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The finished dimensions of this stole are 21" x 67." (Length and width of the stole are adjustable via blocking.) This pattern requires approximately 1200 yds of lace weight yarn and size 3 US circular or straight knitting needles.
Every Secret of the Stole pattern has an underlying theme or inspiration that brought it into being. The Estes Park Stole was inspired by our son’s recent wedding which was held in Estes Park, Colorado. The bride and groom were trying to keep the wedding expenses as agreeable as possible and still produce a memorable event for themselves and their families and friends.
As the Mother in Law to be, I thought the bride needed something extra to compliment her lovely dress and a lace stole was born. My muse began working and pushing me through the design, she never lets me rest once she has taken control of the design process. Therefore, the stoles that I design always have symbolism throughout them and this one is no exception.
The color recommended for this stole is a soft pale color, white or off white preferred if sticking with the theme. These colors are recommended because of the airy nature of the stole and how it is meant to be an accent, only, to an already beautiful gown.
The rounded edges are symbols of the cyclical nature of life and the circle having no end, once formed, is everlasting. This was intended to be a reminder, much like the rings they exchanged represented the same reality and are constant, visible reminders of their union.
The motifs you see in the stole are representative of snowflakes and the surrounding tiny motifs symbolize snow.
The stole begins, like a relationship begins, light, airy open, and free. That first snow of the season usually makes kids and many adults giddy. This is how the new marital relationship usually is, giddy, playful, and full of hope.
As you advance toward the center the stole becomes more solid, symbolizing a more solid foundation and perhaps a snowstorm or two. This center time period encompasses the child rearing, career building, and busy time in a marriage where things are sometimes clouded up with extra responsibilities of life.
Then as you work your way to the other end of the stole it becomes lighter, clearer and more familiar again, symbolizing a married couple in the later years of their lives together. The kids have moved out, the grandkids come to visit, and the couple may even get a little giddy again when they see the first snow of the season arrive.
As I gave this stole to my daughter in law, I thought about these symbols and prayed that the journey from end to end would be one that she and my son would weather together and perhaps one day be able to present this stole to their daughter or daughter in law with the same wishes.
I hope you enjoy knitting this stole and I hope that once it is completed, it brings you or someone who receives it great joy and peace.
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