Zen Garden Capelet

Introducing the Zen Garden Capelet

The Zen Garden Capelet is the first Community Pattern to emerge from Cat’s legacy, pieced together from material developed by Cat herself, and only discovered since Cat’s passing. This beautiful group effort was knit together by Cat’s glorious community all over the world.


Some of the features within this capelet will require your blind trust, as is true with many of Cat’s patterns. In the test knitter group, it was common to hear, “What? How? Ohhhhhh! That’s so Cat!” Once you allow yourself to fall into the calming garter stitch rows, you will know exactly where this capelet derived its name from. If you have knit up a pair of Cat’s Zen Garden Fingerless Mitts, you will quickly find your rhythm. Enjoy!

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Notes From Our Test Knitters

Elizabeth Ayers

Ravelry: eayers

Yarn Used: Malabrigo Rios

Beth Benson

Ravelry: bethstar

Yarn Used: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted

Mary Biagi

Ravelry: marypknit

Yarn Used: Madeline Tosh - Cactus 100% Merino

Ruth Chichester

Ravelry: OnTiptoe

Yarn Used: Red Heart "Unforgettable" fiber, worsted weight in color TealBerry.

Cathie Faber


Yarn Used: Blue Moon Targhee Worsted and Malabrigo Rios

Brenda Flowers

Ravelry: brendah

Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft, O'go, 4 skeins total

Anna Guy

Ravelry: Annaguy1956

Yarn Used: . HiKoo Sueño, 1 skein of mountain fog, 1 skein of bashful, 1 skein of plum and 1 skein of slated. Each skein is 255 yards.

Jan Hamby

Ravelry: twinsetjan

Yarn Used: Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Worsted (100% Organic Merino)

Laura Hirsch

Ravelry: ljblackdeer

Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft: Victorian Rose 9721 Paints, Rose Garden

Dorothy Ives

Ravelry: fiberdance42

Yarn Used: Green stripe: Lana Grosso Cashmere Garzato color 008 and Aalta Yarn Aalta Truth Color Tuscan Olive. Beige stripe: Lana Grosso Cashmere Garzato color 013 and HiKoo Sueño Shifting Sands

Claudia Johnston

Ravelry: Cjcrochet1knit2

Yarn Used: Lion Brand Mandala/size 7 needle (4.5mm)

Lynda Laugavitz

Ravelry: LyndaLaugavitz

Yarn Used: Malabrigo Washted - 800 yards

Mandie MacDonald

Ravelry: momschool

Yarn Used: Jojoland Melody fingering weight 100% superwash wool held with a random laceweight with no ball band that might be cashmere.

Sharon Nye

Ravelry: Nutyknitter

Yarn Used: Noro Shiraito. This says it’s fingering but I’m on size 7’s. It’s Cashmere and angora and very lofty and knitting to gauge.

Barb Root

Ravelry: Ginger4

Yarn Used: Kremke Soul Wool, 400 g

Kathy Sparks

Ravelry: elmshootfarm

Yarn Used: Alpaca with a twist Baby alpaca

Ellen Toothacker

Ravelry: hardwarequeen

Yarn Used: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino worsted

Margie Yemini

Ravelry: mbyemini

Yarn Used: For a child's capelet: Jojoland Rhythm Superwash ~ 180 gr (~100 gr MC, ~80 gr CC)

Susanne Losen

Ravelry: Susaelaine

Yarn Used: Drops Big Delight Print, 360g -> 690m

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Mary Peirce Biagi

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.

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