The Bewitching Braids Cape is a free crochet pattern for a simple yet striking cape. A wonderful addition to your winter wardrobe!
This cape is absolutely gorgeous — so striking, trendy and fashion forward! Throw this cape on over a little black dress for date night or any time you want to feel fabulous!
Made with Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle** this project works up so quickly. Wool-Ease Thick and Quick is a super bulky weight yarn with a fiber content of 80% acrylic and 20% wool. The Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle is basically double the yardage of the regular balls of Wool-Ease Thick and Quick so for this project you just need 1 ball of each color.
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The textured cable braid is made with a very simple one-row repeat! If you have never done cables before this project is the perfect first timer project. I think you will fall in love with this simple yet textured design.
The pattern as written is a one-size fits most approach, however instructions are provided to resize to plus size as well. If you are substituting yarn of a different weight, make sure your beginning chain is worked in multiples of 6 and that the chain will fit over your arms close to the elbow comfortably as the cape is worked from the bottom up. If you would like the cape to be longer, simply add rows to the desired size.
The cinch at the top of the cape is a simple chain woven in between the cables on the top row of the cape. The added faux fur pom poms add just a little more to the finished item but are certainly optional!
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Bewitching Braids Cape
Pattern is written in US Crochet terminology
(If making plus size would need additional yarn)
(If making plus size would need additional yarn)
Approximate finished size:
Approximately 27” wide x 13 1/2” tall this is a one-size fits most pattern but can be resized to make plus size.
8 dc st = 4”, 5 rows = 4”
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet
sk = skip
st = stitch
FPtr = front post treble crochet
yo = yarn over
Notes about pattern:
- Pattern is worked from bottom up.
- Ch 3 at beginning of each round counts as stitch.
- 2nd FPtr of each “braid” is worked behind the first FPtr of the “braid”.
- One size fits most regular sizes. To resize pattern, add/subtract chains for beginning round in multiples of 6. If making plus size I would recommend a starting chain of 120. Once chain is made and circle formed, this is a good time to check “fit” by putting chain on around chest and arms close to elbows to see how it feels. If it feels tight, go up another 6 chains. If sizing pattern up you will need more yarn than indicated in pattern.
FPtr: When you work front post stitches, you will be working around the dc post from the previous row inserting your hook from the front of your work to the back. If you are right handed, you will be working right to left across the row, and you will insert your hook into the right side of the post that you want to work around, and then back up on its left side.
Stitch instructions: yo the hook 2 times, insert hook from the front of the indicated post stitch from previous round, around the post to the front of the post, yo, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through remaining 2 loops to complete the stitch.
ch 108 without twisting ch, sl st to form a circle.
Round 1: (With Color A) ch 3 (counts as st), dc next ch and in each ch around, sl st top of ch 3. (108)
Round 2: ch 3, *sk next st, FPtr in next st, FPtr in sk st being sure to work stitch behind previous FPtr worked, dc in next 4 st after the two FPtr,* repeat between * * to last 3 st, dc in last 3 st, sl st top of ch 3. (108)
Round 3: ch 3, *sk next st, FPtr in next st (worked around FPtr post from previous row), FPtr in sk st (work around FPtr post from previous row and behind FPtr just made), dc in next 4 st after the two FPtr, *repeat between * * to last 3 st, dc in last 3 st, sl st top of ch 3. (108)
Round 4 – 8: repeat round 3 with Color A. After round 8, switch to Color B.
Round 9 – 16: With Color B, repeat round 3.
Weave in ends.
With both Color A & Color B together, ch 120. Weave chain through round 16 between the gaps on each side of the braided cable.
Add faux fur pom poms to ends of chain, if desired.