Free Pattern: Lillie of the Valley Stole
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Last year, I took an Estonian lace knitting class from Nancy Bush. We learned how to knit the Lilly of the Valley pattern and make nupps (Estonian bobbles). I got so addicted to knitting this stitch, which is quite easy to memorize, that I went home, rolled some Koigu into balls and started knitting. When my stole was longer than I am tall, I decided I’d better finish it off and add a border. I didn’t have much of the main color yet, so I picked out a contrasting “almost solid” color to coordinate.
Approx 19″ wide by 64″ long, blocked
MC: 6 skeins of Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) Multis, 100% Premium Merino Wool, 50g/176yds
CC: 3 skeins of Koigu Premium Merino (KPM) Solids, 100% Premium Merino Wool, 50g/176yds
Size 3 US (3.25 mm) straight and 32″-long circular needles
A few yards of scrap yarn
4 stitch markers, 1 in a contrasting color
Size E-4 US (3.5 mm) crochet hook for provisional CO
1 rep of Chart A (Lilly of the Valley Stitch) = approx 2-½” wide by 4″ tall, blocked
Slip first st of every row with yarn in front as if to purl. Knit last st of every row through back loop. This will create a smooth, chain along the edges of the knitting, making it easier to pick up stitches for the border.
With crochet hook and scrap yarn, chain approx 85 sts.
With MC and straight needles, pick up 77 sts in the bumps on the back of the crochet chain.
Row 1 (RS): Sl1, knit to last st, k1-tbl.
Rep row 1 another 5 times.
Set up pattern
Row 1 (RS): Sl1, k2, place marker (pm), work chart A row 1 across to last 3 sts, pm, k2, k1-tbl.
Row 2 (WS): Sl2, k2, slip marker (sm), k1, chart A row 2 across to last 3 sts, sm, k2, k1-tbl.
Tip: The purl in the chart acts as a marker between pattern reps.
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Free Pattern: Lillie of the Valley Stole by Donna Druchunas is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at sheeptoshawl.com.