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Maleficent's Cloak

July 2014
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in St st on larger needles before blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
3416 yards (3124 m)
About 54" wide from cuff to cuff and 44" long at center back.

Maleficent, the evil villain in Sleeping Beauty, is horrifyingly beautiful, in the way evil presents its illusion until it is unmasked. Her cloak is a powerful part of her presence, sweeping and undulating around her. With a dropped-stitch wave pattern, this cloak emulates that sinister quality. Knitted from wrist to neck for each side, the wrap includes garter-stitch ridges for a series of flattering vertical lines. The ribbed double collar sweeps up and back in an elegant fold around the V-neck. With elements of fantasy and everyday life, this piece combines the spectacular with the practical to create a beautiful garment.


  • The cloak is knit sideways from the cuff toward the center, divided for the front opening and grafted together in the center back.
  • To form a smooth transition with bind offs, slip the first stitch with yarn in front, then continue to work stitches in pattern as usual.
  • Use the cable method to cast on stitches within the work.
  • Stitch counts do not include yarnovers.
  • A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.