The Poppy Flower Stole
200 yds. sport weight yarn
Size 10 (US) knitting needles (circular will give you more room)
Blunt yarn needle for finishing
In order to form a border of poppy flowers on each end of the stole, you will knit two 2 ½ foot pieces and graft them together using the Kitchener stitch, explained below.
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Cast on 100 stitches.
Row 1: Knit 3, purl 4, k1, p4, k1, p4, k1, p4, k3. Repeat three more times, to end of row.
Row 2, and all even numbered rows: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purls.
Row 3: K2, yarn over (YO), k1 p2, p2 together, k1, p4, k1, p4, k1, p2tog, p2, k1, yo, k2. Repeat.
Row 5: k3, yo, k1, p3, k1, p2, p2tog, k1, p2tog, p2, k1, p3, k1, yo, k3. Repeat.
Row 7: k4, yo, k1, p1, p2tog, k1, p3, k1, p3, k1, p2tog, p1, k1, yo, k4. Repeat.
Row 9: k5, yo, k1, p2, k1, p1, p2tog, k1, p2tog, p1, k1, p2, k1, yo, k5. Repeat.
Row 11: k6, yo, k1, p2tog, k1, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2tog, k1, yo, k6. Repeat.
Row 13: k7, yo, k1, p1, k1, p2tog, k1, p2tog, k1, p1, k1, yo, k7. Repeat.
Row 15: k8, yo, k2tog, k2tog, k2tog, k2tog, k1, yo, k7, yo. Repeat, but do not yarn over at the end of the row.
Row 16: as previous even numbered rows.
These 16 rows form the poppy border of the stole. The “stems” form the body of the stole, and consist of a two row pattern.
Row 1: slip the first stitch, k11, p1, k12, repeat to end.
Row 2: slip the first stitch, p11, k1, p12, repeat to end.
Work these two rows until piece measures 2 ½ feet, or half the desired length of the stole. Slip piece, without casting off and being careful not to drop any stitches, onto a piece of scrap yarn and set aside. Make a second piece, beginning again with the poppy border and stems.
Grafting: slide first piece back onto a needle, and hold both pieces together with the purl sides facing each other. Thread the yarn through a yarn needle, and insert the needle through the first stitch of the front knitting needle as if to knit. Drawing the yarn through the stitch, slip the stitch off the needle. Insert the yarn needle through the second stitch of the front needle as if to purl, draw yarn through, but don’t drop the stitch yet. Now insert the yarn needle through the first stitch of the back needle as if to purl, draw yarn through, and slip stitch off. Insert the yarn needle through the second stitch of the back needle as if to knit, draw the yarn through, and leave the stitch on the needle.
Repeat until all stitches have been grafted and dropped off, weave in yarn ends.