Friday, February 12, 2010
Chancellor's Collar becomes Chancellor's Capelet
You may remember this finished project, the Chancellor's Collar, I loved the pattern, but as it turns out I think it needed about three more large mitered squares and the corresponding number of small squares, to lay nicely. I'm not sure if I just didn't add the required amount, I thought I followed the pattern, but I will double check to be sure I read it correctly. Because this was made for my Mum who's on the small side and it didn't have quite enough flair to lay flat over her shoulders, it wanted to hunch up around her ears and chin!
I decided to make it into more of a capelet. I picked the side I wanted as the front, and steeked it, that is to say I fixed the knitted stitches from raveling by sewing on either side of the center line where I had decided to make a cut. Once the stitches were in place, I carefully cut up through the garment in a straight line. I made a nice decorative plaket using crochet, which is really perfect for this kind of embellishment.
Here we are, all buttoned up. The square crocheted buttons, with the exception of the one at the top used to close the neck opening (which I thought should be a little sturdier than the tiny bobble/loop combo), are just decorative, the capelet is fastened by the little bobbles popping through loops on the opposite side. I'm so much happier with it this way, I love the pattern, the design with the mitered squares is so pretty, but it works better (more hair style friendly) to have it modified as a capelet. I think I will probably do a little more surface embellishment on this too, Mum will get to wear it eventually! (If I can get her to leave the house, it's too cold!)
Have a great week! Blessing Friends!
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