For the secret superhero in you. Because we all know women are superheroes when it comes to the amount we juggle.
And why not look awesome and stay warm while doing it?
You can’t remove a coat with flourish and pizzazz and instantly demand attention. The cape (and capelet) does this.–Helen (@Anchorgirls on Twitter)
Now when you think of a cape you probably envision Superman’s or Batman’s ankle skimming garment. I’m sure you can knit a floor length cape if you want, but I think these elbow length, or maybe waist length, capelets are more practical.
First, they won’t take as long to knit as a floor length one. Second, you’ll probably have more opportunities to wear them.
You’ll find capelets are more structured than a shawl and more flattering than a poncho. They are good transition pieces for the spring when we shed our heavy coats but still need a little something to keep warm. They are also useful during the winter if you live in a drafty old house like I do and want to wrap up rather than crank the heat!
The pattern for this “Cabled Cape” is in the Winter 2011/12 issue of Vogue Knitting, which hit newsstands at the beginning of the month. It is designed by Yoko Hatta and takes 9 balls of Noro Retro.
Retro is a 64% Wool, 24% Silk, 12% Angora blend that comes in 110 yard hanks. This is sure to be a warm cape and the touch of angora will give it a soft halo.
While Hatta’s Cabled Cape has a poncho like structure with slits for your arms for ease of movement, the “Northanger Abby Hood” is more of a traditional cape with an open front.
This pattern, designed by Catherine Salter Bayar, is in “Jane Austin Knits 2011.” This magazine is a special publication from Interweave Press. It came out a few months ago, but should still be available.
The Northanger Abby Hood uses 4 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool. This yarn is a 45% Wool, 35% Silk, 20% Nylon blend that comes in 192 yard hanks. There are 6 new colors this season, so it will be easy to select one that matches your wardrobe.
This pretty garment can top off a casual outfit but is still elegant enough to wear with a party dress.
“Anise,” is from the “Absinthe” book.
Knit using 5 balls of Millais, a 50% Wool, 50% Acrylic blend that comes in 65 yard balls, this garment is a little more substantial than Poetry featuring a textured stitch instead of lace.
Wear it under your winter coat instead of a scarf, then keep using it alone when Spring makes a return.
Another substantial capelet is the “Shoulder Cape” from the “Riva” book.
The pattern takes from 4 to 6 balls of Riva, a chunky, 70% Wool, 30% Acrylic blend that comes in 88 yard balls and 12 colorways. This cape is worked flat and seamed, so it should be easy for a beginner to tackle. The chunky yarn means it will work up quickly.
For a little more challenge, consider the “Cabled Capelet” from the “Charlestown Collection” book.
This garment has a more tailored look with four big buttons highlighting the front.
It is knit using Cashmerino DK, a 55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere blend that comes in 121 yard balls and 46 colors. This yarn will knit up into a wonderfully soft and warm garment.
A 76% Super Kid Mohair, 24% Silk blend, Angel won’t weigh you down, but it will keep you warm because of the air caught in the fuzz from the Kid Mohair. There are now 24 colors of Angel available for all your moods.
And if your mood is glamorous, you can just as easily use Party Angel, a 72% Superkid Mohair, 24% Silk, 4% Metallic Polyester blend. The Metallic Polyester will give your capelet just a hint of shine.
As you can see, capelets come in a wide variety of styles. From simple cowl-like garments like the Riva Shoulder cape to textured beauties like Anise and delicate shoulder covers like the Lace Capelet.
These are just a few of the patterns we have available. You can see more cape patterns on our website.
Now that you’ve seen the potential, use the “find a store” feature on our website to locate a local yarn store near you and prepare to cover your shoulders in style.
Then visit us on Facebook and share a picture of your finished project. We love to see what you’re making.