Crochet Pattern: Knot Stitch Capelet

By Rachel Choi – 75 Comments
The knot stitch capelet is great to wear when it’s breezy outside. This capelet is also great for practicing your knot stitches. It is made with a simple round of single crochet and double crochet at the top, followed by rounds and rounds of knot stitches. This gives the capelet a very light, elegant lacey look. One size fits most and it can easily be adjusted if needed. crochet knot stitch capelet
Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 13” (33 cm) wide at neck, 9” (13 cm) long

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 350 yards)
Crochet Hook F (3.75 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

The loop on the knot stitch is approximately 3/4″ long. How to crochet knot stitch?

Crochet Pattern: Capelet
Round 1: Ch 150 (or multiple of 3), ch 1, sl st in first ch forming loop, place marker
Round 2: sc in each ch around
Round 3: sl st in next sc, ch 2, dc in each sc around, sl st on top of ch-2
Round 4: (make 2 knots, skip 2 dc, sl st in next dc) around
Round 5 – 13: (make 2 knots, skip 1 knot, sl st in next knot) around
Finish off.

Crochet Tips:

  • To change the size of the neck hole, simply alter the number of chains made in round 1.
  • To change the length of the capelet, repeat the last round of pattern until the capelet is the desired length.
  • To crochet a less dense capelet, use a larger hook and vice versa for a denser capelet.
  • For a thicker capelet, make 2 layers of knot stitches by repeating round 5 – 13 then sewing the bottom of the capelet to the top of round 4.

Have a question about this pattern? Leave it as a comment!

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  1. Sherry Buenrostro says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Like your site very much. This is a great pattern. Thank you for showing how to do a knot stitch w/ pictures. Also the key pattern makes a nice applique. Thank you…….Sherry

  2. Rachel says:

    My pleasure Sherry! It was fun taking all those pics. I think it will come in hand for everyone and also myself since I always forget how to do things lol

  3. thesleepyknitter says:

    Rachel, I think this knot stitch pattern is very pretty. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your patterns!

  4. Rachel says:

    Thanks sleepyknitter!! It’s my pleasure 🙂

  5. tash says:

    When you do a long chain such as in this pattern, how do you ‘control’ the stitching so you dont end up with a long coiling twisting mess!?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Tash!

      I actually never had a problem with the chain getting tangled, but I bet others may be having the same problem as you. If you make your stitches as evenly as possible and not too tight it shouldn’t coil. But if it does, I would suggest rolling the chain up in a neat little bundle as the chain gets longer and longer so that it doesn’t get all knotted and crazy.

      I hope that helps!

  6. tash says:

    thanks Rachel, but I think I didnt describe it well enough. Whats happened is that as I crocheted the first two rows, by the time I got to the part where you slip stitch into the first sc, my remaining few chains were twisted, i.e. not a nice neat straight chain. Not sure if I’m describing this well enough.

    I’m not sure if I didnt join my chain properly and that’s where the initial ‘twist’ was or if, while I was doing the row of sc’s I started picking up the ‘wrong’ end of each chain.

    If this makes any sense at all (lol) 😀 please let me know what I can do to avoid this in future.

    … and I really hope I dont sound as dumb as I feel right now 😉

    • Rachel says:

      OoOOooO that’s what you mean! Ya, I used to have that problem too! What used to get me was that I would join the initial chain together and it would be twisted. So just make sure before you join it that it’s not twisted up. I do it by sliding my finger along the chain to straighten it out. Then I join it and then I double check it and then triple check it, lol! It’s easier to see if it’s twisted if you have a large flat space to lay it down on. Each time you join, just double check that it’s not twisted. The longer it gets, the harder it should be to twist it 🙂

      I hope that was a little more helpful then that the last time 🙂

  7. tash says:

    hey Rachel
    Thanks! Yep, you got my meaning this time 😀

    I thought that I HAD run my finger down the chain to make sure it was straight, but next time, I’ll double and triple check to be sure! This is the first time I’ve made such a large ring.

    thanks again… I’m on my first row of knot stitches… i may just finish this capelet some day lol

  8. […] knots stitches any length that you desire. To see what smaller knot stitches look like check out my knot stitch capelet that I made a while ago. The series of knots give a beautiful lacey and light look. If you don’t […]

  9. liz says:

    Thanks so much for the pattern. I finally know how to do the knot stitch now. One quick question, you put 1 skein of medium weight yarn. What size skein? Or how many ounces. Thanks I want to make a few of these as gifts and want to know how much yarn I need for each.

