I made a cape! This does not make me a knitting superhero.
Project: Princess Wander’s Aran Cape
Pattern: Wandering Aran Fields
Designer: Norah Gaughan
Available: in Wrap Style
Yarn: CEY Princess in peacock (3409)
This is a store sample for the Hub Mills Store. Even though Princess has been discontinued (SOB!) we still have some in stock — come and get it, before it’s all gone! There is nothing quite so soft and lovely as this worsted-weight yarn. I will miss it when it’s gone entirely. In the mean time, I got to knit this cabled cape — such fun!
The pattern is pretty straightforward: cast on the bottom edge, work cables until done, make button bands, then make more ribbing than you’d like to. The shoulder decreases are cleverly hidden in the cables — very cool! The button bands are worked separately in the pattern, with smaller needles, although I noticed several knitters elected to work them as they went rather than deal with seaming. Seaming doesn’t bother me, and I think it adds to the structure of the garment in many cases.
If you make this pattern, don’t make MY mistake. I thought I knew what they wanted for 2×2 rib — I mean, 2×2 rib, right? How hard is that? Well, I failed to take into account a totally appropriate one-stitch selvage (to make seaming those button bands easier), and ended up having to correct two inches of 2×2 rib that was off by one stitch. Ugh. Of course, I could have ripped it all out … but ribbing is my nemesis, and I just couldn’t face it.
I have improved my ribbing a great deal with this project, speaking of. All it took was a little more attention paid to keep the working yarn on the needle tips when going from a knit to a purl — I was allowing the yarn to slip back a bit, adding too much slack at this crucial point and causing a loose left edge to knit columns.
8 thoughts on “FO Friday: Princess Wander’s Aran Cape”
i think it does make you a knitting superhero !!! nice pattern!!!
Thanks Barb! 🙂
Hello! I’m visiting your blog for the first time and I disagree with the first sentence in this post, you ARE a knitting superhero! Wowee, I’m so inspired, you are amazing! Loving everything about your blog and looking forward to coming back to visit and soak up some more inspiration. Have an ace week XXX
Wow, I’m blushing!! Thank you :).
Lovely! You are so right about Princess. It’s such a beautiful yarn.
Who did the pictures? They are also lovely.
Hee! I did the pictures. Left my camera on the fencepost– nice and level, at eye level — and set the 10-second timer. Thanks though!