I received some Manos Serena 3-Ply for review. My first thought upon touching this yarn was LACE! This yarn is so soft, light and airy. Its practically weightless.
Since the yarn is 60% Baby Alpaca and 40% Pima Cotton, I wasn’t sure how it would work for lace since these two fibers don’t have the elasticity or other properties of wool that block so well.
I was so pleasantly surprised when it blocked beautifully! I knit up a lace swatch, soaked and pin blocked it and the lace is beautiful. Some of the halo of the alpaca came out, but does not obscure the lace pattern.
It was a absolute pleasure to knit with, with a soft and dainty feel, but strong and durable to withstand blocking.
60% baby alpaca, 40% pima cotton
approx. 170 yds / 155 mts
per 1.75 oz / 50 g skein
Gauge: 22 – 26 sts = 4″ / 10cm
Needle Size: US 4 – 6 / 3.5 – 4 mm
Serena comes in a variety of kettle dyed colors, some tonal and some more variegated. This blend of pima cotton and baby alpaca has fantastic drape, and makes it perfect for scarves, wraps, cardigans, and summer tops.