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Sally Melville

2013 

L'Enveloppe

Every time I wear this and everywhere I go, I’ve had it commented on—by strangers on the street, by shop owners or customers, by knitters or non. And each time they say something like “I love that . . . THING you’re wearing!” No-one knows what to call it, and—frankly—neither do I. Because one arm goes through (as does the neck) but the other arm is free, it’s not a cape, not a poncho, not a shrug, not a shawl, not a cowl. It’s small enough to wear under a coat but big enough to wear instead of one. And it envelops us in style. And so here’s its moniker: l’enveloppe. (As you might imagine, this is French for envelope. Its style led me there. . . . I suppose its name could have been "That thing you wear on an airplane in case the AC is turned too high," but that didn’t sit as well on the page.)

Because I want everyone to knit this in whatever worsted, aran, or chunky yarn they like, I offer this in 4 gauges (13, 14, 15, and 16 stitches to 4” [10cm]) and in 2 stitch patterns (seed or the easier garter). Lots of choices! And speaking of choices, I keep finding different ways to wear mine: over a coat, under a coat, over a sweater or light blouse, over my jammies when I just need a to give myself a HUG!

NOTE Because you have so many choices, look to the data page for specific size, yarn, and needle information.

(The red seed stitch version is done in the Lang West; the chartreuse garter stitch version is done in the Sublime Luxurious Aran Tweed-- Ed.)

A revised version (not needing corrections, but a clarified version) was uploaded on 8 September 2014. Sally says:

"I am very grateful to Maeva Lowen who wrote with a suggestion as to how to make this pattern more easily read--by completely separating the two stitch patterns. It did not make it shorter, but it did make it clearer.

"I trimmed some notes plus put all sidebar notes in green. I also updated yarn information.

"I do understand that this pattern seems longer than it should be, but I have not found any way to make it shorter--not with 5 sizes, 4 gauges, and 2 stitch patterns.

"I hope you find this version helpful!"

If you like this, you may also like The Confident Jumper.

Pattern Detail

  • no charts
  • schematics included
  • sewing required
  • all season
  • straight (flat)
  • s (m, l, 1x, 2x); see data page
  • digital PDF has 7 pages (letter size)
  • easy
Click below for more images and yarn requirements
L'env5 L'env21 L'env14 L'env3 L'env4 L'env18 L'env16 L_e2_80_99envelopedata

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