Sunday, February 28, 2010

Flower Power pooling stole

I took on the challenge of designing a new pattern from scratch for the Ravelympics. What do you think?

(Note: If you're new to the pooling technique, please read the first pattern in this series to get a good idea of how to figure out where your yarn will pool.)

Using an "e" or backwards loop cast-on, cast on 84 stitches onto a US7 needle. Please see my previous posts about figuring out your own "magic number" to cast on, depending on your tension on the needles you've chosen.

Knit garter stitch for 6 rows.

Start working with the charts below. The stitches in yellow are your garter edging. My edging had 2 edge stitches on either side (4 total), but your edging will be different depending on your stitch tension, so please add or subtract stitches as you need to.

(Click on the charts to get them in a larger, more printable size, or download a PDF with the charts from google docs.)

There are five charts. The only difference between the charts is the bead placement — depending on where you want to place the beads in your stole. I did randomly coloured bead-flowers for the flowers in the first three repeats, then solid bead-flowers, randomly placed in the body of the stole. (Chart 1, then chart 2, then chart 1 again.)

As a bonus: the solid bead-flowers look like single Olympic rings, which was a rather nice piece of synchronicity, as this was also my Knitting Olympics project.

End with a Row 1.

Knit garter stitch for 6 rows.

Bind off very loosely using a sewn bindoff, to maintain the pooling.

Block and pin out the stole.


Chris said...

That is GORGEOUS. Are you going to do a book?? You really should.

heidi said...

it's really very pretty!!

Cindy said...

So cool and so beautiful. You are one very clever lady.

Life's a Stitch said...

I MUST try one of those.