The word ‘cape’ just sounds hotter than the word ‘poncho’, am I right? Toward the end of winter there comes a point when you just can’t look at your coat anymore, and that is where this fun garment comes in. A cape transitions nicely to summer! Throw it over your shoulders on a chilly night. Worried about too much volume in your arms? Button them up to create bobbled sleeves any old school bullfighter would kill to wear. Play this bold look up by choosing a bright color, or keep it neutral to work El Matador into your everyday wardrobe.
Finished Size 28-38 (39-52)” bust/chest circumference. Cape show in size S/M.
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 110yds/50g: Squirrel Heather, 11 (16) skeins.
Yarn: Yarn Love Anne Shirley, 100% Merino Wool; 250yds/4oz: Arabian Nights, 5 (8) skeins.
Needles: Size 8 (5 mm): 36” circular (cir). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); tapestry needle; 8 (9) 3/4” fabric covered buttons; fabric for the buttons.
Gauge 18 sts and 21 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st.
Notes El Matador is worked from the neck down with raglan arm shaping and bobbles worked in just the growing sleeve sections. Garter stitch and ribs add extra texture throughout.
The Designer Allyson Dykhuizen is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher from Michigan who lives in Chicago. Her patterns have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and knit.wear magazines, by Lion Brand Yarns, and included in the Knit Picks Independant Designer Program. She self publishes and blogs on her website The Sweatshop of Love, and runs Holla Knits. For questions about this pattern please contact Allyson at allyson@ thesweatshopoflove.com.