Stratimology stole


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Geological folds are the witnesses and remnants of the awe-inspiring forces that shaped the Earth’s crust millions of years ago. Sedimentary strata got permanently bent or broken. The many types of folds are fascinating to look at: arch-shaped, dip-shaped, chevrons and bends. And think of the cataclysms that most likely created them!

Stratimology is a long, wearable stole inspired by these wonderful geological folds and layers. Worked with three colors to resemble strata, the stole begins in the center with half-circle shaped modules connected to each other. Length is built seamlessly on each side, gently transitioning from curves to chevrons, mimicking more folds and layers. Put your geologist hat on, wow your friends and wrap yourself in soft squishy layers of wool!

Stratimology is a stole with an unexpected construction. It is worked in different knitting directions and starts from the center out with arched modules. This means that Stratimology grows in a fun and unexpected way. Three different colorways accentuate the direction changes. The stole is modular, meaning that you can add or remove central modules to make it larger or smaller. Next to that, the wings are easily customizable in length.

But fear not: the stole is very knitable! A word of caution though πŸ™‚ Working the arched modules and the stripes is slightly addictive! πŸ˜‰ Apart from that, from a knitting point of view, I got you covered with clear instructions and all kinds of support materials like tutorials, process photos, stitch counts, etc.


  • CBYarn South African Virgin Wool (Sport, 75% Wool, 25% Polyamide, 420 meters / 459 yards per 150 grams); MC: 1 skein.
  • Wol met Verve Basic Sock 4-ply (Fingering, 75% Wool, 25% Nylon, 420 meters / 459 yards per 100 grams); CC1: 1 skein.
  • CBYarn South African Virgin Wool (Sport, 75% Wool, 25% Polyamide, 420 meters / 459 yards per 150 grams); CC2: 1 skein.

Sample uses 112 grams in color Beaujolais (MC), 63 grams in color Eggplant (own semi-solid hand-dyed colorway) (CC1), and 78 grams in color Oxidation Lapse (CC2).

3.5 mm (US size 4) 150 cm / 60 inches circular needle or size to obtain gauge. The long circular needle is used to work magic loop and to accommodate the large number of stitches.

18 stitches and 25 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch with MC, unblocked.
17 stitches and 20 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches Stockinette Stitch with MC, blocked.
17 stitches and 20 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches Stockinette Stitch with CC1, blocked.
Note: obtaining the gauge given is not crucial but will affect the finished size and the yardage needed.

Stitch markers: 6 in color A, 6 in color B, 2 in color C, 1 removable marker in color D, 2 removable markers in color E. Waste yarn or 2 spare 100 cm / 40 inches circular needle cables. Spare 3.5 mm (US size 4) 100 cm / 40 inches circular needle for grafting. Tapestry needle. Blocking pins.

One. Easily adjustable in length.

Final measurements
Height (h): 43 cm / 17 inches, length (l): 294 cm / 115.75 inches.

Skill level
Knit, purl, single and double increases, regular and twisted decreases. Provisional CO. Working stripes. German short rows. Grafting. Elastic BO.
Video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used.

Pattern notes
This pattern is worked flat in modules in six Sections to form a stole with half circular modules and chevron wings.
Suggestions are given to customize the pattern.
Charts and written instructions are provided as well as clear video tutorials for the used stitches.

Pattern support
For questions about this pattern, please PM me on Ravelry or send me an email. Contact details are provided.

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