Wrap yourself in luxury with Icing on the Cape! The full circle construction and soft, wool blend yarn give this cape a generous, flowing fit and amazing drape. A contrasting border adds a dramatic flair. With a single row repeat through most of the design, this easy crochet wrap really is a piece of cake…complete with icing!
Furls Blog Hop 2020 Make Along
I designed this easy crochet wrap pattern for the 2020 Furls Blog Hop. This event has been running throughout the year, with a new pattern each week. Check out all the great patterns so far, and keep checking back for the new ones!
As part of the blog hop event, Furls provided me with all the yarn for this design, plus a free hook.
What is Z-twist?
Z-twist refers to the direction in which the yarn is spun. In most commercial yarns, the plies are spun together counterclockwise, which is called an S-twist. In a Z-twist yarn, the plies are spun together clockwise.
Why does this matter? Crocheting produces a clockwise motion, which can actually untwist an S-twist yarn, leading to splitting. With a Z-twist yarn, the crochet motion tightens the twist instead, creating stunning stitch definition.
Mad for merino
As a spinner, merino wool is my absolute favorite fiber to work with. Individual merino fibers tend to be long and have a lot of crimp to them, like tiny springs. This makes the finished yarn incredibly soft, smooth, and bouncy.
Nylon for strength and shine
Whims Merino is a 50/50 blend of nylon and merino. Nylon adds durability to make your finished project last longer. It also adds amazing shine! Combined with merino, it’s a strong, glossy, springy yarn that’s just a joy to work with.
I wasn’t sure I would like a Furls hook. The shape is so different from what I’m used to, and they are heavier than my normal hooks too. I thought I would find it uncomfortable. I was wrong.
Generally I use metal hooks, so I chose an Odyssey hook for it’s metal tip. I went with blue and nickel. It took about 2 rows for me to get used to it, and then I was hooked. The shape fits comfortably in my hands, and I found I was able to crochet a bit longer than usual without my hands getting tired. The metal tip is slick and fast, and I love the sparkles in the handle too!
The thing that took the most getting used to was the smoothness of the handle. I’m used to soft grips that are more “squishy” so at first the hook slid around in my hand a bit. But once I got used to it, I think I automatically adjusted my grip slightly and that stopped happening.
Icing on the Cape
Easy: Basic stitches, repeating pattern, working into sides of rows, picots.
Adult – One size fits most.
13 dc x 7 rows = 4 inches
(Pattern is written in US terms)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
csdc = chainless starting double crochet (optional – see Recommended Resources)
ch-sp = chain space
st(s) = stitch(es)
sk = skip
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
Picot: Ch 3, sl st in last st worked.
See this tutorial for a more detailed look and other placement options.
Main section is worked from the top down. First 3 chs of row 1 count as a dc.
The chainless starting double crochet (csdc) stitch creates a cleaner edge. However, if you prefer, you can replace csdc with “ch 3, counts as dc” throughout the pattern.
Main Section (Charcoal)
Foundation: With charcoal, ch 65
Row 1 (WS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 4 chs, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch, dc in next 9 chs] 5 times, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch, dc in last 6 chs. (69 dc, 6 ch-1 sps)
Row 2: Turn, csdc, [dc in each st to next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp] 6 times, dc in each st across. (81 dc, 6 ch-1 sps)
Rows 3-31: Repeat row 2. (429 dc, 6 ch-1 sps)
Main Section Edging (Charcoal):
Rnd 1 RS: (Total: 600 sts, 4 ch-1 sps)
- Bottom: Turn, csdc, [dc in each st to next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp] 6 times, dc in each st across. (441 dc)
- Right Front: Do not turn. Ch 1, place a marker in this ch, working in sides of rows, 48 sc evenly spaced along side edge. (48 sc, 1 ch-1 sp)
- Top: Working in bottom of foundation chains, ch 1, place a marker in this ch, sc in each ch across. (63 sc, 1 ch-1 sp)
- Left Front: Ch 1, working sides of rows, 48 sc evenly spaced along side edge, ch 1, sl st to first st of rnd, fasten off. (48 sc, 2 ch-1 sps)
Row 1 (RS): Join white with sl st in marked ch-1 sp on top, remove marker. Sc in same ch-1 sp, sc in next 63 sts, sc in next ch-1 sp. (65 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, fasten off. (65 sc)
Bottom Border (White)
Row 1 (WS): Join white with sl st in marked ch-1 sp on bottom, remove marker. Ch 2 (counts as dc), [dc in each st to next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp] 6 times, dc in each st across to next ch-1 sp (corner), dc in ch-1 sp. Do not fasten off. (455 dc, 6 ch-1 sps)
Button Band & Edging (White)
Rnd 1 (RS):
- Bottom: Turn, csdc, [dc in each st to next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp] 6 times, dc in each st across. Do not fasten off. (467 dc, 6 ch-1 sps)
- Right front: Ch 1, working in sides of rows, 3 sc evenly spaced across bottom border, working into right front edging, sc next 28 sts, ch 9, sl st in last sc worked, [sc in next 10 sts, ch 9, sl st in last sc worked] twice, working in sides of rows, sc in each row across collar. (54 sc, 3 ch-9 loops, 1 ch-1 sp)
- Collar: Ch 1, sc in each st around collar (65 sc, 1 ch-1 sp)
- Left front: Ch 1, working in sides of rows, 3 sc evenly spaced across collar, sc in each st across left front edging, working in sides of rows 3 sc evenly spaced across bottom border, ch 1, join with sl at to first st. (54 sc, 2 ch-1 sps)
On next rnd, work behind ch-9 loops when you come to them.
Rnd 2 (RS): (643 sc, 118 picots)
- Bottom: Do not turn. Ch 1, sc in same st and next 3 sts, picot, [sc in next 4 sts or sps, picot] 116 times across bottom (you should end in the ch-1 sp at the corner) (468 sc, 117 picots)
- Right front: Do not turn. Ch 1, sc in each st across to next ch-1 sp, sc in ch-1 sp. (55 sc)
- Collar: Sc in each st around collar (65 sc)
- Left front: Sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in each st across to last ch-1 sp, (sc, picot) in last ch-1 sp, join with sl st to first st of rnd, fasten off. (55 sc, 1 picot)
Attach buttons on the front left band, opposite the chain loops.
Weave in all ends.
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