The cabled silk wrap is done! I purchased 2 skeins of hand dyed Two Four Silk, from Ram Wools. The colourway is blackberry, and although both skeins are labeled that, you find with the hand dyed yarns, the skeins can be quite different. So if using this yarn, you must work with both skeins and alternate 2 rows from one, then 2 rows from the other, throughout the project.
Pattern for Silk Wrap.
Yarn: Two Four Silk, 100% silk, blackberry, 2 skeins, 400m, 200gm per skein.
Gauge 20 sts = 4 inches (after blocking)
This yarn will have distinct cables while knitting, but will soften and relax after a cool wash and block.
Cable left: place next 3 stitches on cable needle and hold to front, knit 3 sts, then knit 3 sts from cable needle.
Pattern: With 4.5 mm needles, cast on 120 sts.
Row 1: (right side) p1,[k6, p1]17 times.
Row2: (wrong side) k1,[p6, k1] 17 times.
Row 3: as row 1,
Row 4: and all wrong side rows as row 2
Row 5: p1, k6, [p1, cable left, p1, k6] 8 times, p1
Row 7: as row 1.
Continue on the eight row repeat, work until the length of the piece is 21 inches.
Split for neck: Work across to middle block of 6 stocking stitches. Cast off these 6 stitches. Work now with only one side (put other 57 stitches on a holder.)
Continue in established pattern on 57 sts for 5 inches.
On next row 5, Increase into the center front edge stitch by knitting front and back of that stitch. Increase one stitch at every cable row on the center front edge only, until 7 stitches have been added, making them match the pattern (stocking stitch 6, with P1 edge). Continue even until same length as back. Bind off all sts.
Pick up held 57 sts, and work as for other half.