Saturday, 17 January 2015

Free Pattern: The Winter Stole

New Year! New free pattern! 

A lace stole made with a chunky alpaca / wool blend. 

Lace Winter Stole in Wendy Zena

There is a common misconception in the fibre sphere: It's the almost automatic assumption that only sock yarn can be utilised in the production of lace knits. With this design, I am trying to encourage knitters to diversify the choice of their materials. Depending, of course, on the complexity of the lace stitch sequence and the overall design, it is possible to knit lace with chunkier yarns. 

Winter Stole in Progress

Lace Winter Stole in Progress, Wendy Zena
Lace Winter Stole in Progress, Yarn: Wendy Zena

Lace Winter Stole (unblocked)

As mentioned in my previous post, I decided to dive deep into my stash, retrieving several balls of Wendy Zena. Zena is a variegated alpaca / wool / acrylic blend with a recommended needle size of 4.5mm. 

To achieve a good stitch definition, I decided to knit my stole on 6mm needles, but, if in doubt, I would recommend to knit and block a small sample to get an idea of the quantity of yarn you will require and how your chosen yarn will behave.

Winter Stole (unblocked)


My stole required four balls of Zena (200g) and a very small quantity of contrast yarn for the stole's garter stitch edges. The piece is knitted flat and the design can be adjusted to create a larger or smaller garment. After blocking, the stole measures approximately 63cm in width and 125cm in length.
  • Yarn A: A very small quantity of chunky double knitting yarn for the outer edges on either side of  the stole. (I used the final scraps of some leftover Sirdar Click.)
  • Yarn B: Approximately 200 grams of yarn for the stole's main body. Quantities may vary depending on your chosen yarn.
  • 6mm knitting needles (Considering the overall size of the stole, I recommend circular needles to make the project more portable.)
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
Winter Stole (unblocked)

Project Instructions Winter Stole

  • Garter Stitch Edge / Shawl Border
With yarn A, cast-on 82 stitches, using whichever cast-on technique you are most comfortable with, and knit 4 rows in garter stitch. 

Next, change to yarn B.

  • Lace Section / Body of Shawl
Row 1: k1, *k1, yo, k1, k2tog, ssk, k1, yo, k1; repeat from * to last stitch (10 repeats of lace motif in total), k1  

Row 2: k1, p to last stitch, k1

Row 3: repeat Row 1

Row 4: repeat Row 2

Continue in the above pattern until the stole has reached the desired length.

Stop knitting the body of the shawl after completion of a lace row.

Change to yarn A.

  • Garter Stitch Edge / Shawl Border
Knit 4 rows in garter stitch. Proceed to bind-off loosely.

Block your shawl and sew in yarn ends.


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