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Lace Capelet

By: Kimberly K. McAlindin for Red Heart Yarn

A lacy capelet is a stylish way to complete an outfit, especially when moving from work day to an evening out. This capelet crochet pattern shows how making your own capelet can be simple. No armhole shaping is necessary!

Crochet Lace Capelet

Size: Cape measures 38” wide x 16” long.


  • Yarn: RED HEART® “LusterSheen™”: 2 skeins 0615 Tea Leaf.
  • Crochet Hooks: 5.5mm [US I-9] and 5mm [US H-8].
  • Yarn needle
  • One button

Gauge: 16 sts = 4” using larger hook. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the specified gauge.

Special Abbreviations:
Foundation single crochet (Fsc): Ch 2, insert hook in 2nd chain from hook and pull up a loop (ch stitch made) *yo and pull through 2 loops on hook (sc made), insert hook in ch stitch and pull up a loop; repeat from * for as many Fsc as called for in pattern.
Cluster stitch: *Yo, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * 4 times more, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook.


CAPE: With larger hook, Fsc 96 sts.
Row 1 (Right Side): Ch 1, turn, sc in first Fsc, *ch 3, skip 3 Fsc, sc in next Fsc; repeat from * across – 24 ch-3 spaces.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, *ch 3, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * across.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc *ch 3, sc in next sc; repeat from * across – 48 ch-3 spaces.
Rows 4-11: Repeat Row 3.
Row 12: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * across.
Rows 13-30: Repeat Row 3 – 74 ch-3 spaces.
Row 31: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *2 sc in ch-3 space, sc in next sc; repeat from * across – 223 sc.
Row 32: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), turn, 2 dc in first sc, skip 2 sc, sc in next sc, *skip next 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc, skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across to last 3 sc, skip 2 sc, 3 dc in last sc – 36 5-dc groups.
Row 33: Ch 1, turn, sc in first dc, *ch 2, work cluster stitch, ch 2, sc in next dc; repeat from * across – 37 clusters.
Row 34: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in first sc, sc in next cluster stitch, *5 dc in next sc, sc in next cluster stitch; repeat from * across to last sc, 3 dc in last sc.
Row 35: Repeat Row 33.
Row 36: Ch 3, turn, 3 dc in first sc, sc in next cluster stitch, *7 dc in next sc, sc in next cluster stitch; repeat from * across to last sc, 4 dc in last sc.
Fasten off.


Edging: With wrong side facing and smaller hook, join yarn at left bottom edge and sc 182 sts evenly up left front edge, across neck edge and down right edge of Cape.
Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *skip next sc, 5 dc in next sc, skip next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across.
Fasten off.
Sew button to top neck edge of Cape.
Weave in ends.

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For those of you having trouble with row 3, remember that you have two single crochets in one stitch in row 2. You have to put a chain three , single crochet in next single crochet in each of these. Hope that this helps. You are actually making the cape larger to fit over the shoulders as you started at the neck. Shirley

I would like to know how to make this larger, as I am a busty gal. Anyone have suggestions? I know a larger hook would help, but think I would need to add stitches. Thanks for any suggestions.

Hi Rejoyce, For pattern-related questions, we suggest that you contact the designer (Red Heart Yarn) directly via the information found on their designer profile. I would also suggest posting your question on our Facebook page - perhaps other crocheters have fun into a similar problem and have advice. Thanks!

This is lovely but the pattern is confusing to me.

I am trying to crochet this but I think row 3---chain 3 and then sc ,, should be ch3 and then double crochet so that it will make a square shaped space. Has anyone else had this problem?

I also found a problem with Row 3 of the Lacy Crochet Capelet. did you find out if there is a mistake in the pattern or a trick to the pattern that the neglected to print. I've tried to get a hold of Red Heart but to no avail. Please help me!! I'm making this as a gift for my mother. Thanks!!! Linda

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE RED HEART RATE CROCHET PATTERNS, easy to difficult. I would like to read what part is started first and what is crocheted last. THANK YOU. WILL THIS MESSAGE GET BACK TO RED HEART?

This pattern is so elegant--I was impressed with my own work! I made it for my mother for Christmas, and I know she'll love it. I'm relatively new to crocheting, but this was much quicker than a triangular shawl I knitted. I finished the pattern in about 5 days (working mostly in evenings) used Caron "autumn red", and one size larger hook than recommended to make the capelet slighty larger, and was very very pleased with the results. Thank you for your site--I've used it for almost all of my Christmas gifts. I'm a big fan!

I just printed this pattern and it took 4 pages what a waste of paper. I didn't need the "share this on" part or the comments. Could you please change your format for printing. Thank you.

This starts at the neck and goes down. Rows 32-36 are for the clusters at the bottom. Debi, take your time and read the instructions three times before you get started. The first time gives you the gist of it, the second time you start to comprehend it and the third time you really understand it. D

I haven't tried to make this yest but reading you comments and reading the pattern I would say you end at the lower edge since the last few rows are done in clusters...I am not an avid crocheter but am anxious to try this pattern...I am alittle afraid to begin due to the two comment from people who are good at crocheting...YIKES!

As an experienced crocheter for many, many years, I have tried this pattern over and over again (as I just love it!!) but cannot figure it out whatsoever. Cannot determine where it is starting (at the neck or at the bottom edge)-?? and cannot figure out how to begin!! HELP, please!! Would appreciate anyone's input so that I can make this beautiful capelet!! THANK YOU.

i love this pattern but i'm a little confused. could you tell me if the foundation is actually the top of the cape? i'm asking because the instructions for the 32nd row to the 36th row are for shell stiches and in the picture the top of the cape looks like it is all just open stiches. I would really appreciate it if you could clarify this for me. Thank-you for any help you can provide


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