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  • I’ve been eyeing the candle flame shawl at knitpicks, and it’s a free pattern! I like that it’s not too open so you can enjoy the softness that is the seasilk and also not too busy of a pattern. Good Luck!

  • The Morning Glory stole at http://knitspot.com/ looks lovely – definitely no shades of JP-DS there.

  • Wendy made a gorgeous wrap from Sea Silk and can be found on her site for free – it’s the fir cone wrap found here: http://wendyknits.net/knit/FirConeWrap.pdf

  • Anne’s Starlight Wrap. Very pretty!

  • I am so relieved to hear there is a name for this affliction and that there are others out there. I’m getting verklempt.
    Fiber Trends S-2009 Estonian Garden
    is lovely, it is written for a laceweight.
    Fiber Trends AC-50 Baltic Sea Stole is for a heavier than laceweight, sportweight maybe?
    What gauge is that yarn?

  • Sarcelle by Kristi Geraci! I have absolutely no idea how appropriate your yarn would be for that, but it’s a gorgeous pattern.

  • How about the Lily of the Valley pattern in Lace Style? I got the book yesterday and its the nicest pattern in there. And distinctly youthful looking 🙂

  • Hi Kay!
    I may have the solution to your problem – check out the Arctic Diamonds Stole in the Winter 2006 Issue of Interweave (pg. 110). It’s a gorgeous pattern, exerpted from the Arctic Lace book. And wow would it look lovely in white!
    Thanks for your comment about Jemima Puddle-Duck – I laughed for five minutes straight! My fiance, though very impressed with my forays into lace knitting, often wonders whether I’m “undermining my youth” by wearing them. My solution? Hot shoes.
    Thanks for your blog and great book – I’m currently making the Baby Kimono and a whole pile of linen hand towels for engaged friends.

  • I nominate the Morning Glory Wrap over at knitspot.

  • How about Eunny’s Print of the Wave Stole? My needles are itching for it…

  • I’ve been pondering Luna Moth shawl (http://www.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=207024) and yes, it is triangular but the pattern could easily be adapted to something long and slender. I am currently knitting it and it’s keeping me on my toes, i just can’t get into the groove of predicting the pattern. With sea silk too! Of course i can use more.

  • I am a novice when it comes to yarn substitutions but I think Eunny Jangs “Print o’ the Waves Shawl” would be beautiful.

  • I’m working on the Lace Poncho from IK, but I’m not going to sew it up so instead of a poncho it will be a stole. (Being on the short side I too fear JP-DS, I just never knew there was a medical term for it.) 🙂 Besides being online and free, this pattern also includes a chart, which is pretty much a necessity for me.

  • It may not work with Sea Silk, but I’d like to nominate “Hanami” because I think it’s one of the most gorgeous and yet do-able patterns out there. At least, I think so – I haven’t started mine yet.
    Whatever you make will be beautiful!

  • Try the “Cozy” shawl from the fall 2004 issue of Knitty magazine:

  • I always wondered about my preference for stoles over shawls, now at last I know it has a name…
    You are a Rowanette – what about River from Book 38?

  • I second Sarcelle. (Say it ten times fast.)

  • Knitty’s Cozy?

  • I second the morning glory wrap at knitspot. I think it would look beautiful in that yarn and color.

  • I think a vertical drop stitch pattern worked over a stole’s width of stitches would be beautiful and very un Tiggy-Wiggle. The stitch pattern can be found here: http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/lucia/375
    I consider adding an edging, may be, dare I say a fringe??
    Good Luck!

  • Kiri…. But I like the luna moth pattern!

  • How about the Kimono shawl from Folk Shawls? I’m knitting for my mom and it’s very simple and quite gorgeous. If you chose it, let me know, I’ve got the chart in a .pdf file.

  • I just finished a prayer shawl for my daughter in DK weight cotton, which was simply 10 rows (5 ridges) of garter stitch then a row of K2 *yo, k2 tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Then I added fringe to both short ends.

  • Have you checked out Anne’s designs yet at Knit Spot? She has a couple of wonderful stoles.

  • Try Interweave Knits Spring 2007 Clementine Shawlette…not too large, built in ties on the ends, perfect for shoulder draping, and listed as “great for lace beginners”. Not saying you are a beginner, but for someone who enjoys garter stitch as much as you do…simple may be especially appealing. I know you preferred online patterns, but you must have the current IK issue at your fingertips, right? For a quick look online, scroll down at the http://www.interweaveknits.com home page.
    Did I mention I have never knit with silk?

  • I just order Morning Glory wrap from Anne at Knitspot. Absolutely gorgeous. Pictures on her blog at Knitspot (opps, had to correct from Knitspit… wonder if that is a blog too. ) C:

  • Grumperina made a gorgeous scarf out of Sea Silk, the Melon Scarf from Victorian Lace Today. I think the pattern and the yarn go perfectly together. She modified hers to make it more narrow and scarf-like; the original pattern is more of a stole. Also, her scarf is one skein of yarn, and you have two, so you should have plenty of yarn. I don’t think that stole could make anyone look anything other than classy.

  • How about Anne’s (Knitspot again) Japanese Feather Stole – I think the organic pattern would look lovely in the seasilk.

