Lucente means “…glowing, shining, glimmering…” according to my Italian language app. It best describes not only the yarn itself, Tandem, but also the overall design. While knitting Lucente, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by light (almost) the entire time. Give or take a few hours on the night flight to Rome. Once we landed for our stay in Italy, my daughter and I headed straight for the Cinque Terre region. Known as the Italian Riviera. We’d seen photos all over the internet. Saved images on pinterest boards for months.
We had rented a small apartment with a balcony in the middle village of Corniglia. This is where the majority of Lucente was knit. Soaking up the sunny mornings out on that balcony before we set out for perfect days of discovery. And it wasn’t just the light. It was the color, too. Just like Tandem. Every colorway of this yarn is gorgeous.
Lucente is easy to knit. The same row is repeated over and over again; a simple one row repeat. The gentle side shaping is created by beginning with larger needles and gradually decreasing to needles 3 sizes smaller for the upper body. It’s knit in one piece so only requires a small amount of seaming. Because the lace stitch pattern is so stretchy, a provisional cast on and special bind off are suggested for body and neck edges.
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