Stole Happy

I’ve been on a stole kick lately. Seems like such a great convertible type of project – use it as a wrap with a sleeveless dress or top, or if you just aren’t feeling that fancy, bunch it up as a scarf! One of my recent stole knits is The Pebbly Lace Mesh Wrap by Krista Werbil. I wanted to wear this with that red strapless dress on a fall cruise. Besides one glaring mistake in the lace to keep me humble, I was happy with my work, but it’s no surprise that I found knitting with black laceweight yarn um… challenging. Okay, I was honestly ready to throw the dumb thing out the window a couple of times. The pattern is simple and straight forward, but struggling with that slippery, difficult to see yarn really tried both my eyesight and my patience. I felt pretty fed up with the entire project – until blocking. I’ve decided that the blocking of lace is absolute magic. When I took this difficult little black tangle off the blocking wires, it was transformed into a wispy piece of heaven that settled light as a feather on my shoulders. This one was truly worth all the trouble.

I wrote about my next stole, or at least the yarn for the stole, once before in A Cast On Quandary – What Would You Do? posted last January. The comments indicated that Juno Regina by Mirium Felton was the most popular pattern for that scrumptious handspun so I dutifully cast it on, and knit – and knit – and knit some more. Those lace ends work up super quickly, which gives you confidence that you’ll be able to whip this project right out, but that 40+ inch piece in the middle requires a little more devotion and persistence. If you’re willing to tuck it in your workbasket and take it on as a longer term project, this pattern will reward you handsomely with a versatile accessory. As a scarf or a stole, paired with a dress or a tee shirt, my handspun Juno is already a favorite.

I really do plan on weaving in that loose end.




  1. says

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Love them both, but am partial to the Juno Regina. I’m into making small things at the moment, but this might be a good one to put on my “want to make” list.

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