This pattern includes instructions on how to choose five yarns which complement one another in texture and color, but which do not match. On all of the Party Stoles that I have knit, I used two ribbon yarns, one brushed mohair and two other yarns of different textures.
This is the easiest wrap yet. One yarn per row, knit stitches only with a grand total of a dozen increases in the whole piece, easy fringe. The whole piece is carried by the yarns, and there is subtle shaping at the top edge to keep it from falling off as you reach for something while wearing it.
It looks like it is woven from a distance. It’s light enough to scrunch up and act like it’s a big scarf under a winter coat, but it’s fluffy enough to wear indoors in the summer against air conditioning. I just loooove mine.
Gauge: This pattern does not require a specific number of rows/stitches per inch. Test stoles measured 8–15 st. in 4" (or 10cm), 12–17 rows/4". My stoles are 11–17"/28–43cm wide & 40–47"/102–119cm long not counting fringe. Because of the large gauge, final size strongly depends on the tension of the bind–off (i.e., a looser bind–off makes it longer/not as wide).
Needle Size: Dense–to–average knitters use one each of sizes 11, 10.5 & 9 US (8/6.5/5.5mm) circular needles, with at least a 24" (preferably over 30"/76cm) cable. Relaxed knitters may step down to sizes 10.5, 10, & 8 US (6.5/6/5mm), for denser fabric.
Yarn: One skein/ball each of these types of yarns, at least 66yd/61m each for a minimum of 11–12" (28–30.5cm); 100yd/92 m each for larger stole, approx. 17"(43cm) neck to edge.
1. Multicolored ribbon yarn. I prefer ¼" (6mm) ribbon yarns for a smooth, drapey fabric. I have occasionally used up to ¾" (2cm) ribbon which makes a more dramatic look, and takes a bit more yardage.
2. Second ribbon yarn. Solid or multi, "railroad" or smooth; ¼" to ½" (6–12mm) wide.
3. Fuzzy yarn. I prefer brushed mohair in a worsted weight, because of the lightweight texture/spring it provides to the final product. Some novelty yarns will work.
4. Second fuzzy yarn. In two stoles, I used a "synthetic mohair" which is fuzzy but drapey (soft nylon eyelash). In one I chose a DK–weight angora.
5. Dressy–textured yarn (not two–ply casual sweater yarn). Try a cabled (tube like) structure, chain, singles (one ply), bouclé (loop) or rickrack structure.
Consider choosing colors in an analogous color scheme (several colors next to one another in the color wheel).
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