Joji Locatelli’s Cuatro Wrap is the kind of geometry lesson knitters love.
The triangles are knit separately, in convenient portable pieces. Each one is constructed the same way—we are going to get real good at that garter tab start.
The increases are regular and intuitive, with a spine stitch running down the center of the piece to keep them in line. The fun is in the changing stripes that vary in texture—garter or stockinette—and color. Four colors—there’s that number 4 again. Each triangle uses 2 of the 4 colors, and follows the same handy Triangle Table on page 11, which I’m planning to carry around with me so much that it would probably be a good idea to laminate it.
The big join-up comes at the end, when the edges of the triangles are arranged into parallelogram formation and grafted seamlessly together—we are going to get real good at grafting.
The finished wrap, sumptuous in scale, is even greater than the sum of its triangles—it’s the sleek and splashy, stylish sort of accessory that friends will try to wheedle off your back. Just say no—this one is for you!
The yarn is a big part of Cuatro’s magic. In our early conversations, Joji was crushing on Woolfolk’s Tov DK, and that was all we needed to hear. It’s a lustrous and extraordinarily soft merino, with the perfect swingy drape for this wrap. We brought in the full palette, so you can pick your four Cuatro colors here. Whether you go high contrast or tonal, there are no wrong answers; any combination will make a beautiful wrap.
But sometimes a knitter wants an easy decision, so we’ve also put together Cuatro Wrap Bundles in three fetching colorways:
Original: the dramatic black and white scheme Joji chose for the photography sample.
Cadenza: earthy and metallic.
Rhapsody: for the blue lovers.
Big Fun Ahead
Our Grace knitalong begins October 10, and—surprise!—my first project is going to be the Cuatro Wrap, in the Rhapsody colorway. I am, after all, a blue lover. We hope you’ll join us for some fine fall knitting with Joji.
We Zoomed with Joji!
Look for the recording link in this Saturday’s Snippets.