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Baby Cape

My 16-month-old models the Baby Cape.

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The Baby Cape (it really works for people of all sizes, up to adults, who can wear it as a neck warmer) was born of necessity and trying to outsmart a toddler. My child (16 months as of this writing) is not a big fan of hats, but she does like putting things around her neck.

So I designed this Baby Cape as a way to help keep her warm in winter without her really realizing it.

It's a scarf with a button to help keep it on, and the combination of a smooth wool-blend yarn and a super-soft eyelash yarn makes the project both warm and fun.

Materials:

  • one skein Red Heart Boutique Fur Sure yarn (I used teal) or about 35 yards of the eyelash yarn of your choice
  • about 50 yards Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe (I used Mermaid) or medium weight yarn of your choice
  • one pair size 13 US (9 mm) knitting needles
  • one 1-inch or slightly larger button
  • scissors and yarn needle for finishing

Gauge:

About 8 stitches and 16 rows per 4 inches in Garter Stitch holding both yarns together. Gauge is not critical.

Size:

5.5 inches wide and 22 inches long. To fit an infant as a cape; will work as a cowl or neck warmer on kids and adults of all ages.

Knitting the Cape:

  1. Holding both strands of yarn together, cast on 12 stitches.
  2. Work in Garter Stitch (knit every row) until piece measures about 21 inches.
  3. Next row, knit 2, bind off 2, knit to the end of the row.
  4. Next row, knit across, casting on 2 stitches where 2 were bound of, knit to end.
  5. Knit 4 more rows.
  6. Bind off loosely. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
  7. Sew button on opposite side of cape from buttonhole.
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