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Monday, May 16, 2011

Fiori Stole

As mentioned before, I've already had some yarn in my stash earmarked for this flower stole for myself.
photo by NikkisStudio
I had a couple of skeins of Cherry Tree Hill Pima Bunny Bulky (80% cotton, 20% angora; 155 yds/142 m per 3.5 oz/100 g; bulky/12 ply/7 wpi) in Boysenberry and Sunnyside that would make for a bright Spring time stole.

But because I had only two different colorways I did some experimenting with different layouts and eventually settled on a 2-color triangular shape. I ended up with 15 multi-colored flowers and 10 solid-colored flowers (a total of 5 motifs less than for the original rectangular shape).

photo by NikkisStudio
It knit up so quickly that I was done in about 3 days plus 2 days for finishing and blocking. Dang, now that was fast! :D

And just in time to take the stole out for a spin at the Denver Botanic Gardens for a photo op. Besides enjoying a beautiful Spring day outdoors I got stopped multiple times and was asked about the stole. How neat is that? :D

And as it turns out, I only needed about 1.25 skeins (~200 yds) of the multi-colored yarn and just a tad more than a single skein (~170 yds) of the solid color for a total of ~370 yards and for a triangle measuring about ~58" x 33"!

Now that is a bargain and I have plenty of yarn left to make a 2nd stole or to make something different.

LOVE it!

And all of this started out with my little test swatch in Patons Grace  (100% cotton; 136 yds/124 m per 1/75 oz/50 g; sport/5 ply/12 wpi) in colors that haven't been chosen so far for either project I've knit.

photo by NikkisStudio
I did have to adjust the stitch count a bit for my two projects to account for the different yarn weight but it kept the overall shape and feel very well... perhaps there will be a Patons Grace stole coming along in the future...?

1 comment:

tjf said...

Hey Daniela! I just read your last blog entry and the stole came out beautifully! I love the motif designs. I also really like the Pebble and Reed Tunic. You are adding projects to my "want to knit" list. Hope to see you this week!