Andrea’s Buena Vista Stole: An Addictive Summer Knit
My list of requirements for summer knitting projects is not long, but it is non-negotiable. I’m not a knitter who puts the needles away for the summer (after all, I don’t have to actually wear what I’m knitting until things cool off), but I do get a lot more selective. The Buena Vista Stole, published in Interweave Knits Summer 2018 and available as an Interweave kit for a limited time, squarely checks every box, and I haven’t put it down since I started knitting last week.
Here are my non-negotiables for a summer knitting project. Are yours different from mine? Let me know in the comments!
1. Must Contain Lace
I knitted a lace shawl last summer that convinced me forever of the virtues of lace as a summer knitting project. If you don’t want a lap full of heat, you’ve got to let that warm air escape via lots and lots of holes! The Buena Vista Stole is mostly lace, and I’m hopeful that even once I’m near the end, it won’t be too much of a lap-heater.
2. Must Contain Plant Fiber
I don’t demand that all my summer projects be 100% plant fiber, but having a little bit of cotton, linen, or hemp mixed into the blend makes summer knitting a lot more tolerable. Again, we’re trying to avoid that lap-heater effect.
The Buena Vista Stole uses Manos del Uruguay Milo, a merino/linen blend that feels much lighter for the addition of that linen component. I love this yarn; it’s just a little bit slubby, just a little bit varied in color, and just a little bit crisp.
3. Must Be Repetitive
Summer, in my world, is for doing all of the things. Outdoor music festivals, plays, road trips, hiking, canoeing, cycling, and hanging out on patios with my friends are all activities where I have tried, with varying success, to bring my knitting along. (Cycling was interesting.)
The easier and more repetitive the knitting project, the more easily it will fit into my summer schedule. The ability to knit in the car is particularly important—most of the two repeats I have finished were knitted in the car! Shout out to my friends for always being willing to drive while I stitch.
4. Must Be Easy to Repair Mistakes
Obviously, mistakes sometimes creep in when one is knitting while distracted. There’s no sense in pretending like they won’t, so I have learned to choose projects that are easy to fix. I despise frogging and tinking (who doesn’t) and I’ve gotten really good at the drop-stitch-and-repair method of fixing knitting mistakes.
The Buena Vista Stole is mostly garter stitch lace, which is pretty easy to repair in the event of a mistake. Garter stitch is about as easy to fix as stockinette, and in some ways, it’s actually easier to keep your place. While this pattern isn’t difficult, it can be tricky to keep track of where exactly designer Sandhya Shadangi has framed the few stockinette sections with garter stitches, and I’ve already messed it up a few times. Luckily, I have so far been able to repair all my mistakes!
Now that I’m two repeats in, the pattern has really taken root in my mind, and I think the majority of the mistakes I will make in this project are behind me. Now it’s just time to finish the last eleven repeats! If you need me, I’ll be knitting on the patio with a beer. Won’t you join me with a Buena Vista Stole of your very own?
Yours in Stitches,
Want to knit your own Buena Vista Stole?
DESIGNER Sandhya Shadangi
FINISHED SIZE 75¾” long and 18¼” wide.
YARN Manos del Uruguay Milo (65% merino wool, 35% linen; 380 yd [347 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #i2156 Venezia, 3 skeins. Yarn distributed by Fairmount Fibers.
NEEDLES Size 6 (4 mm): 24″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Tapestry needle.
GAUGE 23 sts and 30 rows = 4″ in charted patt.