“Moon River, wider than a mile, I’m crossing you in style some day”
All the time I was knitting this stole that wonderful song from Breakfast at Tiffany’s was going round and round my head. The beads are optional, but combined with the stitch pattern they give the impression of moonlight sparkling on water.
One size: 60” x 20” approx
Valley Yarn Colrain Lace (Merino/Tencel; 1400 yards / ½ lb cone): Color: Ocean blue (#151137) – 1 cone
US#5 (3.75 mm): straight or 24” circular
Gauge is not crucial in the pattern, what is more important is that you like the look of the lace. The sample has a gauge of 1 lace pattern (10 sts) to 2” after wet blocking.
Size 0.6 mm crochet hook; markers; removable markers; 100g size 8 seed beads – color silver lined teal; waste yarn for provisional cast on.
Add bead: Slip a bead onto the shank of your crochet hook. Using the hook remove the st from the needle, slip the bead down over the yarn so that it rests at the base of the st. Place st back on needle and k.
The central part of the stole is knitted in one piece and then the border is knitted on afterwards. The beads are applied using a crochet hook.
Using US#5 (3.75mm) needles CO 76 sts using a lace cast so as to ensure that it will stretch when blocking.
Row 1: Sl1, purl to end
Row 2: Sl1,*yo, K2tog* repeat from * until 1 st rem, k1
Row 3: Sl1, purl to end
Row 4: Sl1, yo, k2tog, work Row 1 of Scroll Chart 7 times, k1, yo, ssk.
Row 5: Sl1, purl to end
Continue, working chart repeats as set until you have worked 18 vertical repeats.
Next Row: Sl1,*yo, K2tog* repeat from * until 1 st rem, k1
Final Row: Sl1, purl to end
Bind off using a stretchy bind off (the decrease bindoff is a great one ). Using a scrap of yarn or a safety pin mark the 4th slipped st at the top of the left-hand side of the main body with the RS facing.
To join the edging to the main body, when you encounter this symbol on the chart, slip the next st purlwise (this will be the last st on your needle – we’ll call this stitch A), pickup the next slipped st from the body of the stole and place it on your left needle (we’ll call this stitch B). Return stitch A to the left needle and purl together A and B tbl.
Using waste yarn and a provisional cast on, CO 14 sts. Using the main yarn work Row 1 of the edging chart. On the second row join the border to the main body of the stole as describedabove, starting at the next slipped st above the marker on the LH side of the stole. Work your way up the side of the stole, when you reach the last 4 slipped sts at the other end, work the corner as follows:
Work 1 join into the next slipped st, work 2 joins into the next 3 slipped sts.
Work 7 joins into the corner of the stole
Work 2 joins into the next 3 sts after the corner, work 1 join in the next slipped st.
Work across top of stole until you reach the last 4 sts, work the next corner as before.
Work around the rest of the stole as set until all 4 corners have been turned finishing with row 13 of the wave edging
Your work should meet perfectly, but if you are a few rows out you can compensate for this by working fewer or more double joins on the last corner to ensure that you finish with the correct row. Leave the sts on the needle, unzip the provisional co and graft together the two edges of the border in St st.
Wet block the stole to the given dimensions. You may find it easier to pin out the center portion using blocking wires to get a crisp finish and then use pins to pin out the undulations in the border to your satisfaction
About the Designer: Janine LeCras
Janine Le Cras, lives works and windsurfs on the small island of Guernsey in the middle of the English Channel. When she is not knitting, spinning or designing she can usually be found on her favorite beach sailing over the waves.
Pattern and images © 2009 Janine LeCras.