Designer Spotlight: Capilano by Susannah Hill

If Susannah Hill didn’t knit all the time, she says she’d be baking because sugar makes her happy. Lucky for us, she is knitting – and designing – beautiful things.

Capilano is a large poncho that Susannah designed in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. The fabric is bursting with texture, including multiple cable patterns, bobbles and moss stitch. Knit in two pieces and worked from the bottom up, Capilano features a gently curved hem and cozy shawl collar. It pairs perfectly with Susannah’s Suspension pattern – a colorwork hat and fingerless gloves set, which is also knit in Ultra Alpaca!

Capilano by Susannah Hill
Capilano by Susannah Hill

How did you come up with this design?

I wanted something with lots of texture and not a lot of shaping, to make it fun to knit but also easy to wear on a variety of body types. A poncho is sort of a gold-standard for that, and once I got swatching, the cables and texture seemed like the perfect combination.

Is there any story behind the name?

Capilano is named after a river in Vancouver, British Columbia, which is famous for a huge suspension bridge that goes across it. The deep green color I chose for the pattern reminds me of all the evergreen trees you can see as you walk across the bridge.

How did you decide on the yarn?

Choosing the yarn for this pattern was a no-brainer for me. Ultra Alpaca has always been my favorite yarn, and I think any knitter who has tried it would probably understand why. It’s like a hug for your hands when you work with it, and it looks equally great as lace, cables, or even plain stockinette stitch.

What’s your favorite thing about knitting?

I love the fact that there is so much creative freedom associated with knitting. I can decide so many things (color, yarn, shape, etc.) and get a result that is totally unique, plus I end up with something I can use or wear when I finish a project. It makes the whole process very satisfying.

Capilano by Susannah Hill
Capilano by Susannah Hill

Do you have a cool design you want to share? Or did you recently finish a project with Berroco yarn? You can email Ashley: or post it to the Berroco Lovers forum in Ravelry.

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