Voyager Lace Stole
Matching Voyager fingerless mitts
“Those who are not already able to knit a sock or a mitt, will find some kind neighbor ready and willing to teach them, it will be nice work on the voyage out…Every young woman is prized in this country according to her usefulness…In the new country to which they are going, knowledge of the simple art of knitting must form one of the occupations of the females…who reside in the agricultural portion of the colony.”(i)
The young women emigrants of more than a century ago stepped on a ship and began their voyage to a new home in Canada. They brought with them their skills as knitters and spinners and the willingness to use those skills to clothe their families. Despite the need for utility items of clothing, they incorporated creativity, skill and beauty into the garments needed for warmth in the cold Canadian winters.
The Voyager Lace Stole was designed by two modern wilderness knitters with thoughts of those women of the Canadian wilderness long ago. It was adapted from Mitten, Pattern #11, found in Home Work, a Choice Collection of Useful Designs for Crochet and Knitting Needle.(ii)
The mitten pattern, which was knit in the round, was modified to knit flat. The heart shape motif for the body of the stole is used for the edging and gives the stole a balanced and wavy edge.
Voyager Lace Stole is shown in Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2008 page 56.
Originally offered by elann.com as a free pattern. Visit international.elann.com to see currently available free patterns.
Over the years elann.com has offered a variety of free patterns to showcase elann brand yarns – this was one of them. As elann’s new site, international.elann.com, develops, many of these longtime favorite designs will be re-formatted and made available for purchase. This will be a time-consuming process, which we hope to accomplish by the end of 2015, so we ask for your patience.
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