Capes Make A Comeback

Transitioning into the first frosty mornings of Fall may not be the easiest, but with the changing weather comes a profusion of cosy handknit styles to choose from.  Its a season for building up warmth gradually in layers.

Capes are making a comeback, hot off the European catwalks, and showing up in a mesmerizing variety of styles and shapes.  What makes a cape unique is the ease of movement, it lacks the restrictions of jackets and coats, simply by having no sleeves.   There is plenty of room for layering under or over a cape, yet its as easy to wear as a scarf or shawl.  

Here are the Top Ten Capes For Fall, each one distinctively different from the last-   

Shoulder Cape by Debbie Bliss

A shorter length capelet featured in Debbie Bliss’s A Tweed Story, is ribbed and mitred in the centre front and back for a perfect shoulder fit.  Knit in Luxury Tweed Aran, it remains a true classic yarn with six newly added shades to show off this season’s tweed look; spring green, forest, copper, cherry sand, and rose.  

Noro Book #28

The beauty of Eisaku Noro’s nature-inspired colourways are unmistakably Kochoran- in just the right blend of wool and silk with a wispy haze of angora.  When a jacket is too confining, slip into this innovative cape from Book #28 , allowing plenty of arm movement without letting the cold air in.

Organic Cape by Rico

New from the Rico Design team in Book #321, a polo neck cape designed with side openings, makes it snug and cosy and a breeze to slide your arms through.  Try out the all-natural Organic Trio, merging bio cotton and organic wool together in a great new polar weight yarn.  Five earthy shades are in stock now and ready for Fall knitting.   

On Line Winter 2010

Well-sculpted, and hugging the shoulders in a sideways fashion, this capelet displays a clever interplay of cables.  Knit in Divano from On Line, a new quality; merino wool infused with baby alpaca available in eleven neutral shades.   

Cabled Cape by Debbie Bliss

Featured in Snow Queen, part of the most recent Debbie Bliss design collection, this richly coloured cape shows off long flowing cables in Como, a bulky outerweight yarn which knits on 10 mm needles.  Four new shades have been added to the palette this season; coral, moss, mauve and teal.

Garden Cape by Katia

From Katia’s Teen Collection- a bubbly textured yarn called Garden is hard to resist in a chic cover up.  Its a bulky weight novelty yarn with a range of eight shades to select from.  Keep the trend going with a pair of arm warmers, they are in vogue and very necessary for texting.

On Line Winter 2010

Feel like spreading your wings?  Slide into this uniquely designed half poncho/half cape with loads of extra room.  Lucido is a new quality from On Line, a plush wool/acrylic blend in a polar weight, boasting nine fresh tone-on-tone colourways. 

Indie Cape by Sirdar

Already a big hit in the stores, Indie from Sirdar has the ‘wow factor’ that inspires knitters to pick up the needles and learn how much fun knitting can be.   Take a browse through Book #385  and you might be amazed at what great styles 12 mm needles can whip up.

Cable Edge Wrap by Louisa Harding

Stunning in midnight blue, Louisa Harding enchants us with gentle sophistication in her latest Dream Catcher Collection.  Narrow cables define the yoke while a chunky edging adds weight and balance in a contrast colour.  Knit in Rossetti, a softly twisted mix of merino and silk in eleven inspiring shades.  

Musketeer Cape by Sublime

Last but not least, try an open approach to the new trendy cape.  Sublime Book #646 leans towards a sporty style in Cashmere Merino Silk Aran.  Introducing three new shades;  porthole, russe, and peking duck, adding to an already impressive list of thirty-three colours.

  • Karen P

    always something from the past in fashion again! nice to see capes back again, i have a knitted one from years ago that i can take outof storage and wear again.

  • Lillian

    these are much nicer than the ones I see in the stores right now. i love the grey one in Lucido yarn, it looks like it is one size fits all.

  • Jenx78

    wow! Batwings and all! my favorite is the noro Book # 28 cape in that soft stripey colour, it looks as cosy as a cocoon.

  • B56freissen

    I LIKE THESE BETTER THAN THE PONCHOS FROM A FEW YEARS BACK, A LITTLE DRESSIER TO WEAR TO WORK.