Crochet Club: Springtime Poncho
Using a new delicious shade from MillaMia, Kate Eastwood’s new poncho tutorial is irresistible – perfect for the change of seasons to keep out a chilly breeze!
With the sun beginning to show its face every now and again it’s lovely to think that Spring is just around the corner and that we may at last, be able to wear a few less layers! With that in mind I have designed a Springtime Poncho in cherry blossom colours!
I made my poncho with 10 x balls of Millamia Naturally Soft Aran in the colour Raisin 400, with two balls of Millamia Naturally Soft Merino in Plum 162, for the edging. I used a 6mm hook for the main part of the poncho and a 4mm hook for the ruffle edging. The poncho is worked in HTR (HDC for US) and is a simple rectangle that when joined together forms a poncho shape.
Begin by making a starting chain of 181 and then starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work a row of HTR (HDC for US). 180sts. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.
Continue working rows of HTR (HDC) until your rectangle measures approx 35cm by 140cm, remembering to chain 1 and turn at the end of every row. Finish off and sew in the ends.
Now lie your rectangle out on a flat surface and fold in to a poncho shape as in the photo below, with the right side facing out. Carefully pin the two short edges of the rectangle together, wrong sides together.
Once you have pinned the seam in to place join the two edges together by working DC (SC for US) along the seam.
This will leave you with a slightly raised seam on the outside front of your poncho. Do not finish off at this point as we are now going to work on the neck edge of the poncho.
Before starting the neck edge you need to mark the centre back and shoulders as we will be working a few decreases in this first round, to form the neck shaping. To do this fold the poncho in half along the centre front, and use pins to mark where the centre back is and where the two shoulders fall.
Now count 5 stitches either side of your shoulder pins and mark with a further pin on each side. Do exactly the same with the centre back pin, but this time count 10 stitches either side of the centre pin.
Once your markings are in place work a round of DC (SC), decreasing across the 10 stitches at each shoulder and across the 20 stitches at the centre back. To decrease simply pull up the loops in the next two stitches and pull your yarn through both stitches, making two stitches in to one stitch. When you have finished the round you will see that there is a slight shaping around the shoulders and a loose gathered effect at the centre back.
You are now going to work one further round of DC (SC) but before doing so you could try the poncho on and see if you need to fit any further decreases in to the next round. I didn’t find I needed to do this but further decreasing could be added at this stage if necessary. At the end of this second round of DC (SC) finish off and sew in your ends.
We are now going to begin the edging in the Plum. For this part of the edging you are still working with the 6mm hook and you will need to work with 2 strands of the plum.
Beginning at the centre back of the neck edge work a round of DC (SC).
At the end of the first round do not finish off as you are now going to use the same yarn to work a round of rope stitch.
This is very easy to do as it is simply DC (SC) but worked from left to right. This final round worked in rope stitch will give a good, firm edging to your neck, whilst still allowing for a little bit of stretch.
At the end of this round finish off and sew your ends in.
You are now going to work a round of DC (SC) all the way around the other edges of the poncho, still using the 6mm hook and two strands of the Plum.
Starting at the centre front of the neck edge work a round of DC (SC) all the way down the front seam and then follow on all the way around the bottom of the poncho.
To help keep the shape of the poncho work 2 DC (SC) in to the curve at the bottom of the front seam and 3 DC (SC) in the point at the bottom front of the poncho.
Your poncho should now have a finished neck edge and a round of DC (SC) around all the other edges.
To complete your poncho you are going to work one final round to create a ruffle. This will go down the front seam and around the bottom edge of the poncho. For the ruffle you will be working with 1 strand of the Plum and a size 4mm hook.
Starting at the top of the middle seam work 4 TR (DC in US) in to the back loop only of each stitch from the previous round. Work the ruffle all the way down the front and around the bottom edge of the poncho.
At the end of the round, finish off and sew in your ends.
Your poncho is now all ready to put on before you head out in to the spring sunshine!
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