Monday, 6 October 2014

Millefeuilles: a leaf-lace stole

As the nights draw in, the mornings grow dimmer, and the leaves begin to turn, I find myself searching for a splash of colour to brighten my office outfit and provide an extra dash of warmth against the chill. Millefeuilles was designed to fit this brief: a shallow crescent shawl or stole knit form tip-to-tip so that you can use every metre of that beautiful single skein.

Carefully shaped lace patterns begin and end this stole, so that the scarf grows out of the leafy design, and finishes neatly with an asymmetrical point.

With full charts and written directions, this scarf is a perfect project for the Autumn, whether as a special project for yourself or as a plan for Christmas gifting. While it may look complex, the main lace chart is a straightforward ten rows, and worked over the 26 stitch border, maintains interest throughout the length of the stole.

Samples were knit in Fyberspates Rural Charm 4ply and Juno Fibre Arts Buffy Sock, but any 100g skein of fingering-weight yarn with a little drape would work. Consider using luxurious fibres or pure wool to make the most of the skein you have, or pick something new that isn't too tightly spun or springy. I'm making another, just for me, in Eden Cottage Yarns Copper Bucket, and would recommend their Tempo or BFL Sock base.


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