Here is a sneaky peek at another couple of patterns which will be in the Centenary Stitches book.
I found the ‘cape’ in one of the Bear brand books from 1918. It was knitted in ‘rabbit wool’, now known as angora. So I had a friend knit it up in Rowan Angora Haze.
Aileen knitted the cape and the hat, and sent them to me to sew up and finish. When I took the cape out of the envelope it looked a mess – I wish I had taken a photo of it! But as soon as I added the fringe and the crochet buttons, the piece was transformed. The cape weighs nothing, and is surprisingly warm on the shoulders.
The band of the hat is knitted first, then the stitches for the crown are picked up along one edge. The clever bit is the way the seam is gathered and folded as the buttons are added.
The hat can be worn with the buttons to the side….
… or to the back….
…. or to the front.
There has been some bad publicity about angora yarns, but reputable yarn companies like Rowan know their fibres and do not use fibre from suspect sources. It is well known in the luxury fibre world that unhappy animals produce bad quality fibre, and such fibre will only find its way into cheap yarns. But if you don’t want to use angora, then the patterns will work with other 4 ply/fingering yarns.