New Pattern: Grace Adieu Capelet
Well there is this lovely new pattern out just now, let’s see, hmmm… Oh yes, its mine! The Grace Adieu Capelet (apologies, I just recently rewatched What About Bob and have the book Baby Steps on my mind). I’m really excited about this pattern and the fabulous issue of Knit Now that has featured it.
My description of the pattern says it best:
I love a bit of magic and mischief! Having enjoyed Susanna Clarke’s books, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and The Ladies of Grace Adieu, I am entranced by the idea of fairies entering into our world and interfering with ordinary lives. This capelet was inspired by the intermingling of high society and playful mischief, of reason and madness, giving a bit of lightness and swing to an otherwise elegant piece. I imagine the folds in the sleeves to be fairy wings, prepared to flit off before being caught in your misdoings.
The idea the the land of Faerie is out there, with secret doorways, and meddling fairies is such an intriguing one. If you want a taster, check out David’s post on Debi’s My Happy Sewing Place, where he shares a story from the latter book.
The design of the capelet is simple, but the details aren’t. The shoulders feature a honeycomb slip-stitch, and short rows for the “wings”. By increasing only over the arms, the body is straight and the folds stay right in place centred over the arms. A garter stitch border at the hem weighs it down nicely, and the buttons of course, add a nice touch.
The issue is on sale now, so run out and get yourself a copy! You can also get the digital version here.
The yarn is squishy and gorgeous – Malabrigo Silky Merino – and you can now get some in Knit Now‘s giveaway, on from today until the 4th of October I believe. They are giving away enough yarn to knit your own – £40 worth! What a pleasure it was to work with; it is highly knittable, I must say.