Elegant Knit Caplet

This cute caplet is a great cover-up for brisk days--as a coat or over a sweater.


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Needle & Extras:

Size 7 (4.5 mm) 20¿ and 29¿ circular needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Stitch holders
Stitch markers
Blunt-end yarn needle

Yarns:

Lion Brand Lion Suede (Art. 210)
100% polyester; 3 ox. (85 g)' 122 yds. (110 m); bulky weight
4 balls #124 Mocha (MC)

Lion Brand Trellis (Art. 500)
100% nylon; 1 3/4 oz. (50 g); 115 yds. (105), bulky weight
2 balls #303 Champagne (CC)

Prep:

Gauge:
12 sts and 20 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st (knit on RS, purl on WS) with MC. TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

Size:
Length=15"
Lower-edge circumference=72"

Special Abbreviation:
M1=Work an increase by lifting the horizontal thread lying between the needles and placing it onto the left needle. Work the new stitch through the back loop.

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Yoke:

With MC and shorter circular needles, using the backward loop method, cast on 30 sts. Work in St st.
Row 1 (RS): K1, M11, k to last st, M1, k1—32 sts.
Row 2 (WS): P1, M1, p to last sts, M1, p1—34 sts.
Rows 3-9: Rep Rows 1 and 2, ending with RS row—48 sts after Row 9 in finished.
Rows 10-14: Word even in St st.
Row 15 (RS): K12, place rem sts on holder.
Shape right shoulder—Rows 16-20: Work even in St st on 12 sts.
Row 21 (RS): K 12 sts, cast on 12 sts—24 sts.
Row 22: P2, k1, p1, k1, p to end of row.
Row 23: K to last 5 sts, p1, k1, p1, k2.
Row 24: P2, k1, p1, k1, p to last 2 sts, p2tog.
Row 25: K2tog, k to last 5 sts, p1, k1, p1, k2.
Row 26-32: Rep Rows 24-25—15 sts rem after Row 32 (WS is finshed).
Place sts on holder. Cut yarn, leaving a 6: tail.
Shape left shoulder: Place yoke sts from holder onto needle, ready to work a RS row.
Row 15: Join yarn and bind off 24 sts for back of neck, k to end of row—12 sts rem.
Rows 16-20: Work even in St st on 12 sts.
Row 21: Cast on 12 sts, k to end of row, pm—24 sts.
Row 22: P to last 5 sts, k1, p1, k1, p2.
Row 23: K2, p1, k1, p1, k to end of row.
Row 24: P2tog tbl, p to last 5 sts, k1, p1, k1 p2.
Row 25: K2, p1, k1, p1, k to last 2 sts, ssk.
Rows 26-32: Rep Rows 24-25—15 sts rem after Row 32 is finished. Do not cut yarn.

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Body:

Row 1: K2, p1, k1, p1, k10, pick up and k 26 sts evenly around left shoulder, pick up and k 30 sts across cast-on edge, pick up and k 26 sts evenly around right shoulder; remove 15 sts from holder and place on needle, k10, p1, k1, p1, k2—112 sts.
Row 2: P2, k1, p1, k1, p10, pm, p8, pm, p10, pm, p8, pm, p30, pm, p8, om, p`0, om, p8, pm, p10, k1, p1, k1, p2.
Shape body—Inc row (RS): K2, p1, k1, p1, *k to next marker, M1, sm; rep from * 3 more times, k to last 5 sts, p1, k1, p1, k2—120 sts. Change to longer circular needle as necessary to accommodate extra sts.

Cont in St st, keeping first and last 5 sts in pat throughout, rep Inc row every 4th row 12 more times—216 sts. Work 2 rows even. Maintaining first and last 5 sts in pat, change to Garter st (knit every row) for 6 rows. Bind off kwise on WS row.

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Collar:

With WS facing and MC, pick up and k 48 sts evenly spaced around neck opening. P 1 row. Cont in St st, inc 1 st each end of row every 4th row 5 times—58 sts. Work 2 rows even (24 rows total including pick-up row). Cut yarn, leaving a 4" tail.

Ruffle:

With RS facing and CC, pick up and k 20 sts evenly along side edge of collar, k 58 sts, pick up and k 19 sts evenly spaced along the other side edge of collar—97 sts.

Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7 (WS): Knit.
Row 2: K 4, yo, k5, yo, (k3, yo, k1, yo) 19 times, k3, yo, k5, yo, k4—139 sts.
Row 4: K4, yo, k6, yo, (k5, yo, k1, yo) 19 times, k5, yo, k6, yo, k4—181 sts.
Row 6: K4, yo, k7, yo, (k7, yo, k1, yo) 19 times, k7, yo, k7, yo, k4—223 sts.
Row 8: K4, yo, k8, yo (k9, yo, k1, yo) 19 times, k9, yo, k8, yo k4—265 sts.
Row 9: Knit. Bind off all sts kwise. Weave in loose ends.

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