Friday, 9 September 2016


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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.

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Thanks for joining me once again as we work on and discover this new pattern together. 

Inspired by this photo from this pin , here are my pattern notes on the difference I've worked on my cowled poncho.

Materials usedToday I’ve used ~ 275 gms of our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millennium acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook ;

Difficulty level : Intermediate Skill level

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link

Half double crochet back loop only (hdc-blo) : If you have done the single crochet back loop only, then this is the same thing – you just work the hdc in the back loop.  However, to make it more visual, watch

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 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. 

How to do a picot stitch : A neat video link to refresh this procedure.

How to join with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join with whip stich : Check the links below :

Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                              sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                        hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                                yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip                                                                      sc : Single crochet
blo : Back loop only                                          
sc-blo : Single crochet back loop only
trc : Triple / Treble crochet

Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)

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 look.

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 our cowl.

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.  
If 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.

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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 this measure.

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 poncho

Row 3 – 95 / 101 / 107 / 113 / 119 / 125 : Rep Row 2.

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 poncho.

I have done one row of sc all around, so that we have a neat base to start with.  
So 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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