What happens when you combine a super-bulky, slubby yarn, huge needles and a no-brainer pattern? You get a lovely little project that's finished in no time, looks great and is easy enough for a beginner.
Those are the keys to the Trendsetter Capelet, a project that looks small and insubstantial but is really wonderful for keeping you warm. The simple pattern on huge needles plays up the changing texture of the yarn and is meant to be open, holey and chunky.
- one skein Trendsetter Yarns Yosemite (I used color 463, Crayons) or around 77 yards of any thick-and-thin wool blend
- one pair size 50 needles
- crochet hook or tapestry needle
- ribbon (optional)
The knitting needles are so large you will get about two stitches an inch no matter what yarn you use, but gauge is not critical.
Finished project is about 12 inches wide and 32 inches long, but the fabric is very stretchy.
- Cast on 15 stitches using the long-tail cast on method. If you'd like to use the yarn itself as a tie for your cape, leave a tail of six to eight inches.
- Work in garter stitch to desired length, or until you are almost out of yarn. If you want to use the yarn as a tie, make sure you bind off so that the beginning tail and the ending tail on on the same side of your work.
- Bind off loosely. Trim yarn if necessary. Again, leave a tail and just weave the ends slightly if you want to use the yarn as a tie.
- Otherwise, weave in ends.
- If desired instead of using the yarn, attach ribbons to the top of each side to tie closed.
About the Yarn:
Trendsetter Yarns is a California company producing a wide variety of luscious yarns. Yosemite is made in Italy and is a 50 percent wool, 50 percent acrylic blend.
The wool and acrylic are dyed separately and spun together into a thick and thin thread, blending the different colors. The result is a beautiful yarn with full colors that's very soft, easy to work with and a joy to wear.