Gentle Breezes Stole
HeartStrings knitting pattern #H86
Picture early morning walks on the beach and looking out over gently breaking waves through the morning haze.
The ends of the stole are a wide lace border reminiscent of breaking waves. Beads give a glint of sunlight off the waves. The main lace stitch pattern gives the feel of breezes and the gentle swells of the ocean.
Fittingly, for the sample shown I chose a gently variegated gray/blue/green yarn in a color called Ocean Breeze. But feel free to choose yarn and bead colors to match the picture story you imagine of gentle breezes on a morning or evening walk.
Beading detail of Gentle Breezes Stole
The story unfolds at the Jackie E-S Blog about the inspiration for Gentle Breezes and the design process from concept to completion.
Finished Size 16" by 80" (40.64 cm by 203.2 cm) outer measurements after blocking
Yarn 1 skein Sandrasingh.com Lace (100% merino wool, single ply lace gauge, 950 yds/3.5 oz, shown in color Ocean Breeze; or 850 yards in your choice of lace weight yarn (Note: A Kit with Pattern and Sandrasingh.com Lace yarn is available at Sandrasingh.com)
Gauge 20 stitches x 24.5 rows = 4" (10 cm) over lace patterns blocked
Knitting Needles Size US 6 (4 mm) suggested
For Beading (optional) 952 size 8/0 (3 mm diameter) glass seed beads, approximately 25 g; shown in Miyuki color #536 Turquoise Ceylon; needle for stringing beads
Tapestry needle for grafting and finishing ends
Blocking board; rust-proof blocking wires/pins
Skill Level Intermediate or confident advanced beginner
Stitch Instructions Written and charted
Skills Needed Knit, purl, yarn over, cast on, grafting, stringing beads (optional)
Overview of Construction
Begins with 2 identical "Breaking Waves" border pieces knitted separately (if using beads, the beads are strung onto the yarn before knitting each border); one border piece continues in the main area pattern "Gentle Swells" for the body of the stole, then is grafted to other border piece
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