Well, that's not hugely helpful, is it? And I'm not sure I needed to know the verb definition of cape.
Construction-wise, I think of a cape as not-a-poncho, and a poncho as something with corners. The first large-scale project I ever knit was a poncho from Melanie Falick's Weekend Knitting, which was a big rectangle that you poncho-ized by sewing one short end to the bottom of one of the long sides. It ends up with only one pointy bit (corner), but it definitely qualifies. I've seen other ponchos where you sew two rectangles together leaving a slit in the middle for your head. Or you could even knit a square with a hole in the middle.
All these poncho ideas seem to me to have come out of the serape when someone got tired of wrapping the rectangle of fabric around themselves and just sewed it mostly shut.
For me a cape is something that fits more closely to the body. Caught in the Rigging came out of a simpler idea (still on the design to-do list) which I dubbed "Morningside Cape":
|Yeah, Elsa's rockin' a little cape/swatch/prototype|
Looking at the definition for cape again, I want to design some tippets and capelets next :)
What do you think? Is Caught in the Rigging a cape or a poncho? Let me know in the comments or come over to the Ravelry group. We can discuss it in this thread.
Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!