Old Rose Wrap

Old Rose Wrap

Since we started displaying my crocheted malabrigo sock Old Rose Wrap in the shop we’ve had lots of pattern requests, especially when I give my little hoohaa of all the different ways you can wear it. Check this out…

(Click on the first thumbnail, and then follow the arrows for captions of all the options.)

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I have been promising to write up this pattern for ages! (Sorry to all the people at Ally Pally last year). What slows me down is taking the time to hand draw the motif charts.

However, I can’t put it off any longer. I’m still not quite ready to release the pdf, but I will write the instructions for the motifs in this post and you can copy and paste them into a word document to print out. I will take you as far as the crochet and joining of the main motifs so you can get on with that in August and then I will publish the completed pattern with 3-dimensional roses, edgings and buttons in September. If you are interested, we could arrange an Old Rose Wrap day in the shop for finishing the project and any assistance that may be needed.


I’ve used British crochet terms (if you are North American check the terms because they sound the same but are different.)
ch chain
ss slip stitch
sp space
yo yarn over
dc double crochet (hook under loop, yo, pull through loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook)
htr half treble crochet (yo, hook under loop, yo, pull through loop, yo, pull through 3 loops on hook)
tr treble crochet (yo, hook under loop, yo, pull through loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook)
5ch picot 5ch, insert hook into third ch from hook to form a little loop and work 1 dc to form picot
4ch picot 4ch, insert hook into third ch from hook to form a little loop and work 1 dc to form picot
rnd round
RS right side. (You may decide which is the right-side, they are almost identical, but be consistent since the 3-dimensional roses will      only appear on one side. )

Yarn and Hook

You will need 2.5 skeins of the main colour of malabrigo or other sock yarn and about a 2.5mm (size C) crochet hook. The hook size should not be so small that it pierces the yarn but you do not want the motifs to be too floppy. I will give exact measurements of the contrast solid yarn when I publish the pdf pattern, but  you will be safe with 50g of contrast yarn.

One motif measures  7.5cm square (3″). The final wrap is 5 squares wide by 17 sqaures long. Once the borders are added the wrap will be 42cm wide by 156cm long. This seems to be a good length for someone of about 5’5 but if you are smaller you may want to consider making it one repeat shorter in length (5 squares wide by 16 squares long). You can make your final decision near completion.

Note on joining motifs
The motifs can be joined in the 6th round. Sometimes it is more convenient to work on smaller sections. To do this, link motifs in units of 5 and then join two units of five squares each by creating a third unit of 5 motifs that links the two segments on either side. This will give you a segment of 3 x 5 motifs. You can work on three seperate sections like this before you have to start linking them all together. This will make your work summer portable!

Old Rose Square Motif
Make a slip knot and ch6. Join with ss to first ch to form circle.

Rnd 1: 2ch (to count as first dc), work 15dc into circle.
Join with ss to second of first 2ch.

Rnd 2: 4ch (to count as first htr and 2ch)
*miss 1dc, 1htr into next dc, 2ch, rep from* 6 times more. This will create 8 chain spaces.
Join with ss to second of first 4ch.

Rnd 3: Work (1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc, 1ch) into each ch sp to end.
Join with ss to first dc. 8 petals

Rnd 4: 2ch (to count as first htr),
*3ch, 1dc into tr of next petal, 4ch, 1dc into tr of next petal,
3ch, 1htr into 1ch sp before next petal, 2ch, 1htr into same ch sp,
rep from * twice more,
3ch,1dc into tr of next petal, 4ch, 1dc into tr of next petal,
3ch, 1htr into last 1ch sp after last petal, 2ch.
Join with ss to second of first 2ch.

Rnd 5: 1ch, *4ch, into 4ch sp work (3tr, 3ch, 3tr) to form corner,
4ch, 3dc into 2 ch sp * twice more,
4ch, into 4ch sp work (3tr, 3ch, 3tr),
4ch, 2dc into 2ch sp.
Join with ss to first ch.

Rnd 6: 1ch, *5ch, 1tr into each of next 3tr, 5ch picot, 2ch, 1tr into each of next 3tr, 5ch, ss into first of three dc from last rnd, 4ch picot, 1ch, miss 1dc, ss to final dc of threesome, rep from * twice more,
5 ch, 1tr into each of next 3tr, 5ch picot, 2ch, 1tr into each of next 3tr, 5ch, ss into first of the three dc, 4ch picot, 1ch.
Join with ss to first ch. Fasten off.
To Join Old Rose Motifs
Work first 5 rounds as given. This motif will be called B and will be joined to a completed motif called A.
Rnd 6: (joining round) 1ch, *5ch, 1tr into each of next 3tr, 2ch, with RS of completed motif A facing RS of motif B which is to be joined, work 1dc into 5ch  picot at corner of motif A,
2ch, 1tr into each of next 3tr of motif B,
ss into first of 5ch after last tr on motif A,
4ch, ss into first dc of motif B, 1ch, 1dc into 4ch picot of motif A,
1ch, miss 1dc on motif B, ss next dc on motif B,
4ch, ss into last ch before next 3tr on motif A,
1tr into each of next 3tr on motif B, 2ch, 1dc into 5ch picot at corner of motif A, 2ch.
One side has been joined. Complete the 6th  round of motif B as given for Old Rose Square Motif as above. Fasten off.
Where the squares have to be joined on two or more sides continue as above for each of the joining edges.

Make a rectangle of 5 motifs wide and 13 long, working in one colour. I will post the rest of the instructions during the  first week in September.

Please let me know if you find any errors or have any queries.

