11.11.2011

Iota Capelet- A Give Away!

Alrighty!  it's Friday, and that means it's time for a GIVEAWAY... I am loving this tradition AND I can't wait to read your comments!

So, who wants to win yarn and the pattern to make the Iota Capelet?  I have 3 skeins of Shepherd's Wool in Cocoa and a pattern for the lucky winner!  This US sourced and milled wool is divine, have you knit with it yet?

When I was naming this pattern I actually kind of wanted to call it a Poncho, but bowed to strong public opinion, on both Facebook and Twitter that using the work Poncho might doom the design....

All you have to do:  Leave a comment about whether you think that using the word Poncho is outdated, or hip again, or that you really don't care and you just want the yarn and pattern! 

Comments will be open until next Tuesday Nov 15th at noon (est)...

102 comments:

  1. Hi Laura,
    I really just want the yarn (!), but I do think the word "capelet" sounds a little bit more elegant than Poncho. The pattern is beautiful either way!

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  2. I like the word capelet. It sounds more romantic and appealing to me. Really I would just like the yarn to make th capelet. It is a pretty pattern.

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  3. I don't think the word "poncho" is dated; it's retro. ;)

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  5. I think ponchos are becoming more popular, but I think capelet sounds nicer!

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  6. Once a poncho, always a poncho to me...

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  7. I agree with the others who said that "capelet" sounds more elegant, but we all know that it's just a fancier word for poncho! Doesn't matter though - if you like it, wear it.

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  8. I think ponchos are definitely coming back, but they should be called capes or capelets. "Poncho" just sounds dowdy and not as hip. AND I really want to win the yarn and pattern!

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  9. I think this yarn looks great! I also like the word capelet-sounds more current.

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  10. Capelet seems to suit today's knitter... but, I love it either way!

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  11. poncho = doomed. just sounds 70's caplet sounds much more hip ;)

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  12. To me the words have different meanings. Poncho is a one piece closed garment (as shown by your Iota design) that goes over your head. A cape or capelet is a one piece garment that meets in the front and has some sort of closure (buttons or hooks) along the edge. BUT either way, I'd just like to win the yarn and pattern so I could make the darn thing!

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  13. Maybe it is my general love of things retro but I'm fond of poncho. And although I'd never formally thought about the difference I really agree with the shortoldlady's comment! Still love the pattern though, by any name :)

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  14. I think I agree with the previous commenter who said a cape(let) is something open that closes in front while a poncho is a one-piece, closed garment. But to be honest, you could call it a porkchop and I'd still want to knit it - it's beautiful!

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  15. Being of an age to have worn a poncho in the 1960's, the term sounds dated to me. Caplet is even more dated bring up romantic 19th century images. Caplet, to me, has a very different shape from a poncho. Ponchos are variation on a blanket with a hole in the center. A caplet has a defined shape with shoulders goes only a little below the elbows.

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  16. I have used this yarn to make a purse. Wonderful! As far as the name, I like capelet since I picture a poncho as being longer.

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  17. I would love to try this yarn and pattern. I vote for capelet too.

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  18. Poncho. Poncho. Poncho. What a wonderful word! I have one my Mom crocheted for me in the 60's or 70's and still wear it. Unfortunately, I no longer have the one I sewed for myself in wool from the same period. Why change such a perfect word? I vote PONCHO!

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  19. I agree with acp - I remember the ponchos of the '60s and (at least in my memory) they were not elegant like this. But a cape needs a slit down the front, so I guess you've created a completely new form of clothing and can cal it what you want. And of course I want the yarn, but I really want the pattern.

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  20. I also like capelet better. When I hear poncho, I think of 1970's granny square pochos in orange and brown! Debbie H

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  21. PONCHO - it brings to mind 1970's crochet - but I suppose if you didn't live through that (survive?), it might not be such a bad word.

    I do think that CAPELET is a much more elegant word, so perhaps that makes it preferable for this pattern?

    And I want that yarn and pattern!

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  22. I think "caplet" is a better description on this one- Poncho totally has its place, but I'd reserve it for a triangular shaped one. :D
    Love the chocolate color of the yarn!

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  23. I confess to having something of a negative association with the word "poncho" - but "capelet" sounds so pretty! I know they are basically the same garment, but I do prefer "capelet!"

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  24. While I agree that they're both a similar garment, I don't think that poncho and capelet are interchangeable. A poncho is a longer rectangular garment, usually cut on the bias whereas a capelet is round and generally much more refined. Hence, you have created a capelet. And yes, I really would like the yarn!

