LaCapa and DeColores


La Capa and DeColores, a cape and pair of half-sleeves, may be worn alone or together. The knitting is simple and serene, and the yarn is sensuous.


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The yarn, Skacel HiKoo™ Llamor, is spun of kitten-soft yet cougar-strong baby llama and is the distillation of more than a year of fiber communion between me, my brother Jim “Pecos” Petkiewicz, and a beloved Peruvian yarn whisperer friend who shares her insights with us during our trips to Peru.


The timeless color palette of a high Andean community near Cusco inspired us to overdye the lightest of seven natural shades to match their sublime textiles. The seven colors we chose have endured as soulmates over many centuries, so all combinations sing in harmony.


The random depth of LaCapa’s color rings makes for relaxed knitting and subtly animates the garment. The color rings finish with a steady rhythm of eyelets, each one paired with a knit or decrease, to grow the circumference until it suits you.

The colors marching around DeColores’ Half-Sleeves are random, which adds grace and makes knitting more fun. Slipped stitches allow you to carry just one color at a time.

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Ravelry: Annaguy1956

Yarn Used: HiKoo Sueno, 1 skein of mountain fog, 1 skein of bashful, 1 skein of plum and 1 skein of slated. Each skein is 255 yards. 2. Caron Simply Soft from my stash, unsure of quantities, used 10 colors.

Tips: 1. Followed original pattern except for 1. 2 decrease wedges and 2 decrease wedges; 2. the very end where I completed last wedge and cast off using 3 needle bindoff, didn't do the unique wrong side row. 2. I cast on 120 stitches, adding an extra 20 stitches because I wanted it longer and wider, adding an extra w&to to each wedge making it wider. At the end I completed the last wedge, then repeated row 1, then the unique WS row before 3 needle bind off. 6-1-3-1-6 wedges. For the description of the K-below I would add the word /through after the word into.