I knitted this capelet for my sister, Amanda, for Christmas. She didn't request anything handmade from me (in fact, she may not even like handmade things) but I had this idea and I wanted to go for it. She lives in Arizona where it's above 50 in the middle of winter, so I wanted to make her something light that she could wear around without making her sweat. This little capelet was my answer.
I used bulky weight yarn and size 10 needles so I could complete the project in the week that I had left before Christmas. I knew that I wanted a capelet knit in the round without any type of closure, simply slipped over the head to rest on the top of the shoulders.
Since the top half would be so plain, I wanted to use something more substantial for the bottom half. I thought about using a lace pattern but with the alpaca yarn, I knew the lace would blend too much. And then I found the saxon braid. This intricate cable certainly holds its own and becomes the focus of any project.
And believe it or not, it's a pretty simple design to follow. This was my first experience reading a chart and although I messed up a couple of times, I don't think that anyone unfamiliar with knitting cables would be able to tell.
I think it's a perfect length for a capelet and I hope it serves her well in the warm climate of Az.