Thursday, 2 December 2010
The curves and angles of the lace patterns in this stole evoke opulent architectural forms, and the combination of black yarn and red beads is darkly romantic. So I have named it after the ultimate gothic ruin: the Castle of Otranto, the namesake of the very first gothic novel, published by Horace Walpole in 1764. But you need not confine yourself to my literary tastes: make it in grey, with nupps instead of beads, for the castle of The Mysteries of Udolpho or the Arthurian Camelot; make it in green for the woodland palaces of Lothlórien or Rivendell in The Lord of The Rings; or make it in pink with blue beads to gratify your inner Disney princess. Whatever your fairy-tale proclivities, this is the stole to make you feel like royalty.
This pattern is available to buy for £5 online: you can download the PDF from Ravelry or direct from here using PayPal. It's also available as a real-life copy exclusively from Sweet Clement at knitting shows. I made a nupp sample in her Olive colourway, and it's truly gorgeous. The nupp version shown here is a test-knit by Em, in Knit Picks laceweight.