  10. Rachel says:

    I believe I used approximately 300 yards.

  11. Fiona Kamphuis says:

    Hi Rachel,

    This is a beautiful pattern! Just wondering if increases for the knot stitches are built into the pattern?


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Fiona, there aren’t any increases in the knot stitches. Round 4 makes the knot stitches spread out in such a way that you won’t need to increase later.

  12. marge says:

    In round 2- sc in each ch around. What does that mean? I am new at crocheting and some of the terminology I don’t understand. I appreciate your help.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Marge, it means to make one single crochet into each chain you made. “around” refers to you working around in a circular fashion, since you made a loop in round 1.

  13. marge says:

    aaaaaha thank you very much I will proberbly be talking to you again going to try to make your beautiful capulet. Going to try and make it longer too. We will see 🙂

  14. Amalia says:

    Thank you for this pattern. unfortunately for me I can not figure the untold information.
    On round 4 u ask to sk 2 dc and sl st into next. Is the sl st just that then I begin a knot on the nxt stich or is my sl st the beginning of my knot? I ask this because as I streatch to reach beyond the 2 st skip to sl st, my work turns out very clumpy.
    My second question is about round 4. Where do I begin my new knot, in the double loop or on the top of the knot,from the previous row?

  15. Rachel says:

    Hi Amalia, on round 4, you first begin by making 2 knot stitches like to tutorial shows you (the link to the tutorial is above the pattern if you need it). Then after you completed the 2 knot stitches, you will skip 2 double crochets, and make a slip stitch in the next double crochet.

  16. debra says:

    when it says 2 knots do you mean in same stitch i am wanting to so the shawl

  17. debra says:

    i love to try new patterns and i hope to make this shawl or capelet for my daughters party.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Debra, when it says “make 2 knots” they are one after the other, not really in the same stitch. Take a look at the How to Crochet: Knot Stitch tutorial, and repeat steps 2 – 4 to create one knot and again to create the second knot. It sort of looks like a chain of knot stitches.

  18. Rachel says:

    Hello, I chain 150 and my neck line is 2 ft wide and 4 ft all the way around. Has anyone else had that problem?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Rachel, make sure you are using the correct hook size, the size needed for this pattern is pretty small F (3.75 mm). Also if the chain comes out bigger than you want, you can always crochet less chains. The beginning chain has to be a multiple of 3.

  19. MBC says:

    Oh thank goodness…the commenter 2 above is having the same issue I am… By the time I did the 150 chains and used up “one skein” of yarn, I only had about half the rows that the pattern calls for and it was very wide and short. :S Does the “height” of the knot stitch have an effect on this?

    • Rachel says:

      MBC, maybe the skein you’re using has less yarn than my skein. I edited the pattern so that it includes the yardage (350 yds). The height of the knot stitches should be 3/4″. A longer knot will use more yarn per knot. You can also adjust the top of the capelet if it is too big or too small, by crocheting more or less chains to start with.

  20. Jacqueline =) says:

    Hello Rachel. 1st time here. I’m quite confused on the last round. —
    —-Round 5 – 13: (make 2 knots, skip 1 knot, sl st in next knot) around—-
    Does this mean that it’s like repeating round 4?. .Slip stitch on top of previous slip stitch? or should I go like ? (side view)..Thank you.
    C C
    C C

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jacqueline, the slip stitch aren’t going to be in the slip stitches you made on round 4. After you make 2 knots, you’re going to skip 1 knot that you made on round 4, then make a slip stitch into the single crochet portion of the next knot (not the elongated chain – stringy portion). After you do the instructions in the ( ), it’ll look like you made a triangle with 2 knots you just made and the one you skipped on the previous round. Let me know if you need more help and I can try to explain it further.

  21. Jacqueline =) says:

    Are the knot stitches rowed like

    A ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ B ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ or ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ?

    I’m stuck.. Thank you..

  22. Jacqueline =) says:

    I get it now. Thanks a lot Rachel. It’s a cute pattern by the way and easy to follow..=)))…

  23. paula says:

    i have a issue how do i connect after i do the 150 chains.. ? and can i do a foundation chain instead. i follow the directions but the it keep coming out like a mobius.. why?>

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Paula, after the chains you are going to slip stitch into the first chain you made to connect the end of the chain to the beginning. This will form a circle. The 150 chains is the foundation chain.