  • May I recommend the Lattice Lace Wrap. It’s simple and yet very elegant. I think it would look beautiful in the yarn you plan on using.
    Many wishes of joy as you knit for a friend!

  • Oh, poor Jemima Puddle-duck; sweet but foolish. Did you know her name in French is Sophie Canetang? So elegant!
    ps: acute accent on the “e” in her surname, but American keyboards won’t do it.

  • Baltic Sea Stole! Folk Shawls! So pretty!

  • http://www.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=elann%2Ecom+Sonata+Print&Cat=&ProductType=5&Count=2
    This is a feather and fan shawl shown in Elann’s own Sonata print. It’s two long rectangles of F&F that come together at an angle. Yes, it’s a little triangle-ish, BUT you can put that point on your shoulder at a jaunty angle and have a really cool wrap. It’s all in the wearing with this style–shawl-ish, wrap-ish, front-covering, whatever.

  • The Alpine Knit Scarf from Victorian Lace today–I’m nearly finished with mine and it’s working up lovely.

  • I second the recommendation for the Clementine Shawlette. I did one with a single skein of Sea Silk (pictures at http://tinyurl.com/2qhu6r) and wore it last night to a dinner. It’s just perfect, and not at all stodgy, with those clever little pieces in the front. If I had two skeins of Sea Silk, I’d keep increasing at the beginning to make a wider one — more stole than shawlette.

  • Heehee, Stole Train! I love it!

  • Well, it’s in a book, but I love the Maltese Shawl in Victorian Lace Today – a distinctive but not too hard lace pattern.
    We all know STR (Socks that Rock) but I think we should acknowledge KAAR( Kay and Ann Rock!)

  • Ooh! I like the Estonian Garden shawl by Fiddlesticks or the Evening in Eden shawl by Cabin Fever. They are both rectangles. 🙂

  • I’m about to start on a Myrtle Leaf shawl from Victorian Lace Today. It’s my favorite stole pattern right now.
    ~Libby P.

  • Here are two that I would like to try. First one is at LionBrand, so you have to be registered to see it, but it’s a free pattern:
    The other is just beautiful and, while large, is lacy and probably adjustable:

  • I made the Sarcelle stole from Knitters Anonymous for my mommy for her 50th birthday and she loves it. I loved knitting it; it’s a very fun lace pattern. Easy to adjust width and length for different gauge and yarn amounts, too!

  • do something simple to show off the yarn–I like feather and fan.

  • Speaking of Anne at Knitspot, I have been itching to try the Obstacles shawl. I just downloaded her catalog and had NO IDEA it was 53 pages long. I hope lots of knitters head over to Knitspot and download and buy after reading these comments!

  • I love my Clapotis that I made last year. http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTclapotis.html
    I made mine with Rowan’s Handknit DK Cotton in a pretty chartreuse green.

  • I feel the same way about triangles, so I was thrilled to find this:
    A list of rectangular shawl patterns!

  • Jemima Puddleduck. You put that so well. You know my thoughts on this subject. Happy weekend! x

  • From a book, but Victorian Lace Today has a lot of gorgeous rectangles, some of which have exciting names like “Large Rectangle.” I’m working on two, right now: the Large Rectangle in leaf and trellis pattern with trellis border (although I’ve run out of yarn and need to figure out a different border), and the Alpine knit scarf with double rose leaf center pattern and diamond border. Both are beautiful and interesting to knit. The Alpine scarf has the advantage of knitting the border at the same time as the center, so there’s no real worry about running out of yarn and having to change the border.

  • If you can beg, borrow, or steal a copy of Victorian Lace Today, the Victorian Ruby Shawl is gorgeous in Seasilk. I did one in the Melon colorway on US#6’s and it shows off the yarn beautifully. Plus, with the drop-stitch pattern, it works up pretty quickly. Good luck… and have fun!

  • Here’s a pattern of my own making. It’s kinda popular at my LYS.
    I usually use Trendsetter’s Dune (then you cast on 44) but with Sea Silk’s gauge:
    CO 79
    RS: K4,P1 to last 4 st, K4
    WS: P4, K1, to last 4 st, P4
    Rep these 2 rows to desired length(with Dune, repeat until 4 skeins used with just enough left for BO), then:
    *BO4, Drop 1 all the way down* rep to last 4, BO4.
    Add Fringe if desired. (This pattern works well with just about any yarn, just know that what you knit is going to get wider after you drop the stitches.) With Dune, this takes 4 skeins, 5 if you’re adding fringe. Also, with Dune, since it’s mohair, when dropping the stitch down, have a small pair of sharp scissors handy. It’s very narcissistic, it grabs onto itself the whole way down. You can cut the little grabby fibers as you go.)
    It’s easy, quick and pretty! Hope you like it!

  • I vote for the Trellis Scarf in the Spring ’06 IK. Vury purty. It would work with Sea Silk, and you could make it bigger. Sarcelle’s a good pick as well.

  • What a coincidence! I find myself in possession of some Sea Silk and I too have been seeking a great rectangular stole pattern. Some lovely blogger took it upon herself to publish a directory of rectangular patterns, both free and for purchase. Here’s the link:
    I quite like the Pink Lemon Twist patterns.
    good luck!

