You would think a cape knit from chunky yarn would be a relatively quick knit. And yet somehow this took me a year. To be fair – I did stop working on it when it got warmer. Then I picked it back up this fall with the goal of finishing it by Christmas. I was close with that goal. I bought this yarn for myself as a Christmas present last year with the goal of having a warm heavy cape, especially for work.
Moving on. My Rav project page is here.
Pattern – I didn’t use a pattern for this cape – basically I just “winged” it. I didn’t take very good notes either. In general, I knit this as a top down raglan but without any sleeves. It comes down to just past my elbows. Somewhere past the shoulders I quit doing the raglan increases. Around the cast on edge (I cast on 50 stitches) and the bottom I did a seed stitch border (6 rows). After binding off I picked up stitches on each edge for the button band and knit about 10 rows (maybe a few more) of seed stitch. My pick-up ratio was 3 stitches for every 4 stitches on the edge. There are more detailed notes on the Ravelry page.
Yarn – I used Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky (Rav link) in black. Baby Alpaca Chunky is a bulky weight 100% alpaca merino plied yarn that is solid. It’s wonderfully squishy and soft, and does knit up fast. I used 538 yards of yarn.