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by Tagil Perlmutter

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Intermediate

Several years ago my eldest daughter received a Red Riding Hood cape as a gift from Grandma. The cape has been a favorite ever since, passing from child to child until my youngest child outgrew it and could not wear it any more. Since we could not find a bigger red cape in the stores, I thought it would be a good idea to knit one.


You can easily transform this cape to a sweet bunny cape (by changing the color of the cape to pink and edge to white).


 


Sizes

12 months [2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-8 years]
Shown in size 4-5 years

Finished Measurements

Length: 10¼ [12½, 14½, 17] inches / 26 (32, 37, 43) cm

Materials

Berroco® Lustra [50% Peruvian Wool, 50% Tencel; 197 yards / 180 meters per 3.5 ounce / 100 gram hank];

#3155; 3 [3, 4, 5] hanks

A note on the yarn used for this project: Berroco Lustra is a bit fuzzy; it is suitable for older children, but, if knitting for 1 year old it is better to replace the yarn with a baby yarn.

Recommended needle sizes

US #10.5/6.5 mm circular needle
Size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook or 2 US #6/4 mm double pointed needles

Notions

stitch markers
scrap yarn in a different color for the provisional cast on
one big button

Gauge

With double strand of yarn, 13 sts and 18 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in St st
With double strand of yarn, 16 sts = 4 inches/10 cm in Raspberry pattern

Pattern Notes

The cape is knitted top down beginning at the neckline. Later, the live stitches from the provisional cast on are picked up and the hood is knitted.

Overall, this pattern is fairly easy to knit, but because there are several more advanced techniques involved, the pattern was rated as "intermediate". I added some notes at the end of the pattern to make it easier for the brave beginner knitter to knit this cape.

Seed Stitch (even number of sts)
Row 1: (K1, p1) across.
Row 2: (P1, k1) across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

Seed Stitch (odd number of sts)
Row 1: K1 (p1, k1) across.
Repeat Row 1 for pattern.

Increase – it is important to knit an invisible increase – you can find a good how-to tutorial here.

Skills Required

Grafting, Provisional cast on, Seed st, p3tog, (k, p, k) all in same st, I-cord

Body

Cape is knitted with double strand throughout.
With 2 strands of MC and scrap yarn, cast on 38 [40, 44, 46] sts using the provisional cast on.
You can find a Provisional Cast On tutorial here.

Set Up Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, pm, k30 [32, 34, 36], pm, work last 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st.
Next Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, p30 [32, 34, 36], work last 4 [4, 5, 5] in Seed st.
Work 0 [2, 2, 4] more rows in pattern, maintaining the Seed st pattern at edges.

DetailIncrease Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, * k2, increase; repeat from * to marker, work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st: 53 [56, 61, 64] sts.
Next Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, p 45 [48, 51, 54], work last 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st.
Work 2 [2, 4, 4] more rows in pattern, maintaining the Seed st pattern at edges.

Increase Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, * k3, inc; repeat from * to marker, work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st: 68 [72, 78, 82] sts.
Next Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, purl to marker, work last 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st.
Work 2 [4, 6, 6] more rows in pattern, maintaining the Seed st pattern at edges.

Increase Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, * k4, increase; repeat from * to marker, work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st: 83 [88, 95, 100] sts.
Next Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, purl to marker, work last 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st.
Work 4 [6, 8, 8] more rows in pattern, maintaining the Seed st pattern at edges.

Increase Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, * k5, increase; repeat from * to marker, work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st: 98 [104, 112, 118] sts.
Next Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, purl to marker, work last 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st.
Work 4 [6, 8, 8] more rows in pattern, maintaining the Seed st pattern at edges.

Increase Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, * k6, increase; repeat from * to marker, work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st: 113 [120, 129, 136] sts.
Next Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, purl to marker, work last 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st.
Work 0 [6, 8, 8] more rows in pattern, maintaining the Seed st pattern at edges.

Sizes 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8 only
Increase Row: Work [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, * k7, increase; repeat from * to marker, work [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st: [136, 146, 154] sts.
Next Row: Work [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, purl to marker, work last [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st.

Size 6-8 only
Work 8 more rows in pattern, maintaining the Seed st pattern at edges.
Increase Row: Work 5 sts in Seed st, * k7, increase; repeat from * to marker, work 5 sts in Seed st: 172 sts.
Next Row: Work [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, purl to marker, work last [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st.

All Sizes
Work in pattern, maintaining the Seed st pattern at edges, until piece measures 8¼ [10½, 11¾, 13¾] inches / 21 [27, 30, 35] cm from cast on edge, ending with a RS row.
Now is a good time to check the back length and add a few more rows if you need to adjust the cape's length to your own child. (keep in mind that the border will add 2 [2, 2¾, 2¾] inches / 5 [5, 7, 7] cm more to the length)

** Increase Row (WS): Purl across, increasing 26 [34, 36, 42] sts evenly spaced: 138 [170, 182, 214] sts.

Raspberry Stitch Border
You can find a tutorial about the Raspberry Stitch here.
Row 1 (RS): Purl across.
Row 2 (WS): K1, * (k, p, k) all in next st, p3tog; repeat from * across to last st, k1.
Row 3: Purl across.
Row 4: K1, * p3tog, (k, p, k) all in next st; repeat from * across to last st, k1.
Repeat Rows 1-4, 1 [1, 2, 2] more times.
Bind off all sts.

DetailHood
Carefully remove the scrap of yarn and transfer the live stitches to the circular needle: 38 [40, 44, 46] sts.
Mark the neckline with a scrap of yarn.
Set Up Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, pm, k 30 [32, 34, 36], pm, work last 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st.
Next Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, p 30 [32, 34, 36], work last 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st.

Work 0 [2, 2, 2] more rows in pattern, maintaining the Seed st pattern at edges.

Increase Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, * k2, increase; repeat from * to marker, work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st: 53 [56, 61, 64] sts.
Next Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, p 45 [48, 51, 54], work last 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st.
Work 2 [2, 4, 4] more rows in pattern, maintaining the Seed st pattern at edges.

Increase Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, * k3, inc; repeat from * to marker, work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st: 68 [72, 78, 82] sts.
Next Row: Work 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st, purl to marker, work last 4 [4, 5, 5] sts in Seed st.
Work in pattern, maintaining the Seed st pattern at edges, until Hood measures 8 [9, 10, 11] inches / 20 [23, 25, 28] cm from cast on edge, ending with a RS row.
Split the sts into two halves, graft together to close the top of the hood.

A note for the novice knitter:
To make it easier you can cast on using the regular method, continue with the pattern until the increase row ** just before the Raspberry Stitch border. Do not increase; replace the raspberry stitch with Seed st.
At the neck line – pick up 38(40,44,46) sts along the neckline and continue with pattern, instead of grafting the edge you can bind off all sts, and sew sides together.

FINISHING

Weave in all ends.
Block side borders.
Create a loop for the button: with two strands of yarn and a crochet hook chain 12, alternately use one strand of yarn and a double pointed needles use i-cord technique to knit a 2¼ inch / 6 cm cord.
Sew the button to one side; sew ends of the cord to the opposite side.

Schematic

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Tagil is an Israeli stay at home mother of 3 beautiful girls. She left a promising career in the high-tech industry in order to devote herself to the knitting passion: designing knitted items, selling eco –friendly yarns and giving knitting classes. Most of her designs appear in her mind during the daily meditation routine.

 

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