  • The, erm, wossname scarf! The Seasilk Storm Water shawl (http://handmaiden.ca/kit_stormwatershawl.html ) – it’s so simple, the beauty of that yarn shines through.

  • I like the variation on print o’ the wave here:
    (scroll down)
    the border is a little less extravagent, which not only saves time and frustration at the end of the knitting, but also focuses attention on the “waves”

  • My Fir Cone Wrap is, coincidentally, made from 2 skeins of Sea Silk:

  • There are two lovely stoles in “A Gathering of Lace”, both a Russian-style and a sampler-stitch. Of course, my favorite from that book is the circular “Shetland Tea” shawl: circular shawls are so elegant and unexpected, no one could accuse the wearer of succumbing to “JP-DS”!
    And knitspot-Anne’s highly praised shawls would also go on my list, but many others have already nminated them.

  • Sarcelle, sarcelle! http://www.knitanon.com/blog/sarcelle.html I finished mine about 3 weeks ago and I wear it almost daily. And up to this point in my 28 years, I’ve never worn a shawl before. I knit mine out of Sangria Sea Silk (good thing you don’t type with a listhp!) and it is truly a thing of beauty.

  • Here is one that I like! Can’t wait to see what you end up doing!

  • Vogue Knitting Fall 2005 (the Gypsy issue) has a great Meg Swansen stole pattern with a simple body and these great pointy borders on the ends. The pattern is also collected in “Vogue Knitting: Shawls on the go!”. That book has other interesting ideas, too, including a Clapotis-esque concoction with cables instead of stockinette sections. Very clean and modern looking.

  • I’m going to suggest the Field of Flowers scarf pattern from http://www.heirloom-knitting.co.uk/free_pattern.html
    It looks simple, pretty and the pattern is free.
    Who doesn’t want flowers in spring?

  • I also agree with the Storm Water Scarf, which doubled could make a nice stole. See it in http://donnac368.blogspot.com/2007/01/storm-water-scarf-squeeky.html

  • I would suggest the Snakes and Ladders Shawl from KnitObsessed. Here’s the URL:
    I’m currently knitting this (with a slight modification to add a garter stitch border) in a luvly mohair blend. Just cast it on last night. And it’s for me! That’s right, finally something for myself!

  • Victorian Lace Today – so maaaaany to choose from!

  • Kristi Geraci is one of my local knittin’ buddies, and I think her Sarcelle is fantastic, so I’ll give it another plug:

  • I can’t believe no one has suggested Clapotis (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTclapotis.html) from Knitty! I think this shawl is so versatile and fashionable, plus you can’t go wrong with a french name. Very sophisticated. And it changes character so much depending on the yarn you use, from lacy and light to warm and snuggly.

  • Hi Kay– How about adapting the Wavy scarf pattern from Knitty (http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwavy.html? I knit a stole for a dear friend out of Filatura di Crosa Cambridge (sadly discontinued), finished the ends with an attached i-cord cable (to keep the ribs from spreading out) and got a surprisingly elegant result. I have to agree with designer Sarah Smith about using a row counter or some other keep-your-place mechanism for this pattern; also keep track of which edge you start on so you don’t switch in mid-repeat and suddenly discover the ribs waving in the other direction– ask me how I know. 🙂

  • Actually, a second thought – I know the gauge isn’t quite the same, but how about Convertible from Knitty? Then she could make it into a variety of shapes to suit her mood:

  • How about the Forest Path Stole from the summer 2003 issue of Interweave Knits. Its the only shawl that I have EVER been interested in knitting.

  • I just love this wrap – http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTcozy.html
    Although I’m not hip and trendy, I think the girl in the photo is. Not too much so, but just enough to extend to the new 50-year-old.
    Happy shawl-pattern-choosin’!
    Pamela Goetz

  • Anything by Anne at Knitspot is fabu and she has a number of lovely stoles. Here: http://www.knitspot.com/wp-content/uploads/siteGraphics/knitspot_porfolio.pdf
    I geef you ze links.

  • I like the simple elegance of the rectangular cover wrap at knitpicks. Not free, but only $1.29 for the download–no waiting for it to show up in the mail. http://www.knitpicks.com/Rectangular+Cover+Shawl_PD50473220.html

  • I’ve been working on the Arctic Diamonds Stole from the winter IK. I really like it. Pattern not too involved, yet pretty. And no crazy borders to have to knit. Just a nice garter stitch edging.

  • I’d really like to do Moon Dance (http://pinklemontwist.blogspot.com/2005/02/pink-lemon-twist-patterns.html ), though of course the cat is optional. 😀

  • I would nominate either Anne’s of Knitspot Evening Star Wrap for a dressy wrap or Saracelle by Kristy at Knitter’s Anonymous. If Pam is truly averse to any lace as too frou-frou, Anne’s Hypotenuse Wrap or Obstacles Wrap would be lovely. Both patterns were designed for fingering weight yarn like Sea Silk.

