Crochet Cape Beginner Free Crochet Pattern | Video Tutorial!

Jan 19, 2024 | Crochet patterns

A Crochet Cape that is so easy to make it with simple stitches is a free crochet pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home!

This simple yet classic crochet cape is perfectly suited for a cozy addition to any wardrobe. Made with self-striping yarn that transitions smoothly in a warm palette of colors creating a lovely gradient without the need for numerous yarn changes.

Crochet Cape free crochet pattern

The crochet cape is worked sideways, allowing the stripes to run along the cape’s length which is very flattering. Made with beginner-friendly crochet stitches throughout and one-piece construction which makes this crochet cape pattern accessible to a beginner. 

The cape also has a lovely relaxed drape for an easy fit. The cape is secured at the front with a large, decorative button that complements the earthy tones of the yarn.

This piece would be an excellent project for a beginner looking to create a functional and stylish accessory, or for any crocheter who appreciates the effortless beauty of self-striping yarns and simple yet effective stitch patterns.

This is a cape you could dress up or down very easily.  This cape in a solid white would look absolutely beautiful for a bride’s winter wedding – just add a fancy pearl or jeweled embellishment instead of the button! Pair with denim for a more casual and relaxed addition to your outfit. 

If you love capes you may also love my other little cape crochet patterns the Bewitching Braids Cape and the Curvy Girl Cape. Both are customizable and make for an easy crochet pattern.

Crochet capelet back view

Crochet Cape Pattern Details

This crochet cape is made with all beginner-friendly crochet stitches worked in the back loop only – single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet stitches! Worked side-to-side, the stitches are worked smallest to largest. The smallest in height – single crochet stitches – are worked at the neck section, then half double crochet stitches worked through the shoulder section, then double crochet stitches for the remainder of the row. Working in the back loop only throughout provides a ribbing textured stretchiness for an easy and relaxed fit. 

Very easy to customize for size, too! If you would like to have a longer cape, simply add foundation chains for additional double crochet stitches. In order to make larger, simply add rows!

The button is purely decorative and simply sewn at the neck. However, you could certainly add a loop if you wanted to have a functional button.

I fell in love with Lion Brand’s Mandala yarn* when it was released several years ago and have several designs on the blog featuring this #3 light weight yarn. However, you could easily substitute your favorite DK weight yarn in a solid or self-striping yarn. 

Check out some of my other designs made with Lion Brand Mandala:

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Crochet Cape pattern from the side view

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Pattern written in US crochet terminology


Lion Brand Mandala, Weight 3/Light (100% acrylic 5.3 oz / 590 yards)

    (2) Centaur 6.5 oz / 725 yds 

Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Large Decorative button/embellishment
Tapestry needle
Embroidery thread for sewing on button

Approximate finished size: 19” x 52” at widest part before folding

Gauge: 18 dc sts x 10 dc rows = 4”


  • RS = right side
  • ch(s) = chain(s)
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • BLO = back loop only
  • hdc = half double crochet

Pattern Notes:  

  • Ch 2 does not count as first stitch.
  • Pattern in worked in the back loop only throughout.
  • Cape is worked in rows as one piece then folded and sewn at the neck.
  • Button is decorative.

Recommended Tutorial:

Night on the Town Cape Complete Video Tutorial

Pattern Instructions:

Ch 85.

Row 1: (RS) Sc in second ch from hook, sc 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), working in BLO, dc in same st, dc in next 50 sts, hdc in next 22 sts, sc in next 11 sts. Turn. (84) 

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 10 sts, hdc in next 22 sts, dc in next 51 sts.  Turn. (84)

Rows 4 – 101: Repeat rows 2 – 3.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.  

Fold edges together and with RS facing out, place button where desired and sew in place.  Mine is placed below sc section and then sewn through both thicknesses.

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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!