Forest Path Stole by Faina Letoutchaia

Forest Path Stole

June 2003
Lace ?
19 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in seed stitch, after blocking
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1750 - 2625 yards (1600 - 2400 m)
About 30" (76 cm) wide and 85" (216 cm) long, blocked.
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This pattern is available in print for $6.00.

The German version is ONLY available in the German magazine linked above

  • In the Best of IK book you can find the Interweave Knits version of the pattern, which was simplified a little bit.

(The two versions look a little bit different, for example at the bottom border. If you ask a question about the stole, you should mention the version that you are knitting.)

2009 Knit-a-Long Group for this stole can be found here.

Pattern Description from The Best of Interweave Knits: “Faina Letoutchaia drew upon the lace-knitting traditions of her Russian homeland and of the Shetland Islands, variations on stitch patterns from Barbara Walker’s stitch guides, and a fascination with entrelac to create this stunningly elegant alpaca stole. Each of the three lace patterns - fern, birch leaves, and lily of the valley (all inspired by a springtime walk in the forest) - is worked inside its own entrelac unit, which means there is only one lace pattern to keep track of at a time.”

Finished Size: About 30” (76 cm) wide and 85” (216 cm) long, blocked.

Yarn: Fingering weight (#1 Super Fine).
Suri Elegance (100% Suri alpaca; 875 yd 800 m/100 g): #0100 white house, 3 skeins (2 skeins for a shawl 71” 180 cm long).

Needles: Size 3 (3.25 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular (cir) and set of 2 double pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders; crewel embroidery needle with large eye and blunt point; tailor’s wax (available at fabric stores); nylon cord for blocking.


  • To prevent excessive handling of the yarn, place stitches for sections not being worked on holders and use double-pointed needles to work only the required stitches. Transfer stitches not being worked onto holders as each unit is completed.

  • Each entrelac lace unit begins and ends with a row of 20 sts, but the stitch count may change on other rows, depending on the pattern. Each chart shows the center 18 stitches of the entrelac unit. Selvedge sts are not shown on the charts, work them according to the instructions give for each tier.