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I'm a knitwear and embroidery pattern designer and knitting teacher from Michigan who currently lives in Chicago. My patterns have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and knit.wear ...

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El Matador

from The Sweatshop of Love
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • inc

Pattern Description:

The word 'cape' just sounds hotter than the word 'poncho', am I right? Toward the end of winter there comes a point when you just can't look at your coat anymore, and that is where this fun garment comes in. A cape transitions nicely to summer! Throw it over your shoulders on a chilly night. Worried about too much volume in your arms? Button them up to create bobbled sleeves any old school bullfighter would kill to wear. Play this bold look up by choosing a bright color, or keep it neutral to work El Matador into your everyday wardrobe.

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 110yds/50g: Squirrel Heather, 11 (16) skeins.

Needles: Size 8 (5 mm): 36" circular (cir). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); tapestry needle; 8 (9) 3/4" fabric covered buttons; fabric for the buttons.

Notes: El Matador is worked from the neck down with raglan arm shaping and bobbles worked in just the growing sleeve sections. Garter stitch and ribs add extra texture throughout.


18 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches in St st

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 28-38 (39-52)" bust/chest circumference. Cape show in size S/M.


  • Worsted weight yarn - 1210 - 1700 yards
  • Size 8 knitting needles

You Will Also Need:

  • 8-9 fabric covered buttons
  • Stitch markers
  • stitch holders

Suggested yarn:

1210 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Swish Worsted


Squirrel Heather

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