Erg Chebbi {Stole}

With stitch patterns that summon to mind the awesome raw beauty of the desert, its exotic beasts of burden, the delicious spices of the markets in Marrakesh, and the unique culture of its denizens, you won’t need a passport to wrap yourself in the riches of the Sahara. I prefer to invent my own stitch patterns when possible, so the background stitches and edgings are original to me. The dune pattern mimics the shifting sands of the great Erg Chebbi dune in southeast Morocco. The dromedary edging is, of course, a reference to that special family of even-toed ungulates that hold such a tender place in my heart: Camelids! :)

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You Will Need:
• 575 yards (526 meters) sport weight* yarn
Suggested yarn is Mountain Meadow Wool Lilura, 3 skeins
{50% merino wool/50% alpaca} 200 yds/1.48 oz. (183 m/50 g) each
• 4.25 mm** needles, straight or circular—long enough to accommodate roughly 12” (30 cm) of stitches
• 2 safety-pin style stitch markers, yarn needle to weave in ends

Skill Level: Intermediate
Techniques: knitting, purling, picking up stitches, yarn overs, increasing by knitting into the back of a stitch, single & double decreases, simple short-rows.
Gauge: 24 sts & 30 rows per 4” (10 cm) square in Dune Pattern, post-blocking
Finished dimensions: 14” x 60” (36 cm x 152 cm)

* Sport weight is called “5ply” weight in some countries.
** The pattern calls for a 4.25mm size 6, not a 4.00!

Yarn substitution:
The pattern testers used between 465 yds (425m) and 571 yds (522m) of worsted-spun (firm, not springy) yarns, depending on the weight of yarn they substituted (fingering, sport, DK) and the needle size they used (4mm and 4.5mm). My stole took significantly less than 575 yards because the yarn used was woolen-spun (has air in the yarn and a spring when you tension it).

Construction:
The stole is constructed seamlessly by beginning with the bottom edging, then picking up stitches for the main portion and working it simultaneously with the vertical edgings, then finally the remaining edging is worked with some clever short rows that finish the whole thing. If you use felted joins, there should only be two ends to weave in.

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