~ Juju at Loop

This is a free pattern and all images and text are copyright of Loop Knitting Ltd. It is for personal and non-profit use only. This means you can knit it for yourself, as a gift or for charity. You may not sell a garment made from this pattern. You may not reproduce this for sale. Please ask if you wish to translate it or use to teach a class.

Thank you!

45 Comments on “Old Rose Wrap

  1. Old Rose is the prettiest, most versatile designs of this type that I’ve seen. Every single way of wearing it is simply charming.
    I haven’t done crochet for years, but Old Rose has drawn me back. Thanks so much for the design and the pattern!

  2. juju … are you sure round 2 shouldn’t read as seven repeats for a total of 8 chain spaces … kindest regards … ina and gumby … the dog that tante sophie has …

  3. It looks as if this is in two colours, the main shawl plus contrast for the roses & edge trim. Please can you tell us what quantity of each shade of the Malabrigo yarn is needed to complete this lovely project? Thank you

  4. juju … maybe just writing 8 chain spaces after the round two will be sufficient … it’s the word thing and the repeat thing and what not … always best to clarify with how many total spaces there will be … just like it says 8 petals in the next round … but chute … if you didn’t make 8 spaces … ya’ ain’t gonna have 8 petals … kindest regards … ina and gumby … the dog that tante sophie has …

  5. Gorgeous. Please don’t forget to publish the full pattern, I plan on making this for my mum for Christmas…no pressure!

  6. Thanks so Much Juju. I will definitely come to the day at Loop. Tried it on at KnitNation today. Everyone was loving it.

  7. Absolutely love this Juju and have just bought some toshsock to make it with. Would definitely be interested in a class at Loop for finishing etc. Looking forward to getting my wool and getting started! thank you so much

  8. Wow! I just love it, and I can’t wait to share it with all our knitty customers at Threads and More. Very inspiring, and I promise to share with you about all the Old Rose Wrap goodness. Thank you for your beautiful inspiring store and blog.
    Alix @ Threads and More, Brisbane Australia

  9. the joining process is a little unclear for me when you have to join more than one side…I add a picot and single crochet in the corner as you start the second side. It looks right that way (to me). Please add a little more detail in the pdf pattern. Thanks! I am loving the pattern, I am doing a scarf with the squares and joining out of other sock yarn as practice for my wrap made from malabrigo.

  10. September 24, 2010 did I miss the second part of the old rose wrap pattern to be available the 1st week in September? How can I get the entire virus free pattern?

  11. Juju — it’s one of the most gorgeous items I’ve seen in a long time.

    Can’t wait to make it … but I’m such a visual crocheter … will have to wait for the charts.

    Many thanks for the wonderful and inspiring design. Next time I’m in London, Loop is on my ‘must visit’ list.

  12. Hello,
    This is a really beautiful wrap and I love the colors. What shade of Malabrigo Yarn is it, if you still know it?

    • The main colour is rayon vert and I have used a koigu solid for the pink roses. I’ve made samples swatches in Turner and Arch Angel, which you will see when I publish the pattern, that look equally beautiful. Juju

  13. Hi, just wondering when the final part of the pattern will be published because amazingly I have finished all my motifs!!!!

    • Excellent! I have been trying to work out how to illustrate the motifs which is complicated. Finally I have decided just to do them as written instructions. I will be working on it today and it should be out Monday.

      • Whoopee! Greatly looking forward to it … really pleased with how it’s progressing so far, thanks for a really rewarding project :o)

  14. Hi, i adore this wrap and would like to make it for my mother as a christmas gift. I’m looking forward to the last part of the pattern!

    Do you think it can be made with Malabrigo Lace yarn in stead of Sock yarn as well? I’ve got some of that, and would love to use it for this wrap…

  15. One more question: I’m a bit puzzled by your calculation of the final lenght of the wrap. It’s not completely clear to me whether the ‘old rose squares’-part consists of 13 or 17 rows of 7,5 square cms. You say that after adding the borders it’ll be 156cm long. But 13 x 7,5cm = 97,5cm, and 17 x 7,5cm = 127,5 cm. So I assume the old-rose square part consists of 17 rows, and the final wrap consists of 21 rows, otherwise you won’t get to the length of 156 cm..? Is that right?

    Thank you in advance, I’m going to start with the old rose squares anytime now. :)

  16. I received the hanks of yarn and realized that the person I intend on making the wrap for is about 5 foot 9 inches… can this pattern be altered to fit her? I’m guessing you’d just have to add a row or two of squares…
    Thanks for any help you can give.

  17. I keep looking here for that last part of the pattern, but unfortunately it’s still in vain… or have I perhaps missed out on a link or something like that?

  18. I’d hoped this would be a Christmas present, but hopes are fading … If we cannot have the pattern just yet, would it be possible please, to post some close up photos of the bottom and side edging, as it might be possible to work it out for ourselves – thanks

  19. Hi,
    I adore your pattern & have finished all of the first blocks, can i please have the written instructions for the second rose block – would like to finish this as a christmas present.

    Kind regards

  20. Could you give us an realistic idea when the remainder of the pattern will actually be ready for all of us who are waiting to finish this project. I know there must be some complication since it has been promised time after time. All of us are willing to wait patiently if we are given updates from time to time. Thanks for sharing this beautiful wrap and I am sure that no one will be happier than you to have it finished. Thank you.

  21. Thank you so much for publishing the whole pattern! I’m so pleased to see it, and greatly looking forward to completing it – a really lovely design. x

  22. I began this pattern with your first instructions. So glad to now have the PDF so I can put in the roses. Your directions are clear and easy to understand. I plan to make at least three of these in various colors. Thanks for the lovely design and freely sharing your talent with all!

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