I finished the Urbana wrap by Stephen West a couple of weeks ago and just in time too because it’s getting chilly here in the south US. It’s fairly big (I did the large size) and very cozy, which is exactly what I was looking for. The pattern is incredibly easy. If you’re looking for a mindless knit with rows and rows of garter stitch with a little kick then this is the pattern for you. Raveled here.
The structure is, well, wonky for lack of a better word but I love it! It’s shape gives visual interest to the simple simpleness of the garter rows. It also allows the yarn’s tonal quality to shine through.
It’s not often when I use the yarn recommended in a pattern. However, when I first saw the pattern for Urbana I knew I would be making it with the suggested Malabrigo Twist. Oh my… the squishiness, the softness, the colors… be still my heart.
I’m not sure if I have written about Malabrigo Twist before (if so I apologize for the repeat) but this was the first time I’ve used it on a project before. This 100% Merino wool, aran-weight yarn comes with 150 yards (137 m) per skein. It’s actually a thick/thin yarn but the skeins I bought happened to be a fairly consistent aran size throughout. When researching this yarn before buying I had read a comment that described the yarn as so soft it was like “buttered kittens,” which naturally made me incredibly curious and made me want it all the more. I’m really happy I indulged. It’s definitely next-to-skin soft and a perfect yarn for accessories. I’ve heard and read a lot about the pill factor for this yarn being very high. I can’t comment on that since I haven’t blocked the wrap and really don’t intend to. So far it looks great and it’s super cozy. For the moment that’s all that matters. :)