Tortuga by Jodie Gordon Lucas
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February 2013
Lace ?
22 stitches and 43 rows = 4 inches
in Turtle Tracks after light blocking
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 1ยฝ - 2.5 mm
1200 - 1900 yards (1097 - 1737 m)
XS/S(M/L, 1X/2X, 3X/4X) OR 37(42, 55, 60) inch bust
This pattern is available for $3.99 USD
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errata alert 3/23/14
An update has been released which corrects the left front lapel. It should be finished in reverse stockinette, not garter stitch. My apologies.

This whimsical, light-as-air cardigan is an homage to the noble turtle. The body of the cardigan features the lace pattern โ€œTracks of the Turtleโ€ and the edges of the cuffs and hem are waves. And, making its way slowly up the lapels…itโ€™s a turtle parade!

The cardigan is seamless and uses provisional cast-ons and grafting for the modular construction. The edges and lapels are worked in place. The loose fitting garment comes in 4 sizes ranging from 36 to 60 inches. A detailed cheat sheet is included to assist with the grafting and stitch patterns are provided in both charted and written formats.

Designerโ€™s note: Sometimes it isnโ€™t until everything is blocked and photographed that I realize there is something Iโ€™d like to do differently. When I received the photographs from Knit Picks I realized the edges of the lapels could be more substantial. The pattern now offers 2 finishing methods for the lapel edges. Both call for the 3 edge stitches to be worked holding two strands of yarn (unlike the sample pictured). Version 1 is finished with a frog for which the directions are included. Version 2 is finished with crochet loops and button placket. Pictures of the modified lapel can be seen both in the pattern and the Ravelry page for the design.