Vintage capelet

25 Jan

As I mentioned in the last post, this featured item takes inspiration from the 50s and 70s. I know it sounds a strange era combination but the style is very much from the 50s, but has a 70s knitwear feel which I think complements it beautifully.

I was admiring (read drooling) over the patterns in Susan Crawford’s Vintage Gifts to Knit a few months ago, saw this beaut and thought ‘I gotta have me some of that’.

Town & City Tufted Cape: day-to-day glamour

 I decided to steer away from the green and black combination, and decided on black, with a slight glitter trim, that way I can wear it in the daytime, or use it as an evening capelet.

This project was the first ‘proper’ item of clothing I’d knitting beyond scarves, hats and fingerless gloves. At this point I had a ridiculous fear of knitting (messing-up) sleeves and thought this was the perfect item to knit before embarking on something with *gulp* sleeves.

I had no problems with doing tufted stitch, and found once I’d got the rhythm of it, I could quite happily sit and knit while watching television. The only issue I had was picking up the stitches, it took a couple of goes before I got them picked-up and evenly spaced, but overall, I’m really happy with the result.

My take on the capelet:

 Close-up of the stitches

Ready for my close-up: tufted and garter stitches

Ok, so you can definitely see the fifties influence, what about the seventies? As I was flicking through this month’s Company magazine, I noticed a feature called Blown Away, which focused on homespun knits, a main staple of the seventies . One of the items used was a capelet by Orla Kiely which had a whopping £70 price tag.

Company magazine: January 2012

Not that I’m biased or anything, but I think you get more garment (and value) for the money paid for the wool and pattern book, never mind the satisfaction of it being hand-crafted.

What about you? Any of you knitters had that feeling before?


9 Responses to “Vintage capelet”

  1. lee de guzman January 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    very cool! I wish I had the patience to learn to knit, so kudos to you 🙂

    • sheknitsandpurls January 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

      Thanks Lee 🙂 Knitting is actually easier than it seems, next thing you know you’ll have a 6ft long hand-crafted scarf among your crafty bits n pieces 😉 Nice blog btw x

  2. prouma01 January 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    your cape is so cute! it might have to be my next knitting project! 🙂

    • sheknitsandpurls January 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

      Aww thanks 🙂 I think I’m right in saying you can buy the pattern individually through her website, but I’d recommend the book (I’m not even on commission!) as it’s lovely to flick through and be inspired by. Good luck with it, and please if you do make it, link me to it x

  3. flowerpotdesigns January 27, 2012 at 3:43 am #

    Your caplet is great! congrats on that accomplishment!
    thanks for visiting my blog and commenting, too! Your blog and your writing style is great. I’ll certainly keep up.

  4. Sassy T May 2, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Absolutely love the capelet. Just learning to knit myself.

    • sheknitsandpurls May 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

      Aw thanks. It was really fun to make, I loved the tufted stitches, and it makes it really cosy to wear.


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