Hello hello! I’m so excited to share this design – it’s one I’ve been thinking about for a number of years now, but it took me a while to get the exact details nailed down.
I wanted to make a light cardigan that would start with a rectangular lace panel. Stitches would be picked up from the panel side to make a bottom up raglan, and the sideways lace would drape open. It’s not a complicated idea, but it depends very much on the right yarn and details. Luckily, after I ordered a couple of alpaca laceweight yarns from Knit Picks for swatching, I found a yarn with the drape and hand I wanted. Alpaca Cloud is a pure alpaca laceweight and it’s really lovely. It comes in heathered shades that have great depth and it’s very soft to the touch. I may have said this before, but Knit Picks’ alpaca and alpaca blend yarns tend to be my favorites of all the Knit Picks yarns.
High Desert is not a difficult knit, but it has a lot of nice little details I hope you’ll enjoy. The chevron reverses at the center of the panel to make an easy symmetrical lace. Because so much of the sweater is composed of the lace panel, the sweater knits up fast despite being laceweight yarn knit on size 2 needles. A contrast color for loop edging on and the button band facing adds a point of visual interest. The button band is made with snaps and decorative buttons to keep the sweater lightweight and easy to wear. This is the perfect summer cover up to toss into a purse in case air conditioning or a chill evening leave you wanting a little something extra.
I hope you enjoy the sweater! I’m so excited to release it. You can buy it here.