It's a short cape, designed to keep the chill off your shoulders. I designed it with tailspun art yarn in mind, I'm always being told "these look pretty but how do you use them?", and now I have an example of how you can.
It's worked in alternate rows with a plain grey Shetland, so it's not overwhelmingly full of locks.
Here's a close up of the back so you can see what I mean. The locks themselves will stay pretty much intact as you wash and wear the cape, they come off the sheep like that, and sheep aren't know for being gentle with their hair do.
Of course, if art yarns aren't your thing it also works in a plain yarn. This was worked using some Shetland fleece.
If you want to spin your own tailspun I can recommend Spin Art by Jacey Boggs, or if you don't fancy spinning your own there are plenty of spinners out there on Etsy.
If you would like to knit this, for now the pattern is only available in Edition 13 of Yarnmaker. I have 1 copy left in the shop, but have more on their way to me, or it will be available as a download when the rights revert to me. The Ravelry pattern page is here if you want to favourite it, or add it to your queue.
Meanwhile, I'm giving away my contributors copy, just leave me a comment below, and I'll pick a winner on the 20th February.