Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Old Shale Stole

I tried the Lacy Shawl pattern and simply could not get on with it. I can do the pattern but every so often I lost count and had to unravel after 4 times I decided to give up on it and tried a different pattern but did not like the large holes it created in the lace pattern.
Personally I don't like large hole lace patterns and I don't like the drop stitch ones either many do like them but I don't so I had a think and decided to go with Old Shale again.
This time I chose a plain DK yarn and it is working out really nicely.

I love deep red so went with that and it seems to show up the pattern really well I have a large 500g ball so hopefully that will be large enough to create a stole long enough for me.

Yes that is the same yarn and the same needle with the Old Shale pattern both pictures taken on the same day in the same place, weird how the camera distorts colours.

My pattern is this

CO 114 sts on 4mm needles  ( this is 18+6)

Row 1  Knit across the row

Row 2  K3 Purl across to last 3 stitches K3

Row 3   K3, * K2 tog  3 times, (YO, K1) 6 times, K2 tog 3times Repeat from * end with K3

Row 4 Knit across row

Repeat these 4 rows until you have the length you want BO on Row 1

Some people call it Feather and Fan but I found that there is a difference, Old Shale uses an  18 stitch  repeat  whilst Feather and Fan is a 14 stitch repeat.

This site shows the difference between the two patterns.
Feather and Fan versus Old Shale

I love the Old Shale pattern so went with this, it is easy to do and looks lovely no fringe is needed and the overall look is just what I want.

I have made blankets with this pattern and even scarves and they all look different as I have used different yarns and colours. So as the pattern is so versatile I am using it again and make no apologises for doing so.

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