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.