Elizabeth Blackwell Stole


The Elizabeth Blackwell Stole is a rectangular shawl (frequently called a stole) knit flat with a scalloped border, a repeating lace pattern and beads.  It uses 100 grams of lace yarn, creating a lightweight airy fabric perfect for summer nights. The stitch pattern is provided in a chart, as well as written out, and percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your stole.  Also included is a checklist version of the pattern that allows you to step line-by-line through the pattern, checking off rows as they are completed.

The pattern is available for sale on Ravelry for $6 (you don’t have to be a member).

See this project knit by other Ravelers, including my lovely test knitters.

In addition to a background on the name of the pattern, details regarding gauge, yarn, needles, beads and measurements are listed below, with several photos.

Close Up

Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.  Her impetus for pursing medicine was a friend who suffered from a terminal disease that wished for a female physician.  Blackwell later opened clinics and infirmaries for treating women and children and created a medical school for women.

Supplies Needed:

  • Yarn
    • Approximately 800 yards/ 732 meters lace weight yarn. Shown in Malabrigo Silkpaca (70% alpaca/ 30% silk, 420 yards/384 meters, 50g) in the colorway Solis.  Other suggested yarns include Malabrigo Lace, Alpaca with a Twist Fino, Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace, Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud, or Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace.
  • Needles
    • Size US 4 (3.5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge, circular needle in a length of 24″/60 cm or longer.
  • Other Materials
    • Crochet hook – Size US 10 (0.75 mm)
    • 10 grams or 328 size 8/0 beads
    • 5 stitch markers
    • Tapestry needle
    • Blocking pins

Arm Drape
Other Pattern Information:

  • Finished Measurements
    • After Blocking
      • 57″/145 cm wide
      • 22″/56 cm heigh
  • Gauge (all over 4”/10cm)
    • Diamond Lace Pattern: 24 stitches & 36 rows

The stole is blocked aggressively. Meeting exact gauge is not crucial but may affect the final dimensions. Gauge is provided to assist with determining an appropriate needle size for you.

Wide Open

Hanging off Bench