I Stole A Rainforest like ‘I Stole a Waterfall’ was inspired by center increase shawls. I find the things you can do with a center increase fascinating, particularly while maintaining the garments width.

The name comes from growing up in the Pacific Northwest, where weekends were often spent hiking through the Olympic National Forest and other beautiful places on the Olympic Peninsula. So, when I look at cables, I see waterfalls, but the panels in this stole took cables and added something more and then something more again; and when I thought of waterfalls plus something more, rainforest is what came to mind.

The pattern is both written and charted to accommodate knitters who prefer both methods. And although the charts are included for reference in the written pattern, chart knitters can enjoy a separate document containing all the same information except the written instructions have been omitted and the charts are full page.

The heist-theme comes from my love of wordplay and puns. So, the sections have all been tongue-in-cheek named for the stages of the commission of a crime or types of crimes.

No crimes were committed in the writing of this pattern. 
I’d love it if you would tag your finished garments and works in progress on social media with one or more of the following hashtags:

 #stolearainforest 
 #knitworkdesignstudio

Yarn & Gauge

I used nearly 2 whole skeins in one colorway of a fingering weight. A looser gauge may put you closer to jeopardy; a tighter gauge may result in more leftover yarn in your stash. Because this item is not a fitted garment, the gauge is relatively unimportant, except in relation to how much yarn you will need to complete your project. Detailed suggestions are included in the construction notes regarding how to adapt to possible shortages or overages of yarn.


Lace: 28 sts x 34 rows = 4”


Fingering Weight Yarn in one colorway 2 skeins 100g each

Alexandra’s Crafts Sun River(437yds/100g) – 
Two skeins: Toast 
sewhappyJane Bouncy Fingering(463yds/100g) – 
Two skeins: Walk on the Ocean 
Madeline Tosh Twist Light(420yds/100g) – 
Two skeins: Lost in Trees


Patterns are not written in a vacuum, and I couldn’t do this without the help of a literal tribe of people. People who test knitted, people who knit samples, others who modeled, tech edited, copy edited, provided resources for a variety of information, people who held my hand, wiped my tears and assuaged my anxiety, people who took photos. Heartfelt thanks goes out to each and every one of them for whatever assistance they provided, intentional or otherwise.

I Stole A Rainforest


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