Pattern for Sale: Comfy Cape

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Shawls and capes are such comfort clothes, with their gentle drape and ease of both wear and creation. However, many shawls are created in a triangle shape… which for those of us with (ahem) derrières isn’t the most flattering of looks. Who wants an arrow pointing right at their largest body part?

This cape/shawl was designed to have a simple silhouette and construction while also allowing for a gentle curve around the back. This is a nearly infinitely customizable pattern: multiple options exist for closures, and the more adventurous knitter is encouraged to play with stitch patterns and lace borders in the main stockinette sections.

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Skills needed: Knit, purl, K2tog (knit two together), SSK (slip two, then knit them together), YO (yarn over). Cape has alternating garter and stockinette stitch sections; more advanced knitters are encouraged to spice things up with additional patterns if desired.

Size: (One size given) 24in (60cm) neck hem, 77in (192.5cm) waist hem, 16in (40cm) height

Gauge: 13 stitches and 18 rows to make a 4in (10cm) square in stockinette stitch.

  • 7 skeins Knit One Crochet Too Tartelette (50% cotton, 40% Tactel nylon, 10%nylon) Color 209 Sorbet[50g/1.75oz to 75yd/68m] OR 525yds/480m worsted weight yarn, such as a ribbon yarn.
  • 1 set US9 (5.5mm) 24-36in circular needles, OR size needed to match gauge.
  • 10 stitch markers
  • Closures in style desired (see pattern for suggestions)
  • Tapestry needle

Many thanks to pattern Moilulu for testing this pattern!


  • Dorothy

    Does this mean no baby yet?

    The cape is beautiful!

  • Alison

    I thought that was your Mom! The cape looks great (as does she, from what I can see :)!

  • Natalie Rush's so cute!!! Will need to add to my favorites!

  • Hi Katherine,
    I have the Comfy Cape pattern and since I couldn't find a ribbon yarn I liked I went went a ww option per the instructions (Patons Classic Wool). But I have been having a real problem with gauge. To get the 13 sts/4" I had to go up to a #13 needles and the result was way too loose and floppy. I'm using #11's and am about 75% along but the sizing is off. I've been looking at various yarns and found that the "chunky" wgt yarn gauges are much closer to the pattern gauge. Have you gotten any feedback about this? The pattern instructions are very clear and easy to understand and I love the style so any yarn suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks, Sue H.

  • KT

    Hi Sue,
    While the ribbon yarn is technically a worsted weight, it has some heft to it that might be more than the typical worsted weight wool. It may be that a heavy worsted / Aran / chunky weight might be better for you. My tester used a wool/acrylic blend (worsted), though, and it came out great.

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