I made this little “Tuneful’rap Capelet” for a young girl at our church! She is being raised by her Momma and Auntie. They are the nicest bunch of women! Kira is a wonderful girl…and I wanted to make something for her as a gift of appreciation and love!
HERE is a link to the pattern…but you need to do one more step because it is a PDF file. When you get to the page, type the word CAPELET into the search bar…and Tuneful’rap Capelet is at the bottom of the list. It is a FREE PATTERN at www.knittingpatterncentral.com.
The pattern was very easy. I tweaked it a bit. It asked for 1" K2/P2 ribbing at the bottom and I did 1.5" seed stitch. The pattern also asked for the ribbed button bands to be “picked up” after the capelet was done. I “knit in” seed stitch button bands at the beginning and end of each 246st row. Because this way of adding button bands causes the button bands to “bow” and not form a straight edge…I had to do short rows over the 7st seed buttonband on EVERY 6th ROW, at the beginning of the row, and of course, at the end of the row. This works like magic! I did this same thing on my Purple Malabrigo Bed Jacket garter ridge button bands.
I bought 4 skeins of Joann’s Debbie Mumm Traditions yarn for this capelet…an [I]impulse buy[/I] I must admit…but the colors called to me…
but [B]I’m sorry[/B] now that I bought that yarn. All 4 skeins were the same dyelot…but as you can see by the photo…2 skeins were a richer saturation…and 2 skeins were definitely lighter. SIGH. I swear to you, it was impossible to detect until you started knitting from the skeins. Fortunately for me, I used the two darker skeins back-to-back from the bottom up (total LUCK)…and the two lighter skeins to finish. So, Kira’s Capelet has a UNIQUE LOOK. :shrug:
The yarn was AWFUL to knit/work with! The colorful fibers on the top were “spun around” a solid black core (yes, solid [B]black[/B] [B]core[/B]!)…so as you knit the yarn…the colorful fibers surrounding the black core would slip and slide back and forth…bunching up like the elastic waistband of your pajamas. So, every 10 stitches or so…I had to stop and gently smooth out that “bunching”. Even so, it was dicey.:pout:
The rows were 246 stitches wide…can you imagine having to stop every 10 stitches to smooth out the bunches of fibers on the top layer of yarn?
What a nightmare. :hair:
This is Kira, wearing her little capelet!
Anyway, here is the capelet!
Closeup of the offset neckline, and 3 button closure.
The yarn. Debbie Mumm “Traditions”.
This is the “bunching” I told you about:
Here is a good photo of the solid [B]black core.[/B]
This bit of yarn is what I used to secure the buttons. Ain’t it awful looking?
This is how the yarn appeared as the nice, neat skein! Can you see why the colors called to me??