  • I recently bought the pattern for Fiber Trends Bella. It’s not quite rectangular (definitely not triangular), but I thought it was very wearable. Not very complicated for lace.
    Something else (that is rectangular and gorgeous) is the Alpine Lace stole that Wendy (Johnson) knit recently. I can’t remember where she got the pattern – but I’m sure her blog says.

  • Geesh – thanks a bunch. The 2 JP-DS (with beads) in Victorian Lace Today are on my to-do list. Does anyone know where to buy a babushka?

  • try the candle flame shawl which is a free download from knitpicks.com

  • I have two:
    Enchained Melody:
    Not free, but available via pdf download after purchase:
    It’s tough to come up with something no one else has suggested!

  • I nominate Anne at Knitspot.com’s new Briar Rose … it’s pretty and can be dressy or casual. Also, comes in multiple lengths. 🙂
    I have knit a few of Anne’s non-lace patterns and she has 1) few mistakes and 2) great availability for patterns.
    🙂 kate

  • When I saw the picture of your yarn, the first thing I thought of is the japanese shawl from Folk Shawls…called the Kimono shawl, although the Birds Nest Shawl or the Domovoi from the same book would also be lovely.

  • The melon scarf from Victorian Lace Today looks wonderful in sea silk, and it’s easy to make it a shawl by repeating the center pattern a few extra times (width wise).

  • I like the lace shawl in Vogue Knitting on the go: Vintage knits. I think it takes more yarn than you have, but it’s a big shawl that could be adapted to a stole.
    I also like the Cozy wrap on knitty.com, but I’m not sure if it’s a rectangle or triangle.

  • I’ll bet this has already been suggested, but I’m giving it a shot anyway: Wendy’s Fir Cone Shawl! (Available at her fine blog, wendyknits.com, but I’m sure I didn’t have to tell you that – y’all are Wendy fans like me!)

  • http://lovetobikeandknit.blogspot.com/2006/05/rectangular-shawl-patterns.html Dear Kay, Here’s a blog I recently stumbled on that has a variety of rectangluar shawls. Sure hope I win! 😉 Well actually, Pam is the real winner:)

  • Wow, so many great suggestions already! Tamarah from the Fall 2006 issue of Knitty looks like a great idea for a rectangular stole that is more than just the run of the mill rectangle construction. Just a thought!

  • Of course–the morning glory wrap. It is gorgeous!

  • To be precise, this would be my pick since you’re the one knitting it and all.

  • as always, I vote for the Clapotis on Knitty.com. I made one as a stole for my MIL and it was lovely.

  • I like the North Sea Stole from Folk Shawls, and Palette from Spring 07 knitty – you could just make it wider!

  • I like the North Sea shawl from Folk Shawls, and the Palette scarf from spring 07 knitty would be easy to make into a stole!

  • I nominate Heartstring’s Faceted Gems Lace Wrap
    I think it’s a lovely symmetrical rectangular shawl that would look lovely in Sea Silk.

  • I was going to suggest Clapotis also. It can be a stole or a scarf and it is a lot of fun to make. Actually, I wear my Clapotis all the time so it is a really practical knit as well as dead-cool looking.

  • How about Tendrils at Knitty? It’s rectangular, beaded (though you could skip that part), and easy to memorize! http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/PATTtendrils.html

  • If today’s forecast is casty-onny, you’ve probably already gone and done it. I vote simply for anything like Clapotis or the new-to-me but now bookmarked Sarcelle that could sort of compress well to be a scarf-stole.
    I will say that if you’re feeling pressed for time, like if, for example, you were worried about the A4A challeges you’re throwing around (ahem!), that a scarf is nice, and has never caused anyone to look like a goose. Just saying. If I were nominating scarves, I would mention shifting sands.
    Or just a really big panel of faggotting. Worth pulling Babs Walker off the shelf to get out turkish faggotting.

  • I nominate the Solace Stole at Pink Lemon Twist. It’s soft, flowing and lovely.

  • After actually looking at everyone else’s comments, I really like the Snakes and Ladders Stole – it’s really beautiful, but not too simple, and seems like it would work well with the yarn!

  • I see you have 91 comments and I didn’t take the time to read to see if anyone else recommended this. But Anne at knitspot.com just put up her pattern for the Morning Glory Stole and it is gorgeous. Btw, by reading your blog today I am with you and your friend Pam, I refuse to wear a triangular shawl! Thanks for telling the syndrome.

  • Ooo. I’m working on the wing’o the moth right now for those who mentioned it. It’s my first lace anything and it’s fun, but I’ve definetly made some mistakes!
    But I think that Lady Elenore’s Entrelac Stole from scarf style is just great. I love mine. Granted it’s not a lace pattern, but it is cozy and lovely and not Jemma Puddleducky at all.

  • The Arctic Diamond Stole, in the Winter 2006 issue of Interweave Knits. It is lovely, and would drape nicely. I don’t think even Jemima Puddle Duck would look like Jemima Puddle duck in it.

  • I recently finished the “Print o’the Wave” in Sea Silk and I LOVE it. It took a bit more than two hanks though and I’d like it to be just a bit larger. Whatever the pattern, you’ll love the Sea Silk. No splitting, no knots. Super color and texture. Anyone have reactions to the Sea Wool?

