Wandering Willow by Janine Myska

Wandering Willow

February 2022
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 4 rows = 4 inches
in Double Crochet
8.0 mm (L)
525 yards (480 m)
One size with instructions on how to adjust for any desired length.
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The Wandering Willow Capelet is from my book Modern Crochet Sweaters: 20 Chic Designs for Everyday Wear. This book includes 20 #SizeInclusive sweater patterns using a variety of techniques and construction methods to ensure there is something of value for every skill level. Each pattern is written for sizes XS to 5XL (with the exception of this one-size-fits-all capelet) and each size has been thoroughly tested! We had over 500+ crochet pattern testers for this book to make sure that each size fits its intended wearer in a way that makes them feel beautiful. You can buy this book with confidence, knowing that each pattern was written for you and your unique body measurements.

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Reminiscent of the majestic winter outfits often shown in historical movies with castles and Vikings, this capelet will transport you to a simpler time with its vintage, old-world feel. Think of Wandering Willow as a wearable piece of art that will add depth and soul to any outfit; a statement piece that you proudly created yourself. You’ll love the feeling of crocheting with these soft, furry stitches, and the way each stitch blends together to give the appearance of one continuous piece of plush fabric. Faux fur yarn pushes the limits on what we thought was possible to create with a crochet hook, and every fiber enthusiast needs to try this novelty yarn at least once.

Note: The magic of this design is that only one size is needed due to the gathering of the excess fabric created by the increases, and you can make a capelet of any length by continuing these simple increases for as many rows as you like.

Super Bulky—WeCrochet Fable Fur in Falke

  • 92% acrylic, 8% rayon
  • 71 yds (65 m) per 3.5-oz (100-g) skein
  • Find this yarn on crochet.com or visit yarnsub.com to find comparable substitutes.
  • View this post for an extensive list of yarn substitutes and yarns used during testing

Yardage: 8 skeins of Fable Fur or 525 yds 480 m

A great substitute for WeCrochet Fable Fur is Lion Brand Go For Faux.

Substitute WeCrochet Fable Fur with another bulky, category #6 faux fur yarn that matches gauge. There are many other brands of faux fur on the market that would work great. You can, of course, make this pattern in a non–faux fur yarn, but it will not turn out to be a solid fabric like the sample shown.

Yarn Note: Using a regular yarn will produce really defined stitches and probably some gaps between the double crochet stitches—but if you are okay with that then by all means use whatever yarn you’d like! (It might look amazing—there’s only one way to find out!) Also, please note that eyelash yarn sometimes has the appearance of faux fur when it is wound up in a ball, but upon closer inspection, each strand is thin and wispy, and multiple strands must be held together as one to achieve a comparable fabric thickness. Make sure the fiber you choose is a bulky, category #6 faux fur yarn for a capelet similar to the sample shown in the photos.

Hook: Size U.S. L/11 (8 mm) hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Note: In an oversized piece like this, gauge is less important. Use this recommended hook or choose whichever hook achieves your desired fabric density.

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