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Crochet capelet pattern for the beginner

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Crochet capelet pattern for the beginner is one of the simpler things to crochet. This is so as you do not need any alterations, just a semi-circle. I am excited to share this free pattern graded in three different sizes with you all.

Name inspiration for this beginner-friendly crochet capelet pattern

This cape is named the perfect gift capelet. At 8, I was taught how to crochet and knit by my mother, it was a privilege to make this crochet capelet as a gift, especially for my mother, so I have named this piece “THE PERFECT GIFT CAPELET”. I hope you love this capelet as much as I do.

I shared more about my designing journey in my interview on Oombawka Design’s blog

Would you be making this capelet for yourself or as a gift for someone precious and essential to you?

As part of the fall hop hosted by Pam and myself, you get this pattern as a free download from 1 pm BST 4th of August.

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This beginner-friendly crochet capelet is a free pattern here on my blog. You can also get the print-friendly copy on Ravelry or on Etsy.

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If you love this crochet capelet pattern, you should also check out my crochet shawls here on the blog.

How do you crochet a cape as a beginner?

A crochet cape is a semi-circle shawl that can be styled in two ways – as a shawl and as a cape.

Materials needed for this beginner-friendly crochet capelet pattern

YARN – Stylecraft special DK, #3 light weight (100% acrylic 322 yards/295m per 3.5 oz/100g skein)

2 (2, 3, 3) balls in Light Brown (Color A)

2 (2, 3, 3) balls in Oatmeal (Color B)

Crochet capelet pattern notes

  1. Similar #3 light weight yarn can be substituted, please check gauge.
  2.  Suggested substitutes include (just as a guide, you can use any yarn of your choice):
  1. Chains at the beginning of the rows count as a stitch.
  2. Skip all ch sps unless instructed to work into them
  3. This pattern is worked in rows, turning at the end of each row
  4. At no point is your capelet expected to curl,

but a perfect semi-circle (half-moon shape)

HOOK AND OTHER MATERIALS

US size H/8 (5 MM), or size needed to obtain

gauge for your yarn choice

4 – 6 snap buttons (½ to ¾”) optional

Yarn needle

Sizes and Finished Measurements for this crochet capelet pattern

Small/Medium (Large, X-Large)

57 (65, 71)” Wingspan by 44 (49, 54)” depth

TERMS – US Terminology

Gauge – 16 sts over 9 Rows = 10 cm/4” made in dc (before blocking)

Adjust hook size, if necessary, to obtain gauge

Difficulty level – Intermediate

Instructions for this beginnerfriendly crochet capelet

Row 1: With A, make a magic ring, ch 3 (counts as a dc here and throughout), 6 dc in the magic ring, turn – (7 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st across – (14 dc)

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) 2 times, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next 2 sts, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) 2 times – (22 dc)

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in next st, *ch 1, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from* till the end of row – (22 dc, 10 ch-sps)

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in next st, *ch 2, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from* till the end of row – (22 dc, 10 ch-sps)

Row 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *ch 2, dc, 2 dc, repeat from* till the end of row – (33 dc, 10 ch-sps)

Row 7: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts *ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, repeat from * till the end of row – (33 dc, 10 ch-sps)

Row 8: Ch 3 dc in next 2 sts *ch 4, dc in next 3 sts, repeat from * till the end of row – (33 dc, 10 ch-sps)

Row 9: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, *ch 4, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next, repeat from * till the end of row

– (44 dc, 10 ch-sps)

Row 10: Ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, *ch 5, dc in next 4 sts, repeat from * till the end of row (44 dc, 10 ch-sps) turn

Row 11: Repeat Row 10

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Row 12: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, *ch 5, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc next st, repeat from * till the end of row – (55 dc, 10 ch-sps)

Row 13: Ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, *ch 6, dc in next 5 sts, repeat from * till the end of row – (55 dc, 10 ch-sps)

Row 14: Repeat Row 13

Row 15: Ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, *ch 7, dc in next 5 sts, repeat from * till the end of row – (55 dc, 10 ch-sps)

