Plaerdemavida (ENGLISH VERSION)

por Mae

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Translation by Danielle Landes, with corrections by Urraca.


Thanks to Lía from Tertulia madrileña de punto (Madrid knitting meetup), who taught me to knit lace, I am now a fan of triangular shawls. I have knit at least a dozen and counting.

On the other hand, I have never found a pattern for a rectangular stole that I liked enough to knit.

I toyed with the idea of creating my own for a long time, but I couldn’t find a relatively simple to knit and easy to memorize stitch pattern that I really liked enough.

At one of our knitting meetups, Álvaro showed me some very interesting Japanese stitch pattern dictionaries he had bought on one of his trips to Paris. I was leafing through them when a stitch pattern caught my attention: I immediately chose it for the stole I envisioned.

I wanted Plaerdemavida to be a stole I could wrap around me, so I made mine long and big. I also wanted it to be soft and cozy, that’s why I chose to knit it in a very fine and light alpaca.

I named it for one of my favorite characters from Tirant lo Blanch (Tirant the White), a chivalric romance I’ve read again and again for years. I hope that knitting this stole will be as much of a pleasure for you as reading the romance is for me.

Yarn and notions:

Drops Alpaca (100% alpaca), color 3650, 6 balls (50 g / 180 m), or 1181yds (1080m) of fingering weight yarn
one pair of size 4mm (US6) needles
tapestry needle
8 8 stitch markers


23 stitches and 30 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches) in st. st.


Knitting abbreviations used in the translation: k: knit
p: purl
k2tog: knit two stitches together
ssk: slip 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit those 2 stitches together [NB: For the left slanting decrease, the original pattern used skpo (slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over), which is more common in Europe than ssk. The translator used ssk, which prevails in the US, instead. Use whichever left slanting decrease you prefer.]
p2tog: purl 2 stitches together
p2tog-b: purl 2 stitches together through the back loops
pm: place marker
Odd-numbered rows are right side (rs)
Even-numbered rows are wrong side (ws)


With size 4mm (US6) needles, cast on 116 stitches loosely. The shawl is 6 full repeats wide. We recommend you use markers to separate the repeats, as this makes it easier to detect mistakes. Slip the markers from one needle to another as you come across them.

Plaerdemavida-2 Written instructions and chart:

Row 1 (rs): k2 , k2tog, pm, * k6, ssk, [yo, k1] 3 times, yo, k2tog, k, pm.** repeat from * to ** 5 more times, ssk, yo, k2.

Row 2 (ws): k2, p2, * p4, p2tog-b, p7, p2tog, p5 ** (repeat from * to ** 5 more times) p2, k2.

Row 3 (rs): k2, yo, k2tog, to *k4, ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k3** (repeat from * to ** 5 more times), ssk, yo, k2.

Row 4 (ws): k2, p2, * p2, p2tog-b, p11, p2tog, p3 ** (repeat from * to ** 5 more times) p2, k2.

Row 5 (rs): k2, yo, k2tog, *k2, ssk, k2, yo, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, yo, k2, k2tog, k1** (repeat from * to ** 5 more times), ssk, yo, k2.

Row 6 (ws): k2, p2, * p2tog-b, p15, p2tog, k1 ** (repeat from *to ** 5 more times) p2, k2.

For rows 7-12, repeat rows 1-6.

Row 13 (rs): k2, yo, ssk, *k1, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k11, ssk, yo, k1, yo ** (repeat from *to ** 5 more times), k2tog, yo, k2.

Row 14 (ws): k2, p2, * p3, p2tog, p9, p2tog-b, p4 ** (repeat from * to ** 5 more times), p2, k2.

Row 15 (rs): k2, yo, ssk, *k2, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k7, ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 ** (repeat from * to ** 5 more times), k2tog, yo, k2.

Row 16 (ws): k2, p2, * p5, p2tog, p5, p2tog-b, p6 ** (repeat from * to ** 5 more times), p2, k2.

Row 17 (rs): k2, yo, ssk, *k3, yo, k1, yo, k2, k2tog, k3, ssk, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2 ** (repeat from * to ** 5 more times), k2tog, yo, k2.

Row 18 (ws): k2, p2, * p7, p2tog, p1, p2tog-b, p8 ** (repeat from * to ** 5 more times), p2, k2.

For rows 19-24, repeat rows 13-18.

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Note: In between the green lines: the central stitch pattern of which there will be 6 repeats. In between the red lines: the stitches at the beginning and end of each row, which will form a narrow edge on each side of the stole.

Work as many repeats as necessary until the stole measures approximately 170 cm (68 in), remember that it will stretch considerably after blocking.

Cast off all the stitches. To make sure that you cast off the stitches loosely, use a larger needle.

To block the stole, soak it in cold water, keeping it submerged for about 20 minutes. Then wrap it in a large towel without twisting it and press out the excess water. Next lay it out on a smooth surface, and stretch the edges out as you pin it. Once it is dry, weave in the ends.

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