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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