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Friday, 9 September 2016
This poncho has been chosen by my client, and
she wanted a cowl as well – so I just asked her if she felt confident in
allowing me to add in a cowl to the top of the poncho.. and I am thrilled that
she agreed to trying this idea out.
Chainless dc start :
Instead of the usual dc row 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
video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this
start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start. However, all instructions are given assuming
that you’re using this chainless dc start.
So before we set off on our new creative
journey, let’s take a quick look at what we’re creating here today.
The original pattern for the poncho is a lovely
free one from Drops design / Yarn studio. I have tweaked it a bit and added a
cowl to the top of the neckline.
So in our pattern, we will start with the cowl
bit first. We will work this up and down
in back loops only and then we will work around the base of one side of this
cylinder like piece, and start on the poncho, which we will use the pattern
given on the Yarn studio pattern sheet.
For this first part, all I’d say is work in back
loops only to get the ribbed effect that we’re looking for. So you can work either with sc or hdc in back
loops only. As you’ve guessed, if we
work in hdc, you will get a thicker stitch, which will make it a thicker ribbed
We will start with a fsc (Foundation Single
crochet) which will make the width of your cowl. We will work a rectangle that will go around
the neck of the person you are making this for.
The width that you want to make it for depends on you. You can either make it slim, so that it just
goes around the neck, or you work it double the neck width, such that it folds
over and can be nice and warm around the neck.
How do we calculate how many stitches you are
starting with for our cowl part? Take quick look at the pattern sheet for the
poncho. The start stitches there are 95-101-107-113-119-125. So we need to ensure that we have these
stitches at the end of our ribbed cowl as well.
We are working our blo-ribbed cowl from side to
side which means that we are working from the top to the bottom of the neck –
or rather from the bottom of the chin to the top of the shoulders. We will be working this as a cylinder. We will then work around the base of one of
these openings, which will be the top of the shoulders for the poncho. Make sense?
Take a quick look at the diagram below to help
understand what we’re working on now.
So to start, you will need to look at the main
pattern sheet, and see which size you are making – and depending on the start
number for the pattern sheet, that’s the number that you will end with here on
Now one major thing that you need to note is
that the poncho pattern is worked in rows to start and then you leave a vent
and work in rounds later on.
you are working this cowl on top, then you will need to work in rounds
from the top of the shoulders all the way down.
So you will need to see how many stitches you need for an easy fit
around the shoulders on the first row of your poncho, and then work the pattern
in rounds from Round 1 of the poncho as well.
So this means, if we are starting with 95 sts
for the main poncho, then we get 95 rows for the cowl.
Start with as
many fsc as you want for the width of your cowl. Turn.
Note : The number
of start stitches does not affect the lower part of the poncho. You need to decide if you want it long or
short – long meaning it will fold over, which is what I’ve made. So if you’re making it short, you will make
it one neck length (i.e the length from the base of your chin to the top of the
shoulders or base of neck) and if you want this long, then you will make double
Row 1 : sc in the 1st
fsc ; sc blo in the next fsc and in each fsc till the end. Turn.
Row 2 : sc in the 1st
sc ; sc blo in the next sc and in each sc till the end. Turn.
Now here’s where you will need to figure out how
many repeat rows you need. We refer to
our pattern sheet for the poncho and sees that the start numbers there are 95-101-107-113-119-125.
So say you are working say a start of 95
stitches for your poncho, then you will work 93 more rows for the cowl.
If you are working with a start of 101, then
you will work 99 more rows for our cowl. Get it?
At the end of the cowl rectangle, you should
have the same number of rows as the start number of stitches for your
Join your two sides and make a cylinder. We will now work along one of the ends of our
cylinder for the poncho.
As you have worked 95-101-107-113-119-125
rows, you will have the perfect number of stitches for our first row of the
I have done one row of sc all around, so that
we have a neat base to start with.
for your first round of the poncho, I suggest you do the same and then carry on
with the pattern for the poncho on the link above.
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