In the Regency Era and well beyond, through the Romantic, Victorian, and Edwardian eras, a shawl was imperative in every lady’s wardrobe. Not only did it protect their “fragile constitutions” from the draftiness of their houses and the sudden chilly breezes on their long walks, but it was a highly desirable feminine accessory. You may not be able to buy a paisley or silk stole, but with a luscious sport-weight alpaca yarn and this PDF pattern, you can make yourself a good substitute! The “Fleur-de-Lis Stole” is luxury itself, with a generous length for the classical Regency drape, and the combination of fleur-de-lis (a popular motif of the time) and a striking edging of fans and tassels.
Fit to wear to a costume ball, it’s also light and warm and practical, easy to wrap around your arms or shoulders when the evening grows chill. It’s crocheted in short rows with the fleur-de-lis staggered in rows separated by an easy chain mesh and no separate edging except at each end. It works up quickly; special stitches are clearly explained. Skill level: intermediate. Designed by Kristen Stoltzfus of Joys in Stitches just for Sense & Sensibility customers.
Note for European and Australian customers: Some crocheting terms are different from the US. Thanks to customer Antonia L, who shared a great link to translate terms from American to British (also used in AUS): http://crochet.about.com/od/conversioncharts/a/termtranslate.htm.