5 Little Monsters: Fall Forest Wrap

Fall Forest Wrap

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I love the colors of fall, especially the variation you see in the leaves as they start to change, from bright greens to golden yellow, oranges, reds, purples, and browns. It is my favorite time of the year. So with fall just around the corner and the hope of cooler days coming and the anticipation of changing leaves I have been wanting to make something cozy and fall-ish. 

I decided that I wanted to make a shawl or wrap. I wanted something bigger than a scarf, but I didn't want to make a blanket. I wanted something you could wrap around your shoulders for a little extra warmth, but without the bulk of a blanket. And that you could wear out of the house, which would be a little weird with a blanket. 

I was walking down the yarn aisle at Walmart, because I often find myself making my way over to the craft section just to look even when there is nothing I need, and I found some Lion Brand Mandala in a couple of color ways that really felt like fall to me. I ended up picking Centaur, which had golden yellow, reds, tans, and purples, so it really hit most of the fall leaves colors that I associate with fall. I felt like all of the color variations in that particular color way could have been fall leaves. I knew that would work perfectly for what I had in mind.  

For this wrap I went with a very simple 6 row repeat using a combination of double crochet stitches, mesh rows, and clusters. It was a nice repetitive project, the kind that is perfect for working on in the car while you wait in the school pickup line, or while you watch tv. I ended up using 2 balls of yarn for my wrap, with some leftover. 

The finished size is approximately 17" wide x 65" long after blocking. The pattern includes instructions for adjusting the size, both width and length, if you would like to make it longer/shorter, or wider/thinner.


How to Crochet the Fall Forest Wrap

Finished Size: Approximately 17" x 65"

You will need:


This pattern is a 6 row repeat, plus 3 rows at the end to finish the pattern. To adjust the length you can just continue the pattern repeat until you reach the desired length. 

The wrap starts with an odd number chain, so if you want to make the wrap wider or narrower just adjust the starting chain keeping it an odd number.  

I am writing the pattern using a turning chain, but if you have a different preferred way of starting rows, using a chainless turn, feel free to use that for straighter edges.  My preferred method is the stacked single crochet stitch to replace the turning ch (I don't know if that is the real name, but it is what I call it). To use this method you will finish the row, then turn without chaining, single crochet into the first stitch, then insert your hook into the side of that single crochet and make another single crochet stitch. So you are basically stacking 2 single crochet stitches on top of each other to replace your first double crochet stitch. See the video below for the stacked single crochet alternative beginning to your rows. 


Special Stitch

2 DC Cluster: yarn over, insert hook in stitch, pull up loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook in stitch, pull up loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops

Fall Forest Wrap

ch 61

Row 1: skip first 3 ch (beginning ch 3 counts as first dc throughout), dc in each stitch across (59 dc)

Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc in each st across (59 dc)

Row 3: ch 3, turn, dc in each st across (59 dc)

Row 4: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, [ch 1, skip 1, dc in next st] 28 times, dc in last st (31 dc, 28 ch spaces)

Row 5: ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), turn, skip first dc, [2 dc cluster in ch space, ch 1, sk next dc] 28 times, dc in last st (28 clusters, 29 ch spaces, 2 dc)

Row 6: ch 3, turn, dc in ch space, [ch 1, skip 1, dc in ch space] 28 times, dc in last st (31 dc, 28 ch spaces)

Row 7: ch 3, turn, dc in each st across (59 dc)

Row 8: ch 3, turn, dc in each st across (59 dc)

Row 9: ch 3, turn, dc in each st across (59 dc)

Repeat rows 4-9 a total of 19 times (117 rows), or until you reach the desired length

Finish off, weave in ends

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