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Dropped and Found ~ free knit pattern by Jessie At Home

Dropped and Found Wrap
Free Knit Pattern
Easy Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

Dropped and Found is a warm wrap that is much simpler to make than it looks. It uses dropped stitches woven back together in larger stitches to create texture and an interesting detail. I love bringing mine to movies or Girl Scout meetings ~ as both those places are always a bit cooler than I like.

Ravelry Link

The wrap in this photo was made by my tester, Kristin Mickelson. This photo was taken by Amanda Mae Photography.
The wrap in this photo was made by my tester, Kristin Mickelson. It was made with 2 skeins (1 each color) Hobby Lobby “I love this yarn” and size 9 needles. This photo was taken by Amanda Mae Photography.

Size:
19″ x 52″ (or as long as you want)

Yarn:
Berroco Vintage Chunky ~ 6 to 7 skeins in the color of your choice (6.3 skeins were used to make the sample seen in the photos)

Needles:
Size 10 / 6 mm

Gauge:
16 sts x 32 rows in garter st in a 4″ square

Stitches and Skills used:
CO ~ cast on
K ~ knit

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Getting Started:
Please read all the directions before you start. You will make a plain garter stitch rectangle to begin. Many people think this should be difficult, when it is not, so they are trying to add in stitches and drop things too early. This pattern is worked in garter stitch to start off, all the way until the piece is the length you want, then sections of sts are dropped and worked back together in larger sts. There are photos to help with this. There is a video to help with the finishing. If you are at all confused, please watch the video, this is a super simple pattern, if you are having trouble, you are most likely overthinking things.
The edge of this wrap has a chain look because of how the first stitch is slipped. Here is a tutorial showing the technique.

Pattern:
Using the Long Tail Cast on method, CO 81. Most other cast ons will not unravel properly for the dropped stitches, so be sure to use this method. Here is a tutorial to help.

Row 1: Slip 1 purl wise with yarn in front, K to end.

Repeat row 1: to desired length.

Here is a video to aid in the finishing of the wrap, and to show the optional crochet slip stitch along the bottom.

Finishing:

Row 1: Slip 1 purl wise with yarn in front, K8, drop 3 sts, yo [K12, drop 3 sts, yo] 4 times, K9.

Row 2: Slip 1 purl wise with yarn in front, K to end, ignoring dropped sts.

Chains, Step 1: Pull the dropped stitches all the way to the bottom. Count the dropped strands in groups of 4. You do not need to know how many groups of 4 you have, you just need to know if you have a multiple of 4, or if you have a multiple of 4 with 1, 2, or 3 left over.
If you have a multiple of 4 with no strands left over, you will use 4 strands for all the loops in step 2;
if you have a multiple of 4 with 1 strand left over, you will use 5 strands for the first loop in step 2, and 4 strands for the rest of the loops in step 2;
if you have a multiple of 4 with 2 strands left over, you will use 5 strands for the first and last loop in step 2, and 4 strands for the rest of the loops in step 2;
if you have a multiple of 4 with 3 strands left over, you will use 3 strands for the last loop in step 2, and 4 strands for the rest of the loops in step 2.

Step 2: Take the bottom 4 (or 5) strands from the dropped sts, hold them together, and twist them half a turn to make a loop, * grab the next 4 strands together and pull them through the loop (do not twist), repeat from * until all the dropped strands have been turned into a chain. This can be done with your fingers, or with a large crochet hook. Leave the last loop free, it will be worked into the bind off. Repeat for each set of dropped sts.

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Bind Off: Bind off 8, slip the set of loops from the looped section onto the right needle, K1, pass all remaining sts on the right needle over the st just made (1 st left on right needle) [bind off 12, slip the set of loops from the looped section onto the right needle, K1, pass all remaining sts on the right needle over the st just made (1 st left on right needle)] 4 times, bind off remaining sts.

If the looseness on the bottom bothers you, then you can make a crochet slip stitch along the bottom edge, place one slip stitch in each st, and one in the bottom of each loop.

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Clip yarn, fasten off, and weave in all ends.

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52 Comments

52 Comments on Dropped and Found Wrap

  1. Florrie
    January 27, 2015 at 1:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Very pretty Jess.

    Reply
    • Jessie
      January 27, 2015 at 1:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Mom!! It’s warm and cozy, too!!!