  • Blue Sky Alpaca’s rectangle shawl (www.blueskyalpacas.com, under patterns). This is a great rectangular (obviously) shawl.

  • I, too, would suggest the fir cone shawl on Wendy Johnson’s site. I am almost finished with mine and I love how it is knitting up. It is beautiful and not too hard for a newer lace knitter. I can’t wait to finish it and see how it looks after blocking. Wendy also made hers out of the sea silk so it has the perfect yardage for your shawl.

  • If you wanted to go REALLY simple, REALLY fast, there is Contessa, at Morehouse Merino, which is really just stockinette on big needles with a few rows of yarn-overs (then dropped) and a garter stitch border. It’s nice – it’s simple and basic and puts the yarn on display nicely.

  • These 2 are technically scarves but you could add repeats of the patterns and make really nice stoles, I think.
    1) http://brookenelson.com/leafscarfpattern.html
    2) http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTbranchingout.html

  • I won’t suggest a pattern, since I currently love most of the ones in Victorian Lace Today, and that is a book, which you don’t want to search out!
    But what is wrong with bonnets? They are the height of fashion for women and girls! My DD (15) wears one…a friend has two, green silk, lined with a maroon ribbed silk and a black…Mine is purple silk, and I’m going to make a white silk one soon. Black is the most common, white second, then all sorts of colors…They look very nice, this year, worn with the brim angled down (which also makes them not blow off in the wind), not like the dorky way they will start wearing them in about 20 years, with the brim and sides pointing out, framing the face in so silly a manner…oh…of course, you may not know that the year is 1779… I’m an American Revolutionary War reenactor 😉
    I LOVE my bonnet…and they don’t make you look old…you should SEE little Emma (age 3) in her black silk bonnet….she is so cute you want to pick her up and squeeze her!!!!!

  • I’m suggesting the Sampler Shawl or the Kimono Shawl from Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberly.

  • Well this isn’t a shawl pattern, per se- but one that would make a fabulous (I think) stole- it is the Cathedral Afghan, pattern in the Interweave Knits, Special edition- Holiday Gifts, 2006. You can see it here- http://www.interweave.com/knit/special_issues/gifts_preview.asp It is made from something bulky, with great big honkin’ needles- so I think it would be quite stunning in the Sea silk and finer needles. And it is described as …. “a gift you reserve for someone very special”.How perfect is that?

  • My 2 skeins of Sea Silk (glacier colourway)is in the process of being knit up in Feather and Fan. Pretty, but my heart is not convinced that this was THE pattern to show the sea silkiness off to its best… I vote for the Stormwater Stole/Scarf. I saw a sample at Ram Wool, and it was very snazzy, and the opposite of Puddle Duckedness. Although it is pretty much Midwest Moonlight, and you may be over that…

  • what about the good ol’ argosy wrap? It’s a beauty.

  • I recommend Leda’s Dream from Pink Lemon Twist. I hope I win–I’d love that yarn!

  • I really like this pattern: http://www.alpacawithatwist.com/patterns/Fern%20Path%20Sole.pdf
    On the other hand, if you consider knitting it, then it would look like I’m copying you if I knit it, too, one day. 😉

  • Long time reader, first time commenter! Anyways, myself being a young, hip, under-25 knitter who doesn’t really like the look of most of the lace shawls that are out there, but having recently acquired some awesome lace yarn, I’ve decided to do a cables and lace rectangular shawl. hip, lacy, cabled. PERFECT! I can send you the pattern in a heartbeat- it’s out of one of those 8 gazillion stitch variation books.

  • I love the Parka-trim Stole from Arctic Lace. I just finished it for my sister. I did it in Alpaca with a Twist Fino. It came out lovely.
    Happy knitting….

  • Lillie of the Valley Stole:

  • I’ve started the Rectangle Cover Shawl from Knitpicks (http://www.knitpicks.com/Rectangular+Cover+Shawl_PD50473220.html), and it’s gorgeous! Also, lots of fun to knit. A 48-row repeat, but the pattern is symmetrical and easy to keep track of. The picture on the Knitpicks web site doesn’t do it justice — airy delicate diamonds in a lovely stole. It would be beautiful in the Sea Silk.

  • What about the Yarn Harlot’s Snowdrop Shawl?

  • Well, I’m not going to read 111 comments to see if my suggestion has already been made, but there are two possible rectangular shawls that are both free for download on the knitpicks website. The feather-and-fan is (scroll down to the bottom where it has the link for the pdf file)http://www.knitpicks.com/%20Lace%201,%202,%203:%20Andean%20Treasure%20Shawl_PD50478221.html
    and the candle flame shawl, (scroll down to bottom for pdf link) http://www.knitpicks.com/Candle+Flame+Shawl_PD50465220.html
    There are several other shawls on their site, but those are the nicest IMO.

  • I’ve been searching for a stole pattern, too. My favorites are Eunny’s Print o’ the Wave Stole, the Kimono stole from the Folk Shawls book, and the Lacy Lattice Stole from Fiddlesticks.
    Here’s a site that has the Print o the Wave done in white.
    I’m anxious to see how your yarn will look and act as I’m not able to wear wool and was looking
    for alternatives.

