As quickly as I got my mojo back…I lost it. Honestly, I was just getting a little bored so I put that baby blanket down for a minute and just started searching on Ravelry. The weather lately has been insane (It snowed on Saturday in Maryland. It snowed.) and I keep thinking about making myself a cape/poncho. But here’s the thing, I’ve only ever owned one cape that I liked on me, otherwise I’m drowning in fabric and look dumb 😐 So I narrowed my search down to these three patterns on Ravelry:
Images via Ravelry, links below
- Dovenby (left): I love the circular yoke, buttons and slits for arms but I wish it had a collar.
- Bonny (bottom right): I love this shape but it’s bulky weight and that can sometimes add bulk to me and I don’t need that.
- Wednesday’s Child (top right): I like the collar and shape but I hate pulling ponchos over my head and messing my hair up.
So what’s a girl to do? I opened up my digital copy of The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Top Down Sweaters, my Knitter’s Notebook and decided to design myself what I wanted. I’m doing a circular yoke cape that will most likely have a ribbed high collar and then two slits down the front so that I can pull my arms out easily. I can control the length and shape so I don’t look like I’m drowning in yarn. If it looks completely horrible, I can just frog it before I block it – because that’s the beauty of knitting.
I pulled this Lemonade Shop yarn Mega Toxic Oreo out of my stash for the circular yoke – you can’t see the increases since it’s such a wild colorway. As I was ending the yoke I decided to do a black band of garter stitch with some Knit Picks Superwash Worsted I had to break things up a bit and then the body will be with my leftover white Manos del Uruguay Gloria yarn from my Custom Cardigan. And I may throw in a pop of bright fuchsia for some finishing and to give it some interest with a bit of color- there’s a tiny bright pink spec in the yarn and I have a yarn that’s a perfect match.
Of course knowing me and my luck, I’ll make this and love it and then the weather will stay super hot. But I want to try something new and different to challenge myself. So let’s see where this goes!