Our Mountain Capelet not only keeps you nice and warm throughout the colder months, but it makes a chic statement doing it!

Mountain Capelet in Shepherdess Alpaca | Purl Soho

Originally in Gentle Giant, this version is in our brand new, super gorgeous Shepherdess Alpaca. We slightly adjusted the pattern to include more sizes and to have a more structured cowl neck, but it’s just as easy and just as cozy as the original.

Mountain Capelet in Shepherdess Alpaca | Purl Soho

The Mountain Capelet’s very straightforward construction makes it a great project for beginners and beyond. A quick and simple knit with beauty and flair, cast on! -Jake

Mountain Capelet in Shepherdess Alpaca | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Jake Canton, based on the original design by Whitney Van Nes.  Click here to see even more of Jake’s designs!

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Mountain Capelet in Shepherdess Alpaca | Purl Soho
  • 5 (6, 7, 8) skeins of Purl Soho’s Shepherdess Alpaca, 100% undyed, handspun alpaca. Approximately 295 (335, 385, 440) yards required. We used the color Starling. (NOTE: We no longer offer Shepherdess Alpaca, but choose from one of our other super bulky weight yarns.)
  • US 13 (9mm), 24-inch circular needles
  • US 13, 32-inch circular needles
  • 2 jumbo stitch markers, different colors


Unblocked: 9 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Blocked: 10 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

NOTE: Be sure to block your swatch to ensure accurate sizing.


NOTE For help picking a size, please check out our Understanding Ease + Selecting Size Tutorial!

40 (44, 48, 52)

To fit approximate chest circumference of 32–36 (38–42, 44–48, 50–54) inches and shoulder girth of 38–42 (42–46, 46–50, 50–54) inches

  • Finished circumference around bottom edge: Approximately 40 (44 ¾, 49 ½, 54 ½) inches
  • Finished circumference around cowl: Approximately 19 ¼ (21 ½, 22 ½, 24 ¾) inches
  • Finished height from bottom edge to bottom of cowl: 15 ½ (16, 17, 17 ¾) inches
  • Finished height from bottom edge to top of cowl: 22 (22 ½, 24 ¼, 25) inches

SAMPLE: The sample pictured here is size 40, modeled on a 35-inch chest.


The cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up.


Cast 100 (110, 120, 130) stitches onto the longer circular needles. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Place a marker and join to work in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Purl 5 rounds.

Work in stockinette stitch (knit every round) for 44 (45, 47, 49) rounds.

Decrease Round 1: K1, k2tog, k44 (49, 54, 59), ssk, k1, place marker, k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches, ssk, k1. [96 (106, 116, 126) stitches remain]

Decrease Round 2: *K1, k2tog, knit to 3 stitches before next marker, ssk, k1, slip marker, repeat from * once more. [4 stitches decreased]

Repeat Decrease Round 2 every round 11 (12, 14, 15) more times, switching to the shorter circular needles when necessary and removing the second stitch marker as you knit the final round. [48 (54, 56, 62) stitches remain]

Work even in stockinette stitch for 21 (21, 24, 24) more rounds after last Decrease Round.

Purl 5 rounds.

Bind off loosely purlwise.

Weave in the ends and block to finished measurements.

Note: When washing or wet-blocking an item made with this yarn, do not soak for more than 10 minutes and be sure to support it with your hands or with a tea towel or pillowcase when lifting it from the wash basin. Press out excess water by placing the item on a large bath towel, then gently rolling them together. Arrange the item to the finished measurements and allow to air dry completely.

Mountain Capelet in Shepherdess Alpaca | Purl Soho