In this accessory garment, a stand-up collar combined with unusual short-row shaping in the shoulders creates a striking silhouette. The White Witch of Narnia, Maleficent and Miranda Priestly would all feel at home in this - but it can also be worn by mere mortals. Pair it with a strapless dress for a formal winter occasion, or throw it on over a simple top at work.
It is named for the Parisian designer Madeleine Vionnet who helped popularize cape dresses in the ‘20s and ‘30s.
This cape is worked from the top down. Make 1 increases shape the back and front and the shoulders are shaped using a series of German short rows, similar to a sock heel. This creates a strong, defined shoulder and keeps this garment firmly in place. When increases are completed the piece is worked straight to the hem. Stitches for the collar are picked up on smaller needles and worked until it can be doubled and sewn down. The hem is finished with a modified i-cord bind off and a little Kitchener stitch.
4 Sizes: S/M/L/XL to fit 31-35/36-39/40-43/44-47/48-51” bust/chest. All measurements given in inches.
Choosing a Size: Because this garment doesn’t close except at the neck, there is some flexibility in the sizing, and each size can accommodate a range of bust sizes. The measurement given at the bust in the schematic refers only to the knitted fabric. The cape opening adds 5-7” of ease - which also makes this a great choice for maternity wear.
Tools & Materials
- 900/1000/1100/1195 yards DK weight yarn - sample shown in Julie Asselin Leizu DK (90% Superwash Merino, 10% Silk; 115 g; 238 m/260 yrds) in Alpin
- US 6 (4 mm) needles, 32” circular
- US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, 24” circular
- Darning needle
- 10 stitch markers
- 21 st/26 rows over 4”/10cm square in stockinette on larger needles, after blocking
- 24 sts/32 rows over 4” /10cm square in collar pattern on smaller needles, after blocking