Granny Square Capelet Free Crochet Pattern


This elbow length capelet is perfect for wearing over a pretty dress with sleeves that you want to show off.  It adds an extra layer of warmth and is a great alternative to wearing a sweater over your special dress.  It’s also easier to take on and off than a sweater – convenient for kids (and adults!) who are uncomfortable with bulky sleeves inside their sweater. The pattern features directions for children and adult medium, with easy tips on how to make it bigger (or smaller)

free capelet crochet pattern


Super Bulky Weight Yarn (I used Lion Brand Thick and Quick)

N hook (9mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

Yarn or tapestry needle

Stitch marker or scrap of yarn to mark the beginning of each round

free crochet pattern

Abbreviations used:

Ch: chain

Dc: double crochet

Dec: decrease (insert hook in first st, pull up a loop, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all loops on hook)

Hdc: half double crochet

Sc: single crochet

Sl: slip

St: stitch



2” = 3sc

2” = 4 rows in sc



Finished circumference at bottom edge/Finished height (with neck folded over):

Child: 36”/11”

(The child pictured is 9 years old and wears a size 7.)

Adult: 48”/15” (Approximately an adult medium. See sizing tips at the bottom of the pattern to find out how to make it bigger)

Directions for Granny Squares (make 6 child, 8 adult)

Ch 3, sl st to form a loop, ch 2

  1. 12 dc in loop, pull tail tight to close loop, sl to join to first dc, ch 2
  2. *Dc between next 2 sts, ch 2, Dc between next 2 sts, ch 2, dc between next 2 sts, ch 4, repeat from * around, sl to join to the top of the first dc, ch 1
  3. Sc in each dc, 2 sc in the ch2 spaces and 4 sc in the ch 4 spaces. Join and tie off. Weave in ends.


Use tapestry needle and a long piece of yarn to sew the squares together side by side.  Sew the last one to the first one at the sides to form a complete circle.  This will form the bottom row of the capelet.

You will now begin crocheting across the top of the row of granny squares to create the rest of the capelet, working upwards.


Round 1: Join to top corner of one square.  Working in the back loops only, sc in every other stitch around the entire top. Sl to join to the first sc and ch 1.


Hdc stitches are worked in back loops only. Sc stitches worked in both loops as usual.  At the end of each round, Join to first st and ch 1.


Round 2: Hdc

Round 3: Sc (Advanced tip: you can repeat rounds 2 and 3 to add length to the capelet.)

Round 4: Hdc

(For child size, continue below. For adult size, skip down to adult directions.)

Round 5: Sc, inserting 4 dec evenly

Round 6: Hdc, inserting 4 dec evenly

Round 7-8: repeat rounds 5-6

Round 9-15: sc

Finish off, leaving a long tail for attaching one of the tassles.

Adult size directions:

Round 5: Sc

Round 6: Hdc

Round 7 Sc, inserting 4 dec evenly

Round 8: Hdc, inserting 4 dec evenly

Rounds 9-12: repeat rounds 7-8

Rounds 13-23: sc

Finish off, leaving a long tail for attaching one of the tassles.


Tassles (child and adult)

Attach the long tail from the capelet to a yarn needle and set aside. Cut a scrap of yarn about 12” long and set aside.  Picking up your skein of yarn, holding the end with your thumb, begin loosly wrapping the yarn from your skein around the width of four fingers about 20 times.  Insert the yarn on the needle through the top of the tassle, just above your index finger and let it hang for the moment.  Insert the scrap yarn between your forefinger and middle finger (near the top of the tassle) and wrap it around the tassel. Carefully remove your hand and tie the scrap yarn around the tassel. Knot tightly.  Finish off the long tail with the yarn needle to the top of the capelet so your tassle is now securely attached.  Repeat for the second tassel, attaching a long piece of scrap yarn to tie your second tassel next to the first one. Trim the ends to even out the tassles.

Fold over the top of the capelet to form the cowl and you’re all done!

Sizing Tips:

You can make the capelet bigger (or smaller) by making more (or fewer) granny squares. Measure yourself (or the recipient) around your chest and arms with your arms at your side.  Then make one square and measure its width. Use these measurements to determine how many squares you will need to go around your body.  Keep in mind, you want the capelet to fit snugly and stretch a little bit, so round down.  Then you can add height by using the tip in the pattern (repeating rows 2 and 3).

Happy crocheting! Share your makes by tagging me on Instagram @tealandfinch. I would love to see them!

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Pattern and photos copyright ©Jen Dwyer of Teal & Finch. This pattern is my original design and may not be reproduced or sold in any form. You may make and sell the finished product, just be sure to use your own photos.


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