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My Favorite Crochet Cape Pattern To Make For Babies!

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Today I am sharing a review of the Snowflake Hooded Cape for Baby pattern designed by Lillian Rather.

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I don’t normally do pattern reviews, but a while ago I published my tutorial on the Absolute Best Way to Make Pom Poms and it featured a photo of my grand-daughter Lilly in her hooded cape, which, of course, has pom poms on it.

I then began to receive some feedback from readers asking about the cape pattern.

Since I did not design the pattern, I cannot legally share it with you.  However, I can share my experience and thoughts on the pattern and you can decide whether you would like to try the pattern for yourself.

It’s actually one of my favorite things to make for little baby girls!

I think it is such a classically beautiful crochet cape pattern.  If you have a new baby girl in your life, this would be such a wonderful thing to make for her.  🙂

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Snowflake Hooded Cape Pattern Review


This snowflake hooded cape for baby is a timeless crochet pattern.  Worked by making various groups of shells, it creates a lovely classic look.  From a simple pattern comes a beautiful cape of heirloom quality that is perfect for adding a touch of elegance to your baby’s first photo shoot.

Original Publication:

Leisure Arts Leaflet #4, Baby Talk, 1973.  Find the pattern HERE.

Difficulty Level:

There is no difficulty level indicated in this pattern.  This could be because the pattern is so old.

After working the pattern myself, I would give it a difficulty level of EASY.

My personal system for determining crochet difficulty level is very much in line with Craftsy’s article on How to Determine Crochet Skill Level.  Another good reference is the Craft Yarn Council.

These two articles differ in how they name each level but are similar in how they define each level.

I use Craftsy’s naming system:  Beginner, Easy, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Finished Dimensions:

The pattern does not provide finished dimensions for the cape but does state that it is one-size that will fit a newborn to 3-month old.


Steel hook size 0

3-ply baby acrylic yarn

What the materials section doesn’t tell you is that a hook size 0 is a 3.25mm hook.  This was very confusing to me at the time because I am used to patterns that provide both the hook size and the size in millimeters (mm).

I used Bernat Softee Baby in Antique White. It is a Light 3-ply yarn.

I started out with a steel hook size 0, but actually lost my hook at some point and was able to successfully complete the pattern with a steel hook size 00/3.50 mm with no changes or problems with the pattern.  The stitches looked exactly the same as when I used the zero size hook.

Please note, these are very small hooks and although 3-ply yarn is thin, I still found it difficult to keep the yarn from slipping off the hook.

Although I eventually found a technique that reduced the issue, this problem persisted throughout the entire project and it is one of the reasons I don’t think this pattern would be good for absolute crochet beginners.


The instructions for the body of the cape are nicely written and easy to follow as long as you have some experience with crochet pattern reading.

If you struggle with pattern reading but want to try this pattern, please see How to Read a Crochet Pattern for review.


The instructions for the hood of the cape are also well written, but you must know two things that are beyond an absolute beginner’s skill level.

  1. You must know how to attach new yarn with a slip-stitch (slp-st).
  2. You must know how to seam two edges together.

These are skills that an advanced beginner should be able to do and thus, puts this pattern in the EASY rather than BEGINNER pattern difficulty level.


The instructions for the edging may look intimidating, but they really are not.  The instructions are actually fairly simple, but for an absolute beginner and maybe even a few advanced beginners, there could be a couple of things that can be a little confusing.

The confusion seems to be near the beginning of the pattern.  The pattern states to…

…skip starting ch 3 of 1st Row, * 3 dc, picot (ch 3, slip st through 1st st of chain–picot made) 3 dc in ch 3 of next Row.  Repeat from * around edge of hood.

First, you must understand how to make a picot.  You chain 3 and then slip-stitch through the first chain of that chain 3 you just made.

Second, you must understand that you are making shells of (3dc, picot, 3dc) around the edge of the hood.

Third, you are making these shells in the chain 3-spaces created when you worked the last row of the hood.

