The Wilderness Cape was originally designed for issue 119 of Inside Crochet magazine. I’m so excited to be able to make it available to all now as I just adore this garment, especially as the seasons begin to shift on us.
The inspiration behind the design
The cape was designed, after reading about the Wilderman mythology. Ever since I watched the Wickerman as a child, paganism has fascinated me a bit. I love the way that different cultures celebrate the earth with different, but often parallel rituals and icons. There is so much to learn!
I love folklore, and the slow, natural, patient, intricate vibe which pays respect to the earth.
Without taking you too far down my rabbit hole, the design was inspired by visions of a gothic fairytale set in a woodland winter wonderland (probably in Norway). That was the general feel I wanted to bring to the Wilderness cape. I hope that doesn’t sound either pretentious or ludicrous!
I was excited to find this beautiful avenue just a couple of miles from where I live, which I thought was a lovely setting to photograph it in (short of a trip to actual Norway!!)
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You can purchase the PDF pattern for the Wilderness Cape from Etsy, Ravelry or Love Crafts Crochet
So tethering my imagination back down (I appreciate the backstory may be too much of an insight into my brain for some!), I’ll tell you a bit more about the design.
About the Wilderness Cape
It’s an easy top down cape, or cardigan or sleeved poncho, or hoodie. I’m not sure where the line is drawn but cape seemed closest because it’s incredibly spacious!
It has about 40cm of positive ease giving you plenty of room to wear it over the top of sweaters on a cold day as a coatigan (I missed that one before!)
The sleeves start about half way down the upper arms and I finished them just before my wrists, though you can make them longer or shorter. Now that I think about it, this would also look awesome as a sleeveless cape, just with the arm holes left open.
I designed this garment (we’re going with cape!) so that the bottom of the hem is pulled in to create a balloon shape to match the sleeves, but you can work the hem without cinching it in to create a more traditional swing style cape
Because this was originally designed for a UK magazine, this pattern is available in both UK and US crochet terms. You will get both documents in your purchase
This is a relatively simple pattern suitable for the adventurous beginner or intermediate crocheter.
It uses a combination of half double crochet and extended double crochet stitches throughout. Stitch descriptions are given in the pattern.
- Knowledge of basic crochet stitches and terminology
- Working in rows and rounds
- Simple increases and decreases
- Extended crochet stitches
- Working in back and font loops
- Slip stitching
The hood is made separately and stitched onto the finished cape.
The pattern includes written instructions to make the draw string cord, including a link to this tutorial. It suggests you add tassels but pom poms would work great too. The pattern also points to this tassel tutorial.
Hook: 6mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn:You will need 1250m – 1730m chunky or heavy worsted or aran weight yarn, depending on the size chosen. The pattern gives approximate yarn requirements for each size.
The item pictured used Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool, 100% wool, 250g/437m/487yds
You can use any other similar animal fibre or acrylic yarn which works to the same tension for this project.
Although the yarn I used here is classed as chunky, I think this design would also work with a heavy worsted or aran weight yarn, but please do check your gauge.
Measurements & Finished Size
The pattern is written in 7 sizes from XS – 3XL in (to fit bust 76 – 136cm, with the finished bust ranging form 118-178cm).
It is an oversized design with about 40cm of positive ease in the body, so if you want something more fitted you could size down.
The pattern includes measurements of the approximate finished sizes and guidance throughout for making adjustments.
The item pictured is made in size small and worn by me (5ft 1in, UK size 8-10 / US 4-6).
Download the PDF from Ravelry, Etsy or Love Crafts now.
Sharing your finished makes
I love seeing your finished makes – it gives me all the happy feels!
Here’s how you can share them on social media, if that’s your thing!
- On Instagram, you can use the hashtag #HookMeHappy or #WildernessCape or just tag me @doradexplored
- You can add your pics to my Facebook page
- If you have the bug for creating garments, why not join my dedicated facebook group “My Crochet Wardrobe” and share them there?
- If Pinterest is your happy place, you can add them there too – check out my Pinterest account for lots more crochet inspiration from makers across the web!
Copyright Dora Does 2020. You may sell what you make from my pattern, but please credit me as the designer with a link to this pattern page.