Monday, February 1, 2010

Peony Cape for a Valentine

I have enjoyed making these lovely capelets, or collar scarfs. They are easy to make, and dress up a denim jacket, or sweater with a soft drape and ruffle. There are two versions in the pattern, one without a ruffle, and the other with a ruffle inspired by the costumes in "Cranford" and "Return to Cranford" on PBS.
Peony Cape

This pattern is for a knitting loom with 22-27 pegs in a 1/2 to 3/4 inch gauge, such as the purple Knifty Knitter hat loom, or a CinDwood 1/2 inch gauge hat loom; the Markman looms in 1/2 size and the DA looms in regular sett. It uses a short row technique and has the option of an additional ruffle that is crocheted on. The pattern works well with a variety of yarns, from worsted weight cottons to bulky wools, which makes it a year-round cape. It looks wonderful over a denim-style jacket as well as a winter coat. In cotton, it makes a perfect summer light shoulder wrap on its own.Supplies:
¾ inch gauge loom (regular) with at least 27 pegs. Sample was made with the Nifty Knitter Purple Round Hat Loom.
Pink Sample: Made with 3 skeins Bernat Alpaca in Peony, about 340 yards bulky yarn. This sample used slightly more yarn to complete the ruffle than the green cape.
Green Sample: Made with 2 Skeins of Moda Dea Silk & Wool in Wasabi Green, WW wool. It has a tweedy texture to it, and a nice spring and drape that add to the scarf’s wrap.
Loom hook
Crochet hook
6 peg markers
Photos of the pattern versions without a ruffle:

Finished dimensions are 9 inches wide, and about 72 inches on the longer side.

Photos of the Ruffled Cape version:

Finished size 9" wide, and 78" long on the outside of the cape.

Update 2014: A new version of this pattern is now available, with two patterns. One with the plain edge, and one with a ruffle knitted at the same time as the cape.
The Peony Cape pattern is $4.00

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  1. the one with the ruffles is so beautiful, thanks

  2. I bought the pattern - but it looks like I cannot knit this, Do I need a special device?
    thanks for your help


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