Boxy Cape is a new pattern by the super talented and amazing Joji Locatelli. I was one of the lucky test knitters who had to keep this under wraps for a little longer than planned while Joji finishes up on other designs. It was hard, I tell you. I did show off my finished cape at the last Amiras meet-up where Jackie modeled it for me. Thanks, Joji for letting me test this!
This yarn was the only one I have in sweater quantity which was not already assigned to a specific project. I have been waiting for the right opportunity to use this yarn because it’s one of my favourite yarn bases (MCN) and in worsted weight it was sure to knit up fast.
Which it did in this pattern! It looks huge, because it is meant to be really loose and drapy, but knitted at a larger gauge on 6mm needles, it flies off faster than you can imagine. I actually hesitated to answer Joji’s call for test knitters at first thinking I could not possibly knit up a large cape with a 6-week deadline. Well, ta-dah!
I remember taking this project along with me when we went to the Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah, in the middle of summer! Notice how slightly narrower the unblocked cape was compared to the very drapy finished project.
It was quite a heavy project to bring along on the road so I restricted knitting it indoors. I would drape it on my lap for TV knitting and it was perfect. At one point, my son even asked if I was knitting a blanket! I very well could have been and now that I think about it, I could probably knit up a blanket in this yarn, in this gauge and not have to struggle to finish it.
One thing I would probably change or suggest to anyone who wants to knit this, is maybe add a bit more length to the fronts. It does tend to look shorter, but really it is a minor thing. It’s a personal preference, I suppose.
Needle: US 10 – 6.0 mm
Yarn: madelinetosh 80/10/10 Worsted MCN
Colourway: Creme De Menthe
How much: 4.5 skeins, 841.5 yards
Cast on: 1 July 2014
Cast off: 24 July 2014