A baby capelet Christmas gift

15 Dec

Homemade gifts are the best, aren’t they? I wish I gave more of them, really, but I don’t always have time to make the things I would like to give people before the holidays come. This year, I really wanted to make an effort with one particular gift though. Our niece just turned a year old in October and I thought I’d make her a cute sweater. However, knowing that I’ve never made one before, I wasn’t sure how long it would take and I was worried that I wouldn’t have time to correct mistakes and finish it on time. {You know….that whole make one sleeve and then the other is not identical thing…? No one wants one sleeve hanging to their knees.} So, I decided to go with a capelet instead.

Originally, I searched for crochet patterns for baby ponchos. However, most of the ones I found had fringe (not really what I was going for and not really my thing in general) or they were just very long. I wanted something she could wear with a long sleeve onesie or tee and move her arms freely. I found this capelet pattern over at Leila and Ben.

It was exactly what I was looking for and I already had the yarn I wanted to use. Not having to run to the store in single digit temperatures? Score me! I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Glitter in Gold and a 5 mm hook.

photo 6I also had these buttons in my stash and decided they were exactly what I was going for with the dark brown against the cream and gold.

photo 4I originally bought these buttons for a pair of baby boots. Since I only used two for this project and still have another card of three, I can always make a pair later if I want. πŸ™‚

The pattern from Leila and Ben was very easy to follow and only had about 3 or 4 stitches throughout. It worked up very fast. Here’s a photo of the stitches up close. You can also see the glitter in the yarn a bit better.

photo 3And here’s the capelet before I added the buttons.

photo 1As you can tell, you don’t have to make button holes (another plus!). You can just use the holes made from the stitch to push the button through. Here’s the capelet with the buttons. I would have finished this project sooner, but I hate sewing on buttons. I did it this morning, though, while drinking my coffee. πŸ™‚

photo 7

photo 5And that’s it! I can’t wait to see how it looks on her. The nice thing is that you can adjust the placement of the buttons in case the baby outgrows it or if the capelet is a bit large at first. I think that Leila and Ben have an adult pattern, too if this is your style.

Are you making any of your gifts this year? Anyone crocheting anything for others? Please share!







Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Crochet, DIY


2 responses to “A baby capelet Christmas gift

  1. nights7

    December 16, 2013 at 12:41 am

    How cute! I’m in the process of making a baby capelet too. I happened to get both my sister & her 9 month old daughter in our family gift drawings so I’m giving them (mostly) matching capelets. My sister’s is done & looks great. I’m about 2/3 of the way done with the baby one. I’ll probably blog about them next week.

    • mypersonalcoffeebreak

      December 16, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Fun! Please post the link when you do. I’d love to see them! πŸ™‚


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