The first design of our shawl series is a gorgeous design by our Merry Purdy, the Spring Capelet.
Merri Purdy, who is a full time music teacher in a rural school district in upstate New York, has been fascinated by crochet since she was a little girl at the age of 7. Introduced to this art form by her mother, Merri is primarily self-taught, and has been designing patterns for the past several years.
She has designed several items including bags and totes, cowls, hats, and fingerless mitts. Recently, she has been bitten by the poncho craze and has also enjoyed sharing her versions on Ravelry. Most of all of Merri’s pattern designs can be worked up in just a couple of days, making them fun and quick to crochet.
The Spring Capelet was born because she wanted to give back to the lovely lady who first introduced her to crochet 43 years ago. Her mother, who was 82 years young this early May, still crochets regularly, making gifts for others, but never for herself. This is Merri’s way of honoring her, and showing her how much she appreciates the time they spent together learning this craft. It certainly has changed her life.
You can find Merri’s patterns on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/merri-purdy
The pattern is divided into two segments and can easily be completed within a couple of weeks.
June 9 – Part 1 contains the upper yoke of the design.
June 16 – Part 2 contains the lower body of the capelet.
Here is a materials list to help get you started:
- 175 – 200 yards Aran or worsted weight yarn in a solid colorway (Fiber used in sample: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn Solids 100% acrylic; color Ivory )
- 383 yards Aran or worsted weight self-striping yarn (Fiber used in sample: Caron Cakes 80% acrylic, 20% wool; color: Fairie Cake)
- 5 mm (I) hook or hook appropriate for your yarn selection
- 2 – 1 1/8” inch buttons, 1 – ¼” button for interior
- Coordinating thread and sewing needle
- Stitch markers
Please consider making a Spring Capelet for a special person in your life.