For knitters who are a little intimidated about lace knitting, like I was, there are clearly some tricks that can make this lace-intensive cape a truly enjoyable knitting project.
This rectangular cape is constructed started with an Estonian cost on, and off-set Estonian water lillies.
Front, back, and side view are stunning and impressive.
The knitpicks yarn Paragon is ideal for this type of accessory. Knitpicks describes the yarn on the website:
Bounce, luster, and luxurious sheen - Paragon is the epitome of fabulous! Our newest sport-weight yarn is fabulously squishy due to fine Merino wool. Combined with Baby Alpaca for amazing drape-ability and Mulberry silk for a gorgeous shine, Paragon is sure to become your favorite yarn for projects.
First is the Estonian cast on. It is ideal because of the elastic properties. I have practiced from watching this you-tube video: Estionian Cast-on
When you are ready to proceed and begin the lace portion take a moment and mark the chart, or the row by row details with the placement of markers. Between stitch 13/14 and 18/19.
DON'T BE INTIMIDATED!!!!!!!
It took me 2 tries to get it right. For you, if you follow my advice, you can do it already the first time.
The main difference to regular markers setting: THE MARKERS ARE 2 DIFFERENT COLOR YARN STRANDS.
Cut 6 in long contrasting color strands. I have used pink to mark the beginning of a pattern repeat and blue for marking the middle section of each repeat. Between stitch 13/14 and 18/19. The last yarn marker shows the end of the last pattern repeat.
The reason to use yarn markers instead of round metal or plastic marker is important. The pattern has ssk and k2tog stitches that move to the right and then again to the left, where standard markers would have to be removed and re-set all the time.
With the yarn markers this 'problem' does not happen.
When you arrive at the stitch where the marker should be set, reach behind the knitting (if you are knitting a right side row, the marker yarn end would be on the wrong side; if you are knitting a wrong side row, the marker yarn end would be on the right side) and pull the marker yarn strand up and over the gap between your stitches.
Regardless if the 13th stitch is a ssk or a k2tog stitch, the marker can easily be placed. You do't have to remove a standard marker first in order to accomplish the knitting 2 stitches together. The yarn is not in the way and can be left where it is. You will always be able to mark with the hanging strand from the back of your knitting.
If this does not make any sense as you read it. Believe me, be adventurous, try it! If it still does not make any sense, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact me on ravelry.com/oberpfalzerin.
I am available and will make sure you will succeed.