Saoirse Stole: Style it all the ways

The Saoirse Stole, designed by Doris Chan, is not only an innovative mix of crochet stitch patterns; it is an excellent example of how one garment can be styled in a multitude of ways.  

Saoirse Stole, Interweave Crochet Fall 2013

Close up of both stitch patterns
Shaped like a large rectangle, the crochet stole can be draped over the shoulders in several different ways:

Option 1: Stole is draped in front of left shoulder and the right side is wrapped around, resting in the back.  The lovely purple filet pattern is featured at the neckline and at the bottom of the draped side.

Option 2: Flip the stole upside-down with the filet pattern now at the bottom.  While this look is still wrapped in a similar way to option 1, the draped side is much shorter, creating a more symmetrical look.

Option 3: For this look, the left side of the stole is wrapped very loosely over the right shoulder.  The right side of the stole hangs in front.

Option 4: Wrap both sides, crossing in the front to create this more bulky look. Here it is wrapped more tightly, closer to the neck.


For the next styling possibilities, you will be creating a temporary seam with a crochet cord:

Curve both short ends of the rectangle into the center ch-1 space of the trim edge. The CC border edge should be layered on top of and matching the trim edge on either side of the center rectangle.

With the short ends meeting in the middle and RS facing, start at the center and work your way toward one side with half the length of tie.

Weave the end of tie in and out of the ch-1 spaces of trim, going through both thicknesses, ending where the MC lace body begins. To get the end of the string back to the center, weave in and out of the ch-1 spaces of the MC only.

Repeat on the other side, tie ends as desired.   This "rigging" forms big armhole "loops" at the sides.  Slip your arms through the large holes and… VIOLA! You now have a cardigan!


Cardigan worn with the temporary seam near the bottom:

Front View: This look creates a nice long silhouette with draping sleeves. Almost dress-like, it looks lovely as styled above, or try adding a belt.

Back View: Here you can see how the temporary seam creates an open vent at the bottom. 

Flip the cardigan around so that the temporary seam is near the top:

Option 1: The cardigan now has a different look with the cascading border.  The sleeves are also shorter.

Option 2: Cross the lapels for another alternative. A shawl pin would hold this in place and look quite smart.

Back View: Note the seam near the neck and the difference in the sleeve shape from above styles.

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