It’s taken me quite a while to get around to writing this pattern up. It’s been such a success that my little Dutch Pixie absolutely loves this cape and hasn’t stopped wearing it ever since I gave it to her.
I think I started knitting it back in the Spring. It was just an idea I had for a simple cape that I thought my eldest daughter would get some wear out of. You know what kids are like, they often don’t want to wear a coat, even when it’s freezing cold outside. My daughter often doesn’t even want to wear a jumper either and to be honest there isn’t enough meat on her bones to keep her warm without one! (We do feed her plenty, she just never sits still) So, I thought a cape could be a good solution.
I think that I actually half knitted this cape and then pulled it out and started again at least twice. Sometimes I get a little indecisive about how I want the finished item to look. Eventually I realised that time was moving on and summer was rapidly approaching and that if I wanted it finished for our trip to Holland in the summer then I needed to get a move on. The next time I started it I decided to double up the yarn and knit with it twice as thick. It would be quicker (and warmer) that way.
It was the detail that was slowing me down though I think. I tried several styles and kept changing my mind. In the end I chose just a few lines of lacy holes, down the sides, down the back of the cape and across the top of the hood. Just a little bit of interest and really good way of hiding the increases to give a lovely shape.
Plus, I wanted it to have a pointy hood.
A proper pixie cape should have a pointed hood after all.
So, finally, on the ferry on the way to Holland, (nothing like leaving it until the last minute), I sat sewing the ends in and adding the button fastener until the cape was completed.
We had a fabulous holiday and my little Pixie danced around the canals wearing her cape the whole time.
The only tricky part was getting her to stand still long enough to get a good picture!
If you’re interested in knitting a Pixie cape, the pattern is available from Etsy.
It’s a fairly straightforward knitting pattern and just uses stocking stitch. The yarns are worked double so that you can create a nice blended looking set of stripes. If you have questions, do get in touch.