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Friday, March 11, 2011


"That is the fairest of all the dwellings of my people. There are no trees like the trees of that land. For in the autumn their leaves fall not, but turn to gold. Not till the spring and the new green opens do they fall, and then the boughs are laden with yellow flowers; and the floor of the wood is golden, and golden is the roof, and its pillars are of silver, for the bark of the trees is smooth and grey."
- Legolas

This forest, originally known by its Silvan names Laurelindórinan (Land of the Valley of Singing Gold) and Lórinand (Golden Valley), was renamed Lothlórien (Lórien of the Blossom) in memory of the Lórien the Ñoldor left behind; but the name was often shortened to Lórien ("Land of Gold", although it carried within it also the meaning of "dream"). Galadriel's magic, later revealed as the power of her Ring, enriched the land and made it a magic forest into which evil cannot enter. The only way that Lothlórien could have been conquered by the armies of Mordor is if Sauron had come there himself, for against his power the elves could not triumph. Other names given to the land include the Rohirric name Dwimordene (from dwimor "phantom", an allusion to the perceived magic of the Elves), and the Westron name The Golden Wood.


Size: 21 inches long; 92 inches around at bottom edge
Materials: 1250 yds Unique Sheep Wild Thing
(color: Naturewalk Gradience) or other DK weight yarn
size 6 (US) needles or to obtain gauge
cable needle
Gauge (in pattern): 4.5 st = 1 inch
charted pattern - advanced intermediate

This stunning cabled cape’s design flows organically from the trees of the Golden wood at the bottom of the cape into an intricate twisted stitch pattern, sure to grace the wearer.

Eight twisted stitch panels are separated by a repeating cable motif.

Pattern includes directions for a frog closure and color blending with Gradience yarns.


Tamsie said...

What an amazing, dense pattern! I love it! Tamsie

Unknown said...

Wow! Simply Wow! I love this cape and believe I will have to make it for my husband & his Renaissance costume!

elanor said...

Simply lovely! How hard would it be to add a hood onto this cape? Since I would like to make a hooded cape and am considering this pattern...:-)