Row 16: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, *ch 7, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * till the end of row – (66 dc, 10 ch-sps)

Row 17: Ch 3, dc in next 5 sts, *ch 8, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * till the end of row – (66 dc, 10 ch-sps)

For small/medium size, skip to Row 19

Row 18: Repeat Row 17

Fasten off A, join Color B

Row 19: Ch 3, dc in next 5 sts, *10 dc in ch 8 sp, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * till the end of row (166 dc)

Row 20: Ch 3, dc in next 5 sts, *ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * till the end of row – (126 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 21: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts, * ch 2, sc into ch-sp, ch 2, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts, repeat from * till the end of row – (147 dc, 40 ch-sps, 20 sc)

Row 22: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts, *ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next 5 sts, skip next dc, ch 3, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * to end of the row – (138 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 23: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, *ch 4, dc in next 4 sts, skip next dc, ch 4, dc in next 8 sts, repeat from * to end of row – (128 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 24: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, *ch 5, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 sts, ch 5, dc in next 8 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (118 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 25: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, *ch 6, skip 1 st, dc in next 2 sts, ch 6, dc in next 8 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (108 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 26: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts, *ch 7, skip 1 st, dc in next st, ch 7, dc in next 9 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (109 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 27: Ch 3, dc in next 8 sts, *ch 6, 2 dc in next st, ch 6, dc in next 9 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (119 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 28: Ch 3, dc in next 8 sts, *ch 5, 2 dc in next st, ch 5, dc in next 9 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (129 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 29: Ch 3, dc in next 8 sts, *ch 4, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, ch 4, dc in next 9 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (139 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 30: Ch 3, dc in next 8 sts, *ch 3, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, dc in next 9 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (149 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 31: Ch 3, dc in next 8 sts, *ch 2, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts, ch 2, dc in next 9 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (159 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 32: Ch 3, dc in next 8 sts, *ch 3, dc in next 5 sts, ch 3, dc in next 9 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (149 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 33: Ch 3, dc in next 8 sts, *ch 4, skip, first dc, dc in next 4 sts, ch 4, dc in next 9 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (139 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 34: Ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts, *ch 5, skip first dc, dc in next 2 sts, skip last st, ch 5, dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (140 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 35: Ch 3, dc in next 9 sts, *ch 6, dc in next 2 sts, ch 6, dc in next 10 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (130 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 36: Ch 3, dc in next 9 sts, *ch 7, dc in next st, ch 7, dc in next 10 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (120 dc, 20 ch-sp)

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Row 37: Ch 3, dc in next 9 sts, *ch 6, 2 dc in next st, ch 6, dc in next 10 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (130 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 38: Ch 3, dc in next 9 sts, *ch 5, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, ch 5, dc in next 10 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (140 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 39: Ch 3, dc in next 9 sts, *ch 4, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, ch 4, dc in next 10 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (150 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Row 40: Ch 3, dc in next 9 sts, *ch 3, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, dc in next 10 sts, repeat from * till the end of the row – (160 dc, 20 ch-sps)

Fasten off B, join Color A

Row 41 – 45: Repeat Row 31 to 35 in the established pattern, note that there would be an increased stitch

Fasten off for small and medium sizes

For large and extra-large sizes –

Row 46 – 50: Repeat Row 36 – 40 in the established pattern

Fasten off for large

For X-Large size –  

Row 51 – 55: Repeat Row 31 – 35

Fasten off

Edging – (For all sizes)

Using Color B

Ch 3, 4 dc in same st, *skip next st, sc into next st, skip next st, 5 dc in next st, repeat from * to** till the end of the row.

OPTIONAL BUTTONS

  • Sew snap buttons on both sides
  • Start sewing the snap buttons from Row 19 (i.e, beginning of color B)
  • Sew at intervals of 4” to each other

Block your capelet

Fasten off

Sew in the edges

I hope you have fun making your own version of the crochet capelet. Kindly share your makes with me.

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