Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 103 – Silky Alpaca Lace Scarf

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My Silky Alpaca Lace Scarf began as a swatching exercise. While I’m not new to lace knitting, I had never worked a lace pattern in laceweight yarn. I preferred dk weight because it was faster and, I thought, easier to handle. Nevertheless, as a knitter who is always looking for something new to try, I grabbed a leftover ball of CEY's Silky Alpaca Lace, my collection of stitch dictionaries, and some size 7 (4.5 mm) needles, then sat down to browse the lace chapters.

When working lace patterns, I tend to be impatient. However, I had to wait until I’d worked several row repeats to really see the pattern appear. The chosen stitch pattern came out so well that I just kept knitting until the yarn was all used up. And every few inches I steam-blocked the piece with the needles still on! A move that kept me motivated and chugging along.

At 437 yards per ball, Silky Alpaca Lace has great yardage. With only half a ball, I was able to make a nice long scarf that Catherine, my teenage daughter, has claimed for herself. I really love the soft halo in the finished project. I think once you try lace with laceweight yarn and see the delicate effect you get, you’ll want to tackle more lace projects. I've become completely obsessed.

––Edith, the designer.

(originally published September 1, 2009)

The Yarn

Silky Alpaca Lace
70% alpaca, 30% silk

Silky Alpaca Lace is a beautiful blend of fibers spun into a gossamer yarn that creates an lightweight fabric. The alpaca in this yarn provides warmth and a soft halo, while the silk adds a subtle sheen to the knitted stitches. Worked with larger needles, Silky Alpaca Lace makes lovely, light-as-air shawls, garments and accessories.

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