Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Definitely Diagonal Stole finished!!

Hi all! Wow, 2 patterns posted on the same day! I finished the Definitely Diagonal Stole, and I do love it. It is a great pattern for stash-busting, and also because it is adjustable for both petite and ample women. And, there is no shawl-point directing attention to the posterior!!

I hope you all enjoy this pattern, and as always, comments are appreciated!

(Yes, that is me with no makeup, and with my eyes closed. You are supposed to be looking at the Stole!!)

Definitely Diagonal Stole

I used size 8 32-inch circulars
20 oz. stash yarn--I sorted my worsted weight light and medium colors. It works better if you have a yarn 'theme'. Pastels, earthy, darks, jewel tones, or monochromatic. Cut all the yarn into pieces from 12 inches to 3 yds. Tie them LOOSELY end to end and roll balls. As you get to each 'knot', untie it, knit 4 stitches using both strands. This is an easy way to make your color transitions. Periodically, pull all of your yarn ends to the wrong side. Even rows are wrong side.
4 oz. anchor yarn. My anchor was a smoky gray worsted weight. This makes the shawl look more put together, less 'knit in a dark closet'! lol This is all done in garter stitch.

Cast on 1 stitch with stash yarn.
Row 1: Knit in front and back of same stitch. This is KFB, and is your increase stitch.
Row 2: Slip first stitch as if to purl, with yarn in BACK. KFB.
Row 3: Slip first stitch as if to purl, with yarn in BACK. KFB. Knit 1.
Row 4: Slip first stitch as if to purl, with yarn in BACK. Knit to last 2 stitches. KFB. Knit 1.
Repeat row 4 until you have done 30 rows. Then attach 'anchor' yarn and continue in pattern of increasing by KFB at end of each row for 6 rows.
The pattern now will be 30 rows of stash yarn, 6 rows of 'anchor' yarn, then repeat. Do this until one leg of the stole measures 24 inches. (If you want the stole more narrow, have this measurement be how narrow you want it) A leg is the part of the stole NOT on the needles.
When you get to 24 inches, end on an even-numbered row.
On next row, an odd-numbered row, slip first stitch as if to purl with yarn in BACK, and place marker. Knit to last 3 stitches. K2TOG (decrease). K1.
Even-numbered rows: Slip first stitch as if to purl with yarn in BACK, knit to last 2 stitches. KFB (increase). K1.
Odd-numbered rows: Slip first stitch as if to purl with yarn in BACK, knit to last 3 stitches. K2TOG. K1.
Repeat these two rows until the long edge of the stole measures 75 inches. You will know when to increase and when to decrease by your little marker. If the marker is there, increase. If the marker is not there, decrease.
At the same time, you are gonna keep up the color changes between stash yarn and 'anchor'yarn, 30 rows of stash, 6 rows of anchor.
When the stole measures 75 inches, work each row as follows: Slip first stitch as if to purl with yarn in BACK. Knit to last 3 stitches. K2TOG. K1. Remove marker when you come to it.
Keep decreasing until you get to 2 or 3 stitches. K all together. To finish, either weave in all your little ends (oh my!) or cut the ends, all pulled through to the wrong side, to about 1/4 inch. I dab a little soft fray check on ends to keep them on the wrong side if I am working with acrylic, as it tends to slip. Just a LITTLE bit. Wool sticks to itself enough to not be a problem usually.
Anyway, enjoy! If there are any questions, comments or corrections, please let me know.
© COPYRIGHT 2007 All Rights Reserved by Cathy Brose-please do not post this pattern to another list, or sell for profit. It is perfectly fine to post the link to this pattern.


Melanie said...

I love your stole. I have been searching for just the right pattern as I don't care much for pointy shawls. Thanks for sharing, it's beautiful!

hakucho said...

Very pretty...would make a very nice prayer shawl!

happy knitting :)

Karen T. said...

I love this one too! I love that it is truly "one size fits all!" I meant to say in my last comment, that I like how you communicate the pattern. It is easier to understand for me than many I have seen! You are truly talented! Karen T. from Dishcloth KAL

Stef said...

Very purty! (I'm catching up on AmpleKnitters right now.)