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Ambrose Chapel Capelet (PDF Knitting Pattern)

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The Story
In 1956 Doris Day won an Oscar for her performance of the song Que Sera, Sera in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much. The wardrobe for her role as Jo McKenna in this film was designed by the very talented and celebrated Edith Head; the Ambrose Chapel Capelet was inspired by one of her creations.

A reversible, ribbed cable edges this capelet whose construction hugs the shoulders. The pattern stitch presents a pleasant face on both right and wrong side allowing for two completely different looks from this one pattern.

Construction Notes
This capelet begins with a provisionally cast on neck tab. The ribbed cable side edgings are knit on and are turned at the front corners to work a larger ribbed cable across the live stitches of the bottom of the capelet. The bottom edging meets at the centre back where the edging stitches are grafted (see pictures 2 and 3) using a double-sided grafting technique.

Back length: 15” / 38cm
Hem (tip to tip): 86” / 218.5cm

760 yards (695 m) worsted weight yarn

Sample shown in Indigodragonfly MCS Worsted (75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk; 190 yds / 174m per 115g skein) in Only the Exact Phrase I Used Was, “Don’t” (Inara); 4 skeins

5mm / US 8 circular needle 48" long, or size needed to obtain gauge
5mm / US 8 one set double-point needles

18 st and 25 rows = 4" / 10cm in Stockinette stitch

2 stitch markers, 1 removable stitch marker or waste yarn, waste yarn for provisional cast on, stitch holder, yarn needle

Provisional cast on, ribbed cables (4 over 4, 6 over 6), decrease, increase, short rows, grafting

Picking up stitches, increases / decreases, provisional cast on, short rows, working ribbed cables from written instructions, Kitchener stitch (grafting).

Originally published in Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock.

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