HOW TO MAKE… A CROWN AND CAPE
MATERIALS For the crown
Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK, 100% cotton, 125m/137yd per 50g, one ball in Mustard Yellow (424) 3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) circular knitting needles Yarn needle Stitch marker
For the cape
Turquoise satin fabric, 1 x 1m (393/ x 393/ 8") Turquoise organza fabric, 1 x 1m (393/ x 393/ 8") Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK, 100% cotton, 125m/137yd per 50g, one ball each in Bubblegum Pink (451), Marine Blue (434) and Mustard Yellow (424) 1.5m (591/ 8") mustard satin ribbon, 3.5cm (13/ 8") wide 6.5cm (25/ 8") pom pom maker Fork Matching sewing thread Tapestry needle
30 sts and 37.5 rows in st st to measure 10 x 10cm (4 x 4") using 3.25mm needles
st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl rh right hand yo yarn over ssk slip one st, slip one st, knit slipped sts together k2tog knit 2 sts together s2kp2 slip 2 sts, knit 1 st, pass 2 slipped sts over the knitted st b bobble stitch – on the RS work (k, yo, k, yo, k) into 1 st. Turn to WS, and p each st. Turn back to RS, and K2tog twice. Slip the second st on the rh needle over the first st. k the final st in the bobble, and slip the second st on the rh needle over the first st RS right side WS wrong side
Crown has a circumference of 50cm (19 ") Not all superheroes wear capes, but our favourite kind can rock a pom pom with the best of them. This DIY crown and cape set is what dressing-up dreams are made of, and a spot of knitting and sewing will have little ones kitted out for all sorts of imaginary adventures, whether they’ve got epic rescues in mind, or fancy being king or queen of everything for the day.
We love the idea of giving this handmade set as a birthday gift – both accessories are sized to fit children aged four to eight years.
The first section of the crown is knitted in the round from the base upwards. The five peaks of the crown are each knitted from this section in rows. Cast on 115 sts using the long- tail cast on technique. Join in the round, taking care not to twist the cast on edge. Foundation k, place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round Rounds 1-38 using Chart A on page 96, work 38 rounds. The chart is repeated 5 times on each round, for example for the first round work: (yo, ssk, k18, k2tog, yo, k1) 5 times. Note that every alternative round on the chart is k except for Rounds 20 and 38 within which the bobble sts are placed.
Using Chart B on page 96, work in rows across the first 23 sts only, leaving the remaining stitches on the circular knitting needle cable. For example, Row 1 reads: k1, ssk, yo, k17, yo, k2tog, k1, turn Note that Row 2 and every alternate
row up to Row 20 is p. When you have worked the final bobble at the top of the peak, cut the yarn leaving a 15cm (6") yarn tail. Rejoin the yarn to the work leaving a 15cm (6") yarn tail and repeat Chart B across the next 23 sts. Repeat Chart B in the same way around the crown until all five peaks have been worked and there are no sts left. Weave in all ends. When weaving in the ends on the crown peaks, weave back and forth under the bobble to help give it more stability. Block gently.
Lay the organza on top of the satin with wrong sides ( WS) together. Sew around three edges with a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam allowance, using a 0.25cm ( 1 /8") stitch length.
Trim the organza seam allowance to 0.5cm ( ") along the three sewn edges, then fold the satin edge towards the organza side over the seam twice, creating a 1cm ( folded seam along all three sewn edges. Press gently and top stitch close to the folded edge.
To make mini pom poms, wrap pink yarn around the tines of a fork 20 times. Tie in the centre, then slip the yarn off the fork. Cut the folded edges of the bundle, then roll the pom pom in your hands to fluff up the yarn. Trim the mini pom pom into shape. Repeat until you have 10 pom poms in each colour. Then, using the 6.5cm (23/ pom pom maker, make three pom poms in each yarn colour.
Put all the pom poms into the cape through the open edge, between the satin and organza. Fold over the edges of the organza and satin towards the organza side and press gently, creating a 1cm ( fold. To make a channel, fold over again by 4cm (15/ using the ribbon as a width guide, and press. Top stitch the folded edge closed.
Thread a tapestry needle with a length of scrap yarn, and knot one end. Insert through one end of the ribbon and use the needle to feed the ribbon through the channel created in Step 4. Remove the yarn and needle from the ribbon.
Cut both ends of the ribbon into an inverted V shape, as shown.
Lay the cape flat, and wriggle around the pompoms so they’re arranged randomly inside the cape. Thread the sewing needle and sew some of the pom poms in place, through the satin layer only, referring to the image as a guide.