  24. paula says:

    okay i got it do i skip two double crochet all way around. ? i like this.. this is fun.

  25. paula says:


  26. paula says:

    okay do i make two knots throughout this pattern around until i get to 13? it says make two knots. throught the double crochet at the beginning

  27. paula says:

    by golly i got it!!… do you have any other caplets crochet patterns. please.

    • Rachel says:

      No at the moment, but thanks for letting me know you’re interested in more capelet patterns. I’ll keep it in mind when making future patterns 🙂

  28. Elizabeth says:

    question moving from round 4 to 5, do I continue in the round, or do I finish off round 4 and then stretch to start 5? And when you say put it in the knot stitch from the round before, do you mean the top of the loop between the two knot stitches? Thanks for the lovely pattern and teaching me a new stitch!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Elizabeth! The entire capelet is crocheted in one piece without finishing off until you reach the end of the pattern. When you “sl st in next knot” you’re making a slip stitch into the single crochet portion of the knot stitch (not the elongated chain portion, that looks stringy). Let me know if that makes sense or if you need more help.

  29. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for responding, I get the second part, but I didn’t describe myself well on the first question. Do I end round 4 by slip stitching into the double crochet level, or do you move straight into round five and slip stitch into the first set of knots? I’m just confused because there are no chains made like you normally would to make it the right height so I am having a hard time seeing how that transition would work unless you do it in the round.

    • Rachel says:

      The capelet is made like a spiral so you don’t have to make a join at the end of each round. Instead you go straight to the directions for the next round.

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks so much for answering questions on a two year old pattern! You’re awesome!

  31. paula says:

    i finished the caplet. i found that i had to make a knot in first knot.. after i did the double going around then every thing fell into place its easy just got to keep count. this is my first time doing love knots. is there another pattern for a caplet? can you send please?

    • Rachel says:

      I don’t have other capelet patterns at the moment, but thanks for letting me know you’re interested. I’ll keep it in mind when making future patterns 🙂

  32. Becky says:

    I’ve made the pattern and am wondering how to finish it off. Since it is done in the round, it appears that part if it has 12 rows and part has 13 rows. How can I minimize the way this looks. Thank you.

  33. Sarah says:

    Thx so much for this pattern! I made it in a soft gray and it turned out stunning, and matches everything! My friend asked me where I bought it, and I was proud to tell her that I made it!

    Happy crocheting

  34. Terry Lawler says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I learned to do the solomon’s knot thru your tutorials. I am trying to make a cape of sorts to go along the back of my wedding dress. If I don’t slip stitch to connect do you think this pattern would work

  35. Terry Lawler says:

    Whoooo hoooooooooo finally found one to work thank you so much

  36. Glenda says:

    Am having getting the 1st row of knots to end right. Love pattern.
    What am I doing wrong?

  37. Jean Allen says:

    Hi, Rachel! I happened upon the image of your capelet while searching the web for something to wear over my MOB dress at my daughter’s wedding. Kept shopping for shrugs, until I realized that every sleeve look I rejected was because I was imagining a shape just like you’ve captured! Something sweet and pretty, with a very graceful drape — and no sleeves — your capelet is exactly what I need for being able to move my arms freely while shaking hands and hugging in the receiving line! 🙂 I do have two questions, though. (1) I’m not sure I like the knot stitch that much, although I could live with it. But is there another open-type stitch that might work for this general pattern and still give the airy look and the capelet size you’ve shown? (2) Also, if I get daring (or foolish enough) to try and make your capelet using a medium-weight crochet thread, do you think I could achieve the same size capelet — and would I need to use a double strand throughout? Same size or slightly larger hook?
    P.S. I love to crochet, have for almost 45 years, and I’m still in awe of people like you who can picture something in their mind and just sit down and create it. I’m sure it takes some trial and error, but it’s a great skill to have, and thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your pattern(s) with all of us! So kind of you! May God bless you and yours, Jean 🙂

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Jean,
      1. You can try and replace the knot stitch with a series of chains and treble crochets, such as ch 3, tr, ch 3, tr, etc. It won’t look the same, but will still have an openwork texture. I actually like the look of the knot stitch in person, rather than the way it photographs, it sort of looks a little different.
      2. The pattern uses medium weight yarn. If you want to use any other yarn, you’re more than welcomed to experiment with it. As long as the knot stitches are made to be the same length the finished size will be about the same too. I would recommend using whatever hook your yarn label recommends.

