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Simple Capelet Knit Pattern

It may surprise you to discover that this stylish capelet is a simple knitted rectangle. What’s more, to create it you need know nothing more than how to cast on and bind (cast) off, and how to work the knit and purl stitches. So if you want something that’s impressive as well as easy, this is definitely the project for you.


Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK (66% wool, 34% silk) light worsted (DK) yarn 2 x 13/4oz (50g) balls (148yd/135m) in shade 686 Cantaloupe

Needles and equipment

US 6 (4mm) knitting needles Yarn sewing needle

Other materials

1 x 13/8in (35mm) button in dark red

Gauge (tension)

22 sts and 30 rows in stockinette (stocking) stitch to a 4-in (10cm) square on US 6 (4mm) needles.


The finished cape measures 341/4in (87cm) along lower edge and is 8in (20cm) deep.

For the capelet

Cast on 48 sts.

Knit 2 rows.

Row 3: K4, [k1, p2] to last 5 sts, k5.

Row 4: K4, [p1, k2] to last 5 sts, p1, k4.

Row 5: Knit.

Row 6: K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.

Rep rows 3-6, 56 times more.

Row 231: K4, [k1, p2] to last 5 sts, k5.

Row 232: K4, [p1, k2] to last 5 sts,

p1, k4.

Knit 2 rows.

Bind (cast) off.

To make up

Fold-down 21/4in (7cm) at the top corners of both ends of the capelet and overlap the right over the left side.

Sew on the button, using the picture as a guide, taking in all the front layers so the two ends are held in place.

Fold down the top edge of the capelet to form the collar.

Weave in all loose ends.

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