Nahant by Rachel Molenaar


March 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
600 - 700 yards (549 - 640 m)
adjustable; as written, 72" x 12"
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This pattern is available for free.

Especially designed for handspun -- any weight, any amount.

Charts were updated on March 13th, 2015. If you downloaded charts before this … please download the new, improved, and (most importantly) correct charts!


The stitch count at the end of the starting chart should be 79, not 71. Several knitters have noticed this -- thanks to nickrsr for bringing it to my attention.

The last stitch on Row 1 of the ending chart should be a k3tog (not a k2tog). Thanks to KnitPearlKim for spotting this error, correcting it for her own Nahant, and letting me know!

I read about fractal spinning and had to try it out. Like magic, colorful high-contrast fiber fluff became self-striping-ish prismatic handspun. I absolutely adored the finished yarn, but it needed to be knit up into something special. Pattern searches left me unsatisfied -- the only solution was to design the perfect stole.

My requirements: mostly stockinette, with just enough pattern to keep my interest without distracting from the colorful yarn.

Nahant highlights the color changes of my fractal handspun with a subtle leaf pattern that doesn’t fight for attention. Knit on the bias, it resists curling. Use any weight yarn (just choose the appropriate needle), and make it as wide or as narrow as you like. Length is flexible too, so you can make the most of that precious handspun yarn.