Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 441 • Amber's Wrap

Classic Silk Faux Cardigan

Silky Alpaca Lace has been a favorite in the Classic Elite line for over a decade. Whether in a solid color, or a handpainted multi-color, it never disappoints when a soft and drapey laceweight yarn is needed. This week's pattern is perfect in its detail and simplicity. Two different lace patterns balance perfectly in this year-round wrap.

From designer Edith Murphy:

I designed the original wrap for my niece's wedding. It worked great for the outdoor fall venue. I wanted the ends to match so I chose to graft and use a second lace pattern for the middle section; that way the transition wasn't visible.

(file size: 684 KB; published April 5, 2016)

Silky Alpaca Lace

70% alpaca, 30% silk
  • 8½ sts/inch on US 2 (2.75 mm) needles
  • 440 yards/50 gram ball
  • hand wash cool, dry flat
  • 35 solids, 28 handpaints

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.

Featuring Skye

This tee with openwork bodice could also be worked in a solid color or in natural shades using undyed Canyon.


85% pima cotton, 15% alpaca

  • 6 sts/inch on US 4 (3.5 mm) needles
  • 150 yards/50 gram ball
  • machine or hand wash cool, dry flat
  • 15 colors

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