Cape Perpetua by Kay Hopkins

Cape Perpetua

July 2019
both are used in this pattern
yarn held together
+ Lace
= Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in garter after blocking garter stitch open. Hold lace double and fingering or DK single.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
450 - 600 yards (411 - 549 m)
72 inches/ 183 cm long and 12 inches/30.5 cm deep at center. Size is adjustable by adding or subtracting repeats.
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Waves crashing against the bluffs at Cape Perpetua and a spectacular view of miles and miles of coastline. Cape Perpetua is a gentle, crescent-shaped shawl with a garter stitch body and a wave pattern border to represent the headlands and the crashing surf.

The shawl is worked end-to-end, all in one piece, with the waves growing until a full repeat of the stitch pattern is reached. Cast on, work all the way, and bind off. The pattern repeat is worked with increases as many times as desired for adjustable length and then it is worked with decreases to narrow the shawl back down on the other side of the “cape”, which mirrors the starting end of the shawl and the view from Cape Perpetua.

This shawl can be worn around the shoulders as a capelet or wrapped around the neck as a scarf. Lace held double (or Fingering or DK weight held single) and yarn with good stitch definition is recommended. The twisted stitch cables are easier to work than it appears; instructions are included for working them without a cable as well as link to a tutorial for 3 options to work the cables.

Inspiration: The waves crashing against the bluff at Cape Perpetua inspired this shawl design. Cape Perpetua is a typical Pacific Northwest headland, forming a high steep bluff above the ocean. At its highest point, Cape Perpetua rises to over 800 feet (240 m) above sea level. From its crest, an observer can see 70 miles (110 km) of Oregon coastline and as far as 37 miles (60 km) out to sea on a clear day. (Wikipedia).

The instructions are written and charted, and the pattern has been professionally tech edited and tested.
72 inches/ 183 cm long and 12 inches/ 30.5 cm deep at center. Size is adjustable by adding or subtracting repeats. Yarn usage will differ if add or subtract repeats.

Lace held double as shown in sample (or Fingering to DK weight held single). Yarn with good drape and stitch definition is recommended. Size will vary based on yarn weight and gauge.

Sample is shown in Shibui Tweed Silk Cloud and Shibui Lunar held together but there are lots of options for single threads and other combinations:

Shibui Tweed Silk Cloud: Heavy Lace (65% silk, 35% mohair); 190 yds (174m)/.88 oz (25g) in color Pollen.


Shibui Lunar: Lace (60% Extra Fine Merino, 40% Mulberry Silk) 401 yds (365m)/1.76 oz (50g) in color Pollen.

Estimated Yarn Required:
450 yds / 412m. of each yarn if held double.

Yarn usage will vary depending on gauge and specific yarn used as well as options chosen.
Accessible to an advanced beginner knitter with some experience with cables or twisted stitches.  

Skills Used: Increases, decreases, twisted stitches, simple cables.