Give a big welcome to today's guest blogger Jil Eaton, whose name has become synonymous with kids knitwear. Last year she introduced her own yarn line—MinnowMerino distributed by Classic Elite Yarns—and offered knitters everywhere an adorable free pattern for a child’s holiday capelette (originally published in the CEY Web-Letter). Today we’re thrilled that Jil is sharing this pattern with our readers and viewers, and we have an exclusive video of Jil demonstrating the capelette’s embellishment techniques. Here’s Jil to tell us more…
Hi Knitting Daily! The Holiday Capelette project that I presented this season on the TV show perfectly captures my design philosophy. My trademark QuickKnits—in larger gauges, clean silhouettes, chic design details, and pure clean color—all add up to a charming garment.
The Capelette, knit in holiday red and icy blue for a touch of insouciance, is very easy to work up and includes regularly spaced increases for the shaping. The cape is decorated with a single crochet chain, sewn in easy loops around the bottom edge in a contrasting color. It is then punctuated with French knots sprinkled playfully around the chain.
You can watch me demonstrate some of these embellishment options in this video:
Download the free capelette pattern here.
Embroidery, bobbles and other design details can make all the difference between an ordinary garment and one that is a showstopper. Color is key, and don’t be afraid to experiment--play with your yarn and have fun! Changing the colors for this capelette project could turn it from a holiday charmer to a classic party cover-up in pretty pastels or rich blues and aqua. Always use the best fibers you can find, for the joy of knitting and for the life of the garment, which could easily become an heirloom.
After so many years designing, teaching workshops and writing my “Ask Jil” column in KnitSimple magazine, I would say the single most important tip for perfect knitting is getting the correct gauge. Getting the gauge, or correct number of stitches and rows per inch, guarantees the garment will have the correct fit and drape, as the designer intended. Always do your swatch, which takes only a short time and is perfect for testing the ‘washability’ of that particular yarn. The gauge swatch is perfect as part of your knitting history; my students all maintain knitting notebooks, a typical 3-ring binder including clear plastic insert pages. Using one page for each project, include your personal copy of the pattern, notes, information about the lucky recipient, and your gauge swatch. Later the swatch can come in handy for any necessary repairs. As Nike says, “Just do it!” You’ll become a better knitter for life.
If you go to my website, www.minnowknits.com, you can sign up for my monthly email newsletter, MinnowNotes, or check out my blog at www.jileaton.blogspot.com. Remember, when we are knitting, all is right with the world! –Jil Eaton