fold. Tie crosswise around each folded bundle about 1⁄2”/1.25cm below top of fold with remaining 18”/ 46cm lengths. Wrap the tails of the ties around and around the bundles and then thread them inside and down the middle of the bundles with a tapestry needle. Tie the tops of the tassels evenly along the shorter edges of the wrap, 12 per side, and knot to secure. Thread the tails inside and down the middle of the tassels using a tapestry needle. Trim tassels to desired length.

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