High Desert

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High Desert Pattern


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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Knit with circular needles
  • Knit with double pointed needles
  • Pick up stitches

Pattern Description:

Most of my childhood vacations involved car trips around my home state, exploring the varied and beautiful landscapes that California has to offer. Unlike the traditional cactus specked dustscapes we think of when we hear the word desert, the high desert is a rocky, high elevation terrain covered in tenacious scrub and twisted trees. At night it gets very cool, even in summer. High Desert, the sweater, is a laceweight cardigan that you can wear when the sun goes down or when summer AC becomes overpowering. Light and airy in soft alpaca yarn, High Desert is fun to knit and easy to wear.
The lace panel is knit first and stitches are picked up from one side to work a bottom up raglan cardigan. A contrast color is used to add pretty finishing details, such as loop edging and a contrast facing. This is the ideal sweater to toss into a purse for preparation against a chilly evening or over zealous air conditioning.


26 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Bust size: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inches


  • 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud [100% Alpaca; 440 yds per 50gm skein] in MC, shown in colorway Reed Heather
  • 1 skein/20 (20, 24, 24, 24, 28, 28) yards Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud [100% Alpaca; 440 yds per 50gm skein] in CC, shown in colorway Tidepool Heather
  • U.S. size 2 (2.75 mm) 32" circular needles
  • U.S. size 2 (2.75 mm) dpns OR long circular needle for Magic Loop

You Will Also Need:

  • 5 small decorative buttons
  • 5 snap closures
  • tapestry needle

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud


Shown in Reed Heather with Tidepool Heather contrasts

About Designer

About Designer

Kristen Hanley on craftsy.com

Kristen Hanley Cardozo lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and an increasingly large collection of yarn and knitting patterns. Kristen is a loose cannon, but also the best cop on the force. She designs knitwear whenever she gets half a chance.

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