Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Don’t Tug on Superman’s Cape

I am a Super Cat!When I was a young kitten, not much older than Scout is now, my mother sewed a cape for me. It was made from red wool felt and lined with red satin. It had three buttons to keep it closed—red with white polka dots. I loved that cape. I wore it whenever I could. Even though the cape didn’t have a hood, everyone called me Little Red Riding Hood. Ever since I out grew that cape, I wanted another one. And now, I finally have one.


Hey there Little Red Riding Hood!

Pattern: Karis from Rowan 36, modified
Yarn: Kid Silk Night (67% kid mohair, 18% silk, 10% polyester, 5% nylon) in Dazzle (Shiny Red!), 3 balls
Needles: US size 6 (4 mm)
Modifications:

Into the Woods to grandmother's house!1) Obviously I made this into a cape rather than a poncho.

2) I worked the edges and the center similar to the way that many shawls are worked. Each edge had 2 garter stitch stitches followed by a YO increase on the right side rows. In the center, right side rows were worked YO, K1, YO. In order to do this modification, I had to add a stitch to each edge and decrease a stitch in the center.

3) I worked a single crochet edging along the front edges to neaten them up.

button.JPG4) Added a button to close the front, but I didn’t make a buttonhole. I just shove the button through a YO close to the edge.




One more thing:
SHINY!
Backlit.JPG

28 comments:

grumperina said...

Laura, you're going to singlehandedly bring the cape back!!! It looks fabulous, and what a lovely pink dress, too!

Valerie said...

That's so pretty! When are you going to wear it?

Plumfan said...

That is Beautiful! I love it. Such a lovely job.

Rachel said...

Gorgeous! You're going to be the prettiest girl at the party. I particularly like the back view -- very elegant. It's your Little Red Riding Hood cape all growed up.

Now you need a nice contrasting project...how about a cabled cardigan? Say...STARSKY???

Debby said...

Scout is a sweet model, but it looks beautiful on you!!! You must be doing twirls in your hallway.

Enjoy!!!

chemgrrl said...

That is just gorgeous. And knit so beautifully, as usual.

Rebekah said...

Oh it's absolutely beautiful, and looks so great on you.

I just love your story too. I have a hat like that, my aunts gave me and my cousins each a crayola crayon hat, I've always wanted another. I should knit myself one, shouldn't I.

turtlegirl76 said...

Gorgeous. The color, the pattern, the button - all perfect. Wonderfully done!

barbie said...

...and you don't mess around with Laura!

It's gorjus!

Joanna said...

Oh, it's stunning! I've never liked capes much - or maybe it's just the capelet trend that kind of bothers me - but yours is fabulous.

thomasina said...

Laura, I think all the good adjectives have already been taken. Gorgeous, stunning, all that and more.

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous cape! Beautiful. Did you knit it extremely quickly? Weren't you just talking about starting it, or have I lost all sense of time. :-)

Zonda said...

Gorgeous! I love red! It looks great on you! :)

Mintyfresh said...

you and lace are a charmed pair, Laura! So cute.

Cheesy Knit Wit said...

Beautiful! I love your work!

Jessica said...

It's beautiful! I love that button too.

Elizabeth said...

Wow! You did a gorgeous job with that project. Well done.

Batty said...

Beautiful!

And if somebody tugged on a lace cape you knit, chasing said person around with pointy sticks would be an acceptable reaction.

Now I have that song stuck in my head!

amylovie said...

You look so happy in it!

Have you seen Lace Style yet? We just got it in at the shop, and I thought of you.

Amy

Meredith said...

It's beautiful! You look very Valentine-y with all the pink and red too. :)

kelp! said...

It turned out lovely! And shiny. I hope we'll be seeing the cape and pink dress at a future stitch+bitch!

peri said...

Faster than a speeding test tube. Stronger than an Addi Turbo - it's Super Laura!

Wow - that looks amazing - lovely work as always - very pretty too!

Terby said...

Wow. That looks gorgeous, Laura! It suits you well, and you really pull off wearing a cape. (Scout looks good in it too!)

Pat said...

What a beautiful, delicate, elegant and wonderfully RED lace cape!

Saltwater purls said...

Wow what a delicate yet bold knit....and completed so fast.

Emilee said...

I agree, you could bring back the cape! That is stunning.

OLPP said...

Soooooooooooo preeeeeeeeeetty! But I've always said so.

Amanda said...

You look absolutely elegant! I have cape envy!