It is with great pleasure I introduce to you a very special Sandrasingh.com Exclusive Pattern, the very first beaded lace project, Gentle Breezes stole by HeartStrings!
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 Sandrasingh.com Exclusive Pattern Gentle Breezes is knit in one skein of my Sandrasingh.com 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
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)
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
Other Notions Tapestry needle for grafting and finishing ends, Blocking board; rust-proof blocking wires/pins
Skill Level Intermediate
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.