  • Lady Eleanor Stole from Scarf Style (biggish entrelac squares)

  • I see that someone else recommended it, but I’m currently knitting Cozy from Knitty (http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTcozy.html) out of silk and I absolutely love it. It’s just enough pattern to be fun, but not so complicated that you’re dragging 8 sheets of charts around with you. I can even knit it while drinking wine at SnB nights! Highly recommend.

  • I think the Gerda stole found here http://idreamofthesea.blogspot.com/2006/11/fo-gerda-stole.html would be lovely. You should also check out the very nice list of free rectangular stoles at http://lovetobikeandknit.blogspot.com/search/label/Rectangular%20stoles

  • I almost forgot the Sea and Shells Stole at
    http://www.poshyarn.co.uk/patterns.html (scroll down). It would be beautiful in Handmaiden Sea Silk.

  • Anne Hanson has a new rectangular shawl — Morning Glories — and it’s lovely, lovely, lovely!

  • I’m a big fan of Susan at I’m Knitting As Fast As I Can. She has two shawl patterns on her blog for sale and it’s instant gratification cause you download them immediately!

  • Theres’ a beautiful stole in the new Needful magazine. it’s knit out of four colours of Geranium, but would look amazing in the clapotis. I think it’s called mint chocolate chip. (all the patterns in this issue have ice cream names! )

  • How about making a larger, “stole” version of the baby genius burp cloth??

  • How about an entrelac shawl??

  • Variations on a Frill (http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATTfrill.html)works up BEAUTIFULLY in SeaSilk, especially with the beaded ends to add sumptuous weight and drape.

  • How about the simple, but elegant, prayer shawl pattern in Knitting Into the Mystery? (Would look nice slightlt narrower and longer). Multiple of three,and knit 3, purl 3. In all following rows:knit the “purls” and “purl the knits”.

  • THere’s always “feather and fan” (old shale)…

  • I loved the mystery stole I did last summer (I lie, I started it last summer. I finished it last weekd) It is called Scheherezade from http://www.pinklemontwist.blogspot.com It is truly lovely, and would look awesome in Sea silk.
    Good luck in finding something beautiful.

  • How about the Lattice Lace Wrap from http://home.comcast.net/~louvfs/blog/Lattice_Lace_Wrap.pdf

  • Oh my, how will you decide! Do consider Sivia Harding’s lovely “Hanging Garden” Stole: http://siviaharding.com/HangingGarden.html — it would be very beautiful in SeaSilk, especially with just the right beads for the edging.

  • My favorite is a simple one — Shawl Ministry Prayer Shawl — It’s a pure-t simple shawl, y’all — which I found in the Knitting for Peace book that Santa gave me this year. Maybe it was the post-Christmas happy, fuzzy mood I was in, but I grabbed some rather simple stash and knitted one up and tried to do as they say, to say a prayer or meditate or think a line of good thoughts as I did the sweetly routine pattern and I loved it. It became a simple, but almost elegant rectangle — full of cosmic good energy, but back-on-Earth-wise, it would make any butt look good.

  • I love Melanie’s Leda’s Dream Stole

  • No shawl suggestions, just stopping by to say this was a delightfully clever post.
    I smiled all the way thru…
    Happy casting on.

  • I like the Feather & Fan rectangular shawl in the Folk Shawl book by Cheryl Oberle – I have wanted to try this pattern for years, but…
    Anyway, it is lovely.

  • How about the Melon Pattern Shawl, p 146, Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby? It calls for 700 yards of fine weight yarn, and is very popular among knitters and wearers alike!

  • Paisley shawl!
    You can make it smaller… I’m actually knitting one with cobweb wool on size 1 needles to make it smaller, but you could just take the more sane approach of cutting out repeats. 🙂

  • I recently knit the lacy lattice stole from Fiddlesticks, http://www.fiddlesticksknitting.com/LatticeLarge.html, and recommend it.
    P.S. I love your reference to the Jemima Syndrome. That explains the issues with my last shawl.

  • I suggest the Argosy wrap. It may not be lacy enough for you but it’s nice, clean and a bit modern for an over 40 yo woman. (Takes one to know one.) Link to the free pattern: http://inahappycamper.eponym.com/blog/_WebPages/FreePatterns.html

  • Since I am over 40, does this mean that I should renounce the very TRIANGULAR Syrian stitch shawl from Victorian Lace Today? I like Jemima — she’s a bit of a dim bulb, but appealing — and as her apparent human analog, I am working away on the aforementioned shawl in a rayon boucle from Fiesta. Is there hope for me?

  • I completely understand the feelings of a 40+ woman about triangular shawls.
    What about the trellis and vine wrap at magknits ? Or maybe that’s not lacy enough ? (www.magknits.com/feb06/patterns/trellis.htm)
    I also like the lace leaf wrap in Magknits (www.magknits.com/May06/patterns/laceleaf.com)
    Have fun choosing a nice pattern !

  • I’m working on a scarf using the Branching Out pattern on Knitty.com. You could easily repeat the pattern 3 or 4 columns wide.

