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Arcadian Shawl


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Arcadia, before it was a city in Southern California, was a region in Ancient Greece. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Arcadia became a concept, an idealized fantasy of perfect unspoiled rusticity. In the imaginations of western Europeans, Arcadia remained pristine, utopic, populated by happy shepherds and beautiful shepherdesses. The Arcadian Shawl is so named for its own faux rusticity, in which gorgeous luxury yarns are transformed into a simple but beautiful wrap. The lace edging for the shawl requires very little yarn, making this a great project for using up leftovers. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cast on Knit Purl Pick up stitches Increase GAUGE 16 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Small: 55 inches wide, 18 inches long (shown in Small) Medium: 63 inches wide, 20 inches long Large: 78 inches wide, 25 inches long

Supplies Needed

  • 1 (1, 2) skeins A Verb for Keeping Warm Alpaca Silk Yarn 70% Alpaca, [30% Silk; 310 yds per 112g skein] for MC - shown in Magic Bean
  • 1 (1, 1) skein A Verb for Keeping Warm Metamorphosis [70% Superwash Merino, 30% Silk; 385 yds per 115 g skein] for CC - shown in Nugget
  • U.S. size 6 (4 mm) 24" (or longer) circular needle

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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.