Sunday, January 18, 2015

Star Stitch Hoodie Capelet | Crochet Free Pattern

The sun was really shining brightly today, it's beautiful.  The cheerful sun rays offset the freezingly cold -22 degree temperature outside. Something about a sunny day makes everything seem happier, don't you think?  The snow sparkles brightly like little shiny diamonds.

I thought it was a perfect day to sport my newly stitched hoodie scarf.  I call it that and then a friend told me, "I love your capelet..." She must have seen the pleasant puzzle in my face so she continued, "You know, like a mini cape that ladies of old use to put on top of their gowns?" Ah, I like the sound of that... Capelet it is!

I was not so sure about this color when I bought it.  But I was looking for something, bright but not too bright.  Something uplifting and cheerful... And on sale! After toiling for many minutes, just staring at this orange big ball of yarn, I finally bought it. 

I think it worked very well together - the color, the design... and the weather. {hehehehe} What do you think?

The hoodie/cowl part is done using "star stitches" and the ruffles is what really makes the capelet part.  I used a kilt pin to make my brooch.  It's great that way as I can pin a rather thick amount of crocheted fabric to it and it's able to hold it together.

858 yarns of worsted weight yarn - I used a little more than two thirds of it.  I have left-overs to make some mittens (maybe).  The brand is Loops and Threads Impeccable Yarn, medium size (4) in color Rouge (orange) and Butterscotch (yellow) for the flower brooch.  It took about 20 hours for me to complete it the first time.  I suggest practicing the star stitches before you start with your project.  This will enable you to get a grip of the otherwise intimidating pattern. You will have the hang of it much faster and you will be working on your scarf seamlessly and more enjoyably.

I stitched 15 chains for my practice.  This made 7 star stitches.  It allowed me to practice a new stitch technique - star stitch - how to begin it and end it.The practice was really handy as it gave me the confidence to stitch 16 inches of star stitches without any problems.  Plus, it allowed me to see the design and imagine the whole picture :-)

No doubt, it is very pretty as a capelet... How do you think it looks like - wearing it as a hoodie (as it should be, I guess...)? Yay or Nay?

Okay, enough chattering, here is the pattern, :-) Enjoy!

Materials used:
worsted weight yarn (size 4 - medium)
5.5 mm hook
stitch marker

kilt pin and button for the flower brooch.
(Please see pattern for the flower brooch here.)

sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
beg - beginning
rem - remaining
ch - chain
yo - yarn over

Join with a slip stitch at the end of each row.  Maintain the number of single crochet (sc) at 101 and the number of star stitches at 51.

Row 1 and Row 3 has special notes and procedures.  Please read them carefully. 

Hoodie/Cowl Pattern:

Foundation Stitch

Start with a slip ring.
Chain 101
Join with a sl st on the slip ring made at the beg.

*Keep the slip ring loose until slip stitching is done.  Once slip stitching to form a ring is made, you may tighten the ring by pulling the tail end of the yarn. Make sure there are no twist and turns on the chain before joining.

Row 1 - SC around (101 sc)

Sc on the back bar of the chain and remaining back bar of the chains around (101 sc)
Join with sl st on the fist sc.

Row 1 Notes:
*There is no need to make a chain at the beginning sc on each row.
(With a loop already on the hook, insert hook on chain space where you want your stitch to be, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through both loops.)

*Single crochet on the back bars of your chain will allow you to have a finished look.

Row 2 - Second Row of SC (101 sc)
SC on the next chain space immediately following the loop on your hook.
SC on remaining stitches around. (101 sc)

*Optional: Stitch your sc on the back loop of the chains only.  This will leave a nice design on your fabric later on. (Please see image below for  front and back loops.)

Row 3 - Star Stitch (51 star stitches)

Do beginning star stitch
Star Stitch around on remaining chain spaces.
Do last stitch of the row and join with a slip stitch to the 3rd chain of beginning chain-3.

Notes: This instructions may seem complicated but once you get the hang of it, they are actually very simple.

