Annie's Crocheted Wrap (Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)
I knew somewhere, somehow there had to be a quality yarn that offers tons of yardage at an affordable price. I found it recently after I’d given up my on-again, off-again search. It’s Rick Rack by Interlacements Yarns, a hand-dyed, 100 percent rayon boucle in sock weight that comes in hanks of approximately 1,200 yards for less than $40!
“The Rick Rack is one of our top sellers,” says Tracey Schuh, who bought the Wisconsin-based yarn company about three years ago, around the same time she started dyeing and selling the already spun rayon.
Although it has a nubby texture, it has the softness of silk with just the right amount of sheen, and it’s available in semi-solids, solids and variegated shades of either rich jewel tones or soft pastels. I purchased a solid in lime green and a semi-solid in violet.
Schuh, a spinner, weaver and knitter who dabbles in “a very tiny bit of crocheting,” says she’s able to achieve the “bright, vibrant colors” by using what’s called “theatrical dyes.”
While most yarns work well knitted or crocheted, I think there’s something about Interlacements’ Rick Rack that screams, “Crocheted stitches bring out the best in me!”
Because of the yardage, I figured one hank was enough to crochet either a vest or shawl. I chose to make the latter, and it’s patterned after the one I designed and made in my early 20s for my grandmother to wear to church in the springtime. It was my first big project after learning the open shell stitch. Oh, how I wish I’d had this exquisite novelty yarn back then, instead of that scratchy white, worsted weight acrylic, but, I must say, I don’t think my “Granny Annie” could have loved her wrap more!
The Rick Rack, however, gives the shawl a more dressy appeal, and the weight and luxurious drape of the finished piece helps it stay in place when it’s being worn.
You can find Interlacements’ Rick Rack online at interlacementsyarns.com or locally at the Wool & the Floss, 397 Fisher in Grosse Pointe Park. Call (313) 882-9110.
Annie’s Crocheted Wrap
Annie's Crocheted Wrap
Estimated time: 12 hours
Tools: Size H crochet hook, scissors
Supplies: One hank of Interlacements’ Rick Rack yarn (1,200 yards)
Abbreviations: ch chain, st(s) stitch(es), dc double crochet, tr treble (triple crochet stitch), cont continue, rep repeat
Finished size: About 17” by 76”
(Note: 3 tr sts should be made at end and beginning of each row of dc shell sts to prevent tension at sides.)
Chain 105 sts (ch row)
First row: Make dc st in every ch row st across, starting with fourth st from end, and making sure not to add or drop sts. (Note: *entire hank is needed for length, so it’s important not to exceed st width.) Turn work.
Second row: ch up 3 sts (count as one tr st**), make two tr sts in next st opening. Count over 6 dc sts in row below and make first dc shell st (3 dc sts, 1 ch st and 3 more dc sts, all in same st opening).
Cont making dc shell sts across, separated by 6 dc sts in row below. End row with 3 tr sts, all in same opening. (There should be 3 tr sts at each end, separated by *13 dc shell sts.) Turn work.
Chain up 3 sts**, and make 2 tr sts in next st opening. Rep dc shell sts across, making each in center ch st of those in row below. End row with 3 tr sts. Turn work.
Cont making rows of dc shell sts until you have 105, or just enough yarn left for steps below. Turn work.
Now, crochet a row of dc sts, to match number at opposite end.
Crochet a scalloped edge. Knot off. Rep scalloped edge on other end.
Detroit News Staff Writer Jocelynn Brown is a longtime Metro Detroit crafter. For more giveaways, visit her blog at detroitnews.com/crafts. You can reach her at (313) 222-2150.