Friday, June 25, 2010

Free Pattern - Triple Triangle Cape - Designed by Betty Balcomb

Triple Triangle Cape
Designed by Betty Balcomb

Knit in Heritage Paints (75% Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon - Handpainted - 437 yds/100 g) - 2 skeins (shown in color 9882)

According to Betty, "I love triangle shawls, the ones made with 2 triangles separated by a narrow center panel of a couple of stitches. I have made many of them through the years from very simple to quite complicated. But I sometimes find them a little awkward to wear. The answer is to add a third triangle. The extra triangle changes the garment from a shawl to a cape which fits great.  The middle triangle drapes across the back with a flat edge lying along the waist. The side triangles pull around to the front, meeting nicely in the middle where they can be joined with a shawl pin or brooch. If you are thinking that it means knitting 50% more fabric, it doesn’t. The shape allows for a much shorter piece. The amount of yarn used and number of stitches worked remains about the same. This cape employs the classic leaf pattern but with a vertical double decrease rather than the usual SK2togPSSO so the leaves have a nice spine like real leaves. Then the cape is finished with a spiky border forming a second leaf motif."

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