Winter Wonderland Cape (a hooded poncho) by Mary C. Gildersleeve
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Winter Wonderland Cape (a hooded poncho)

Knitting
December 2013
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette, worked in the round on larger needles
US 11 - 8.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
680 yards (622 m)
one size -- • hood: 22 inches around x 13 inches in height • neck ribbing: 16 inches x 2-1/2 inches • neck to hem: 18 inches (2 inches broken-rib hem incl) • hem circumference: 84 inches
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A fun cape for winter walks … this one has a big cozy hood and a perfect length to keep you comfy on those bright, but crisp, winter days.

Starting at the generously cozy hood, the braided cable follows the shoulder line (with increases either side) down to the broken-rib hem. You will work an applied i-cord edging on the hood as you go. Once the hood is finished, you’ll work the poncho in the round. If you’d like to make a cape (that opens), don’t join and continue the i-cord edging that you’ve established

Knit using about 680 yards of heavy worsted (sample used 2 skeins of Duo, a gorgeous acrylic from Swedish Yarns), on US #11 needles, the cape works up quickly as you knit in the round with the cables on either side keeping the knitter’s interest. If you would like to make this cape longer, just work-even after the final inc (on 214sts) to desired length (you will need to increase the amount of yarn you’ll need).

Directions are charted and round-by-round. A fun and fast knit for those cabling experts and a great place to start learning to cable.

NOTE: the smaller needle is for the ribbed portion … any sized needle that is at least 2 sizes SMALLER than the working needle will work. I used a #6.