Named for the lush western part of Latvia, known as Courland (Latvian: Kurzeme), this cowl-necked capelet harkens back to ancient times. In its earliest days, this area was inhabited by a pagan tribe, the Curonians, until they were converted to Christianity in the first quarter of the 13th century.
A garment of both practical value and beauty, the capelet provides warmth to the neck and upper body while, at the same time, decorating the face and shoulders of the wearer. Worked in the neutral shades of undyed linen and wool, this piece resonates with its early origins.
Work your own Courland capelet and re-connect with your own ancient source.
The sample pictured is size Medium/Large and is knit with Hand Maiden Fine Yarn Smitten, 80% merino, 20% silk, (185 m./202 yds. per 100 g. skein), in four colours.
Size: Extra Small/Small, Medium/Large, 1X/2X, 3X/4X
Circumference at Lower Edge:
140 cm./56 in. (160 cm./64 in.; 187 cm./74.7 in.; 213 cm./85.3 in.)
Depth (excluding Collar and Short Rows at Back Neck): 30 cm./12 in. (38 cm./15.1 in.; 44 cm./17.4 in.; 48 cm./19.1 in.)
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Suggested Yarn: Worsted yarn in the following amounts:
Colour A (Brown Sugar): 85 m./93 yds. (130 m./142 yds.; 155 m/170 yds.; 220 m./240 yds.)
Colour B (Peppercorn): 100 m./110 yds. (135 m./148 yds.; 165 m./180 yds.; 180 m./197 yds.)
Colour C (Cardamom): 145 m./159 yds. (165 m./180 yds.; 220 m./ 241 yds.; 260 m./285 yds.)
Colour D (Straw): 70 m./76 yds. (140 m./153 yds.; 165 m./180 yds.; 190 m./208 yds.)
Needles: 4.5 mm (US 7) and 5.0 (US 8) circular needles
Gauge: 12 sts and 28 rnds = 10 cm./4 in. square in Pattern Stitch
View details in the Latvia 100 Collection.
Purchase Collection: $21.95 CAD
Purchase Pattern: $10.00 CAD