Free knitting patterns for capelets from romantic to lace to casual. Most patterns are free. Updated 8/8/23.
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Buttoned shawl wrap with cables on a garter stitch. Designed by Plymouth Yarn. Super Bulky weight yarn.
Cape style shawl wrap with ties with lace open work along the border. Sizes Small/Medium and Large/Extra Large. Designed by Jodi Lemieux. Worsted weight yarn.
Capelet And Hat
Cropped poncho or shoulder cozy with collar and matching hat. Designed by Lion Brand. Quick knit in Super Bulky weight yarn.
Short poncho or shoulder cozy with a cable band at the bottom and ribbed turtleneck. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Sizes XS/L, XL/5XL. Designed by Patons. Bulky weight yarn.
Braided Cable Hug
Cabled capelet or shoulder cozy worked flat sideways with a ribbed neckline. Designed by Jami Brynildson. Bulky weight yarn.
Chunky Cabled Capelet
Brian Smith’s cozy capelet / poncho has a simple basket weave cable pattern and a stocking stitch top with garter stitch bands.
Cathy Payson designed Red Heart’s version of Claire’s capelet. Sizes from X-Small to XX-Large. Knit in super bulky for a quick, cozy project.
More Free Patterns
Dobbs Ferry Cowl
This capelet is worked with 3 strands of super bulky yarn held together and can be worn as a cowl or poncho.
This shoulder cozy designed by Norah Gaughan for Berroco Design is knit in the round with cables and dropped stitches.
Kansas City Cowl
Kim Guzman designed this stunning shoulder cozy that can transform into a cowl or scarf as temperatures change.The capelet features a gorgeous cabled center panel plus an intriguing drop stitch detail.
The Pale Lady
This lace openwork capelet wrap is designed to use a single 100g skein of fingering weight yarn. The shawl is just wide enough to go around the shoulders and be fastened with a shawl pin. Designed by Noora Laivola
Lion Brand Yarn’s design features a seed stitch panel and border with a folded collar.
Shoulder Cowl Scarf
Romantic capelet created from a seamed and gathered rectangle of fisherman’s rib. Consider using boucle or novelty yarn for a wonderful textured effect.
Berroco’s shawl capelet is constructed of chevron lace in three different sizes.
Patterns for Purchase
Cropped poncho or shoulder knit with a lace motif bordered by moss stitch. Designed by Debbie Bliss. Super Bulky weight yarn.
The Royal Wave
Lace shoulder hug capelet or short poncho, with only one increase round, knit in the round. Designed by Belinda Harris-Reid. Fingering weight yarn.
Lace Trio Capelet
This Lady Capelet features two lace patterns and a lace decorative edge. Knit in worsted weight on larger needles. I think I would choose a yarn with more stitch definition. Available in English and Spanish.
Summer Parfait Capelet
Lace capelet wrap with front ties and short row shaping. Knit in worsted weight on larger needles.
Quick Knit Capelet
Knit in super bulky yarn so it’s super quick. Great for multi color yarn. Capelet / poncho design by Kellie Mac. Sizes: small/medium(36-42”) and large/Xlarge)(44-48”).
1950s Capelet Stole
PDF of vintage knitting pattern for cape with shawl collar and button frong.
No longer free. Lace poncho or cape knit with a 12 row repeat of a vine lace. Written instructions or chart. Sizes S - XL. Designed by Amy Odin. DK weight yarn.
Lacy Waves Poncho
No longer free. Sue Childress designed this class lace capelet for woman’s small (medium, large) sizes for Creative Knitting magazine.