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  25. Always liked the word poncho. It's retro but like all fashions that come back to life, they're updated. I was in a retail store the other day and they had a poncho for sale. My husband thought it would look nice on me but I said how could I buy something I could knit myself! Whatever you call it, poncho, caplet your design is beautiful!

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  26. I think poncho is coming back so I'm not sure I have negative associations with it but I'm not sure this is either a poncho or a caplet...Oh well! I like it whatever it's called! :) Love to win!

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  27. I agree that capelet might sound more elegant, but poncho has more staying power I think. I mean - I was wearing ponchos when I was a kid, and that's a long time ago :-)

    And I would really like to win the yarn and pattern. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  28. I love that "poncho" is coming back! This one is beautiful! Would love to win!

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  29. I much prefer "capelet", because it reminds me of my grandma, Gie, and her very fashionable and stylish winter capes from the 1950's. She's as beautiful at 87 as she was at 27, and I'd love to make something beautiful to think of her. :)

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  30. Capelet sounds a little more classy. Poncho sounds like I need a sombreo and a margarita.

    knitterlydesigns on Ravelry

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  31. 'Capelet' is cute and fitting for this small, elegant pattern, but I see nothing wrong with 'poncho.' It is what it is... a wearing blanket with a hole. Both my husband and I wear our 'ponchos' almost daily, they are warm and comfy and that's about all I care about.

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  32. A poncho reninds me of 2 retangles sewn together. This is more of a capelet.

    raverly skaro964

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  33. I think poncho is a bit dated and that capelet is a better description.

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  34. Caplet sounds all pretty and feminine, ponchos are just caplets for boys ;)

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  35. Poncho is awfully stigmatized, but Iota is beautiful, no matter how you call it.

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  36. There's a pretty big stigma attached to the word poncho, in my mind at least. Iota is beautiful, though, whatever it's called. :)

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  37. Living in the southwest for so long, I'm not a fan of the word poncho for this particular piece. I think brightly striped rectangles with a hole cut in the middle for the head...This is more elegant than that :)

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  38. Hi Laura. Hmmm.... I think capelet describes this pattern better than poncho - it sounds classier.

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  39. I don't care what you call it I would love to have the yarn and pattern. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  40. I love ponchos, but this looks like a caplet to me! I want the yarn and pattern!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

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  41. Capelet describes it perfectly. To my mind, a poncho is much wider at the bottom. My other image of a poncho is two rectangles sewn together at right angles, making points in front and back and a square-ish neck hole.
    Caplet is mure elegant than that!

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  42. Poncho makes me think of something that repels rain ;o) Capelet conjures up super hero images! I love the yarn and pattern! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  43. Poncho reminds me of what that Mexican get up in Ugly Betty!

    BellyLaugher on Rav

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  44. Hmmm... I personally think that capelet sounds more old-fashioned than poncho, but then English is not my primary language. However I would also expect a poncho to be larger and have a more triangular shape so you probably went for the right word there!

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  45. Your advisors are correct. Poncho will doom the pattern. I love little capelets, but my shoulders are too sloped for them to look good. Luckily my DD has beautiful posture, and loves capelets too!
    SareBearKnits on ravelry

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  46. I really don't care what you call it, I just want the yarn :^)

    Tho I do like the word capelet. Poncho calls to mind my first sewing project in 7th grade home ec class, in 1971 or 1972. Picture a typical hippie-style 70s poncho. Nothing like the elegant capelet you've designed.

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  47. I think you could have used either! It's a beautiful design!

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  48. I like capelet.
    Poncho reminds me of when I was in grade school and something that was kind of hippish.
    beautiful pattern.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  49. The word capelet makes me think of a cape and how it lays and fastens. This seems more like a poncho to me.

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  50. It's beautiful! I would so love this, my niece just asked me to make her a cape similar to this she found and took a picture. So it's next on my list.

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  51. I always associate a more triangular shape with the word "poncho," so I would call this a capelet. The yarn looks scrumptious and I would love to knit the beautiful pattern.

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  52. I'd be more likely to make a "capelet" than a poncho. The word poncho just evokes the idea of 1970's brown and orange hideousness.

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  53. Capelet may seem new to some, but I feel like it's a really old word. Of course, poncho is dated also. But, who really cares? It's the item itself that's beautiful. I've made a few items with Shepherd's Wool and love knitting with. So, guess I just would love to win the pattern and wool.

