El Guaba Wrap

This simple wrap adds glamour to any outfit.

This pattern was originally designed as a one-skein project for the Stitchjones Yarnageddon 2014 Yarn Club. For the June theme, “Real Life Wild Women,” my inspiration was Celia Cruz, the Queen of Latin Music.

In addition to her powerful voice and exuberant stage presence, Celia Cruz was also a fashion icon, known for her stunning neckwear and bold outfits in strong colors.

The octagonal motifs in the semi-solid Power Reds colorway are an homage to the titular whip spider in “El Guaba,” from her 1986 album, La Candela. (You can see a live performance on YouTube.)

Skills Used
Basic crochet stitches: chain, single crochet, half double crochet, triple/treble crochet, slip stitch
Crocheting in the round
Working in the back loop
Join-as-you-go motifs (includes written explanation)

Skill Level

Materials List
Stitchjones Big Sky Bulky (100% Montana Targhee wool, 4.75 oz/138 g/220 yds/201 m) – 1 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2 skein(s) Power Reds.

I-9/5.5 mm crochet hooks, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.

Yarn needle.

Finished Size
Fits bust size (after blocking): XS (28-30”/71-76 cm), S/M (32-38”/81-96.5 cm), L/XL (40-46”/101.5-117 cm), 2X (48-50”/122-127), 3X (52-54”/132-137), 4X (56-58”/142-147 cm), and 5X (60-62”/152-158). Pictured sample is 2X.

1 motif = 5” (13 cm) before blocking. For best fit, check your gauge.

Pattern Instructions
This pattern is available free on my blog here http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2014/09/15/free-pattern-el-guaba/

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