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Wednesday, 17 February 2021

                                                           ♥ Primrose Spring Wrap 

I designed this Primrose Spring Wrap a few years ago for www.lovecraftscrochet 
but with its timeless design it can be used year after year and is perfect for keeping those early Spring chills at bay.

It's super easy to make and with the little primroses added afterwards
 you can create something truly unique.

The finished measurements are as follows:
Shoulder to shoulder, along the top edge = approx 46cm
From side to side along the bottom edge = approx 66cm

As you are working with a large hook and a lightweight yarn the fabric has lots of stretch in it.

Made in the softest of yarn it drapes beautifully 
and the little Primroses added to the finished wrap 
will bring a beautiful touch of Spring to your wardrobe. 

 For the wrap I used 2 x 100g balls of Red Heart Precious in the colour Peridot 00005 
 For the Primroses and leaves I used 1 x ball each of Adriafil Uno A Ritorto 5 in the colours:
 Light Army Green 79, Ecru 12 and Baby Light Yellow 05.

I worked the wrap with a size 6mm hook, using a size 7mm hook to make the initial starting chain.
For the Primroses and leaves I worked with 2.5mm hook.

To make the wrap:
Begin by making a chain of 160. It is important to keep the chain as loose as possible  which can either be done by working very loosely with a 6mm hook or using a 7mm hook just for the chain. The length of your crochet piece will be approx 135cm.
You are now going to work rows of HTR, chaining 1 and turning at the end of each row. Continue until your work is the depth that you want it to be when it is wrapped around your shoulders.         
Once you have completed the main body of the wrap, lay it out on a flat surface and fold it in half with the right sides together, so that the two short edges meet. You are now going to create the twist which you do by flipping the top half of the wrap over and laying the short seams together again.

Pin the two seams together, rejoin your yarn and join the two edges with a row of DC. Finish off and sew in your ends.
You will notice now that by joining the seams in this way you have created a permanent twist in the wrap.

To create a neat edge on the wrap I worked  two borders, one of DC and one with a scallop pattern. As you have created a twist in the fabric , when working the border you will need to change direction at some point so that the right side of the border is always facing outwards.
I found the easiest way to do this was to use a pin to mark your starting point which will be on the underneath layer,  in the centre of the twist ( see picture 1, just to the right of the crochet hook.) Then mark your end point which will be at the front left of your wrap as you are looking down at it ( see picture 2, where the crochet hook is ).
Now, with RS facing rejoin your yarn at the starting point and work DC all the way around to your end pin, finish off. Go back to your starting pin, and with right side facing rejoin your yarn and work DC to the end pin.

 To work your final scallop edge, using your marker pins in the same way as you did for the DC round, work a border of * Sl St, skip 1 stitch, work 5 TR all in to the next stitch, skip a stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around.

Finish off and sew in the ends.

To make the primroses:

For my Primroses I used a mixture of the three colours.

Round 1: Begin by making a Magic Ring and work 5Dc in to the ring. Sl St to join and chain 1.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 10 sts
Sl St to join and finish off. Join in your petal colour with a Sl ST.
Now, working in to the same stitch as your * Sl St, work a HTR, TR and DTR. Into the next stitch work a DTR, TR, HTR and Sl St*. This completes your first petal. Now continue working around the centre of the flower, repeating from * to *until you have 5 petals. Join with a Sl St, finish off and sew in the ends.
For my wrap I made a total of 8 Primroses and 8 leaves.

To make the leaf:

Work a chain of 11 stitches. Beginning in the second chain from the hook work along the chain in the following stitch pattern: Sl St, DC, HTR, TR, DTR, DTR, TR, HTR, DC, Sl St. Work 1 chain across the bottom of the leaf.
You are now going to work the other side of the leaf by working along the other side of the chain in the following stitch pattern: Sl St, DC, HTR, TR, DTR, DTR, TR, HTR, DC, Sl St. Finish off by joining with a Sl St, finish off and sew in the ends.

It is entirely up to you how you choose to arrange your primroses, 
I found the best way to do this was to lay the wrap out an a flat surface, 
arrange the flowers and leaves in place, 
pin them and then I would recommend that once you have placed and pinned your flowers you try the wrap on just to check the flowers are exactly where you want them. Stitch the flowers and leaves on with a needle and thread.


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