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August 29, 2005

Capelet! Capelet! The word has lost all meaning!*

Since our wedding is outside in early fall, I decided a few months back that I wanted to make a capelet for Juli the Flower Girl . When my mom and I visited the Morehouse Merino store in early July, I found that their natural yarn (undyed) matched Juli's dress perfectly, so I snapped up a few skeins.

Next step: find a pattern. I looked through my magazines and books, but didn't find anything that matched the picture in my head. I wanted a capelet -- open in the front, not a pullover (that's a poncho); nothing too long (that's a cape). I tried twice to design something, but it did nothing but reinforce my belief that I am knitter and not a designer. When I found this pattern, I cast on with very low expectations. Why? Because this was the picture that accompanied it:

CapeletPatternPic.gif

Huh?

Maybe some of you can see details there, but I sure couldn't. All I knew was that the sizing looked to be right for Juli, and by skimming the pattern I could tell that it had the major characteristics I wanted. (Actually, it only sorta did... that's what you get for skimming the pattern!... but I was able to modify it the rest of the way.)

Who would have thought it would turn out this gorgeous?

JulisCapeletSmall.jpg


I left off the loopy fringe for cleaner lines. I also think it might have been too much with the mock cables. I'm still somewhat stumped about a closure, though the folks at Knitsmiths gave me some good ideas last night. What do you think?

*Every time I say the world "capelet", Jason exclaims "Capelet! Capelet! The word has lost all meaning!" This is apparently an homage to the episode of Friends when Jon Lovitz's character, totally stoned out of his gourd, says "Tartlets! Tartlets! The word has lost all meaning!"

Posted by shannon at August 29, 2005 10:09 PM | For related posts: For Juli, Nuptial Knitting

Comments

Ooh, thanks for the pattern link. Yeah, I can see a few wee capelets for little girls in my future. (Note to self: find some little girls for knitting purposes).

Posted by: Colleen at August 30, 2005 9:57 AM

So elegant for the wedding. I didn't have a big wedding at all - but I did have a flower girl! The most important part!

Posted by: Cara at August 30, 2005 10:58 AM

Beautiful capelet. Perhaps some sort of brooch as a closure? Or a shawl pin? Just a thought, I'm usually not good with suggestions, so today is no different.

Posted by: Wanda at August 30, 2005 11:09 AM

i went through a phase about five years ago of knitting caplets non-stop [sans pattern, that's how much of a dork i am]. unfortunately, they weren't terribly fashionable at the time but i didn't care...a girl always needs a PINK caplet!

good work!

Posted by: lisaann Dupont at September 1, 2005 8:02 PM