Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I Wrote My First Crochet Pattern!!

My very first crochet pattern is for a preemie hooded cape using double crochet and single crochet stitches so it works up pretty fast.

I was inspired by a pattern I saw on Mamma That Makes. I really like her pattern but as she said in her post, it does take a bit more time and I am a slow crocheter. Here is a picture of the cape that I worked up using her pattern.

mamma cape

The slip stitch, chain 3, 2 double crochet makes a really nice texture and it is tightly stitched so it covers the preemie angel really well.

I spoke with “Mamma” and told her I used her pattern as a guide to create my pattern using only double crochet and single crochet stitches. I didn’t want to step on any toes or infringe on her pattern. She was more than happy to let me do so. As she said, the more patterns the better, as we are all able to help more angels.

So here is my version of my pattern with pictures.

my cape blue

 my cape pinkThe first is made with Lion Brand Pound of Love Blue. The second one is made with baby yarn I had on hand with no labels in pink and white. I did small shell stitches on the bottom of the pink one to make it a bit frillier for a girl. I don’t think gauge is important because angels come in all sizes. I realize many of you probably don’t have the steel crochet hook on hand so I gave what I believe is a comparable size in a regular crochet hook.


I used: size 0 Boye steel crochet hook

Probably comparable to a C or D hook

Lion Brand Pound of Love 4 ply yarn

This should fit around an 18-20 week angel baby.

This is made with alternating rows of double crochet and single crochet.


1. Ch 61, sc in 2nd chain from hook and each across. Ch 2, turn (60 stitches)

2. Dc in each sc from previous row across. Ch 1, turn

3. Sc in each stitch across. Ch 2, turn

4. Repeat row 2 (dc)

5. Repeat row 3 (sc)

6. Repeat row 2 (dc)

7. Repeat row 3 (sc)

8. Repeat row 2 (dc)

9. Repeat row 3 (sc)

10. Repeat row 2 (dc)

11. Repeat row 3 (sc)

12. Repeat row 2 (dc)

13. Repeat row 3 (sc)

14. Repeat row 2 (dc)

15. Repeat row 3 (sc)

16. Repeat row 2 (dc)

17. Repeat row 3 (sc)

18. Repeat row 2 (dc)

19. Repeat row 3 (sc)

20. Repeat row 2 (dc)

21. Repeat row 3 (sc)

22. Repeat row 2 (dc)

23. Repeat row 3 (sc)

24. Repeat row 2 (dc)

25. Sc in first st, ch 3. (*sc in next st, ch 3*) repeat across ending with sc in last st.

Fasten off and weave in end.


26. Turn so that the first row of your cape is at the top.

Join yarn with sl st in first st, ch 2. DC 2 tog, repeat across (30 stitches) Ch 1, turn

27. Sc across, ch 2, turn

28. DC across, ch 1, turn

29. Repeat row 27 (sc)

30. Repeat row 28 (dc)

31. Repeat row 27 (sc)

32. Repeat row 28 (dc)

33. Repeat row 27 (sc)

34. Repeat row 28 (dc)

35. Repeat row 27 (sc)

36. Repeat row 28 (dc)

37. Repeat row 27 (sc)

38. Repeat row 28 (dc) But don't ch 1 at end.

End off leaving a long tail. Fold the hood in half and use the long tail to sew up the seam.

Join yarn to the bottom of the cape and sc evenly up the side, around the hood, and back down the other side.

End off and weave in the tails.

TIE: Chain 125. Weave in and out of row 28.