Inspired by the romance and style of the 1920s, the Royal Beaded Stole incorporates columns, arches and a small amount of beadwork. It is a versatile design that makes for a great evening accessory, but will also add a little luxury for casual occasions.
Skill Level: Advanced
Size: Approx. 86”/ 218 cm long without i-cords (90”/ 228cm with i-cords and beads) and approx.12”/ 30cm wide
Gauge: 24 sts and 39 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking
Holst Garn Samarkand (75% wool, 25% silk; 314 yards [287 meters]/50 grams): #SA26 Aubergine (3 balls)
Needles: US size 3 (3.25 mm) straight needles and US size 3 (3.0 mm) DPN’s
Notions: 12 ‘teardrop’ shaped beads, approx. 7mm in length, waste yarn for provisional cast on, lockable markers (optional), tapestry needle
This pattern uses a provisional cast on and is worked in two halves to give symmetry to the design. The design features 12 i-cords in total and each i-cord is topped off with a single bead.
Using waste yarn, Provisionally CO 71 sts.
Row 1 (WS): K1, p to last st, k1.
Row 2: P1, k to last st, p1.
Row 3: K1, p2, k to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Row 4: P1, k2, *(k1, yo) twice, (ssk) twice, k1, (k2tog) twice, (yo, k1) twice; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Rows 5-8: Rep Rows 1-4.
Rows 9-11: Rep Rows 1-3.
Row 12: As Row 2.
Row 13: As Row 1.
Row 14: P1, k2, *k1, yo, k4, sk2p, k4, yo, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Row 15: As Row 1.
Row 16: P1, k2, *k2, yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Row 17: As Row 1.
Row 18: P1, k2, *k1, yo, ssk, yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Row 19: As Row 1.
Row 20: P1, k2, *k2, yo, ssk, yo, k1, sk2p, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Row 21: As Row1.
Row 22: P1, k2, *k1, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, sk2p, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Rep these 22 rows until piece measures approx 42”/106 cm.
Next Row (WS): K1, p2, k12, (p2, k11) 3 times, p2, k12, p2, k1.
Next Row: As Row 2.
Next Row: K1, p2, k12, (p2, k11) 3 times, p2, k12, p2, k1.
K3, BO 11, (k3, BO 9) 3 times, k3, BO 11, k3. You should now have 21 live sts – 3 sts for each of the two outter edge i-cords and four sets of 4 sts for the center I-cords.
Break yarn and place each set of live sts on to lockable markers or waste yarn.
Second Half of Stole
Carefully place sts from provisional cast on onto needle and, with RS facing, begin working from Row 2 of the stitch pattern. Work to mirror the first half.
Do not break yarn. You will now begin working the first Ii-cord.
I-cords: Transfer the first set of live sts onto DPN’s and begin working i-cord. Work until i-cord measures approx 1½“ in length. BO sts and break yarn, making sure to leave enough yarn to attach bead.
Work each I-cord in the same manner.
Weave in any ends except for the tails at the end of each i-cord (these will be used to attach the beads). Soak and gently block.
Attach 1 bead to the end of each of the i-cords.