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Calida is a girl's name of Greek and Spanish origin. Its meaning, "most beautiful; heated, with warmth," perfectly matches my new lace cocoon cardigan.
This stylish open cardigan is the epitome of elegance in a knitwear item! Gorgeous alpaca/silk yarn is knit in a lace stitch pattern with just enough openness to keep it light and airy, but not so much that the cardigan loses its structure.
The silk content of the yarn allows this piece to glide over your shoulders and drape beautifully over tank tops, maxi dresses, long-sleeve blouses, and so much more.
Its simple structure makes it an easy project to create (it's been my portable project for the last few weeks) and also the perfect item to fold flat to pack for your next weekend trip or summer escape.
The open front, cocoon silhouette is just what you'll reach for whenever there's the slightest hint of a chill. A sophisticated alternative to the rectangular or triangular shawls that require a shawl pin.
Finished Knit Measurements: Approx measurement across back measured flat, between bust and waist: 13 ¾ (17 ¼, 21 ¾)" [35 (44, 55) cm]. TO FIT SIZES: S/M (L/1X, 2X/3X) or Bust sizes 32-38 (40-46, 48-54)" [81.5-96.5 (101.5-117, 122-137) cm]. Total length at center back measured flat (including ribbing) = 24 (25, 25 ¼)" [61 (63.5, 64) cm]. NOTE: When worn, length at center back (because the weight of the cardigan and the nature of alpaca stretches slightly downwards) is approx 26 ¼ (27 ¾, 28 ½)" [66.5 (70.5, 72.5) cm], NOT including the ribbed edging that sits in back of your neck.
Yarn Used: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (50% Alpaca /50% Silk); 1.76 oz/50g [146 yds/134 m] per ball): 6 (7, 9) balls in Color #100 Slate Grey.
Pattern Gauge: 24 sts = approx 5 ¼" [13.5 cm] and 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Lace st; 18 sts = 4" [10 cm] and 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] in St st.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A fine/sport weight yarn with a gauge of 5-6 sts per inch on size 3-5 US / 3.25–3.75 mm needles.
Total Yardage Required: 825 (1015, 1200) yds [754 (928, 1097) m].
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Knitting Needles Used: Size 8 [5 mm] needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE.
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