01 September 2015

Pattern: Caught in the Rigging

Caught in the Rigging (photo: Nicholas Dames)

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I love cables and sweaters - the more the better! But sometimes I want something a little different: a focus on a single, intriguing cable (Tangled Ropes) and a shape that isn’t complex but is more than just a tube. Caught in the Rigging cape + cowl are the perfect combination of pattern and shape. The cowl, while keeping your neck warm, also serves as your swatch. The cape sits nicely on your shoulders thanks to its raglan shaping. Separated increases and decreases in the body portion cause the fabric flanking the cables to bias, adding textural interest. Worked from the top, down, you are free to make this cape as long as you like. Just don’t get caught in the rigging!

Caught in the Rigging (photo: Nicholas Dames)

What you'll love about knitting Caught in the Rigging:

  • working the cowl first will give you a chance to get to know your yarn/needle combination, as well as the cable pattern
  • top-down in-the-round means you can make it as long as you wish
  • carefully-placed increases and decreases keep your interest along with that fabulous cable

What you'll love about wearing Caught in the Rigging:
  • cape and cowl are separate pieces - two knits for the "price" of one
  • raglan shaping in the shoulders make for a great fit up top where it matters most
  • increases and decreases add a bias effect for additional textural interest

Caught in the Rigging (photo: Nicholas Dames)

Cowl: One size
Cape: Women’s XS [S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] (shown in size L)

Finished Measurements

Height: 6.25 inches
Circumference: 18 inches

Chest: 28 [32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52] inches {eds., the garment circumference after increases is 36.5 [41.5, 48.5, 52, 57.25, 62.5, 67.5] inches, sized to fit the aforementioned chest sizes - not sure how you would like to handle.}
Length: 19 [19.5, 20, 20.5, 21, 21.5, 22] inches

This garment is sleeveless. To determine fit, measure around the fullest part of your bust and your upper arms (you’ll need a friend to help). This is likely about 1/3 bigger than your bust circumference. Choose a size with 2-3 inches of positive ease compared to that full circumference measurement.

Caught in the Rigging (photo: Nicholas Dames)

MissBabs Yowza - Whatta Skein! [100% Superwash Merino; 560 yds/512 m per 226g skein]; color: Oyster; 2 [2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3] skeins

Cowl requires approx. 48 g/120 yds for cowl
Cap requires approx. 220 [260, 310, 340, 380, 425, 470] g/550 [640, 765, 835, 940, 1050, 1165] yds

16-inch US #6/4mm
32-40 inch US #6/4mm circular needles

cable needle
stitch markers – of a few different colors or styles

20 sts/30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Skills Needed
Casting on
Binding off
Working stitches out of order (cables)
Working from a chart

How lucky was I for my photo shoot day? June 1st was a chilly, misty day, so no heat stroke for me wrapped in quite a bit of cozy wool. Plus, shooting at the Little Red Lighthouse is something I've always wanted to do (how many times have I read The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge to my kids?!). Combining the lighthouse and my Hunters gave the perfect pops of color to my beautiful grey cape (which otherwise might have been a little, well, grey).

Caught in the Rigging (photo: Nicholas Dames)

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Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!


  1. Fabulous! And I love the pictures!

    1. Thanks! Nick gets all the photo credit :) Guess I should credit him properly (eep)!

  2. Great photos and I love your new design! Congratulations!


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