Christmas is my favorite season, full of lights and magic, surprises and presents, and knitting! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been knitting for everyone on my gift list. Often I make small delights such as boot sox, fleece-stuffed mittens and neck warmersand sweaters for the kids. This year I decided to take a slightly different route for the little girls on my list with this darling holiday capelet. Without sleeves, it’s quick to knit, but stylish and warm nonetheless.
I varied the red-and-green holiday colors by adding details in icy pink and blue. For Chanukah, the capelet would look cute in Bluette, a favorite color from my palette, as the main color.
The trim for this project is simply a single crochet chain that you sew on in lazy loops. Make it slightly longer than you need, so you can rip back a few stitches as needed when the beginning of the chain meets the end. The little pink bobbles are french knots worked with a double length of yarn. Add your own embellishments to suit the recipientperhaps little pom-poms and/or bells?
If you get started now, you can easily have this chic little cape knitted up in time for the holidays! Happy holidays and happy knitting!
MinnowMerino 100% extra fine superwash wool
MinnowMerino is a super-soft, extra-fine merino yarn developed by Jil Eaton for her MinnowKnits designs. The single-ply, lightly spun yarn knits up into a fluffy, cozy fabric. As an added bonus, the yarn is superwashit goes from the hamper into the washing machine.
MinnowMerino comes in Jil’s signature palette. The 21 colors are clean, bright, and saturatedwith the allure of a freshly opened box of crayons. The yarn is great for Jil’s kids designs, past and present, and it’s also great for just about anything you’d like to make in a worsted-weight yarn.
Jil Eaton’s capelet is worked from the neck to the hem. One of the advantages of working sweaters from the top down is that you can try it on as you go for a perfect fit. For custom fitting, you can decide on the best length for a project by trying it on the wearer, rather than working to a given number. If the piece is too long, rip out. If it’s too short, keep knitting. When knitting a garment with sleeves, you can adjust sleeve as well as body length.Knitting a garment top down and in the round also minimizes how much finishing you have to dono sleeves to set in and no side seams to sew. And, because you are working the entire body at once, even if you run short on yarn, you can still end with an even edge around the bottomand an added contrast trim.
Here is the free downloadable Child's Holiday Capelette pattern.
If you have difficulty downloading or printing the PDF pattern above, try this: page 1