Speltas by Samantha Troia

Speltas

Knitting
November 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
6 stitches and 12 rows = 1 inch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1000 yards (914 m)
One Size Fits All
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This pattern includes a MKAL version as well as a complete version!

Speltas is a 25 Day MKAL for Bumblebee Acres Farm’s 3rd Annual Advent MKAL! The word Speltas comes from the Latvian word for ancient grain: spelt. This design takes me back to my Latvian roots, where wheat plays a large part in daily life, culture, and folklore. It is also a symbol of wealth and happiness of contentment- good feelings that I want to share with everyone during the holidays.

Speltas is a stole, or very wide scarf. It is a simple knit that uses 25 mini skeins- each 10 grams/ 40 yards- to create a deliciously squishy and cozy stole. The design of Speltas is very similar to the shape of a head of wheat, fitting together like a puzzle to show off blocks of colors in each individual grain. The pattern is composed of 25 “grains” of wheat, each to be knit one day leading up to Christmas Day. This is a mystery knit along, with each of the first 5 days being unique clues, and afterwards repeating the 4th and 5th clue to create an easy to memorize project during the holidays. If you do not have 25 perfectly sized minis, you can make the pattern your own! Use two or more full skeins of yarn to alternate colors artistically, use smaller scraps combined to make up each “grain,” or mix up all three options to make Speltas your own!

  • You will need approximately 1000 yards of fingering weight yarn. I used Bumblebee Acres Farm’s Coquette Sock Advent Calendar Mini Skeins these are 25 minis (one different for each day) that are approx 40 yards (10 grams) each.

  • You do not need 25 different colors, you can even do this pattern with 3 full skeins! However, as the designer, I suggest switching your color every day, so you are not using the same color in two consecutive days. ALSO You can use your own stash of minis/leftovers! just be sure that you have at least 10 grams (40 yards) of fingering weight yarn for each clue! More details on how to stagger colors are in the pattern!

  • The stitches are easy! You need to know how to: SSK, K2TOG, K, and Pick up and knit along edge!

  • There is no seaming required! Yay!

  • Finished Size: Finished Measurements unblocked are approximately 84” wingspan and 14” wide. Finished dimensions depend on gauge and blocking. Gauge: Knit in garter stitch with US 5 needle unblocked is approximately: 6 sts and 12 rows = 1 in./2.54 cm