I designed this simple, middle-out knitted wrap based on a common design of alternating decorative and mesh panels. It's designed for summer nights in Georgia, made of a cool and easy care cotton-acrylic blend. The light, springy yarn was enjoyable to work with and easy to carry around in my canvas project bag.
I sent it to my mom last week, and it arrived on the Thursday before Mother's Day. I think she really liked it, and she will use it as a shield from the fierce air conditioning required by all public buildings in the deep South.
It took a few tries to settle on this design, but I'll be using the same technique again in future work. Now that it's in my repertoire, I think minor variations of stitches, color, and edging will yield many varied finished wraps. Start with a clean structured mesh for 30 or so rows, next work the same number of rows in a pretty design, then alternate mesh and pretty design a few times. At the end choose your edging (such as the tricot pictured here). Piece of cake!
I worked a seed stitch for the first and last 3 stitches, but it wasn't enough to keep the wrap hanging straight. If your work curls like mine did, you can single crochet a few rows along the border. I only picked up crochet stitches every other row. Blocking would also help, of course, but I'm notoriously lazy about that step. Let me know what you think! Did you also make your mom's gift?