      • Jean Allen says:

        Thanks, Rachel! I decided to stick with the medium worsted weight yarn as suggested. However, since the knot stitch is new to me and therefore seems clumsy and slow (to me), I may switch to the treble crochet with spaces alternative you offered, seeing as how the wedding is only 39 days away! Thanks so much for that idea!!! 🙂 Happy crocheting, Jean

  38. Jean Allen says:

    Hi again, Rachel. Just adding my 2¢ here, in case it’s of help to you. I stayed with the recommended #4 yarn — a nice cotton yarn w a little acrylic (which isn’t stretchy on its own) — and w the size F hook. I, too, am getting a very long starting chain. Went ahead w rows 1 and 2 just to stabilize the strand, and when I lay it, doubled, on a flat surface and measure it, I get 20″! (40″ end to end.) I’ve crocheted for many years and usually have no trouble with guage, so I am confused like the others. I understand what you mean when you say the starting chain can be increased or decreased in size as long as the total is a multiple of (divisible by) 3. So, no matter what the problem is in either my crocheting or the pattern, if I get a 40″ length from 150 chains, about how many chains would I need to leave out in order to end up with a total length of 30″, or 10″ less than I’ve got now? I assume 10″ doesn’t equal 10 chains. I’ll see if I can do some math while I wait for some help from you. Thanks for your patience w all of us! 🙂 Jean

  39. Jean Allen says:

    Okay, apparently I’m getting a guage of 4 sc (or dc) per 1″ with the #4 yarn and F hook. So if I need to reduce my starting chain by 12″ — I decided 10″ was not enough for me — then I believe I would take 150 chains – 48 chains (12″ x 4 st per inch) = 102 chains, which is still divisible by 3. So MY starting chain should have 102 ch stitches. Does that sound correct to you?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Jean, looks good! You can also make a chain until it is as long as you desire it to be. You can make a chain and hold it up to a measuring tape. Then double check that it is a multiple of 3.

  40. Jean Allen says:

    Right, and thanks. I’ll dive in as planned. 🙂

  41. Jenni Makec says:

    I just finished this Chapelet. I love it. It’s for an out door wedding. I really would like to string some beads to the bottom to give it some weight. Just stuck on how to get them on. Any ideas? Ty. Will make it again.

  42. sunny says:

    Hi, I’m having a hard time understanding row 5 as well. The chains in the previous row are made of two knots each. So skip one of those in the chain, and slip stich on the other? of the chain?

    or skip the entire chain, slip stitch into the next. Sorry I can’t quite get it. thanks so much.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Sunny, a “knot” is a long chain plus the single crochet stitch. So you will skip the 1 knot (chain and single crochet) and then make your next stitch into the single crochet of the next knot. Let me know if it’s still confusing and I’ll try and explain it further!

  43. Kimberly says:

    OK, the 5th row is STILL confusing me. So I start by making two knot stitches. These two long chains essentially have a knot in the middle and then one on the end. Now, at first, once I have the first knot stitch hanging from my hook (the two elongated chains) , I thought I simply inserted my hook into the first loop of chains… not into a part of the stitch, but the arch. After reading the other comments and answers, I know I am not doing it right and that I am supposed to actually go into part of the stitch. So am I going into the little knot part in the middle or into the longer stitch?

    Also, once I get all the way around, I just keep going, there isn’t a “finish” stitch at the end of each round.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hello! You will skip 2 knots on the previous row (row 4) then insert your hook into the next knot (single crochet portion).
      The rounds are crocheted without joining at the ends so it’s like a spiral. That way there will be no seam. You can place a stitch marker that the beginning/end of each round to help keep track if you need to.

  44. Karen Ernst says:

    Love this pattern. Can’t wait to try it. I was wondering about the bottom scalloped edge in the photo of the green capelet. The directions for it are not on the pattern. Can you give me the pattern for the scalloped edge. This really finishes it off nicely. Thank you so much.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Karen! I’m not sure what you edging you are referring to. There isn’t one for this pattern. If you are looking at a finished photo that someone else made, they may have added their own edging to the capelet.

  45. Barb says:

    Do you think this could be done on a loom? It is beautiful!!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Barb! I haven’t used the loom much, so I’m not really sure. But this pattern is easily done with just hook and yarn. Perhaps something similar can be made with a loom.

  46. Sheila says:

    would love to make floppy sleeve on this pattern….can it be done?

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