Crochet A Vintage Cape Free Pattern
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Crochet A Vintage Cape Free Pattern


Crochet A Vintage Cape Free Pattern

Hi everyone, this week I am bringing to you a crochet vintage cape (free pattern). This is a lovely and feminine design, and I hope you will enjoy it. The pattern comes in sizes S to XXXL, making this easy project inclusive and fun. This is a great crochet project for beginners, and looks beautiful in all seasons. It is a pretty and delicate design that I hope you will enjoy.

The video tutorial for this project can be found here:

Crochet A Vintage Cape Free Pattern: A Vintage Crochet Project

This project is part of my Vintage Crochet Series, as it is inspired by the delicate capelets which were popular in France during the 19th Century. This cape is so very delicate, and would look perfect with a long Victorian dress. I would love to add that this cape is just the right size for a mid season accessory. It is a shoulder warmer featuring a simple yet elegant design, as well as two beautiful buttons inspired by Chanel.

Crochet A Vintage Cape Free Pattern
This is such an easy project to crochet

A few weeks ago, I designed a Vintage Lavender Shawl, also inspired by the 19th Century. It seems I love the color lavender at the moment! In all honesty, I really do love both lavender and vintage designs, and I am so excited to be bringing this lovely cape to you. It was such an easy and quick project to make too! It features the Crumpled Griddle Stitch, which I used to crochet the Snow Princess Hat last year. This stitch is perfect for this cape design, as it is warm, yet elegant and refined. I know I really enjoyed crocheting this cape, and I hope you do too!

I am looking forward to crocheting more Vintage Crochet Designs very soon, so let me know in the comments which project you would like to see. Indeed, I was planning to crochet a 19th Century large square shawl, and am still debating which yarn to use for that.

Crochet A Vintage Cape Free Pattern: The Yarn

Crochet A Vintage Cape Free Pattern
You can crochet this cape in any color

For this project, I once again used Paintbox Simply Aran yarn. I absolutely love this yarn, and have used it multiple times recently. Indeed, I crocheted The Kitty Cat Cardigan with this yarn, as well The Lavender Hexagon Cardigan too. This yarn is so soft and easy to use, and features so many different colors too. It definitely is my go to yarn at the moment. It doesn’t hurt that this yarn is also a very good price, which makes it an even better choice for any project.

Recently I have come to love Aran weight yarns. Indeed, this type of yarn is perfect for crocheting a fast design, and still looks delicate and nice too. It isn’t as tedious and time consuming to crochet with a Medium 4/Aran weight yarn, as it is a finer yarn. Although I have to admit I do love working with finer yarns too, as you can see from past project such as The Summer Love Shawl, which I adore. I think it really depends on my mood, and also the season. I find Spring and Summer projects more suitable for light 3 yarns, whereas Autumn and Winter are very good for chunkier yarns. Indeed, I really am looking forward to using chunkier yarns very soon! I am so ready for chunky hats and scarves. Let me know if you are too.

Crochet A Vintage Cape Free Pattern
This Vintage Cape is very beginner friendly

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Crochet A Vintage Cape: The Pattern

You can purchase the ad free, large print, PDF pattern for this project here: Crochet Vintage Lilac Cape PDF Pattern

Level: Easy/beginner +


4” (10 cm)= 13 stitches

4” (10 cm)= 10 rows


I will be using US terms (British terms in brackets)

Pattern written in size S, (M), [L], XL, XXL, {XXXL}

Size of finished cape (before it is folded over to create cape)

S: 11” (=28 cm) x 36,5” (=93 cm)

M: 11,8” (=30 cm) x 38,5” (=98 cm)

L: 12,6” (32 cm) x 40,5” (=103 cm)

XL: 13,4” (=34 cm) x 42,5” (=109 cm)

XXL: 14,2” (=36 cm) x 44,5” (=113 cm)

XXXL: 15” (=38 cm) x 46,5” (=118 cm)

You will need

2 skeins of Paintbox Simply Aran in shade 242 Tea Rose for size S; 3 skeins for sizes M/L/XL, 4 skeins for sizes XXL/XXXL

A 5 mm crochet hooks

Pair of scissors

A tapestry needle

Two 15mm to 18 mm buttons

Darning needle and thread (for sewing on buttons)

Measuring tape


Ch: chain

St: Stitch

Sl st: slip stitch

Sk: Skip

SC: Single Crochet (=UK Double Crochet)

DC: Double Crochet (=UK Treble Crochet)

EOR: End of row/end of round

To begin

Ch 40, (42), [44], 46, 48, {50}

Complete rows as follows:

1: Place a SC into 4th ch from hook (first ch 3 counts as a DC), [DC into next ch, SC into next ch] until eor, finishing your row on a SC.

2: Ch 1 (=SC), turn your work, DC into next st, [SC into next st, DC into next st] until eor, finishing your row on a DC.

3: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, SC into next st, [DC into next st, SC into next st] until eor, finishing your row on a SC.

2-94 (99), [104], 109, 114, {119}: Alternate rows 2 and 3 until the end.

Do not fasten off.


Ch 1 (=SC), place a SC evenly all across the first side of the cape. When you reach the 1st corner, place 2 SC together in the corner. Turn your work so as to work on the next side of the project, and place a SC all across this side evenly until you reach the 2nd corner. Place 2 SC into the corner. Repeat this process until you have gone all the way across the four sides of your cape.

When you reach the first ch 1, sl st through this chain to close off round, and fasten off.

Tidy up all loose ends if you have any.

Create a SC border

Sewing buttons onto project

To sew your buttons onto your project, lay your project lengthwise on a flat surface.

Fold both sides over symmetrically so as to create cape shape.

Fold cape over
Fold cape over to create shape

You will be sewing your buttons on the left side of the cape that will be situated under the other side (so that you can button up the cape).

With measuring tape, measure 4” from the corner of the cape and place your 2 buttons, one under the other.

Start sewing your buttons in using darning needle and thread.

Sew buttons onto project
Sew buttons onto project

Fasten off and tidy up all loose ends.



  • Naomi

    Hi. I’m a beginner and I’m really excited to give this little shawl a try. Please could you advise me how to measure myself to get the size correct? If I wrap my tape measure around my shoulders is the length so that it meets where the buttons will be? Thank you so much xx

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