Saturday, 21 November 2015

BABY’S HOODED PONCHO & BOOTIES

free crochet poncho pattern

BABY’S HOODED PONCHO & BOOTIES


A friend who just had a lovely little baby wanted a poncho for her new baby girl.  I can’t recall when I last made a poncho, so was thrilled to have this new project.  
All she had was a photograph that she’d seen somewhere and she wanted me to make something similar. 

I scoured the large world of the internet to see if I could find something similar and found two similar patterns – One is called the Snowflake Cape from the  Yarn Lover’s Room and the other is the Victorian Cape from Annie’s Crafts.

I took a bit from both these patterns, and have made this poncho.
I do not claim this as my own design, as I have been inspired by both the above patterns, but the ‘tweak’ and end product is surely and uniquely mine.

For the cute pair of booties, I used the fantastic Baby Boat Booties pattern from Bethany of Whistle & Ivy.  Thanks so much Bethany for this superb freebie.

Materials used : Today I’ve used the lovely Indian super fine 3-ply Oswal acrylic yarn ,  with a 3.5 mm crochet hook.  
To purchase yarn online, check the link on the right hand side of this blog
Non Indians : This yarn is a light fingering yarn and technically uses a 2.5 mm - 3 mm crochet hook.

Gauge : 3 small shell sts across x 3 small shell sts high = 2

Size made : Across : 30 ; Length : ~ 17”

Abbreviations used :
fdc : Foundation double crochet                             dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                                       ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                                       rep : Repeat


Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.


Children’s sizing chart : A great link to check out child sizes  http://www.childrenssizechart.com/

Let’s as usual start with our quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  We start our poncho around the neckline / shoulder area, and work our way down to the bottom of the poncho.  Once done, we will re-attach our yarn back on this start fdc row, and work the hooded portion of our poncho. 
Our poncho is worked side to side in one piece.

Both the patterns that I was inspired by above had a similar start count – so I just worked that similar count and checked if it was enough for my 9 month old baby girl.. and it was.. so let’s get started.


This poncho should fit a 6m - 1.5 yr old baby easily.  

free crochet poncho pattern

Row 1 : Start with 105 fdc.  Turn.

The Small shell stitch I used for this section is (2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; *sk next dc , small shell st in the next dc ; sk next dc, dc in the next dc* ; rep *to* till end. Turn.

In all rows now, we will work our shell sts in the ch-2 sp between the shell st (ie in the ch-2 between the two 2-dc sets)

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; *sk 2 dc, small shell st in the next ch-2 sp ; sk next 2 dc, dc in th next dc* ; rep *to* till end. Turn.

Row 4 – 16 : Rep Row 3

For the second half of the poncho, I’ve decided to use a ‘large shell stitch’, which is (3 dc ; ch 2 , 3 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp.

Row 17 : dc in the 1st dc ; *sk 2 dc, large shell st in the next ch-2 sp ; sk next 2 dc, dc in th next dc* ; rep *to* till end. Turn.

Row 18 – 29 : Rep Row 17

For our final row, I’ve decided on a border along the same lines as our shelled pattern.
Our Border shell is (5 dc ; picot , 5 dc) all in the same ch-2 sp.

Our picot st here is (ch 3 ; sl-st in the 1st ch).

Row 30 : dc in the 1st dc ; sk 3 dc, Border shell st in the next ch-2 sp ; 
*sk next 7 dc, Border shell in the next ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* till last ch-2 sp ; 
Border shell in that last ch-2 sp ; 
sk last 3 dc and dc in the last dc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.  We’ve finished the first part of our poncho.

PONCHO HOOD
So here we will make our little poncho hood, and once done, we will attach it to the body of the poncho just made.

Row 1 : Start with 41 fdc.  Turn.

We will use the same Large shell stitch I used for this section is (3 dc ; ch 2, 3 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*sk next dc , small shell st in the next dc ; sk next dc, dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*sk 2 dc, small shell st in the next ch-2 sp ; sk next 2 dc, dc in th next dc* ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.

Row 4 – 11 : Rep Row 3

For our final row, we’ll repeat border as before.
Our Border shell is (5 dc ; picot , 5 dc) all in the same ch-2 sp.

Our picot st here is (ch 3 ; sl-st in the 1st ch).

Row 12 : dc in the 1st dc ; sk 3 dc, Border shell st in the next ch-2 sp ; 
*sk next 7 dc, Border shell in the next ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* till last ch-2 sp ; Border shell in that last ch-2 sp ; 
sk last 3 dc and dc in the last dc.

Now to make our little hood, fold your work with the right side facing inside, and work along the side (which is along the dc’s row) and all the way to the fdc row.   
Once the back of the hood is attached, pin the back (of the hood) to the centre back of your poncho.  Then ease the sides of the hood along the two sides of the poncho, pinning it all through.  Attach the hood to the poncho and voila, you have a cute hooded poncho made.

AND for the booties, well, you just get to that link and follow the super instructions.. to get this final result.

free crochet bootie pattern

free crochet booties pattern

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