Monday, May 30, 2011

Cape patterns for year round wear

Virkuing "Pelerin"
Fall knitting and crochet hottest fashion styles are showing capes, capelets, and ponchos again this year. Knitting and crochet magazine covers and articles are filled with big, bold shoulder wraps, and turtleneck ponchos (ponchos with cowls).

You can bet that celebrities will be donning these practical accessories, sometimes called a "mobius" or cowl soon. Find several free crochet and knit cape and poncho pattern links with pictures posted below.

One that caught knitnscribble's eye this morning is from a Swedish designer and newly posted to Ravelry. You can also find the free crochet shawlette pattern on the designer's blog in a plethora of languages, where she has installed the Google Translate widget. Crocheted from the top down in the round, this pattern has a lovely open-work lace crocheted trim to finish it off. Virkuing calls her design "Pelerin."

Vogue is reintroducing the short poncho from a few years ago, featured solely in their Vogue Knitting On the Go! Ponchos. Discounted now, this pattern book contains 20 scrumptious patterns to knit and to crochet.

Drops two strand cabled short poncho
Drops offers a free short poncho pattern at Garn Studio knit with two strands of kid mohair defined by two cable motifs up the middle. Quick and easy, it's knit from the top down, using a US 10 ( 6.5mm) circular needle.

For a ravenous supply of 24 lovely wrap patterns by Pam Allen, one of New England's premier knitting designers, try her Wrap Style.

Woolen Treasures crocheted capelet

One of knitnscribble's favorite cape or short poncho patterns discovered was this free crocheted capelet pattern on Ravelry, published long ago, but still available in Woolen Treasures archived patterns. This one by Lisa Johnson.
The beauty of these projects lies in their versatile use and small amounts of yarn required to create a lovely capelet, which can be worn everyday with jeans or to dress up that perfect party dress.

Rowan Crochet Poncho

Rowan also has a gorgeous crocheted poncho in their new summer all crochet magazine pattern book.

You can also combine a cowl with a cape for extra warmth in this free capelet knitting pattern from Paton's available on Ravelry, a virtual turtleneck cape.

You'll find more free pattern links with pictures for capes and cowls, poncho patterns, too: Celebrity style capes and cowls, ponchos
Free pattern links:
Pelerin by Virkuing free pattern crochet capelet
Garn Studio Drops 2-strand cabled short poncho free knitting pattern
Woolen Treasures crocheted cape shawlette free pattern, great for summer, too!
Paton's cable cowl capelet free knitting pattern

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