Bambara Wrap

Ambah O'Brien

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Bambara Wrap by Ambah O'Brien | Named for the Australian Aboriginal word for forest, Bambara wrap was inspired by a walk in my local bush. The greens of the landscape were translated perfectly into yarn by Primrose Yarn Co, who dyed the amazing colours based on my forest walk inspiration. Bambara is a generously-sized wrap, knit on the bias with simple shaping and alternating sections of lace and garter. The colours and patterns weave together like the layers of a melody, calling to mind the iconic sound of The Cure’s A Forest. It’s the perfect opportunity to play with colour – use a 3-skein gradient with a coordinating contrast colour, mix speckles and solids in 4 different colours for a fun, bold look, or keep it subtle with neutral solids.

Gauge: 18 stitches and 36 rows = 10 cm in garter stitch

Finished Measurements:

  • Top Edge: 90”/229 cm 
  • Width: 18”/46 cm.  Schematic included; Measurements taken after blocking.

Materials Used: Fingering weight/4-ply

  • Colour 1 (C1): 335 yd/306 m 
  • Colour 2 (C2): 400 yd/366 m 
  • Colour 3 (C3): 400 yd/366 m 
  • Colour 4 (C4): 400 yd/366 m

Sample shown in: Primrose Yarn Co. Adelaide, (fingering weight/4- ply, 100% superwash merino, 435 yd/398 m per 115 g), C1: Electric Mint Julep, C2: Forbidden Forest, C3: Thistle, C4: Acid Rain.

The sample uses a 3 colour speckle gradient with a brighter colour "pop". C1 is the colour "pop", C2 is the darkest of the gradient trio, C3 is the lightest colour and C4 is the middle shade of the gradient trio.

Needle Size: US 5 - 3.75 mm

Pattern Includes: Pattern includes fully written instructions accompanied by Lace charts.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

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