Also, if I were to use this free pattern which states that it is done in stocking stitch (stockinette?), could I just use a different stitch pattern to make it a little more attractive? I would like to knit it all in Lion Wool in a rose color. So I know that I'll have to work with gauge, but it's ok if the hood comes out large since I want that anyhow. I'm also wondering if I could just knit a piece of fabric, then add a hood. I would have the freedom of designing it, picking the stitch pattern, use my existing yarn, and just figure out how to make the cape taper a bit from the neck, over the shoulders, and cover the front???
Thanks for any comments/advice you might be able to give. Plus, what are your thoughts on whether to make a shawl or poncho instead? I like the idea of a hooded cape because it ties on at the neck. A shawl wouldn't stay on for 2 seconds. It's just a triangular blankie to a child. But a poncho might be nice. So, poncho versus cape? I'm not sure! I just think a child in a cape is so cute, like Little Red Ridinghood. On the other hand, I'm also considering just making a baby coat, which I picture like a boxy cardigan that fits a little loose.