I fall in love a little bit each time a new idea takes form, and this is no exception. As the Crow Flies is a beautiful accessory piece that can be worn as a wrap, a poncho, or a chunky scarf… it’s totally versatile, and the yarn you choose can dress it up or dress it down.
The striking display of birds flying together in unison is a sight we regularly enjoy in the Pacific Northwest. While cooler temperatures encourage the migration of some of our favorites, many birds, including crows, remain year round.
As the Crow Flies was inspired not only by the magnificent view of crows and other birds from my back deck, but also by the journey from point A to point B, taking the most direct route (the way a crow flies). Growing up, my maternal Grandmother often related distances in this manner, and it’s this same inspiring woman who taught me to knit when I was a little girl. I envisioned this wrap as something I would have worn while staring out at the night sky from her cabin in rural Tennessee, but could just as easily wear here at home, in Oregon, on the coast, out to dinner, or sitting by the fire. This is an “everything” wrap that can be dressed up or down according to the yarn you select. Be brave – any heavy DK or worsted weight yarn that you like (solid color or slight tonal) will do nicely. Avoid busy prints or variegated shades or you will lose the texture of the design.
Find the pattern here.
One size fits most
900-1200 yards for desired length
Heavy DK or Worsted Yarn such as:
• Madelinetosh 50/50 Merino Silk DK (Shown on cover held with a strand of Shibui Silk Cloud)
• Madelinetosh Vintage (shown in unblocked photo)
• Malabrigo Rios
• The Fibre Company Terra
• Cascade Venezia
If you want a silkier drape and a more formal style, select a yarn like 50/50 Merino Silk DK or Venezia. Vintage creates a heartier wrap that is perfect for walks on the coast or pairing with jeans.
When in doubt, err on the side of a slightly heavier yarn – the weight lends itself well to the design.
Size 9 circular needle (32”)
Gauge is not essential
Finished size approximately 21” wide, 70” long (or length desired – this style is very flexible)
Estimate 4-6 inches of growth in length for most superwash wool.
Remember that some blends, especially with silk, may grow significantly more than most (estimate 12-24” growth). Fold the wrap in half lengthwise when you get near the length you desire for finish and estimate from there as to the length you prefer.
Difficulty: Advanced Beginner