Crochet Victorian Cape Free Pattern
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Crochet Victorian Cape Free Pattern

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Crochet Victorian Cape Free Pattern

Hi everyone, today I am bringing to you a crochet Victorian Cape (free pattern). I love this crochet project so much, as it’s very dainty and feminine. This crochet cape is part of my Vintage Crochet Series, and it features a very delicate ribbon.

The video tutorial for this project can be found here:

Crochet Victorian Cape Free Pattern: Inspired By The Victorian Era

This crochet cape is so lovely and delicate. Indeed, it features two little ribbon ties at the neck. This feature elevates this cape so much, giving it a very elegant touch.

Part of my Vintage Crochet Series, this crochet cape looks stunning in all seasons. It is definitely inspired by the Victorian Era, which was from 1820 to 1914 in England, according to the Britannica Encyclopedia. The ribbon detail, as well as the crescent/half circle shape of this cape, are all inspired by Victorian fashion.

Crochet Victorian Cape Free Pattern
This Victorian shawl is so pretty

The Polina Shawl I crocheted a few years ago also features a half circle shape. It is also part of my Vintage Crochet Series.

The Victorian Era really fascinates me. I really love the 19th Century, and my University Master’s thesis was about French Romanticism in 19th Century Painting. To say I really enjoyed researching this subject is an understatement. Since that time, I love the 19th Century, be it in France, England, and America!

Every time I release a new Vintage Crochet Project, I feel inspired to create more crochet tutorials inspired by times gone by. So watch this space!

Crochet Victorian Cape Free Pattern: A Feminine Design

This crochet cape is very feminine. It features a dainty half circle shape, and ribbons to tie at the neck. Last year I crocheted a shawl inspired by the Victorian Era, which was actually inspired by a Victorian Shawl I spotted at an exhibit. I was so excited to recreate a unique shawl which was being shown at my local library in North Shields (England).

Crochet Victorian Cape Free Pattern
This crochet cape is so delicate

This Victorian Drawstring Purse is also inspired by the 19th Century. Sharing these past projects really inspires me to continue creating vintage crochet patterns.

If you enjoy vintage cape patterns, please do have a look at this vintage cape pattern. This cape is perfect for beginners, and looks perfect in all seasons too.

The Katrine Shawl Sontag is also one of my most popular vintage crochet patterns to date. It features a sontag shape (meaning it crosses over the chest and can be tied behind the back like in the olden days). I hope you enjoy these crochet projects, as I really love crocheting them so much!

Crochet Victorian Cape Free Pattern
This cape is so pretty!

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Crochet Victorian Cape: The Pattern

You can purchase the ad free, large print, PDF pattern for this project in my Etsy store here: Crochet The Victorian Cape PDF Pattern

You can purchase the ad free, large print, PDF pattern for this project in my Ravelry store here: Crochet The Victorian Cape PDF Pattern

Level: Easy

Notes

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

You can make this shawl larger just by adding rows until you are happy with size.

Please feel free to refer to the video if you need more help, or alternatively, contact me through Etsy and I will happily help you.

Gauge

4” (10 cm): 5 rounds across

4” (10 cm): 5 rounds high

Size of finished shawl

54” (137 cm) wide and 21” (53 cm) high (from the bottom center to the top center)

You will need

1 skein of Caron Blossom Cake in shade Blossoms

1 skein of Paintbox Simply Aran yarn in shade Champagne White (or any Aran/Medium 4 yarn in a cream shade of your preference)

A 6 mm crochet hook

A pair of scissors

A tapestry needle

Darning thread and needle

2 satin ribbons measuring 21” in length, and around 15 mm in width

Abbreviations

Ch: chain

St: Stitch

Sl st: slip stitch

Sk: Skip

DC: Double Crochet (UK Treble Crochet)

SC: Single Crochet (UK Double Crochet)

EOR: End of row

To begin

For this part you will be using Caron Blossom Cake.

To start, make a slip knot. Ch 4, sl st through 1st stitch to form a ring.

1: Ch 3 (=DC), 6 DC into ring (=7 DC in total).

2: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), 2 DC into each DC from previous row until eor (=14 DC).

3: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), [DC into next DC, 2 DC into next DC] until eor.

3 rounds of DCs
Rounds 1, 2, 3

4: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), [DC into next 2 DC, 2 DC into next DC] until eor.

5: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), [DC into next 3 DC, 2 DC into next DC] until eor.

5 rounds
Round 4 & 5

6: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), [DC into next 4 DC, 2 DC into next DC] until eor.

7: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), [DC into next 5 DC, 2 DC into next DC] until eor.

Row 8

8: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), [DC into next 6 DC, 2 DC into next DC] until eor.

9-30: repeat rows as previously explained, making sure you always add one DC on it’s own per row in between the 2 DC together in one stitch. For instance, this means row 9 will go like this:

Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, DC in same first stitch (=2 DC in same stitch). Now you just need to add 1 DC into the next 7 stitches; after these 7 DC, just add 2 DC together in one stitch. Now just place 7 DC in each DC along, then 2 DC together, etc, until the end of this row.

Repeat this process row after row, and this will gradually enlarge your shawl in the shape of an arc circle.

Frilly edging border

For this part you will be using Paintbox Aran/Medium 4 yarn.

Attach yarn to one side of the arched part of the shawl.

1: Ch 1 (=SC), place a SC into each stitch on the arched part of the shawl until the eor.

Round 1
Round 1 of the border

2: Ch 3 (=DC), place 2 more DC into the 1st stitch (=3 DC together); place 3 DC into next stitch and all stitches across until eor.

Fasten off, tidy up all loose ends.

Round 2 of the border
Round 2 of the border

Sew ribbons onto shawl

We will be sewing each ribbon onto either side of the shawl.

Ribbons
Ribbons

Place your first ribbon onto the DC from the 15th row from the center (=starting) point of the shawl (on any side that your prefer).

Wrap your ribbon around the DC about 3 times, and sew it into the DC with darning needle and thread as neatly as possible.

Measure shawl
Measure shawl

Wrap your ribbon around the DC once or twice more in order to hide stitching.

Repeat on the other side of the shawl.

Ribbons
This cape is so feminine
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