Saturday, 15 May 2010

Circular Cape no 2

WIP: Lady's Circular Cape
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One of my favourite yarns is Wetterhoff's Viva, a shimmering wool-silk blend - like knitting with champagne! I recently found three skeins in a colour I hadn't seen before and thought it was my duty to buy them, and it didn't take more than a couple of days to decide what to use them for.

I'm knitting "Lady's Circular Cape in Shell Pattern" by Jane Sowerby (Victorian Lace Today), a design I first knitted exactly a year ago and gave to my aunt ("Lady Caroline's Circular Cape"). This one will be "Lady Annika's Circular Cape", for a dear friend and shawl lover who's moving back to Sweden after quite a few years abroad. Hooray!

Some modifications:
1. Wedge-shaped repeats elongated with increase rows placed more regularly in the original pattern, where it grows very quickly towards the end.
2. 5 repeats instead of 12 to keep her extra warm in the winter.
3. Edging knitted with slightly thinner needles.

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Ian said...

Is that the almost coral-red you got two weeks ago? It looks like a great project!

I haven't made any progress figuring out what I should do with the yarn I bought. Will hopefully find some time to think about it soon.


Asplund said...

It is - well spotted! Funny, the yarn looks considerably darker when knitted up, more like raspberry red. Perhaps it's because of all the shadows created when the project is crumbled; who knows, it might look lighter again once it's blocked.
I hope it won't take long before you come up with the perfect project for the beautiful yarn you bought!

rosalia said...

I love this red! It looks very, very beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I keep looking at this book but have not bought it as yet. It looks like I should. The cape is so beautiful. I am sure it fits much better than a triangular shawl. What comments do you get from your aunt. This colour is spectacular and would make anyone look good.

Anna-Maria said...

Vilken fantastisk sjal du gjort!

Var har du köpt garnet och mönstret någonstans?


också Uppsala-stickare. :)

Asplund said...

Hej Anna-Maria - och tack! Mönstret finns i en book som heter "Victorian Lace Today" och är skriven av Jane Sowerby. Det finns många godbitar i den! Garnet köpte jag på Marias garn (Sankt Paulsgatan på Söder i Stockholm). Vi kanske ses på stickkafé någon gång?

Ron: I do think it's a great book, well worth getting. Some photos are rather strange (colour choices and backgrounds make it difficult to see the patterns etc) but on the whole it's a treasure chest. I think my aunt mostly wears it at home, and that she enjoys simply looking at it. I know she's happy with it!