Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 330 – Kudzu Shawl in Cerro

The Kudzu Shawl by Rachel Henry is one of the Web-Letter’s greatest hits. The clever way the braided cables at the top grow into rows of leaves, flowing from one tier to the next makes it an irresistible knit for lace lovers. A quick click through of projects on Ravelry brings up beautiful modifications too – more leaves, and beads!

The key to this design is the perfect pairing of the pattern with a yarn that has both beautiful drape and excellent stitch definition. That is why we couldn’t resist featuring the Kudzu Shawl again in brand new Cerro. If you are familiar with the soft blend of pima cotton and alpaca in MountainTop Canyon, then you’ll appreciate the summer-kissed palette of Cerro, Canyon’s colorful cousin. Both yarns have a wonderfully soft hand and stitch definition uncommon among yarns with such beautiful drape.

Meg Myers   

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The Yarn

85% pima cotton • 15% alpaca

Cerro is a blend of soft pima cotton and alpaca that creates a yarn with drape and excellent stitch definition. These summery hues are complimented by Cerro’s undyed cousin, MountainTop Canyon.

Introducing Sunny Day with designs in Cerro

When preparing for this month’s new book, Sunny Day, we couldn’t put brand new Cerro down. It’s the perfect gauge for summer garments: light enough for layering in the warm weather but thick enough that your knitting progress is undeniable. (Or crocheting progress, Sunny Day features both!)

In addition to this week’s Kudzu Shawl, Cerro makes its debut in Sunny Day with four feminine pieces. Kalinda (top left) is a triangular wrap, worked from the center top out with three distinct lace patterns. Marisol (top right) is rectangular wrap with dramatic tassels at each corner that is worked in a single lace pattern.

We also have two new garment designs in Cerro. Eliana (bottom left) also has a simple lace pattern, on the sleeves, and a feminine ballet neckline. If you love lace, after finishing your Kudzu Shawl, Abelona (bottom right) is another irresistible piece. This light and airy smock top has lace panels on the bodice and an openwork mesh on the bottom.

Visit our Sunny Day page to learn more about these and the other brand new designs this month. Sunny Day is available at your LYS and the individual patterns and eBook are also available instantly online.

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