If you want to make garments that you can throw over your outfits like ponchos, but work better with more formal wear, then capes and caplets are great options.

Capes, like ponchos, are sleeveless garments that cover the shoulders and trunk of the body. Unlike ponchos, capes are more fitted around the neck and shoulders, so they provide more warmth in those areas. They are also round garments unlike the more rectangular ponchos, so they drape around the body. Plus, they are more tailored, so they work well with more formal wear, especially dresses.

Some capes have openings with buttons in the front, like coats. Others only have openings on the sides for the arms. 

Once again, I’m featuring knit and crochet patterns of capes and capelets. Some of these patterns need no more than 5 skeins of yarn, so they’re perfect travel companions.

If you are ready to make a cape or capelet, here are some of my favorites:

A simple wool cable capelet by Patons for Yarnspirations:

photo via Yarnspirations


An easy crochet capelet by Olivia from Hopeful Honey for Favecrafts:

photo via Favecrafts


The Nansen capelet by Berroco:

photo via Berroco


The Mantella Cape by Airali Design:


A striped cowl cape by Caron for Yarnspirations:

The Granite Cape by All About Ami:

Granite Cape
photo via All About Ami


The sophisticated City Cape by Purl Soho:

City Cape | Purl Soho
photo via Purl Soho


A luxurious hooded cape by Nikol Lohr for Make: Magazine:

photo via Make: Magazine


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Happy crafting!

Spinster Simone 🙂


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