Reminiscent of the majestic winter outfits often shown in historical movies with castles and Vikings, this capelet will transport you to a simpler time with its vintage, old-world feel. Think of Wandering Willow as a wearable piece of art that will add depth and soul to any outfit; a statement piece that you proudly created yourself. You’ll love the feeling of crocheting with these soft, furry stitches, and the way each stitch blends together to give the appearance of one continuous piece of plush fabric. Faux fur yarn pushes the limits on what we thought was possible to create with a crochet hook, and every fiber enthusiast needs to try this novelty yarn at least once.
Note: The magic of this design is that only one size is needed due to the gathering of the excess fabric created by the increases, and you can make a capelet of any length by continuing these simple increases for as many rows as you like. You can also skip the closure at the neck and wear this piece as a shawl or a wrap if you prefer.
Substitute WeCrochet Fable Fur with another bulky, category #6 faux fur yarn that matches gauge. There are many other brands of faux fur on the market that would work great. You can, of course, make this pattern in a non–faux fur yarn, but it will not turn out to be a solid fabric like the sample shown.
Yarn Note: Using a regular yarn will produce really defined stitches and probably some gaps between the double crochet stitches—but if you are okay with that then by all means use whatever yarn you’d like! (It might look amazing—there’s only one way to find out!) Also, please note that eyelash yarn sometimes has the appearance of faux fur when it is wound up in a ball, but upon closer inspection, each strand is thin and wispy, and multiple strands must be held together as one to achieve a comparable fabric thickness. Make sure the fiber you choose is a bulky, category #6 faux fur yarn for a capelet similar to the sample shown in the photos.
Hook: Size U.S. L/11 (8 mm) hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Note: In an oversized piece like this, gauge is less important. Use this recommended hook or choose whichever hook achieves your desired fabric density.
Note: You will use locking stitch markers to help keep track of your repeats by placing a marker in the second stitch of every increase. This will make it significantly easier to count your stitches or double-check your work as these stitches will all blend together into one smooth fabric and be difficult to distinguish. This will be especially helpful once you progress through the pattern and the rows have hundreds of stitches to count.