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
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.