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A little something for that spectacular gradient yarn that you just had to have.

Skill Level:
  Easy in-the-round lace
Required Skills: Working in the round on circular needles
Women's sizes: XS, S, M (L, XL, 1X) (2X, 3X, 4X) — shown in size S
Finished Measurements:  Height 13"/33cm from neckline to lower edge points, circumference at lower edge 48, 51, 54 (57, 63, 69) (75, 81, 87)"/ 122, 130, 137 (145, 160, 175) (191, 206, 221)cm.
Gauge: 24 sts and 30 rnds = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch; 1 pattern repeat measures 3"/7.6cm wide at round 15 of Section 1 of pattern stitch after blocking. Gauge is not critical in this pattern, but a different gauge will affect yardage and size of finished garment. It may be necessary to unravel gauge swatch and reuse the yarn. Take time to check gauge.

  • Yarn: Fingering weight gradient yarn; 400, 425, 500 (575, 660, 750) (850, 975, 1100)yards. Models shown in Frabjous Fibers/Wonderland Yarns Blossom (Center-pull gradient sock yarn: 4 oz., 425 yards; 80% superwash merino/20% nylon: colors #11 Trillium and #9 Sage, 1 cake (
  • Needles: US 5/3.75mm circular needles in length to accommodate stitch count, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers (qty 16 to 29)
  • Yarn needle
Notes: Capelet is worked in the round from the bottom up. Decreases are worked within the stitch pattern to provide shaping. Instructions are charted and written row-by-row.

Sizing: To figure out the correct size for your project, measure the intended wearer around the body with the arms down at the sides at the spot where the arm bends at the elbow. Add about 6" to that measurement for ease. This measurement is the lower circumference of the capelet. When working larger sizes with 2 gradient cakes, alternate rounds with both cakes to maintain the gradient colors. Instructions for lengthening the capelet are included.
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