      Reply
  2. Carolyn Rowe
    January 27, 2015 at 6:02 pm (3 years ago)

    i enjoyed your project. Would love to have the pattern. I knit and crochet. Thanks

    Reply
    • Jessie
      January 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm (3 years ago)

      The pattern is in the post.

      Reply
  3. Harper
    January 28, 2015 at 3:31 pm (3 years ago)

    This is brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  4. Deb Power
    January 29, 2015 at 8:59 pm (3 years ago)

    I attempted to open the PDF so that I could print the directions
    but it wouldn’t work. I went to the Oravely page and it directed
    me back here. Maybe you could check the site or email the directions
    to me, please. This scarf is beautiful.

    Reply
    • Jessie
      January 29, 2015 at 10:12 pm (3 years ago)

      I just tried and it works fine. Be sure you click on the link for the printer friendly PDF on Craftsy.

      Reply
  5. Virginia
    January 30, 2015 at 8:33 am (3 years ago)

    Great job Jessie. I have been knitting for over 45 years and love the new ideas. Keep up the good work.

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    • Jessie
      January 30, 2015 at 10:17 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I have been playing with the Jacob’s ladder stitch in crochet, and so I had to make something using the similar technique in knitting!

      Reply
  6. Anna
    January 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks perfect for getting me away from sock knitting!

    Reply
  7. Cindy Shlanger
    January 31, 2015 at 3:49 pm (3 years ago)

    A question about this pattern. do you follow the pattern — dropping all the stitches as you progress and then do the pick up at the end?

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    • Jessie
      January 31, 2015 at 4:02 pm (3 years ago)

      You just follow the pattern. It tells you when to drop the stitches.

      Reply
  8. Neuza Frings
    January 31, 2015 at 4:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Reply
  9. Gillian
    February 2, 2015 at 10:20 am (3 years ago)

    I am not a fan of synthetics, so I tried this in an Aran wool. I only knit up a swatch. The wool is so stiff, even after washing, that it doesn’t give the drape needed. I am guessing that the synthetic blend you used offers the necessary drape. I am now looking at the Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky, thinking that the alpaca would provide the necessary softness/drape. What do you think?

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    • Jessie
      February 2, 2015 at 10:41 am (3 years ago)

      There are plenty of natural fibers that have drape to them, including wool. It will depend on the yarn. I have not tried the Ultra Alpaca Chunky, so I do not know about the drape of that one. If you have an issue with the yarn I used, you can go to your LYS and show them what you are making and ask them for advice.

      Reply
  10. Robin Casey
    February 3, 2015 at 11:41 am (3 years ago)

    Any suggestions for how many to cast on if making an infinity scarf instead of a wrap so that the (braids??) are closer together and the same distance apart?

    Reply
    • Jessie
      February 3, 2015 at 12:48 pm (3 years ago)

      You make it the same way, and just adjust the width and seam it together. Or you can try using a provisional cast on, dropping the sts, and then grafting it together.

      Reply
  11. Carrie
    February 9, 2015 at 6:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I cannot get this to work out. decreasing more stitches than are put back on. Is there a type-o or am I not “getting” something.

    Reply
    • Jessie
      February 9, 2015 at 8:01 pm (3 years ago)

      I think you are missing something. There are no decreases until the very end after you drop all the sts. You drop in sets of 3, and then add just 1 for each set of 3 because when you loop the dropped sts they become 1. Did you watch the video?

      Reply
      • carrie
        February 11, 2015 at 6:24 am (3 years ago)

        AH, thank you so much. I cant wait to get started now.

        Reply
  12. Hazel
    March 2, 2015 at 3:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Will worsted weight work for the Dropped & Found wrap?
    Thanks in advance.

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    • Jessie
      March 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

      Sure, it will just be a little thinner.

      Reply
      • Hazel
        March 2, 2015 at 5:57 pm (2 years ago)

        How much yarn would it take if using worsted weight, and would you use same size needle?
        Hazel

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        • Jessie
          March 2, 2015 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

          I’m not sure how much it would take, as I haven’t tried, and I would use the needles that go well with the yarn you are using.

          Reply
  13. Nancy Nix
    March 22, 2015 at 8:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Just wondering if you blocked your finished shawl?

