Meet my latest pattern, Codex Capelet. Codex is fully reversible with an overlapping, button placket collar and symmetrical cable detail.
It knits up fast in Western Sky Knits Aran Superwash (shown here in Fireburst) and can be worn layered over a sleeveless dress in spring, or pulled up on top of your shoulders like a cowl in cooler weather. On windy days, you can even wear it as a wimple making it a stylish and practical accessory for transitional weather.
My favorite way to wear Codex is pulled down over my shoulders with the collar open. The cables really pop against the reverse stockinette background!
Codex comes in two sizes to fit most bodies. Generally, my size range for patterns is much larger, but the challenge with this design was that in enlarging the bust/hem circumference past a certain point, you lose the versatility of wearing Codex as a cowl or wimple – it would just hang excessively low. That said, it’s an easily modified pattern should you want to make it larger for just wearing as a capelet, and there’s always help in my Ravelry forum to work out the details.
Check out the Ravelry gallery of other finished Codex Capelets for examples in other yarns. There are some beautiful solid and semi-solid versions there, but I’m a big fan of the low-contrast, variegated yarn I used for the sample. The stockinette/reverse stockinette background is perfect for these kind of fun colorways and they’re not so high in contrast that the cables totally disappear!
For a little extra help with finishing, I’ve put together a photo tutorial with tips on weaving in ends invisibly on reversible knits so you don’t end up with stray tails sticking out anywhere no matter how you wear it.
Can’t wait to see all your lovely Codex Capelets! Make sure you use #codexcapelet and tag me @carinaspencer if you post yours on Insta – I love to repost!