A couple of years ago I was in contact with a friend I had known on line for several years. She wanted to know whether it would be possible to adapt the Papay Shawl to be a shawl for the Christening for her first grandchild, due in a few months. She wasn’t feeling too good, and didn’t want to have to use a lace weight yarn, so we adapted it for use with a fingering cashmere from ColourMart.
She started the shawl and was part way through when her cancer reappeared. She was determined to finish the shawl, but started to make mistakes. It was at that point I told her that if she died before the cape was finished, I would finish it for her.
She died a few weeks before the baby was born. We had already arranged that her husband would send me the unfinished shawl, and that is what happened – he sent her complete knitting bag!
My first job was to work out exactly where she had gone wrong, and what to do about it. I found several mistakes on the same row, about 4 rows back, so it was easy to take back those rows, and work the rest of the pattern as we had decided earlier.
I had quite a bit of yarn left over, so I also knitted a bonnet and bootees to go with the cape.
The family were delighted, and a few months later, the baby was christened in this set.
Now you can knit it too! It uses 4 ply/fingering yarn. The original uses cashmere from ColourMart, but any fingering yarn will do. There are two sizes, 0 – 6 months and 6 – 9 months, using different sized needles. The set takes 200 (300) g yarn.
Capes are so practical! You can thrown a cape round a baby and don’t have to worry about getting arms into sleeves. My two had them, and it was so quick and easy to put the cape on (attached to a hat) and bundle the them into a car or pushchair. And the beautiful knitted cape meant no one saw the mucky clothes underneath. (Mine were boys, and were always dirty by breakfast!)
If you are going to use it every day, I suggest a superwash wool to make laundering easy. That way your work will keep its looks while getting lots of use (and compliments).
If you are a member of Ravelry you can see the pattern in my Ravelry store; if not, see it in my Etsy store. Buy it from Ravelry before Monday, 9th September and get 40% off using the code Lesley. (You do not have to be a member of Ravelry to use this link.)