Sunday, January 2, 2011

Snowflake Cape

I have made dozens of these over the past 35 years, It is by far my most favorite baby wrap.
Gauge:  The correct gauge is important to the fit of your garments.  To check gauge, make a test swatch of at least 3" square of the pattern stitch, using the yarn and hook or needle specified.  DON NOT HESITATE TO CHANGE HOOK OR NEEDLE SIZE TO OBTAIN CORRECT GAUGE.

Directions are for one size, infant to 3 months.
Cape measures 15" from neckline to hem.
 Gauge:  5 dc=1"; 2 rows dc=1"

Materials:  Steel crochet hook size 0; 5 oz. 3-ply baby acrylic
Directions:  Ch 115.
Row 1:  dc in 5th ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, ch 3 to turn.
Row 2:  In 3rd dc make shell (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same st makes shell), * skip 3 st, shell in next dc.  Repeat from * across Row, dc in last dc, ch 3, to turn.
Rows 3-6:  shell over shell (make shell in center ch of shell below) across Row, dc in last st, ch 3 to turn.
Row 7:  Shell (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in ch below.
Continue shell across Row, dc in last st, ch 3 to turn.
Rows 8-12:  Repeat Row 7.
Row 13:  Shell (4 dc, ch 1, 4 dc) in chain of shell below.  Continue shell across Row, dc in last st, ch 3 to turn.
Next Rows:  Repeat Row 13 until 17 more rows have been completed or until garment has reached length you desire.
Break off.

HOOD:  Count in 28 dc from beginning Row of cape.  Join yarn with a sl st.
Row 1:  Ch 3, skip 3 dc, shell (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same stitch) skip 3 dc.  Repeat shell across until 13 shells have been made, skip 3 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3 to turn.
Rows 2-10:  Repeat shell over shell rows until 10 rows have been completed.
(There should be 7 shells on cape extending beyond either side of the hood).  Do not break yarn.  Fold hook in half, right sides together and crochet or sew across top edge.  Break yarn.
Edging:  With right side of garment facing you, join another ball of yarn at neck edge in 1st st of hood.  Skip starting ch 3 of 1st Row, * 3 dc, picot (ch 3, slip st through 1st st of chain--picot made) 3 dc in ch 3 of next Row.  Repeat from * around edge of hood.  Sc in each dc along left front neck edge of cape, 3 sc in corner, * shell (4 dc, picot, 4 dc), sc in starting ch of next Row.  Repeat from * along left side edge of cape, 3 sc in corner.  Make shell over shell ( 5 dc, picot, 5 dc) across bottom of cape, 3 sc in corner, (this makes the bottom trim of cape).  Repeat shell on right side of edge the same as worked on left side (4 dc, picot, 4 dc), 3 sc in corner and sc across right front neck edge.  Attach where joined.  Break yarn.
Finishing:  Double yarn and make a chain of 120 sts.  Thread this through neck edge, going over and under 2 dc.  Make 2 pompons 1 ½" in diameter and attach to point of hood and ch 10 sts.  Make one 2" diameter pompon and attach to end of chain.

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