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Chunky Knitted Cape

Stay snug in an ultra cozy, fuss-free shoulder capelet from Modern Knitted Shawls and Wraps. Worked in the round with a thick but light yarn, this garment knits up quickly and easily when the weather starts to turn wintery.



Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (80% acrylic, 20% wool, approx

106yd/97m per 6oz/170g ball) superbulky (super-chunky) weight yarn

4 balls of shade Fisherman 099

US 15 (10mm) circular needles, 16in (40cm), 24in (60cm), and 32in (80cm) lengths

5 stitch markers—1 in a different colour to the other 4

Tapestry needle

Finished Measurements

To fi t up to 42in (107cm) bust circumference 24in (60cm) long from neckline

Gauge (tension)

20 sts x 26 rows to measure 4in

(10cm) over stockinette (stocking) stitch on US 15 (10mm) needles in yarn A after blocking


[ ] work instructions between square brackets as directed

* / ** work instructions after/between asterisk(s) as directed

approx approximately

bind off (US) cast off (UK)

ch chain

dc double crochet (UK treble crochet)

gauge (US) tension (UK)

inc Increase(d)(ing)


k2tog knit 2 stitches together (decrease 1)

kfb knit into the front then back of one stitch (increase 1)

LH left-hand

psso pass slipped stitch(es) over

pm place marker

p purl

p2tog purl 2 stitches together (decrease 1)

rep repeat

RH right-hand

RS right side

sc single crochet

sl slip

sl1 k2tog psso slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit next 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over the knitted stitch (decrease 2)

sl2 k1 psso slip 2 stitches together knitwise, knit next stitch, pass slipped stitches over the knitted stitch (decrease 2)

sm slip marker

ssk slip 1 stitch knitwise, slip the next stitch knitwise, knit

both these stitches together through the back loop

st(s) stitch(es)

tbl through the back loop

tog together

tr treble crochet (US double crochet)

WS wrong side

wyif with yarn in front

yo yarn over needle and into working position


For the Cape

Using US 15 (10mm) needles, cast on 54 sts. Join for working in the round, taking care not to twist the sts and place the unique stitch marker to indicate beginning of round.

Rounds 1–21: Knit.

Round 22: Knit and at the same time pm after st 8, 19, 35, and 46. These 4 markers indicate the shoulder increase points.

Round 23: [K to marker, yo, sm, k1, yo] 4 times, k to end. 8 sts inc

Round 24: Knit.

Rounds 25–34: Rep rounds 23–24.

102 sts

Round 35: [K to marker, yo, sm, k1, yo] 4 times, k to end. 8 sts inc

Rounds 36–38: Knit.

Rounds 39–54: Rep rounds 35–38.

142 sts

Rounds 55–68: Knit.

Bind (cast) off knitwise.

Making up and Finishing

Weave in all loose ends and block to measurements.


Tip: Cast on with the shortest circular needle and gradually switch up to the longer lengths as the number of stitches and garment circumference increase.

Tip: It is vital that the stitches don’t twist when joining to work in the round. To ensure they are straight, knit the first row but don’t turn at the end so the knit side of the fabric is still facing you, then join the round.


This project is from Modern Knitted Shawls and Wraps by Laura Strutt. To get more free projects like this one - direct to your inbox - sign up to our mailing list here. 

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