Beginning Star Stitch:
   a. Chain 3
   b. With one loop remaining on hook, insert hook on the 2nd chain from the hook and pull up a loop.
   c. Repeat b on the 3rd chain from the hook.
   d. Repeat b on the chain space following your chain-3.
   e. Insert hook on the following chain space and pull up a loop.
   f. Repeat e on the next chain space.
       You will have a total of 6 loops in your hook.
   g. YO and pull the yarn through all 6 loops in the hook. This formed a small opening we will call
       "eye of the star"
   h. Chain 1

Star Stitch:
   a.  With one loop remaining on the hook from the previous chain-1, Insert the hook on the base of ch-1, yo and pull up a loop.
   b.  Insert hook on the back and front loop of the last loop of the last last completed star stitch and pull up a loop.
   c.  Insert hook on the base of the last loop of the last completed star stitch and pull up a loop.
   d.  Insert hook on the next chain space and pull up a loop.
   e.  Repeat d on the next chain space.
*You will have 6 loops on your hook although you only used up 2 new chain spaces.
   f. YO and pull the yarn through all 6 loops in the hook.This will form the "eye of the star"
   g. Chain 1

Last Star Stitch of the row:
   a. Do the last star stitch of the row as usual but do an extra loop through between the top loop of the beginning star stitch and the loop just below it.
   b. Yo and pull the yarn through all the loops.
   c. Insert hook on two loops of the 3rd chain of the beginning chain 3.
   d. Yo, pull up a loop and slip into both loops.

I am going to embarrass myself and show you my doodle.
Not the best drawer but it may give you an idea... I hope.
I'm trying to make a better doodle, If I succeed, I will re-post. *wink*

Row 4

a. SC on the next chain space immediately following the loop on your hook.
b. Sc on the eye of the star stitch.
c. Repeat pattern a and b on remaining stitches around. (101 sc)

Repeat Row 3 and Row 4 until you reach 16 inches in total.
Maintain number of Single crochet in each row at (101 sc)
Maintain number of Star stitch in each row at (51 star stitches)

Ruffles (Capelet Pattern)

Join each row by slip stitching into the 3rd chain of the first chain-3
Move to the next chain-2 space by slip stitching through the dc/dcs done on the last row.

Row 1

Sc all around using the back loops only (101 sc)
You are basically repeating Row 2 of your hoodie pattern.
At this time, you will have two rows of sc.

Row 2

Repeat pattern: sc, chain 2, sc on next chain space, chain 2..... around...
Join by slip stitching into the beg sc

Row 3

a. Sl st once to have your hook on the next chain-2 space created from last row.
b. On the same chain space: Chain 3, dc, chain 2, 2dc

c. Skip a chain-2 space
d. On the same chain space: 2dc, chain 2, 2dc

e. Repeat c and d around your scarf.

Note: Row 4-7 repeats the pattern on Row 3 except the number of dc increases by 1 for each row.

Row 4

a. sl st twice to move hook into the next ch-2 space
b. on the same chain space: chain 3, 2dc, chain 2, 3 dc

c. On the next chain space: 3dc, chain 2, 3dc
d. Repeat c on all remaining chain-2 spaces around

Row 5

a. sl st three times to move hook into the next ch-2 space
b. on the same chain space: chain 3, 3dc, chain 2, 4 dc

c. On the next chain space: 4dc, chain 2, 4dc
d. Repeat c on all remaining chain-2 spaces around

Row 6

a. sl st four times to move hook into the next ch-2 space
b. on the same chain space: chain 3, 4dc, chain 2, 5 dc

c. On the next chain space: 5dc, chain 2, 5dc
d. Repeat c on all remaining chain-2 spaces around

Fasten off.
Weave in all ends securely.

Wear it with pride and cheerfulness of heart...
I wish you a very pleasant day, full of love and hope.

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Thanks friends! 


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  1. Hi Maya, thanks so much for visiting my blog, I'm glad you found it :). You have such lovely crochet patterns here! I used to crochet, but I haven't done anything in a while--and nothing as fancy as your creations. Have a great night!

  2. What a pretty hoodie scarf.. I love the color too. I wish I knew how to crochet.. Have a happy week!

  3. Love this hoodie capelet! It really looks great! I thought all the time it was red until you said it's orange. The color gives warmth to the cold season. Well-done again!

    1. Oo nga ate, it's hard to capture the right color on the picture. Pero it is quite a cheerful and bright color either way. Thanks ate!

  4. Your capelet is a pretty feminine piece of apparel. It looks nice with the hood on or just gathered around your neck.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Maya and sharing the pattern.

  5. I have never seen a hoodie scarf but I love it....too bad I am all thumbs when it comes to knitting and the like.

  6. What a pretty capelet. The bright colour warms up winter! I'm impressed by your crochet pattern writing!

  7. What a pretty hoodie scarf. You look so good all snuggled inside it. You are making me wish to dig out my crochet hooks and do something again. I did do a scarf last winter. But that was all. Your pattern is so well written. Thank you,

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