So I was quite intrigued when I completed the Scottswood Stole recently to be told that stoles and wraps are key fashion accessory this year! And not only that, but the colour choice is also perfect too, with Pantone’s "Amethyst Orchid" being one of this season's highlights. How's that for being fashion forward?
I started working on this stole when we were visiting Japan recently and the first rows were cast on sitting on the wooden step where the poet Matsuo Basho wrote some of his most famous poems. Since he lived in the 17th Century and here we are in the 21st, that's quite a timespan this project has seen!
I used Knit Picks Andean Treasure baby alpaca yarn for the purple wrap in the photo above. This is a sportweight yarn and has a beautifully soft halo.
The pattern features a lovely reversible stitch called Square Lattice from our book, Reversible Knitting Stitches. The stitch has two contrasting looks: one side has echoes of a traditional woven cloth while the other has a modern cubist feel, giving it great versatility.
So who do you know who deserves some extra luxury this season (yourself included)? The instructions include three different sizes so you can choose just the right one for the person you have in mind. For more information about the Scottswood Stole please click here. The pattern is available for immediate download from the site, so you can get make a start right away.
And if you’re counting, this is now the ninth in the 12-part “Knitting Ahead” series! If you would like to see the start of the series and review them all, then please click here to go to the first blogpost, then follow the links at the bottom of each page until you get back here.
Winter solitude –
in a world of one colour,
the sound of the wind.
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
Until nest time – Happy Knitting!
Last Blogpost: For him – The Grantchester Scarf
Next Up: Cushions for the deep mid-winter
Our book: Reversible Knitting Stitches
My Website: www.wyndlestrawdesigns.com
Many thanks to my husband Tim for his photograph of Matsuo Basho's house at Konpuku-ji in Kyoto. If you would like to see more of his work, please see his Flickr page here, and if you would like to see more photos of places I like to knit, then please click here.