Have you ever found a project that you just haaaaad to make then once you got started you realized how much work had to go into and soon the project became a UFO (unfinished object)? Well, that is precisely what happened here. Back in November, I was flipping through the January 2014 issue of Crochet Today and found this beautiful Ali Cape. I had never attempted a cape or poncho before so I thought now is the time! Kudos to you poncho and cape designers, knitters and crocheters out there! I now know the time and effort you put into projects like this. I started this project in November and just finished last week. But, to give myself some credit, I put the project aside multiple times to make Christmas, birthday and baby gifts and eventually came back to it. So I didnt completely give up, I’d just rather say, I took my time. ;)
While making this pattern, I learned a few new stitches:
Fsc: Foundation Single Crochet – What a great idea! You make a chain and single crochet at one time. Watch video
Bobble stitch – Here is a diagram.
The project in Crochet Today used Red Heart Soft Yarn, but a co-worker suggested I use Boutique Midnight so I chose the color Vista. What a great suggestion. Just look how perfect the striping looks.
I took pictures throughout the long procastinating process.
Front and Back Panel
Making the side panels
Almost finished. I added the neck edging and slipped it on a mannequin to see how it looked.
It looks great on the mannequin but when I tried it on myself, I decided I wanted the cape to be a little longer so I added the same neck edging stitch for 4 rows to the bottom. Perfecto! First cape in the books!
Note: If you would like a copy of this pattern, please contact Consumer Services at http://www.redheart.com/ContactUs or (800) 648-1479. Please let them know you would like the Ali Cape pattern from the January 2014 issue of Crochet Today.