Thursday, April 5, 2012

Introducing Gentle Breezes

What type of knitter will you be this Spring? Will you challenge yourself to advance your lace knitting skills and try beading for the first time?

It is with great pleasure I introduce to you a very special Exclusive Pattern, the very first beaded lace project, Gentle Breezes stole by HeartStrings!

Gentle Breezes

Picture early morning walks on the beach and looking out over gently breaking waves through the morning haze, this is HeartStrings' Gentle Breezes stole. A Exclusive Pattern Gentle Breezes is knit in one skein of my Lace.

The ends of the stole are done in 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 Heartstings 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.

Finished Size 16" by 80" (40.64 cm by 203.2 cm) outer measurements after blocking
1 skein 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)

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

Other Notions
Tapestry needle for grafting and finishing ends
, Blocking board; rust-proof blocking wires/pins
Skill Level

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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