So, to clarify, you skip the first chain 3 of the first row.  Then make a shell of *(3dc, picot, 3dc) in the next chain 3-space* and repeat from * to * all the way around the edge hood until you get to the left front edge of the cape.  Then continue on as the pattern states.

Unfortunately, at the time I worked this pattern I didn’t know that I would later be writing a review.

Otherwise, I would have step-by-step pictures to help you with this part.

However, I think you can probably understand how this part of the pattern should look from this picture below.


To finish this pattern, you make a cord that goes into the neck of the cape at the junction of the hood and the body of the cape.

You also make three pom poms.  Making these pom poms is why I wrote my Pom Pom tutorial.  If you need to learn how to make pom poms, then please check it out!

NOTE:  If I make this pattern again, I would omit the pom pom at the top of the hood.  It seems to shift a lot on the baby’s head and thus, never really looks centered, which, for whatever reason, bothers me.

However, this is simply a matter of personal taste.

If you like it, then by all means, keep it! 🙂


There you have it folks.  This is how I made that lovely cape for my grand-daughter Lilly that so many of you have been asking about!

This would be a wonderful pattern for an advanced beginner to try.  I simply love it!

If you’re still an absolute beginner, no worries, if you’ve been following along on the blog, I am sure you’ve been putting all the tutorials to good use and will be ready for this project in no time!

Until next time…  Happy Crocheting!

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Susan Thompson

Thursday 27th of January 2022

I made the Snowflake Hooded Cape for my daughter born in 1979 (43). My Grandaughter is now pregnant And I pulled pattern to make one for her.

I have the original pamphlet from 1973 by Leasure Arts w/4 crochet patterns including the Snowflake Hooded Cape. The problem is the way it was folded for years. It begins w/chain 115 dc in 4th chain from hook. And then next two lines are unreadable!! Could you possibly send me lines 1 & 2. If possible Thank You so much.. You are the first site I’ve thought would be possible. Thanks again.


Tuesday 1st of March 2022

@Susan Thompson, that pattern is on Pinterest. It shows the front of the pamphlet. Good luck! And congratulations to y’all!


Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

Hi Susan,

I am so sorry - I have literally looked everywhere for this pattern. I have moved three times since this post and I think it got lost in one of my moves. :(

I feel for you. I know you can purchase it, but I can't seem to find it free anywhere.

Best wishes,


Keke vasconcellis

Monday 12th of July 2021

I made this for my first daughter in 1973 we lived in snow country. I made it white with yellow trim. I made mine with reg yarn. All I had. Turned out so pretty. I have used it on 3 more girls.


Friday 16th of July 2021

Hi Keke,

I LOVE that! It is such a timeless and classic pattern. I love to hear and see photos of both ones made recently and ones made years ago. I have never been disappointed!

Thanks for sharing. :)




Sunday 17th of January 2021

Have you got a easy pattern for a baby cocoon I made this cape and it was lovely thank you so much


Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Hi Linda,

I am glad you like this cape pattern! It is personally one of my faves. :) Right now I only have one cocoon pattern and it is a pumpkin outfit, so it's most appropriate for autumn or Halloweeen time. Here is the link if you are interested:

Best wishes,


Deborah Straus

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

The pom-pom on the hood should be on the point of the back of the hood. I had the original pattern and from the back point of the hood there is a little chain/cord with the pom-pom attached to the end.


Monday 25th of November 2019

Hi Deborah,

Oh my gosh - thank you so much!

This makes so much more sense to me. I hated where it was placed and I think the pattern could have been clearer on this point - or perhaps I just needed to use a little more common sense! LOL

Best wishes,



Saturday 3rd of August 2019

How much yarn did you use to make the snowflake baby cape? Thank you?


Sunday 25th of August 2019

Hi Audrey,

I used Bernat Softee baby (362yards/331m) for this project and I believe it took 2-3 skeins, so about 724 -1086 yards. It was a long time ago, so I may be off a little. To be sure, i'd grab at least 4 skeins of this yarn.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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