With its lustrous sheen and soft feel, you might expect the Araucania Ruca yarn used in our Sugared Almonds Cardigan to contain some silk. Unusually, though, it's made from sugar cane fibre, a waste product of the sugar industry. The skeins are spun and hand-dyed by a group of artisans in Santiago, Chile, and are available in six variegated colourways, from pastel and earthy tones to bright rainbow hues.
Amanda Crawford's design uses pastel shades which complement her delicate lace pattern. The cardigan features two lace motifs, the body and sleeves use an easily memorised six-stitch repeat, whereas the wave-like lace edging is worked over 2 rows with a varying stitch count. The cardigan is secured at the front using two twisted ties positioned just above the bustline; Amanda has incorporated a little purple bead at the end of each of her ties. You could use a button and button loop if you prefer.