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Mel spends her days in Seattle dreaming up new designs and playing with yarn. Her projects expand to fill the space available. Luckily, this does not seem to bother her loving husband and sons.

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Alicanto

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit, purl, basic lace, provisional cast on, Icord bind off.

Pattern Description:

Alicanto is the fourth of four patterns included in the Birds of Mythology ebook released as part of the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project for May 2012.

Who needs a new lucky sweater? You do! Alicanto, named after the beautiful bird of Chilean myth, is a top-down breezy cardigan that features light, lacy panels down the front. According to legend, the Alicanto, whose wings shine in the night sky with beautiful colors, brings luck to any miner who sees it. Will this sweater be your lucky charm?

This sweater is meant to fit across the back and have wide, flowing front panels. The back measurements for this garment, shown above, are from mid-underarm to mid-underarm (where side seams would be) across the back of the sweater.


20 sts per 4in/10cm in Stockinette Stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 15.5 [17, 18.75, 20.5, 22, 23.5, 25.25, 26.75]in/39 [43, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68]cm; Finished Back Measurement (see Notes)


  • 1300 - 2345 yards (1189 - 2144 m) of Malabrigo Arroyo Yarn
  • US 8 - 5.0 mm knitting needles (or needles needed to get gauge)

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