Make a Twisted Scarf Capelet

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This cute project is excerpted from our Big Knits: Hollywood Style booklet (The Taunton Press, 2015) by Linda Zemba Burhance. Every princess ought to have a stylish scarf to keep out the winter chill, unless, of course, she prefers the glamour of a capelet. Whether you're royalty or just want the look of nobility, you can combine the scarf and capelet with this two-in-one piece.

Finished center-back neck length: 9 inches

U.S. size 50 (25 mm) straight needles
Crochet hook or yarn needle for finishing

Approximately 480 yards (CYCA 6) Super Bulky chunky wool or wool-blend yarn (240 yards each of a variegated yarn and a solid-color yarn)

Lion Brand Hometown USA: 100 percent acrylic (81 yards/74 meters, 5 ounces/142 grams),
#135-216 Anchorage Ice and
#135-150 Chicago Charcoal

Using 2 strands on size 50 needles
5 stitches = 4 inches
5 rows = 4 inches

To Make Scarf Section

1. Holding 1 strand of solid color yarn and 1 strand of variegated yarn together, cast on 20 stitches using the long-tail cast-on method (see next page), leaving a tail of approximately 12 inches. Purl across next row (see next page).

2. Next Row: K2tog across row (see next page). You now have 10 stitches. Continue in stockinette stitch, where every stitch on the front or "face" of the work is knitted across, and every stitch on the back side or reverse of the work is purled across, for 40 more rows or 32 inches (see next page). Cast off (see next page). Make a second one exactly the same way.

To Make Capelet Back Section

1. Holding 1 strand of solid color yarn and 1 strand of variegated yarn together at the same time, cast on 40 stitches using the long-tail cast-on method and leave a tail of about 12 inches. Purl across the next row.


This project can be even more glamorous depending on the yarn. I can imagine a beautiful white-colored bouclé yarn evoking the look of an ice princess. You will never be frozen with this stunning garment wrapping you in warmth and luxury.

To wear the capelet, place it on your back and throw the scarf pieces over your shoulders.You'll have timeless glamour for your time-traveling adventure!


Cast On

cast on 1

1. Make a slip knot. Place the slip knot onto one knitting needle. Grasp the tail and the working yarn between your thumb and index fingers as shown above. Use the knitting needle to motion downward, following the direction of the arrow. Make the needle go under the tail yarn and position upward as shown in Step 2.

cast on 2

2. Place the top of the needle in front of the working yarn and motion downward so the needle catches the working yarn as shown in Step 3.

cast on 3

3. Continue using the needle to pull the working yarn through the "lower part" of the cast on stitch, which was created using the tail, gently releasing the tail yarn as shown in Step 4.

cast on 4

4. Gently pull the tail yarn outward until the upper and lower parts of the newly created cast-on stitch are positioned evenly on the needle, not too tight or too loose. Repeat Steps 1 to 4 until you have the number of stitches needed to create your gauge test swatch or your pattern. I always suggest a gauge test swatch first!

Purl Stitch

purl 1

1. Place your working needle into the front of the stitch on the nonworking needle so that the needles "cross" each other as shown. Note: The "front" of the stitch comes up and over the top of the nonworking needle.

purl 2

2. Wrap the working yarn counterclockwise around the working needle to create a new PURL stitch. Release the old stitch-off of the working needle, and repeat across the row as many time as necessary to create purl stitches in your pattern or test-gauge swatch.


K2tog and SSK

Knitting two stitches together (K2TOG) is a technique used to reduce the number of stitches on your needle. This creates an angle in your work. To K2tog, just put the working needle through the front of two stitches on the nonworking needle at the same time, knitting them as if they were one stitch. Slip, slip, knit (SSK) is the same technique as K2tog, but angles your work in the opposite direction. To SSK, slip two stitches onto the working needle and put the nonworking needle through the front of the stitches at the same time, knitting them as if they are one stitch.


Stockinette Stitch

stockinette stitch This is what the work looks like when you knit every stitch across the front of the work and purl every stitch across the back of the work.

Cast Off

cast off CASTING OFF is just a fancy way of saying that you are removing your work from your needles. To cast off, K2 stitches onto your working needle, then pass the first stitch over the second. This eliminates one stitch. Repeat until all of your stitches are gone.

For more chunky knit projects, be sure to pick up your copy of Big Knits: Hollywood Style booklet

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