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I wish I could tell you a story about visiting the historic Biltmore Estates, being struck by a bolt of inspiration, and sketching, swatching, and designing this in one burst of creative energy. Instead I started out with a vague idea of a geometric design with some texture. I knit and ripped, and reknit, and ripped, and reknit again until I had this pattern, which wasn't anything like what I started out with, yet was perfect in its own way. It was only after finishing this stole that I saw a photo of Biltmore and recognized the angles in the roofline, and suddenly had a name. Biltmore is a rectangular stole that is knit in two halves and grafted in the center, for a symmetrical finish. It is written in two sizes, but instructions are given to adjust both the width and length so you can create the perfect sized stole for you. The small size as written requires 200g of sock yarn and the large requires 300g. You could also use lace weight, or even sport weight yarn, but be aware your yardage will vary. Pattern is fully charted and also contains line by line written directions, including stitch count totals for every row. There is patterning on every row, but the wrong side rows are only knit and purl. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl yarn over single and double decreases graft kitchener stitch GAUGE 22 stitches and 28 rows = 4" (10 cm) in blocked stockinette SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Small (19" X 75"), Large (25" X 75"). Includes instructions for adjusting both width and length SUGGESTED YARN 1320 yards of Fingering weight

Supplies Needed

  • 800-1,320 yards (200-300g) fingering yarn. Pattern can easily be adjusted for different weight and yardage of yarn
  • US size 6 needle, spare needle, stitch markers, embroidery needle, blocking pins or wires

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I'm a third generation knitter, who only really picked it up after discovering lace about 7 years ago. I've been designing for just over 5 years now, and I absolutely love it!