La Peregrina by Stephanie Earp

Pattern on Ravelry: La Peregrina

Designer: Stephanie Earp

Photographer: Dianna Walla

Sizes Included: 7 Women’s Sizes: 32/36/40/44/48/52/56” at bust

About the Pattern: When Monica, the dyer behind Yarn Experiments, reached out to me to offer me yarn support for a future design, I wanted to do more than just take the yarn and run. I chatted with her about her goals for her business, and the designs she liked best. And then I pitched her a complicated cardigan with lapels. Thankfully, when the yarn was on the needles, it became obvious my idea was all wrong. I started playing with increases I remembered from Estonian lace (or mis-remembered – my star stitch here doesn’t seem to actually exist in that tradition) and this lace yoke was born.

Last Note: My working title for this design was ‘Tellement Cute’, an expression I heard a lot while I was knitting it at a family cottage in Quebec. I still think it’s a great name for a pattern, but La Peregrina (a famous pearl owned by royalty and Elizabeth Taylor) was the perfect name for a pattern that calls for many purls. (Though I do include a tutorial on switching to knitting inside out after the yoke is complete.)