Boundary Bay

Boundary Bay


Boundary Bay is a big luxurious rectangle wrap that can be styled many ways. Wear it as a large lightweight scarf, a generous shoulder wrap, or anything in between. It has stretch, texture, geometric stitch motifs, stripes of color, and a distinctive curvy edge I call the Tidal Wave.

fiber: 700 yards fingering weight wool color A, 350 yards color B, & 380 yards color C. 275 yards lace weight mohair/silk color A & 250 yards color C. Designed with Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sock, 100% superwash merino, 400 yds/4oz and Neighborhood Fiber Company Loft, 60% kid mohair/40% silk, 350 yards/1oz

gauge: 20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches, in blocked stockinette fabric.

needle: 32” or longer size 6 circular, or size necessary to achieve gauge.

finished dimensions: 72” long x 26” wide.

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I named this wrap for the large body of water near my childhood hometown, where my family frequented the shorelines of both Washington and British Columbia. We’d picnic, watch orcas roll by, take long walks, and explore the tide’s edge. The stitch motifs are inspired by gansey fisherman sweaters, and a nod to my ancestors who immigrated to America from the Netherlands in the late 1800s.

This is a totally seamless and intermediate level project. It uses very basic techniques: garter rows, cable, picking up stitches, and accessible stitch patterns to keep it engaging without adding difficulty. The entire wrap uses only knit and purl stitches, and stitch motifs are provided in both written pattern rows and charts, so you can use the form you prefer. There’s lots of easy garter stitch here, one infrequent cable, and satisfying long pattern rows.

Shop for fingering weight wool in three colors, plus a lace weight mohair/silk blend in two of the same colors. Portions of the wrap are knit with either one weight of yarn, or both held together. The Tidal Wave panel is knit first, using both yarns in color A. The gansey motifs are knit in another direction, from picked up stitches along the entire edge of the first panel. They use color B in fingering weight and color C in both weights.

Neighborhood Fiber Company colors shown as A, B & C in my samples: 

Color A: Hampden

Color B: Charles Center

Color C: ShamiLearn more about the yarn featured in this pattern.