Nov 162011
 

The pattern for the Wild Flower Caplet is now available.  This is a stranded capelet inspired by the style of Fair Isle knitting.  I tend to shy away from ever using the term “Fair Isle Knitting” to avoid the confusion that it is synonymous with any stranded colorwork knitting.  Fair Isle knitting is a specific colorwork tradition that originated on an island of Scotland called Fair Isle; stranded knitting or colorwork is a better term for the general technique of using more than one color in one’s knitting.  Nevertheless, with the motifs used and the color transitions, this caplet was inspired directly from that tradition.

For this caplet, I wanted something that was both visually appealing and would allow someone new to colorwork knitting an accessible way to build their colorwork skills, but without the stress of having to be deeply concerned with gauge and proper fit (as with, say, a fully stranded sweater).  With this pattern, I have summarized colorwork techniques that took me several years and failed projects to learn (such as yarn dominance and managing floats) so that the person who is new to stranded knitting might have a higher chance for success.  It always pains me to hear of knitters who delved into colorwork knitting only to be discouraged by their poor tension or problems resulting from float mis-management.  Stranded knitting is my FAVORITE knitting technique and I consider it my personal mission in life to spread the love of stranded knitting.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate / Adventurous Beginner:  Pattern uses stranded knitting, working from charts, decreases, and knitting in the round.

Materials Needed

This caplet is worked using DK weight yarn at a relatively loose gauge, which facilitates the rows to knit up quickly.  The yarn I chose for this design is a 100% Shetland wool that will bloom beautifully after blocking.  I highly recommend  this wool or something similar because the blooming effect will help fill in the colorwork and the unprocessed nature of the wool allows the floats to stick to the caplet to help reduce tension problems.  While this yarn may feel very scratchy, because the pattern is for a caplet it would be reasonable to wear something underneath and never have it touch your skin; yet it will supply you with considerable warmth and coziness.

Yarn:  Approximately 564 {662, 758, 856, 952, 1049} yards in DK weight yarn in 7 colors.  Yarn used in capelet pictured:

  • Jamieson’s Doubleknitting (DK weight, 100% wool, 170 yards (155 meters) per 57 gram (2.01 ounces) skein)
    • For Main Color 1 (MC1) à 195 Moorland colorway
       222{260, 296, 334, 370, 407, 445} yards / 203 {238, 271, 305, 338, 372, 407} meters, 2 {2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3} skeins
    • For Main Color 2 (MC2) à 102 Sheala colorway
      70 {82, 94, 106, 118, 130, 142} yards / 64 {75, 86, 97, 108, 119, 130} meters, 1 {1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1} skein
    • For Main Color 3 (MC3)à 1390 Highland Mist colorway
      50 {58, 66, 74, 82, 90} yards / 46 {53, 60, 68, 75, 82} meters, 1 {1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1} skein
    • For Contrasting Color 1 (CC1) à 01 Shetland Black colorway
      20 {24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44} yards / 18 {22, 26, 30, 33, 37, 40} meters, 1 {1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1} skein
    • For Contrasting Color 2 (CC2) à 106 Mooskit colorway
      80 {94, 108, 122, 136, 150, 164} yards / 73 {86, 99, 112, 124, 137, 150} meters, 1 {1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1} skein
    • For Contrasting Color 3 (CC3) à 105 Eesit colorway
      66 {78, 90, 102, 114, 126, 138} yards / 60 {71, 82, 93, 104, 115, 126} meters, 1 {1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1} skein
    • For Contrasting Color 4 (CC4) à 104 Natural White colorway
      56 {66, 76, 86, 96, 106, 116} yards / 51 {60, 69, 79, 88, 97, 106} meters, 1 {1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1} skein

When selecting colors for this project, it is important that the colors have high contrast.  An easy technique to use when selecting colors is to take a photograph of the yarns and convert it to greyscale (black and white), or just take the photo using the black and white mode on your camera (most point and shoot cameras have this mode).  If you can differentiate the different colors when they’re all in greyscale, then you’ve got good color contrast.

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) and US 6 (4mm) circular needles at least 29” / 74 cm in length, double pointed needles in smaller size as needed

Gauge: 24 stitches x 26 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm in colorwork chart and using larger needles, after blocking. 

Notions: stitch markers (14)

Sizes:  XS {S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X} (shown in size XS)
Chest Circumference: 47 {51, 56, 61, 65, 70, 75}” / 119 {130, 142, 155, 165, 178, 190} cm
To size, measure the circumference around the widest part of the chest plus arms, and add 5″ / cm.  If you are between sizes, go up a size for a more roomy capelet and down for a more snug capelet.  Caplet pictured is size 47″ / 119 cm with and has 5 ” / 13 cm of positive ease.

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  One Response to “~ Wild Flower Caplet ~”

  1. Yay! It’s finally out. Your pictures look great and the caplet really looks quite cozy. And thanks for sharing that greyscale photo. I’ve heard of the technique, but haven’t used it just yet.

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