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Gothic Witch Cape

Who said Halloween is just for kids? Cast a spell with this spooky knit cape pattern. The Gothic Witch Cape is sure to be one of the best homemade Halloween costumes on your block. The bewitching pattern features a long flowing cape with a spider web style collar. Add a black hat, tights, a broom, and you've got yourself a costume! Both comfortable and easy to dress up, The Gothic Witch Cape is an affordable costume you'll love for Halloweens to come.


Knitting Needle Size11 or 8 mm, 13 or 9 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


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  • RED HEART® Super Saver®: 2 skeins 312 Black A and 1 skein 358 Lavender B.
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 8mm [US 11] – 24” [60 cm] and 9mm [US 13] – 24” [60 cm].
  • Stitch markers
  • yarn needle.

GAUGE: 10 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 14 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st with larger needle; width from point to point on chevron = 7” [18 cm]. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.

ABBREVIATIONS: A, B = color A, B; dec = decrease; K = knit; mm = millimeters; P = purl; St st = Stockinette stitch (Knit on right side rows; Purl on wrong side rows.); st(s) = stitch (es); tog = together; yo = yarn over; * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated; [] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified.

Special Abbreviation
ssk (slip, slip, knit) = slip next 2 sts knitwise, one at a time, to right needle, insert tip of left needle into these 2 sts from the front and knit together.

With larger needle and A, cast on 148 sts. Knit
4 rows. With B, knit 2 rows.
Next Row: With A, k8, [k2tog, k12] 10 times –
138 sts.
Row 1 (Right Side): K7, place marker, [yo, k10, k2tog, ssk, k10, yo, k1] 4 times, yo, k10, k2tog, ssk, k10, yo, place marker, k7. Slip markers every row.
Row 2: K7, purl to last marker, k7.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 four times more, then Row 1 again.

B Stripe
Next Row: With B, knit.
Next Row: Repeat Row 1.

With A, repeat Rows 1 and 2 nine times, then
Row 1 again. Repeat B Stripe.

With A, repeat Rows 1 and 2 seven times, then
Row 1 again. Repeat B Stripe.

With A, repeat Rows 1 and 2 three times, then
Row 1 again. Repeat B Stripe.

With A, repeat Rows 1 and 2 once, then Row 1
again. Repeat B Stripe.

Change to smaller needle.
With A, k7, purl to last 7 sts, k7.

Dec Row 1 (Right Side): With A, k7, k11, ssk,
k23, k2tog, k22, k2tog, ssk, k22, ssk, k23,
k2tog, k11, k7 – 132 sts.
Next Row: K7, purl to last 7 sts, k7.

Dec Row 2: K7, k11, ssk, k21, k2tog, k21,
k2tog, ssk, k21, ssk, k21, k2tog, k11, k7 –
126 sts.
Next Row: K7, purl to last 7 sts, k7.

Dec Row 3: K7, k11, ssk, k19, k2tog, k20,
k2tog, ssk, k20, ssk, k19, k2tog, k11, k7 –
120 sts.
Next Row: K7, purl to last 7 sts, k7.

Dec Row 4: K7, k11, ssk, k17, k2tog, k19,
k2tog, ssk, k19, ssk, k17, k2tog, k11, k7 –
114 sts.
Next Row: K7, purl to last 7 sts, k7.

Continue in this same manner, decreasing 6
sts every right side row until 78 sts remain,
end right side row.

With B, knit 2 rows. With A, knit 2 rows.

Eyelet Row (Wrong Side): With A, k2, * yo,
k2tog; repeat from * across.

With A, knit 1 row. With B, knit 2 rows.


Next Row (Wrong Side): With larger needle
and B, knit across wrapping yarn 3 times for
each st.
Next Row: Knit, dropping extra wraps.
Next Row: Knit.
Repeat last 3 rows twice more. Bind off very loosely.



With smaller needle and B, cast on 200 sts.
Bind off.
Weave cord through eyelets at neck edge.
Gather to fit around neck and tie in front.
Weave in ends.


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I've not made this, but I SHALL! My kids' stepMom is an absolute Halloween freak and is going to SO love this! Your instructions are SO clear and this just looks easy as pie! TY! This is going to be SO much fun, I MAY make one for ME! -)


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