Sometimes you need a warm-up project. Carol Feller’s Arcade Cap will warm up you up for knitting the other projects in MDK Field Guide No. 14: Refresh.
It will also literally warm you up. The Arcade Cap is the perfect Spring topper, a touch of style and coziness for cool nights and all manner of hair days. It comes in four sizes, to accommodate differences in heads and hair.
How long does this little knitting snack take to make? We asked Francie Owens, who knit seven of them for us, and her answer is: five hours.
So, it’s official: The Arcade Cap is a perfect quick knit for spontaneous gift-giving, or for those times in life when you’re not ready to commit to a longer stretch of knitting.
The Arcade Cap is also a great project for taking Carol’s fascinating Nua Sport yarn out for a test drive. The two larger sizes take two skeins of Nua Sport, and the two smaller sizes take a single skein.
The Arcade Cap deploys traveling ribs—columns that slant but don’t cross over each other— to form its concentric arches. You’ll get to practice your cable technique, in the least complicated way. It’s also a great pattern to learn how to follow a cable chart, although the instructions are also written out, line by line, for those who prefer that method.
Even experienced cable knitters may be intrigued by the top of the arches: How does Carol do that?
Well, Carol made a little video to show us exactly how she does that.
It’s pretty darn clever.