  • How about something taken from the 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns book (which of course will only work out if you have that book). Somehow the idea of sea silk in a wavy ripple stitch sounds appropriate.

  • Two patterns that I like are Lucy’s Diamonds (http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/scarves/lucydiamonds.html), and Falling Water Lace Scarf (http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~bsennott/Falling%20Water%20Pattern.pdf), though I think that I would make them both shorter and wider for a shawl.

  • Pattern, schmattern. Just look through your Barbara Walker books, find a stitch pattern, or 2 or 3, you like, add a simple border with some beads for weight and pizazz, and bingo!

  • I nominate Anne’s Morning Glory Stole at knitspot.com. I think it would show off the beautiful Sea Silk while still maintaining a quiet beauty of its own.

  • Does that mean, because my tastes favor the triangular, that I am naive like poor Jemima? Must avoid those Foxy Gentlemen when wearing shawls. Or never wear shawls and bonnets together – that is a clear giveaway.

  • OK, how about some multiple choices: a) Stormwater Shawl designed for Sea Silk b) Morning Glory Shawl from Anne at Knitspot… I am sure others; have voted for same, but somethings are just meant to be paired…

  • I think that it is Jemima’s Sloping shoulders along with the shawl that give her the animated folded umbrella look. If your shoulders are wide you can manage just fine triangle or not, and if not, avoid raglan sleeve sweaters which seem to make the shoulders dissapear and the neck elongate as well. Try a shrug from A gathering of lace or cuff the ends of the shawl. I always liked the Pi R squared shawl from Knitting Around (Elizabeth Zimmermann strikes again) plus a leaf pattern from a stitch dictionary. I made one from Noro varigated silk for My aunt after she had a stroke and sweater sleaves were beyond her. She wore it daily until she died.

  • I have been drooling over the Moon Dance shawl at Pink Lemon Twist:

  • Make one up totally out of your own head! Surprise us!

  • I love knitpick’s rectangular square cover shawl.

  • Classic Elite Yarns “Princess Lace Wrap” a rectangle (no JPDS!); I downloaded a free copy from the web a while back, although it curiously does not list the website a bottom of page, but I’m sure you could easily find it by Googling. Despite the fact that it’s free, it really is pretty, rectangular and has a rather easy lace pattern.

  • I’ve been drooling over the Morning Glory Stole here: http://knitspot.com/
    It may have already been mentioned (I mean, 150 comments already???) but I had to throw in my vote.

  • How are you ever going to choose? I’ve looked up some of the suggestions…they are all beautiful!!

  • I like the texture and simplicity of this one, as well as the name.http://www.knitlist.com/2003/hugstole.htm
    You have lucky friends!

  • Not quite a triangle, how about http://www.piecefulstitches.com/files/FirConeShawlV3.pdf

  • Hanami!

  • I have some sea silk too. My main contenders:
    Madli’s shawl from IK Summer 2004 by Nancy Bush, Arctic Diamonds and the Sarcelle by Kristi Geraci.

  • Eunny’s Print I the Wave. You can see a Handmaiden version in what looks to be the same colorway at http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/12/print_o_the_wave_stole_project.html
    I’ve seen a few other versions an most people are saying they needed two skanks of yarn.

  • couldn’t help commenting again, because I really love stoles (have a wedding coming up). These are not on-line (you can probably see them somewhere), but if you have IK summer 2004 issue at hand, there are 2 nice one’s in that issue.
    – Nancy Bush – Madli’s shawl (but it is a stole!) – downside : it involves knitting nupps
    and Cath Bordi – Streaming leaves shwawl (also rectangular). I love leaves, and this is a very nice one. It involves increasing/decreasing round the leaves to keep them ‘streaming’.
    I guess it will be difficult to pick. Stoles can be slog-alongs too (even if it’s lace). So maybe pick something with some variation ?

  • I’d recommend any of the shawl patterns by Sivia Harding … especially if you’d like to incorporate beads. siviaharding.com

  • I like this one.(sans the ball tassles, I’d probably just do fringe) It reminds me of a chenille bedspread. http://www.fiddlesticksknitting.com/Polka-dot_Large.html

  • I am on row 8 of making a Candle Flame scarf in Sea Silk but I see someone already suggested that. Ann Nording has a set of six lace scarves #46 that I like. I think the eyelets (D) and the lacy leaves (E) are the prettiest.

  • I nominate Sivia Hardings’s Hanging Garden Stole with beautiful beads at each end.

  • Wow! What a lot of beautiful suggestions.
    As coincidence would have it – last week I became obsessed (as I do) with the idea of making a stole. The frontrunner at the moment is the Forest Path Stole — but there have been some pretty amazing stoles suggested here.
    I’ve now bought patterns for the Hanging Garden Stole and Sarcelle. I hope I can find some friends who want stoles as gifts! I’d love to try Madli’s shawl – but sadly IK Summer 2004 appears to be sold out so no access to the pattern.

  • Kay,
    I am currently making the feather and fan stole from the Knitpicks site: http://www.knitpicks.com/+Lace+1%2c+2%2c+3%3a+Andean+Treasure+Shawl_PD50478221.html
    I have a picture of the wip on the blog. I am knitting it in wool but I love how easy the pattern is to memorize yet how textural the finished product is. If you check it out, you will notice that my girlfriend and I are such big fans of you and Ann that we have started our own!

