This crochet cape pattern is a unique design that I think you will love.
This crochet cape pattern idea originally came about while I was brainstorming ideas for a yarn advent shawl. Instead of coming up with an idea for my yarn minis from an advent calendar, I came up with this shawl pattern idea.
Whether you call this a shawl or a cape, I believe that you will enjoy making this as well as wearing this.
Yarn used for this crochet cape pattern:
This cape uses a worsted weight #4 yarn. Typically I don’t use worsted weight yarn for shawls so I had to brainstorm how to keep the drape nice.
I decided on a yarn that was a wool blend. Wool yarn tends to have more give and drape compared to an acrylic yarn. It also is a more breathable fabric compared to a plastic based yarn.
The fiber content of Wool of the Andes Tweed is 80% Peruvian Highland Wool, 20% Donegal Tweed. It has 110 yards per ball.
Required yardage varies between each of the 6 sizes. Also keep in mind that if you work more than the stated number of wedges per size that more yardage may be required.
Keep in mind when substituting, Wool of the Andes Tweed yarn is just slightly on the thinner side of a worsted weight yarn.
415-1,573 yards of #4 Worsted Weight yarn are needed to work this crochet cape pattern.
Here is a further breakdown of required yardage per size:
|SIZE||YARDAGE PER WEDGE||CONTRAST COLOR TOTAL|
|ACCENT COLOR TOTAL|
(color between wedges)
BONUS! When this pattern is purchased, you will also receive alongside the pdf pattern a printable coloring page where you can use to decide on color choices for your wedges by coloring in each wedge.
The rainbow cape pictured in the sample used 7 colors for the wedges and 1 color for the accent color between the wedges. So 8 colors total were used.
This chart below shows exactly how many skeins of each color were needed to crochet the Adult Standard size with 17 wedges. More yardage may be needed if working more than 17 wedges for this size.
|2 Skeins – AC||Picket Fence Heather|
|2 skeins – CC||Gingham Heather|
|2 Skeins – CC||Maple Heather|
|2 Skeins – CC||Olive Heather|
|1 Skein – CC||Dill Heather|
|1 Skein – CC||Sea Glass Heather|
|1 Skein – CC||Apple Blossom Heather|
|1 Skein – CC||Cottage Heather|
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Crochet stitches and techniques used:
The main stitch used for this cape is the single crochet stitch.
I was reluctant to make a design using mostly single crochet because I find that it takes longer and can sometimes be boring.
But, with this specific design and the way it is worked up and the variety of colors used, it is actually very enjoyable to make.
Because single crochet stitches don’t provide a lot of movement to a fabric I had to figure out how to make sure that the cape had nice movement and drape. That is where the mesh rows come into play that are between each wedge.
The mesh rows are made up of a combination of treble crochet, double crochet and half double crochet stitches as well as chains. Without these rows the cape would be too stiff.
Which size cape should you make?
This cape pattern can be made in 6 different sizes. Sizes from toddler to adult plus.
The main factor to keep in mind when choosing which size to make is the length. This cape is made to lay at the hip to mid-rear.
Choose your preferred length by measuring center back at neck to mid-rear and choose the size according to the length that most closely fits the measurement taken.
Circumference is easily adjustable by working fewer or more repeats to adjust the number of wedges that fits best around your shoulder and chest.
Lengths according to size in inches:
|SIZE||LENGTH IN INCHES|
Purchase: OVER THE RAINBOW CAPE PATTERN
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Free crochet patterns you may like:
If you would like to try out one of my free crochet patterns first before purchasing this one then check out the links listed below.
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