Forget edwardian ladies in stuffy stoles... this stylish knitting pattern is a joy to wear on any day of your modern life. You could wear Amanda Crawford’s gorgeous stole with a dress, and it makes a good alternative to a coat if you have to wear a posh frock but are nipping in and out of doors. It looks every bit as good with jeans for everyday wear too, especially if you’re wearing a top that picks out one of the colours of the blossoms. Wrap it all the way round yourself, drape it over your shoulders, fasten it with a chunky pin – whatever else you’re wearing, there’s a way to put the shawl on over it.
Knitted in a substantial aran-weight yarn, this stole has lace details, but not the sort of fiddly thing that will leave your eyes sore and temper frayed. The simple lace pattern and thick yarn combine to create a bold yet airy look. The pattern is incredibly easy, and the finished stole consists of an edging sewn onto a central panel. After you’ve worked two foundation rows for the main part, you simply keep repeating an eight-row pattern. Even lace novices should manage it with ease. “This is a good project to start lace with as there isn’t any shaping and it’s very straightforward – it’s basically a large sampler,” says Amanda.