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.
- 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
About 8 stitches and 16 rows per 4 inches in Garter Stitch holding both yarns together. Gauge is not critical.
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:
- Holding both strands of yarn together, cast on 12 stitches.
- Work in Garter Stitch (knit every row) until piece measures about 21 inches.
- Next row, knit 2, bind off 2, knit to the end of the row.
- Next row, knit across, casting on 2 stitches where 2 were bound of, knit to end.
- Knit 4 more rows.
- Bind off loosely. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
- Sew button on opposite side of cape from buttonhole.