Thursday, June 03, 2010

Pattern Release: Stony Brook

Today I'm finally ready to reveal a project I've been working on since March: Stony Brook, a lace stole for summer.

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Pattern: Stony Brook, by Bonnie Sennott, available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy, color #016, Mild Green, 5 skeins
Needles: US4 and US6

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If you love lace but don't especially love handling wool or alpaca during sticky summer weather, here's a pattern for you. Stony Brook is a rectangular stole perfect for special occasions, cool evenings at the beach or Tanglewood, or for chilly offices and movie theaters. It's worked from one end to the other in sport or DK weight cotton or cotton blends (no grafting, no provisional cast on required).

The pattern offers instructions for three sizes: a scarf, a narrow stole (shown in the photographs), and a wide stole. Directions are given in both written and charted forms. Yardage estimates for each size and ideas for yarn substitutions are provided. The pattern also includes blocking instructions accompanied by detailed photos.

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I swatched with a variety of yarns while developing this pattern--some wools, some alpaca and silk blends, some cottons. Hands down, the Hempathy swatch was my favorite. It gives the stitch patterns a beautiful crispness and has a lovely drape as well. Cotton yarns often tire my hands, but I didn't have that problem with Hempathy, perhaps because it is a blend of cotton, hemp, and Modal.

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The pattern takes its name from Stony Brook on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, where the photos were taken. Many thanks to the ever-lovely Jackie for her patient modeling (despite having a sore back!) and to Jenny for her expert and amazingly quick editing.

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Amy said...

It's completely lovely and so great for summer!

Jenny said...

I especially love the scalloped edges, just the right amount, not too extreme. Stony Brook Creek was the perfect setting for your nice photos.


Lee-Ann said...

wow that looks so super....

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Simple and lovely! Beautiful stole, and beautiful knitting.

adrienne *+*(^_^) +*+ said...

OO I love it. It's going on my queue. I'm knitting with my eyes lately. I still have a crochet cardigan and the Gail shawl to finish. Hopefully I can start this shawl before summer is over.

Shelda said...

I'd been wondering about Hempathy for lace. It's really quite stunning. And the photos are gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

OOOOH. That's what I said when I first saw the picture. LOVE IT

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KnitNana said...

Oh my! I love it so much I went right out and bought it!
Thank you!!!

KPiep said...

Congratulations on another beautiful pattern!

Anonymous said...

Pretty! It definitely has that 'summer' look.

Karin said...

So gorgeous!! I don't know how I'm going to keep up with you. ;)

Batty said...

Love it! Airy, great stitch definition, and I bet it gets softer and even more gorgeous every time it's washed.