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Sand Dollar Belted Lace Cape

A Knitting Wrapsody: Innovative Designs to Wrap, Drape, and Tie
Knitting
February 2011
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in lace pattern, blocked.
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1800 yards (1646 m)
About 50" (127 cm) in diameter and 22" (56 cm) long.

Inspired by the geometric pattern of sand dollars along the beach, I set out to create an overlapped fabric that incorporated slits for armholes or belt loops. The result is this cape, which is shaped as a large circle with a front opening. The yoke is a beautiful, easy-to-memorize flower petal lace pattern that is worked from the neck down. To form the slits, the yoke is divided into strips that are knitted individually, then over-lapped and joined in a garter-stitch band at the bottom. A simple picot bind-off adds a delicate look to the hem. Wear this piece as a traditional cape or use the slits as armholes or belt loops to create wide flowing sleeves.