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Cartouche Stole


Cartouche Stole

I was paging through Japanese stitch dictionaries and found the main pattern used in this shawl.  It reminded me of an Egyptian cartouche and I visualized it in a deeper vibrant red.  That design, the Cartouche Shawl, was published in Knitty, Winter 2011.

I received a number of requests for a rectangular version using these stitch patterns.  The Cartouche Stole is worked in two sections, beginning with a provisional cast on in the centre back. The stitch patterns flow seamlessly one into another.  To accomplish this, transitional charts are used.  These are marked as such and must be followed with extra care as stitch patterns are altered to flow into the next design.

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Skill Level: Advanced

Cartouche Stole edging
Yarn: 1,460 (2,281) yards/1,335 (2,086) meters of merino or wool fingering weight yarn that knits up to 8 sts/inch.

Shown In:
Medium – Koigu ‘Lace Merino’, (292 yards/267 meters; 100% merino; 1.76 oz/50 grams per skein), 5 skeins in L3011.

Needle: 2 US #2/2.75 mm circular needles, 32 – 40”/80 – 100 cm or size to obtain gauge.  The second needle is used only for the cast on.

Finished Size (stretched and blocked):
Medium Stole – 16.25”/41.28 cm wide by 67”/170.18 cm long
Large Stole – 22.5”/57.15 cm wide by 84”/213 cm long

Cartouche Stole image

Other Possible Yarns:

  • Malabrigo Yarn ‘Sock’, (440 yards/402 meters; 100% merino; 3.53 oz/100 grams per skein).
  • Indigodragonfly ‘MerGoat Lace’, (630 yards/576 meters; 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 4.06 oz/115 grams per skein).
  • Lotus Yarns ‘Miya’, (330 yards/302 meters; 70% mink, 20% merino, 10% silk; 1.76 oz/50 grams per skein).
  • Jade Sapphire Exotic Fibres ‘Lacey Lamb’, (825 yards/754 meters; 100% wool; 1.94 oz/55 grams per skein).
  • Swans Island ‘Natural Colors Merino Fingering’, (525 yards/480 meters; 100% merino; 3.53 oz/100 grams per skein).
  • Miss Babs ‘Yet’, (400 yards/366 meters; 65% merino, 35% silk; 2.29 oz/65 grams per skein).

Cartcouche Stole worn as scarf

Other Tools:

  • Stitch markers 11 (14)
  • Cable needles (2)
  • Waste yarn
  • Fine cotton thread in contrasting colour for life-lines
  • Tapestry needle
  • Glow line tape (to mark current row on chart/instructions – optional)
  • Blocking wires and Tpins

Skills Required:

  • Increasing and decreasing
  • Following charts
  • Cables
  • Lace
  • Blocking

Pattern is 19 pages. Charts are on pages 9-13. Written instructions for charts are on pages 14-19.

Stitch detail of Cartouche Stole

Photographer: Shawn Miller, Distractions in Focus
Model: Jen
Tech Editor: Jenn Wisbeck

Hard (paper) copies of this pattern may be available from your local yarn shop. Please contact them for more details.

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