  • I, also, am over 40 and dislike rectangular shawls – made Madli’s shawl (IW, Summer, 2004)-used a natural roving yarn I bought in Canada – it’s absolutely beautiful! Hope you enjoy your adventure!

  • Of course, the gauge is whack, but the design can’t be beat.

  • I nominate melon from vlt.

  • Hi Kay – I know you have reviewed the No Sheep for You book by Amy Singer. Have you thought of the Tuscany wrap?? It has a slight triangular feel, but very much not like a Jeminia Puddle-Duck. I have just cast on for one with a sport-weight linen. It would be fabulous in silk.
    Happy Knitting!

  • Hehe! Jemima Puddleduck, perfect description for the way I feel when I see my reflection wearing a shawl. I suggest the Kimono Stole from Folk Shawls.

  • I suggest the fern garden stole form Alpacas with a twist ….Just lovely

  • Try the pink lemon twist blog. She has the most exsquite shawls and stoles I have seen anywhere

  • coming out of lurking status! Love the book, my DS gave it to me last Mother’s Day — made a log cabin baby-type blankie for his Freshman English teacher who is trying to adopt —
    with regards to the stole/shawl — currently I have cast on 2 rectangular shawls for our prayer shawl ministry at church — I have adapted the “idiot’s dishcloth” pattern to the desired width of the shawl, am yo’ing at the beginning and k2-tog’ing at the end of every RS row; this will garter stitch the entire shawl on the bias, until I feel it is long enough; then will do the usual k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog at the beginning of every row in order to triangulate to the last 4 sts. so far, so good;
    the other i am doing using the “multidirectional diagonal scarf” pattern found by google-ing that title – it will be about 24 inches wide, not 4, of course – both good ideas if you want to be in garter-stitch heaven while you knit that lovely shawl — good luck to you with your pattern choice!! Just finished a Fair Isle sweater, using 9 shades of alpaca/wool blend, steeking (for the first time ever) and am ready for some garter stitch therapy right now!
    have fun!

  • How about this “Sea and Shells Stole”
    http://www.poshyarn.co.uk/patterns.html (scroll down)
    I like that the lace pattern matches the yarn!

  • Print O’ The Wave – yes yes yes! I saw this knitted up in Seasilk at the weekend and it’s beautiful. The one I saw took 3 skeins though so I don’t know if you’ve got enough.

  • What about Cozy from Knitty?

  • It has perhaps been suggested before but how about the Lattice Lace wrap here:
    I like the geometric style and it uses beads! Think how pretty some iridescent beads would be on that creamy silk.

  • Look at me! I am now OUT OF THE CLOSET with regard to Jemima Puddle Duck. Dread. The. Duck. (What an example of bad mothering she is.)

  • I just finished Falling Waters Lace Scarf (could easily be a shawl) for my daughter’s 30th birthday. Turned out beautiful!

  • What about this one: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/PATTtendrils.html

  • Isn’t this stole lovely?

  • http://knitspot.com/?p=382
    ’nuff said.

  • I agree with the Sarcelle suggestion. I’m working one in Alchemy’s Haiku but Anna/Amelia Raitte did a lovely version in Seasilk: http://autoscopia.com/amelia/archives/2006/11/healing_stole.html
    I love the bias and there’s something fun about dropping all those yarn overs and knitting back into them. The pattern isn’t overly complicated but with no purl row – it does entreat ones attentions.

  • Hanami from Pink Lemon Twist looks the least Jemima Puddle-Duck to me–just sayin from someone a few years on the up side of 50–traditional and structured on one half and freeform artsy on the other–very hip and cool.

  • WoW! Your literary characters are making me feel self-conscious. They have also made me giggle, so there’s that. I suggest you knit the Children of Lir Rectangular Stole from the book Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls by Martha Waterman. The Wings of the Swan lace pattern used in the shawl is both charted and written out line-by-line. Yes, I know this is from a book, but I think Wings of the Swan lace would do much to ward off the dreaded JP-DS. Also this immediately came to mind when I read your request for a stole pattern, so I decided to recommend it even though it is in a book.

  • I really like the Japanese Feather Stole at http://www.knitspot.com/wp-content/uploads/siteGraphics/knitspot_porfolio.pdf
    I think it’s so elegant!

  • Oh, how about Urban Goddess?
    See it here:
    at Lucy Neatby’s website
    Whatever you make, it’ll be a lovely present, I’m sure. Lucky friend!

  • Kay, how about the stole in XRX’s Best of Knitters Shawls books? It has the horid name of Grandma’s Best shawl, but doesn’t look anything like a grandma stole!!

  • I soooo second the Jemima Puddle Duck Syndrome fears. Triangular shawls, pretty as they are, just do not suit the Hoolia. My suggestion is to simply go through your stitchionaries and find a pattern you like and knit a big rectangle. That way you get exactly what you want and you are a “stole designer” as well! BTW, the nightie is done but for straps. I’ll send you a note when I get a second.
    xox, J