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A warm cape…

2nd February 2015, Pennsylvania – It’s Groundhog Day there and hundreds of people are waiting excited for this cute, fluffy furball to know when the winter will be over. The tradition says that if the groundhog goes out from her burrow and it is cloudy, spring will come early; if it is sunny the groundhog will see its shade and scared will go back again into her burrow, meaning that winter will be around for at least other six weeks.

Same day, Italy – It’s Candlemas Day here and all the people are staring at the sky because we’ve a saying too for this day. If it is cloudy or rainy it means we’re still into winter time, otherwise a sunny day means spring will come soon.

Well this year it looks like we both got disappointed since the little groundhog went back sleeping into her burrow and here in Italy it actually snowed. So I realized there’s no escape and we’ll have to deal with this freezing winter still for a while. For this reason I decided to turn my disappointment into the chance of crocheting something warm and for me, and this beautiful cape came out.

cape1I love crocheting wearable accessories, they make your look so personal and unique. To make this cape I chose a light grey color which I think looks very elegant and versatile. You can pair it with a dark shade coat or even with a shirt.

cape2For this pattern I was inspired by a crochet magazine I bought in a shop, close to the office where I work and if you are thinking that it won’t be easy to make, you’re wrong! Even if you are a beginner, you’ll be surprised by how simple and fast this project is.

What you’ll need :

  • 4 skeins of yarn (400 gr) in the color you prefer
  • 6 mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • scissors

Stitches used:

  • chain stitches (ch)
  • single crochet (sc)
  • double crochet (dc)
  • triple crochet (tr)
  • slip stitch (sl st)

Start chaining 80 stitches then join to the first ch to form a circle making sure your work doesn’t twist.

row 1-10 : ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch.

row 11 : ch 1, sc into the next stitch, *ch 4, sl st into the first ch, sc in the next 3 st*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the first ch.

row 12 : ch 5, *dc into the 3rd stitch, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.

row 13 : ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch.

row 14: ch 6, *tr into the third st, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Sl st into the fourth ch.

row 15: ch1, *sc in the next 3 st, 2 sc into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the first ch.

row 16 – 17 : ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch.

Repeat from row 11 to row 17 two times, then again row 11 and at the end of it fasten off your yarn. Ta-da here is the result.

cape3cape4I hope you guys like this pattern. Let me know if you are going to try it and if you do, send to me the pictures of your works, I always enjoy seeing them. Also I am very curious about your traditions to say goodbye to the winter season , so feel free to share them with me, I am always looking for cultural exchanges. I thank you all guys from the bottom of my heart and I wish you happy crocheting…bye!!!!!

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