July 10, 2007

kitty: KIT 51 kid mohair cape - FO

Thank you so much Olga, for inviting me to this KAL!! So here goes my first Habu FO posting for the site.

The colour is melon, and as I found almost impossible to photograph.

Item#:KIT 51 kid mohair cape
Content:80% mohair, 18% wool, 2% nylon
Price: $39.00
Bought it from a merchant
at the Knitters Connection Merchant room.
Photo from Habu's Site

I had been playing with the pattern for a while and really running into a lot of problems. The cape is essentially done in 4 pieces. I had done the bottom two pieces and tried them on and really didn't like how they fell on me. I thought that it looked too small for my scale. Then entered the fear that if I did them to the proper scale I wouldn't have enough yarn in the kit. (I ended up with only 40 inches on both balls.)

So I decided to start with the knitted section and then work my way down. That way I would have the control to make it the proper scale, and also if I didn't have enough yarn to finish the next row I could just stop. Once nice thing about crochet is that there is no binding off.

One warning I would give you if you try to make the cape is the knitting needle size in the pattern for US size is wrong. The actual size is somewhere between a 10 and an 11 not the 6 or 7 that they tell you to use in the pattern. I pulled out a Japanese chart to compare the mm to the US charts. I also could never find a chart to what a size 15 Japanese crochet hook is in US sizes. Since the 15 in US sizes is way to small.

I constructed the cape by knitting the collar and then just casting on directly from the bound off edge for the body. I essentially followed the increases in the pattern but increased 2 extra stitches in the front and back on every other opposite rows for increases.

The total construction time once I decided to do it this way took about 2 hours to finish and then another 2 days to block dry.

Sorry the colours are really off. They were taken in the basement since really wearing mohair in 98 degree weather just isn't going to happen.


Carlene said...

Nice! I'd love to see it being worn, but I totally understand about the temps.

kitty kitty said...

Hi Carlene..

I promise to do photos with it on, when it cools down. :)

kitty kitty

soknitpicky said...

Your pic on the dressform looks so much better than what's on the Habu site, even if you feel the color is off. It looks like it will be gorgeous on you!

Olgajazzy said...

Priscilla, it's gorgeous, I love that first spring greens, honeydew green! Your advice is invaluable! And Thank you so much for joining and posting, I am really looking forward to all of us having lots of fun here!