Monday, June 22, 2009
New Free Pattern: Cafe Capelet
Updated 25 Sept. 2014: This pattern is no longer available for free and can be purchased here.
My new free pattern, Cafe Capelet, to accompany the Summer in the City Collection is now available.
It is essentially a rectangular scarf/mini-shawl, worked entirely in a Filet Mesh stitch pattern. I discovered this particular stitch pattern when browsing Barbara Abbey's Knitting Lace and have fallen in love with it. This openwork is achieved over two rows where the yarn overs are worked in one row and the decreases which compensate for the yarn overs are worked in the following row.
Once you get the stitch pattern under your hands, you can work it to any length or width that you like. Here I have stayed with a simple, but versatile shape. And the unique characteristics of this Filet Mesh pattern allows you to wear this piece successfully in a variety of ways.
Over the shoulders, like a wide scarf:
Wrapped around the neck for yet another look:
Worked in Fleece Artist Sea Wool (70% merino wool, 30% sea cell), it uses the same yarn as in In the Courtyard. Since it takes only about 250 m./273 yds., it is a great way to use left-over yarn, as I did here. Or a single skein of something special. Like some cashmere, perhaps?
Because the stitch pattern is so open and mobile, it works really well with handpainted yarns. I used a lightweight yarn here, but I don't see why this wouldn't work well in any weight. It could look very interesting in a bulky yarn. Why not?