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Introducing Spinnaker!

I’m very happy to introduce the Spinnaker Capelet…  Published today, and available in my Ravelry store, here (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spinnaker-capelet) for $6.00USD.


Really, the only thing I had a hard time with was deciding what to call it.  It’s not quite a cape, it’s bigger than a cowl, no one likes the word poncho – and it doesn’t have a point, either.  So I went with capelet… better than ponchette, right?


I’ve written this for five sizes, XS, S, M, L, XL, and it uses the following:
• Approx 545, 635725, 815, 905m/595, 695795, 895, 995 yd (366m/400yd per 100g/3.53 oz skein)
• Approx. 820, 9501080, 1220, 1350 6/0 seed beads (NOTE: There are usually 12-17 6/0 seed beads/gram.)


The original version is the gray and yellow; I’d almost given up on finding the right shade of yellow but then I found the perfect colour at a fabric store.  The beads were no-name Czech beads, but I thought “what the heck”.  It turns out that no-name Czech beads are significantly lighter in individual mass that the high quality Japanese beads.  The test knit (the blue one) used Miyuki beads, which Alana the Amazing has since christened “Sumo Beads”.  There were about 75g used in the yellow/gray version (2x40g vials) and almost 95g in the blue version (4x20g vials).  The blue version’s beads are almost the equivalent of another ball of sock yarn…


To choose your size, measure (including your lowered arms) around the fullest point of your chest, and choose a size with a lower circumference that is 3-5” less than your measurement. The garment shown is modeled with about 3” of negative ease. The capelet is quite heavily beaded, and the negative ease is necessary to help it stay in place on your shoulders.  I’ve included a schematic in the pattern, and it’s fully written as well as charted.

schematic 1.1

I’m very pleased with the heavy beading – not only does it add sparkle, the knitted fabric has a very sumptuous hand and the drape is wonderful.


I’d like to send enormous thanks to my test-knitter, Alana, and to S___ for photographing this for me.  This is one of my go-to garments; sometimes I wear it over a shirt around the house, and I’ve been wearing it over light jackets in our too-brief fall.  Again, it’s available online here, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spinnaker-capelet for $6.00USD.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

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