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  54. I have to say I have had this project on my mind since I saw you wearing it at Rhinebeck! I think of ponchos as big, almost clunky things and this struck me as anything but! :)

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  55. CAPELETS ARE THE NEW PONCHOS
    When I think of a poncho, the first thing that comes to mind is FRINGE!
    When I think of a capelet, I think NO FRINGE!
    Therefore, I think you chose the right name.
    I think I would look "absolutely fabulous" (as Billy Crystal would say) in that capelet ;-)
    Deb J

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  56. Since I was in College! when ponchos were last popular I think of them as dated. Capelettes have a different shape. Ponchos are longer and baggier and make everyone who wears one look like a walking tent!. Capelettes are more tailored.

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  57. I don't mind the word Poncho; but, I think Capelet is more current with today's fashion trends. "Poncho" or "Capelet"-- I like it and I'd love to win the yarn and pattern!

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  58. i think it is a bit outdated..it reminds me of the those plastic trash bag style sacks that you wear at sporting events..i think the world capelet is more appropriate for such a feminine and beautiful design :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  59. Surely we can't all have forgotten the poncho-knitting craze of the early-mid 2000s? They were anything from big and sweeping to short and tailored, and rounded, pointy, or whatever. (A little one like this was sometimes called a ponchette!)

    Call it what you will, yours is very pretty. :)

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  60. When you say "Poncho," everyone knows what you mean. When you say "Capelet," not so. I've seen several different items with that name. Do I care? Not really. I just look to see what the item is. What I really care about is winning the wonderful yarn and pattern.

    Zowmom on Ravelry

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  61. I really just want the yarn and pattern... if it keeps me warm, I don't much care what it's called :)

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  62. Love the word Capelet, am a romantic, poncho reminds me of a wool plaid zip-up with red-riding hood, hood, my mom loved and I didn't care too much about! Love the yarn too. and your patterns are great!!

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  63. I agree with someone else who said that not everyone knows what "capelet" means, but I do like it better than "poncho." And I would love the yarn and pattern. Thanks for the chance!

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  64. Caplet is definitely the new word to use. I do think of the ponchos I had in the 70s when I hear that word and not something more modern.

    This is beautiful!

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  65. I'm definitely with the Capelet crowd. Capelet is elegant, refined and pretty. Poncho is a big chunky blanket affair (fringed usually) on the bias with a hole for head.

    I'd love to win the pattern (and yarn of course)!

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  66. "Poncho" is indeed again hip, however, "Capelet" is more apt, given the delicate styling evocative of a much earlier era.

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  67. Capelet sounds nicer, but it is technically more of a poncho for the literalists out there. What about being incredibly creative and calling it a "ponchette." I'm kidding, but it would be different. And let's face it, everyone will knit it more because of the spectacular design than the name. :)

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  68. Poncho is a word my mother would use :). I like caplet or shawl much better - and I would really like the yarn to knit one with!!!

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  69. Hi Laura, I lean towards capelet as sounding more elegant versus poncho.
    Debbie

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  70. I prefer Capelet! I think it sounds prettier and more romantic and classic!

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  71. The word Poncho makes me think about the Big Bang Theory episode in which Sheldon has taken up weaving and someone says "Sheldon is weaving ponchos." Sheldon goes into a long explanation about the difference between serapes and ponchos. :} Don't really care about the words just want to knit the Iota, free yarn is a bouns!

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  72. I say "CapeO" and "Poncho-lette" is fine. Either way, it is a great way to cover up quickly, keep your hands free and run from pillar to post. I live in Buffalo and we wear shawls, covers, wraps, ponchos, capes, whatever we can grab in a big hurry and dodge rain and snow and breezes. Buffalo has more windy days than Chicago. Love to all! Please send me the yarn and pattern. I love the design. And the cocoa color is scrum-shush.

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  73. I think the word calls to mind some different things for different people. I always think of a horrible fringed acid yellow acrylic monster. To someone else that might sound great. Looks neat what ever you call it.
    lotsofhermies on Rav

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  74. This is the first time I have visited your blog & I like it.

    The word "Poncho" does not bother me, but I think "Capelet" fits your design better & to my way of thinking it sounds better.

