Stockinette Stole with Lace Panels

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“The inspiration for Loess came from my life on Île de Ré, an island off the west coast of France — very wild and natural, with a little smell of sea spray. This stole is light, soft, and worked with bands of crisply defined patterning.” – Christine de Castelbajac

Riffles of openwork and crossed stitches punctuate the smooth surface of stockinette in this elegant, modern scarf. The pattern offers two sizes, a small scarf and a generous wrap. Indian Cross Stitch, worked by elongating stitches with a double yarnover and then cabling them across their neighbors, creates a fascinating texture with minimal effort. Since Loess is worked from end to end with the pattern blocks placed organically, this is the kind of knitting you can easily pick up whenever you have a moment to work a few rows. The finished garment is weightless and instantly dresses up any outfit. The sample is knit in Waxwing; try the serene blue of Rainier to smell the sea spray and hear the gulls calling.


  • 1125 (2285) yards of lace weight wool yarn


  • 3 (6) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Plains (100% American Rambouillet wool; 440 yards/50g)
  • Large stole photographed in color Waxwing
  • 29 stitches & 34 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch, after blocking
  • One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)
Finished dimensions

Small Stole (Large Stole)

  • 13¾ (23)” [35 (58.5) cm] wide; 70¾ (85½)” [179.5 (217) cm] long
  • Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking
Christine de Castelbajac
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Christine de Castelbajac