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Swirly Striped Cape

By: Candace Eisner Strick for Universal Yarn

We know ponchos are trendy and functional pieces to have in your fall wardrobe, but we love them because they're just so much fun to wear. Swoop down the street in the gorgeous Swirly Striped Cape. This beautiful knit poncho pattern is warm, stylish, and conjures up day dreams about Sherlock Holmes mysteries or holding court with the Queen of England. This is a perfect project for the beginning knitter. So, the next time you take out those knitting needles, get carried away with the Swirly Striped Cape.

Beginner

Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm

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

Skill Level: Beginner
Size: Fits all
Finished Measurements:
Length: 22"
Bottom measurement: 136"


Materials:

 

  • Yarn: 5 skeins of Heathers (discontinued) (95% Wool/5% Polyamide); 214yds/196m/140g

Recommended Yarn:

  • Universal Yarn Deluxe LP (100% Wool), 220yds/100g
  • Wisdom Yarns Poems (100% Wool), 109yds/50g
  • Wisdom Yarns Sonnet (50% Wool, 50% Silk), 93yds/50g
  • US 10 1/2 (6.5 mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge


Gauge:
10 1/2 sts and 20 rows= 4" in Garter St


Garter Stitch:
Knit every row.


Cape:
CO 10 sts, pm, *CO 13 sts, pm*, rep * to * 4 times, CO 10 sts - 72 sts (the 10 sts at beg and end of row are the center front bands; inc takes place in the 4 sections of the cape)
Row 1 (WS): Knit
Row 2 (RS): K the 10 sts of center front section, *K1, Kfb, knit to 1 st before next marker, Kfb, K1*, rep * to * 4 times, knit last 10 sts of center front section.
Rep the above 2 rows 21 times - 55 sts in each of the 4 cape sections - 240 sts total.
Work row 1.
Work the foll 4 rows 10 times - 320 sts:


Row 1: (RS): K the 10 sts of center front section, *K1, Kfb, knit to 1 st before next marker, Kfb, K1*, rep * to * 4 times, knit last 10 sts of center front section.
Rows 2, 3, and 4: Knit.
Work the foll 8 rows 3 times - 344 sts:
Row 1: (RS): K the 10 sts of center front section, *K1, Kfb, knit to 1 st before next marker, Kfb, K1*, rep * to * 4 times, knit last 10 sts of center front section.
Rows 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8: Knit.
Work the foll 12 rows 2 times - 360 sts.
Row 1: (RS): K the 10 sts of center front section, *K1, Kfb, knit to 1 st before next marker, Kfb, K1*, rep * to * 4 times, knit last 10 sts of center front section.
Rows 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12: Knit.
BO all sts very loosely.


Finishing:
You may make a buttonhole at the top of the right front band by pulling apart the sts and sewing around the opening with thread. Or you can wear your cape with a clasp or shawl pin.

 

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I like the cape and I think I am going to make it but the instructions are not clear. I believe they should read Kfb, k1, move market, k1, kfb, knit row until two stitches before marker, kfb, k1. Correct me if I am wrong. Otherwise the pattern is fine. It is too bad the yarn is discontinued but I am sure you can find a substitute. This cape would be good for the office as well. It can be dressy and warm.

I love this cape and it would be fun to make it in some different types of yarn, such as a yarn with a "fur" look. My only issue with the instructions is that there is no key to the abbreviations. While I think I know what they mean, it is always safer to include a key so there is no confusion.

I'm confused, can someone help me with this Row 2 (RS) K the 10 sts of center front section, K1, Kfb, knit to 1 st before next marker, Kfb, K1, rep to 4 times, knit last 10 sts of center front section. Rep the above 2 rows 21 times - 55 sts in each of the 4 cape sections - 240 sts total. Work row 1.

I'm confused, can someone help me with this Row 2 (RS) K the 10 sts of center front section, K1, Kfb, knit to 1 st before next marker, Kfb, K1, rep to 4 times, knit last 10 sts of center front section. Rep the above 2 rows 21 times - 55 sts in each of the 4 cape sections - 240 sts total. Work row 1.

I'm a fairly new knitter and have never seen the abbreviation "pm". Help! I hope I'm not taking on too much for my level. Thank you. Carol

Hi cstires3154 5660215, pms = Place marker. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I finished my first swirl cape and it turned out perfect. Now I would like to make it with a lighter weight yarn and still use the 10.5 needles. Could anyone help me with the changing of the pattern? Is there a calculator for this type of altering of a pattern to fit a different size yarn? So glad I found this pattern. Thanks/Deb

If you change the yarn weight, you'll have to change the needle size accordingly. There isn't really a calculator for the type of change you are trying to make, if you change the yarn and needle size, you might as well forget the pattern that's here-it simply won't work. You could make your own pattern based on your gauge swatch with the different yarn and needles.

Did you use different colors to get the striped look ?

This type of verigated yarn creates the stripes in the pattern, I have 8 balls that I am saving to make this, its on the list, just haven't gotten to it yet!

It's been awhile since I have knitted anything. This is rated for the "beginner". I guess I am one, since I have forgotten what "Kfb" stands for. How about a little refresher course? Thanks.

KFB = knit front back It's an increase stitch. There are tons of videos on YouTube or knittinghelp.com that I have found to be lifesavers at any time of the day or night. :) Here's a link: http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/bar-increase-continental

The amount of yarn needed for the pattern is not clear - how many skeins of the substitute yarns are needed? Total yardage/weight?

The original yarn for this pattern calls for 5 skeins at 214 yds. a skein. so the substitute yarn would need to be 1070 yds. of whichever yarn you use. 5 x 214= 1070 yds. The weight of yarn does not change when you substitute yarn, the only thing that may change is how many skeins you need, if the substitute is a different yardage. hope this helps.

This is beautiful, but do you have any suggestions for yarn that does not contain wool? I'm very allergic.

I am also allergic and frequetly use acrylics as substitutes for most patterns-for this one I used Bernat Satin the first time and Caron One pound the second time. Both turned out well, but different than the picture-the satin yarn had more drape and the one pound held the shape a little more than the one in the picture. hope this helps.

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