Phew, it took quite a lot of work but here it is – a pattern for Selma Cape. And it is free, you can even distribute it in printed form (prints and photocopies of print from the PDF), just don’t change the pattern. I also noticed that in my pictures of Selma, there was no decent side view, so here we go:
NOTE: the pattern is updated for better readability on setup row! Two mistakes corrected and some vague advice revised. Please upload the new version (8.4.2008)
Now I have had just over a week time to get used to this cape – and actually I have found it quite practical. In Helsinki we have right now quite unpredictable early spring weather: some beautiful sunny days with just few degrees above zero celsius; interrupted by some uglier days with mild frost and even light snowfall. Selma is just great piece for the sunny but still quite chilly days, I wear it over a light cashmere jumper and feel just comfortably warm. When the weather warms up I change to lighter undergarments, long sleeved T:s or airy tunics. Actually there is nothing to be afraid to in those short sleeves of Selma – they make this rather heavy garment very versatile, depending on what one wears underneath.
The undergarment changes the look dramatically, too – that cashmere jumper blends well with the colour and structure of Selma, but white or black sleeves contrast beautifully, colours are also easy to combine that very neutral shade of grey. My body is quite top heavy, so best option for me is quite narrow sleeves when wearing this rather bulky garment, but women with lighter build would pull off nicely wearing undergarment with floaty sleeves.
For the bottom I suggest anything that does not continue the A-line down to the ground: mini skirts with thick stockings, above the knee skirts in floaty, a-lined or straight shapes, pencil skirts below the knee, hip hugging straight or flared trusers, skinny jeans with slouch boots… …use just one colour (and some heels) if you are afraid that this kind of cape makes you look shortish.
Don’t be shy to try the pattern – even if you are not too experienced with cables. The cable patterns are pretty basic and that large body is surprisingly fast to knit with large needles.
I calculated slightly smaller version of the cape for the pattern, but please note that it is not test knitted. I don’t see any great danger to go wrong with it, though, this pattern is very forgiving with sizing issues. The size I made would probably fit nicely to 90-110 cm bust, possibly even larger if you add some length to the bottom ribbing – that A-lined shape is very generous. On the other hand that good drape (could be even better with other yarn, there is suggestion on the pattern) of that fluid cabled structure flows flatteringly close from the upper body, so there is no fear to end up looking like Pooh the Bear with this cape.
If you have any general questions about this pattern, please ask them in the comment section of this post – in that way my answers might help others who might struggle with similar issues. And please, please report me if you find errors on the pattern – I apologise those in advance and will fix them as soon as possible! My free patterns will probably never be test knitted, so there will be a slight aura of thriller knitting while making the first copies of Selma. But I know that you can do it!