Wampum Wrap

Bernat Velvet seems to be a big hit this season. I love working with it because it is so soft and smoothly rolls over the hook. So when I went to Wal-Mart a couple weeks ago, I decided to pick up a skein or two. I ended up picking up three, two Orchid Grey and one White. I didn’t know what I was going to make with it so when I started making this wrap, I realized it looked a lot like a wampum belt. Wampum belts were used by the Iroquois to commemorate agreements between nations. Wampum beads were highly valued. Being of Mohawk descent myself, I thought it would be nice to name the wrap after this ancient tradition and educate the public a little. It is really easy to make and works up quite quickly. You can choose any color scheme you want and even make it one solid color.

This belt symbolizes the five nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk.

You can read more about wampum here and here.

What You Need

2 skeins of Bernat Velvet in main color – I used grey orchid

1 skein of Bernat Velvet in contract color – I used white

6.5 mm crochet hook

Gauge

Not Important!

Stitches Used (U.S. Terms)

ch – chain

hdc – half double crochet

hdc flo – half double crochet in the front loop only

hdc in third loop only

Pattern Notes

*When changing colors, you can either fasten off or carry it up along the side. If you carry it up, which is what I did, it will be hidden by the fringe. This way there’s less to weave in and less waste of yarn. Change colors on last stitch of the row.

*To find the third loop of the hdc, tilt your work towards you. It is the loop in the back.

The Pattern

With main color, chain 174.

Row 1 hdc in 3rd chain from hook and in each stitch across. Chain 2, turn (172 hdc).

Row 2 hdc in the third loop only across the row. Chain 2, turn (172 hdc).

Row 3 hdc in the front loop only across the row. Chain 2, turn (172 hdc).

Row 4-7 repeat rows 2 and 3, twice.

Row 8-9 repeat rows 2 and 3 in contrast color.

Row 10-21 repeat rows 2 and 3 six times in main color.

Row 22-23 repeat rows 2 and 3 in contrast color.

Row 24-25 repeat rows 2 and 3 in main color.

Row 26-27 repeat rows 2 and 3 in contrast color.

Row 28-29 repeat rows 2 and 3 in main color.

Row 30-31 repeat rows 2 and 3 in contrast color.

Row 32-33 repeat rows 2 and 3 in main color.

Row 34-35 repeat rows 2 and 3 in contrast color.

Row 36-37 repeat rows 2 and 3 in main color.

Row 38-39 repeat rows 2 and 3 in contrast color.

Row 40-41 repeat rows 2 and 3 in main color.

Row 42-43 repeat rows 2 and 3 in contrast color.

Row 44-55 repeat rows 2 and 3 in main color.

Row 56-57 repeat rows 2 and 3 in contrast color.

Row 58-65 repeat rows 2 and 3 in main color. Fasten off.

Fringe (optional)

Cut 264 strands of both colors measuring around 12 inches each.

Taking 4 of these strands, fold them in half and attach them to the end of each 2 row repeat for a total of 33 times on each side. Attach them by pulling the fold through the end of row with hook and then taking ends and pulling them through the folded loop.

Be warned that the fringe tends to slip off if the wrap is handled roughly. I guess that’s the price you pay for such smooth yarn!

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Vanessa is an avid crocheter. She also loves to read historical fiction and has even written a few (unpublished) novels. By day Vanessa crunches numbers in an office but by night if she's not crocheting or book binding, she's probably sleeping. With her cat on/near her head.

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