Saturday, November 1

Hooded Baby Capelet Pattern

Many of the 25 knitting patterns in my upcoming book were already in my head before I even started planning the book. Mostly all of my inspiration comes from my vintage knitting pattern collection. When I was planning out the patterns for the book I knew I wanted to include a baby cape or capelet. I have seen many lovely capes ranging from a long carrying cape to short little caplelets that are almost glorified collars. What I was really after was a fairy tale cape, the sort that Little Red Riding Hood would wear.


I found designing this pattern was a bit of a challenge for me because I was not sure how to approach it. Do I want it short and sweet, patterned or plain? Eventually I came across this Japeneese pattern and I was totally inspired to keep it simple (i.e. no teddy bear ears)...
After many trials and tweaks, I ended up with a pattern I call Hooded Baby Capelet. I think it is my favorite in the book and I so wish I had a little girl to knit one for. The pattern is streight forward, easy to knit and uses the most incredibly soft Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK. The best part about it is that it is insanely cute when worn. Just the kind of pattern I like to make. (The photo I took is pretty bad as lighting was low but I had to send the cape off to the Photographer today.) I can't wait to see the pictures of the model wearing the cape for the book!

5 comments:

Rachel-Marie said...

Adorable capes, I love your inspiration!

Anonymous said...

That is just fabulous! I would LOVE to make that sweet little cape...how long until the book is ready?!

hadley said...

Vintage Knits for Modern Babies will be out in Fall of 09 - more to come...

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am just such an impatient person!!!!

But I DO know a few pretty little ones who will look
simply beautiful in this lovely cape :)

babycheeks said...

this is GORGEOUS!