    Debrielle

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  75. Doesn't matter what you call it I want one ;o)

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  76. Poncho does NOT sound like anything I'd want to make, but capelet sounds intriguing. Also poncho to me is longer than Iota; the length of Iota fits the word capelet in my mind. I do love trying new yarns as I haven't used very many.~ justinelark

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  77. I'm not sure... I think poncho was popular a few years ago, with those big lacey ponchos that went off one shoulder... they were nice if done properly... :) But nowadays I don't think it is as popular... capelets and shawls are now in... poncho has been perhaps relegated to its 70s connotations... :)

    Either way, I'd love to win! :D

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  78. Capelet. Ponchos are longer and more flowing. Capelets are elegant.

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  79. Yeah, capelet might be a more updated word for a poncho, not sure there is really any difference in the two. I've always liked these no matter what they are called. I would love to have this yarn and make this rather elegant looking one.

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  80. This is a gorgeous design, I'd love to win!

    I think that "capelet" gives the impression of a much more stylish and elegant item than "poncho", which is perfect for this design.

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  81. I don't think I've ever based my decision to knit a pattern or not on its name.

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  82. As long as I get the yarn I will think up another name for the pattern to up date it.Poncho is out.

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  83. I thought that retro was back so that would mean poncho was hip again right? I must admit though that I think caplet is more grown up and elegant some how. Anyway, whatever it is called it is a gorgeous pattern and I would love to be able to knit and wear one. Thank you. C

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  84. Having lived through the poncho trend several decades ago, I'm ready to call them capelets this time around. Plus, I think it sounds more elegant, et al.

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  85. "Poncho" just has too many negative connotations to me... (flashbacks to elementary school and scary-colored scratchy acrylic yarn, *shudder*) while "capelet" sounds elegant and grown up. Definitely put me down for the latter. And for the yarn!

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  86. When I hear "Poncho," I think of The Man With No Name from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Capelet sounds more feminine and classy.

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  87. I think caplets are making a come back I saw a whole rack of them at Kohls the other day and they were selling for $40! I think it's great that they are making a comeback and would love to knit my own!

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  88. I don't care what you call it, it is GORGEOUS!! Esp. after seeing it in person @ Rhinebeck!

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  90. I have been eying this pattern for WEEKS because it is exactly what I think I need to make for my cousin for Christmas! For her sake, I'd call it a capelette since the term feels a little more vintage, and I usually think of ponchos as having a pointed edge. I don't know that it matters what you call it, though, it's a gorgeous piece regardless!

    I'd LOVE to win the materials, and my cousin will be overjoyed to receive it!

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  91. picture the 60's 6th grade large triangle ACRYLIC aran PONCHO with cables etc, fringe made for me by my aunt. UGLY
    I prefer capelet!
    that is some pretty yarn

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  92. I think "poncho" might be making a comeback but "capelet" is more fitting for this lovely design.

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  93. To me, a capelet should open at the front... like a cape does. If it doesn't open at the front, then it's a poncho.

    And I like either word equally well -- the difference to me is in the construction, not in the connotation.

    Either way, it's a lovely design! :D

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  94. I think the word poncho is dated and capelet is very knitterly. Maybe I would call it a wrap... But a rose is a rose and I would love to make it. Btw, just got some tosh light to make vaya

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  95. i don't have an issue with the word poncho so if you had called it a poncho i wouldn't have minded. to me a capelet is a smaller garment which i would have avoided as it would look a little too ridiculous on me. but i like the length on this. whatever it is, it's lovely.

    other commenters have mentioned that a capelet (or cape) opens in front. i think it should too.

    so in conclusion, this is a poncho. heh. a whatchamacallit. a thingie. a whosiewhatsit.

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  96. Capelet was a perfect choice, for some reason when I hear poncho I think of cheech and chong. I also would love to win and would make u proud with my knitting

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  97. I hadn't really noticed but I've also been substituting 'capelet' for 'poncho' - I guess public opinion has been engrained in my subconscious!

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  98. I am 69 and like to stay up-to-date.
    To me the word poncho is old fashioned and represents a garment with pointy ends made from inexpensive yarn. Caplet, on the other hand, has a very modern sound and brings to mind a "state of the art" piece of clothing. The design of this one is exquisite. I would love to make it.

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  99. Pam S. (psluter@yahoo.com)November 15, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    This design is gorgeous and I'd want it even if you called it a potato sack! Seriously calling it a poncho makes me think of a rectangular garment with a head opening, cape something that needs to be tied or somehow closed.

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  100. Names don't matter, it's all about the design and whether or not you fall in love with it.

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  101. Names don't matter, it's a question of whether or not you fall in love with the design.

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