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Wonder Woman Wrap Wrap Up

An old college friend spotted this KnitHacker post about Carissa Browning’s Wonder Woman Wrap and asked me if I could knit it for her. I explained how I would price it (yarn cost + yarn shipping + $0.25/yard of yarn + project shipping = cost) and she agreed! She even used etsy and The Yarn Office to do the transaction to give it a boost.

I ordered the yarn that very day, July 5. Lazy Cat Yarn didn’t have the called for yarn (Opulence, 70% merino, 20% silk, 10% cashmere) in stock in the right red color (102 Sweet Dreams), so I ordered another yarn in the right color (Elemental, 100% superwash merino). I found Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn in pollen at The Knitting Bee and realized later that Elemental actually matches this yarn better than Opulence since the Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn is 100% superwash merino. Although Lazy Cat Yarns recommends hand washing, I did run the finished shawl through the washer on delicate with no problems.

By July 10 – just five days later – I had both yarns and began the shawl, which is worked from the bottom up. The finished shawl looks complex, but all the shaping and colorwork are done using increases, decreases, and short rows. Each row (or short row) is a single color, so there’s no tricky intarsia or stranding. Browning’s instructions and the shawl construction are broken into clear sections; she even provides an illustration of the finished shawl with the section you’re working on highlighted. It’s rare to see such a well-written pattern much less a free well-written pattern.

Wonder Woman Wrap
The in-process wrap
I confess I did make a few mistakes in the early sections before I figured out where I was in the pattern. I often find that when I start a project, I’m knitting blind, just following directions without fully understanding where I am in relation to the finished object. My internal concept of the project hasn’t formed yet and even with stitch markers it’s difficult for me to break stitches on my needle into understandable sections or to even distinguish the front from the back. Using stitch markers helps and this pattern relies heavily on them, and placing a removable marker on the front/public side of the work helps me also. Still, it took me until somewhere in the second section to fully comprehend the construction, the function of the stitch markers, and the so-called rules (like “End each row with an increase in the second to last stitch.”) I made noticeable mistakes because my stitch counts were off, but I doubt that my friend will ever notice them in the finished shawl.

Wonder Woman Wrap

Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out. I wish, though, that I had matched the cast on (long tail, as called for in the pattern) with the cast off (Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off). The cast on is firm and mostly unyielding, to the point that the bottom section spills over it if given a chance, while the cast off is so stretchy it’s almost disconcerting. On the positive side for both, at least there’s give in the part of the shawl that will be handled the most, the top, and I won’t worry about the recipient tearing or ripping it accidentally.

The only other thing I might change is the overall length. Tip to tip, the shawl is more than adequate but IMO it’s out of proportion with the top to bottom length. I did accidentally add extra rows to the final section (another mistake) but even so I wonder how observers will see and identify the WW pattern if the wrap is going to be functional. Of course, functionality isn’t the only purpose of any garment – they serve a decorative purpose as well. I just personally lean more towards functionality and utilitarianism over decoration, if that makes sense. To be clear: the wrap is functional, but it could be even more functional with additional length.

I would make this again and might make it again without any modification to the pattern. Perusing the finished projects on Ravelry, I saw lots of different color combinations, like this one which (to me) matches the Wonder Woman movie perfectly. Carrissa Browning herself posted different color combination ideas on Instagram and part of me wants to go questing for the perfect yarn in the perfect color (yes, I’m a perfectionist).

If you’re a WW fan – either old school or of the new movie (which I loved, BTW, go see it in theaters before it’s gone) – you need this wrap. It’s a relatively quick and easy knit thanks to Browning’s clever design.


8 responses to “Wonder Woman Wrap Wrap Up”

  1. Christine Avatar

    Those schematics are absolutely WONDERful ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yours is great! Your friend is lucky to have such a great commission knitter available!

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. So excited to see the WW wrap. I was very curious about the colourwork, and thought it was intarsia. Incredible to read that it’s short rows. From your description, I would love to read this pattern just to get a sense of the construction. I’m also floored to read that the wrap was knit from sock yarn. Wow! from a stitch-count perspective and how quickly it was done! You’ve done it beautifully, Mandy. I’m sure she will love it!

    1. The pattern is free, so you should definitely download it and read it. Her section diagrams are really helpful and should give you a really good idea of how it’s constructed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I can’t believe how fast this came together, now knowing that you used fingering weight yarn! I agree with others…your friend is very lucky to have such a talented knitter as a friend ๐Ÿ˜€ This is absolutely gorgeous and makes me want to cast on for one.

    1. Thanks, Paula! I felt pressure (from me, not my friend) to get it done so it’s basically all I worked on for 12 days, except for some time for Tour de Fleece every day. I’m happy I focused on it; I usually don’t like things like that hanging over me.

  4. That’s a great wrap–I like the tip-i-ness of it and the movement of the shape. So cool that this was commissioned and I doubt anyone could find any real fault with it. Looks amazing, Mandy!

    1. Thank you! The recipient got it and loves it, so a happy ending all around. ๐Ÿ˜€

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