A flowing sequence of leaf and flower motifs symbolic of the regal Scotch thistle combine into this beautiful lace stole.
As with the stately thistle where taller leaf stalks form at base of the plant and dainty flower heads adorn tips of the stalks, the lace leaf and flower motifs in this knitted stole transition from taller to shorter.
Believe it or not, this complex-looking lace is based on a motif of just 10 stitches by 14 rows (of which only 7 rows are actual patterning with the other 7 rows being easy 'rest' rows of plain purling!). The elegance is in the different way the motif is arranged and repeated in the stole — the knitting is easy yet continues to be interesting throughout the project.
Select a yarn as soft as thistle down in colors of Scotch thistle as shown, or anything that delights your knitterly senses. Or get the original -- Anne from Schaefer Yarns. It is even possible to get the yarn in the original colorwa,y now renamed "Gloria Steinem". We often have it in stock though it sells fast -- email me if you would like to do a special order.
The stole is knitted in two pieces, then joined at the middle by an easy method that does not require grafting. The resulting seam is nearly invisible to all but the most discerning eye.
Finished size 15" by 60". 550 yards fingering weight yarn. Size 6 US (4 mm) needles suggested or size to give blocked gauge of 5½ stitches per inch over lace pattern. Shown in Schaefer Yarns Anne 60% merino wool superwash / 25% mohair / 15% nylon.
Click on the photo to the right to see details. Lovely, no?
We do not currently have any Anne dyed in the colorway as shown here, the violets and greens. However, we have some absolutely gorgeous Anne in other colorways that we think would look superb. Just put Anne in the Search engine and see what is currently in stock.
Anne is one of our favorite yarns -- it feels amazingly delicious -- and this pattern is perfect for it.