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Anouk Leather-Laced Raglan Cape

Knitting
February 2011
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in rib pattern, after blocking.
1632 yards (1492 m)
About 24" (61 cm) long.

Named for a character in Chocolat, one of my favorite movies, this cape was an experiment in design. It is shaped with a traditional raglan yoke, but I separated the front section from the sides (the “sleeves”), added buttonholes in the diagonal edges of the raglan edges, and laced the seams like a corset from the neck to the elbow. The raglan-shaped yoke flatters the upper body and the open sides allow for free range of motion. The combination of Ultrasuede tape ribbon with fine merino wool gives this cape a casual rustic feel that would dress up tall boots, skinny jeans, and a turtleneck sweater.