Burnt Cape Guernsey Stole by Janelle Martin

Burnt Cape Guernsey Stole

August 2015
Light Fingering ?
22.5 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in over Chart B, blocked
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
One Size
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About this Design:
The pebbles and limestone shale of the Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula in Newfoundland, bring to mind purl bumps on a field of stockinette stitch. In designing this piece, I utilized the stitch textures of Scottish Guernsey patterns.

Burnt Cape Guernsey Stole is knit using Bare Naked Wools ‘Ghillie Sock’, a 100% Cheviot wool yarn. Cheviots are an old breed of sheep from the Scottish highlands, known for their hardiness and tenacity in harsh climates, producing fleeces of fine wool that is soft yet tough. These sheep produce a finely-crimped, hard-wearing wool, perfect for outerwear and socks - and for keeping warm in the arctic conditions of the ecological reserves when visiting the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland.

Pattern is 5 pages.

Skills Required:

  • Knitting and purling
  • Working with multiple charts
  • Blocking

Finished Size: 20”/50.8 cm wide by 61”/154.94 long

Other Tools:

  • Stitch markers (6)
  • Glow line tape (to mark current row on charts/instructions).
  • Fine cotton thread in contrasting colour for life-lines
  • Tapestry needle
  • Blocking wires and pins

Skill Level: Beginner

Yarn: 1,200 yards/1,098 meters of light fingering weight wool yarn that knits up to 7-7.5 sts/inch.

Shown In:
Bare Naked Wools ‘Ghillie Sock’, (600 yards/5494 meters; 100% Cheviot wool; 5.29 oz/150 grams per skein). 2 skeins.

About the Collection:
This past summer I traveled to Newfoundland, to the arctic coastal tundra region where the Vikings had the first European settlement in North America. Such gorgeous landscape! It’s inspired a collection focused around the landscape of this area of Newfoundland and its geological cousins in Iceland and coastal Ireland. I’ve been lucky enough to visit all three places over the past 10 years. I find the remote and stark landscapes inspiring – nature has such beautiful lines and movement.

During my visit to Newfoundland’s Great Northern Penninsula (the location of the first Viking settlement in North America) inspiration struck quite quickly and before the week was out, I had the core ideas for a collection tentatively titled “Karsts and Vikings.” The accessory collection of 30-40 pieces focuses on shawls/stoles, scarves, hats, and cowls with a blanket or two and probably one pair of socks. I knew right away that the beautiful, natural colours and textures of Bare Naked Wools paired perfectly with this landscape. The collection also features indie dyers, focusing on colours drawn from the three landscapes.

The collection will be released in three parts and will be available as an ebook or individual patterns. Part one will be published this August, part two will be published over 2016/17 and part three will be released in 2019.

Hard (paper) copies of this pattern may be available from your local yarn shop. Please contact them for more details.