My love for Lion Brand’s Mandala yarn* is well established but if you are unfamiliar with this yarn you can read more about it in my review here. I have designed several patterns for my blog featuring this wonderful yarn — Sassy Autumn Cowl, Curly Cute Cowl and the Aurora Skies baby blanket. The new Lion Brand Mandala colors came out exclusively to Walmart and since I fell in love with the new colors I just had to design something with it! Lion Brand also recently announced that the original Mandala colors are back in stock on the Lion Brand website!
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I wanted to design a cape that would be made in one piece, with some texture and that would be easy enough for a beginner. The only stitches you need to know are the single, half and double all worked in the back loops only. I have included a video below that explains the back loop double crochet and the same technique would be used for the single and half double crochet stitches as well.
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The cape is really a one-size approach as you would just crochet less or more rows as necessary for the right size. If you are up-sizing (1x or more) or down-sizing (kid/child size) significantly then you might want to add or subtract chains to your beginning to adjust width as needed. For the number of rows in the pattern below I used more than one cake — about 135 yards of the second cake or a total of 725 yards total.
This is a cape you could dress up or down very easily. I added a fancy brooch like button embellishment to my Mermaid version but I added a large coconut button to my Centaur version — whatever floats your boat. I sewed the embellishment button to my piece sewing the cape sides together at the top but you could certainly add a button and add a loop to close and open if you would like.
I could see this cape made in a fancy white yarn for a bride’s special day — so pretty! Add some fur to the bottom and front edges and really make it fancy!
My Amazon picks:
Large Decorative button/embellishment
RS right side
sc single crochet
dc double crochet
blo back loop only
hdc half double crochet
Gauge: 18 dcs = 4” / 10 dc rows = 4”
Approximate finished size: 19” x 52” at widest part
Notes about pattern: ch 2 does not count as stitch.
Row 1: (RS) sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 10 chs, hdc in next 22 chs, dc in next 51 chs. Turn (84)
Row 2: ch 2 (does not count as st) in blo, dc in same st and in next 50 sts, hdc in next 22 sts, sc in next 11 sts. Turn (84)
Row 3: ch 1, in blo, sc in same st and in next 10 sts, hdc in next 22 sts, dc in next 51 sts. Turn (84)
Row 4 – 101: repeat rows 2-3
Fasten off. Weave in ends. With RS facing out, place button where desired and sew in place. Mine is placed below sc section and then sewn through both thicknesses.