    Reply
    • Jessie
      March 22, 2015 at 8:53 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, lightly.

      Reply
  14. Heather Hostetter
    April 5, 2015 at 7:55 am (2 years ago)

    I totally misunderstood the directions and dropped stitches and 3 Y O each row. It still worked. Only could weave 2 @ at time to make the braid. Ending it was super easy and the start row wasn’t loose since I made my own directions!!! Love this pattern, even if I messed it up.

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  15. Tammy
    April 6, 2015 at 11:25 am (2 years ago)

    Very chic looking wrap. Love the creativity involved in this pattern. Thank you for sharing. The video definitely helped. As soon as I have enough yarn, I’m making this. 🙂

    Reply
  16. windey
    May 10, 2015 at 11:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I am wondering if you could tell me the multiples if I wanted to CO less than 81? Thank you!

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    • Jessie
      May 11, 2015 at 7:47 am (2 years ago)

      Whatever you want. The sections that get dropped are 3 sts, so just decide how many braided sections you want, and how many sts you want between them and on the two sides, then go from there.

      Reply
  17. Cathy Wood
    May 30, 2015 at 3:04 am (2 years ago)

    This is an awesome wrap! well done. I have shared this on my blog and face book page.

    Reply
    • Jessie
      May 30, 2015 at 5:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  18. Jacqueline Satterlee
    September 10, 2015 at 4:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for this pretty pattern!

    Reply
  19. CJ
    October 8, 2015 at 11:32 am (2 years ago)

    Friend made it, and I love it. Simple, fast and elegant.
    My next project!

    Reply
  20. Geraldine Williams
    October 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Awesome pattern, enjoyed working it to the fullest . It is very easy. The outcome is beautiful.

    Reply
    • Jessie
      October 27, 2015 at 3:41 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  21. Nancy Rosenbaum
    April 5, 2016 at 8:56 pm (1 year ago)

    So clever! Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  22. Monica
    May 13, 2016 at 5:36 am (1 year ago)

    This is gorgeous! However, my knitting skills are really bad. I’m practing though! In the meantime, do you plan to design and release a crochet version of the Dropped and Found Wrap? Please, please, pretty please, say yes?

    Reply
  23. Francesca Alcorn
    July 13, 2016 at 3:37 pm (1 year ago)

    I would like to sell a scarf knit from your pattern in my Etsy store, but I wanted to check with you first to see if it was OK. I would, of course, include a link to this page in the listing.

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    • Jessie
      July 14, 2016 at 8:58 am (1 year ago)

      You may sell finished item from my patterns, just not the patterns themselves, so have at it! Good luck, and I hope it does well for you!!

      Reply
  24. Lisa Mac Kay
    July 28, 2016 at 5:50 pm (1 year ago)

    HI,
    My mom has Alzheimer’s and this pattern is great for her to do…she can knit all the garter and be content and I can do the dropped stitches and finishing parts. Some days are harder than others and I forgot to do the right cast on for the vest she is currently working on. Is there a way to still do the dropped stitches and just add a crochet chain to the bottom with a few lengths of yarn…or do you have any other suggestions. She is almost 3/4 done and it will be awful for her to see that her knitting was wasted! Thank You!

    Reply
    • Jessie
      July 29, 2016 at 7:58 am (1 year ago)

      I don’t know what will happen when you get to your cast on, but if it doesn’t drop, you should be able to improvise.

      Reply
      • Lisa Mac Kay
        July 29, 2016 at 12:08 pm (1 year ago)

        Thanks…hope I can be creative and pull it off so it looks good and drapes well.

        Reply
  25. Deborah Keep
    April 3, 2017 at 4:39 am (5 months ago)

    That is just so very very clever 🙂

    Reply
  26. Dorcas Berthold
    May 19, 2017 at 7:54 am (3 months ago)

    I can’t believe this method/green pattern was in English all along! I’ve saved Russian and Spanish links thinking I’ll try a translator app. Lol. Honestly, check my Pinterst under Knit – Instruction and under Knit – Stitches. Lmao. Thank you so much. I’ve backed this up about 5 ways.

    Reply
  27. Jo Ann Parisi
    January 21, 2017 at 12:54 pm (7 months ago)

    I am interested in the drop and found wrap/shawl. Also would like to search yarn shop for a certain team color I am trying to find.

    Reply

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