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El Matador


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl inc GAUGE 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. SUGGESTED YARN 1210 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Knit Picks Swish Worsted COLORWAY Squirrel Heather

Supplies Needed

  • Worsted weight yarn - 1210 - 1700 yards
  • Size 8 knitting needles
  • 8-9 fabric covered buttons

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The Sweatshop of Love
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 magazines, and by Lion Brand Yarns. I self publish patterns and blog at The Sweatshop of Love and run Holla Knits and Red Letter Day Stitches.