My 8 year old daughter Marissa was my model to photograph the poncho but it wasn’t made for her but her 9 year old best friend Aleksandra who is taller, has beautiful, long golden hair and looks even better in those colours.
Marissa’s pink, purple and orange poncho is here.
The pattern is based on classic granny squares with triple crochet clusters.
about 450 g DK yarn (I used my favourite King Cole’s Pricewise DK 100% acrylic yarn in 3 colours: gold, grass and mauve, 2 x 100 g balls of each)
- crochet hooks (I used 4.00 mm one to crochet and 5.00 mm to make frills)
- knitting markers or little plastic safety pins
Please note that names of the stitches in UK & US vary, this is UK pattern, click through for crochet stitches conversion chart.
stitches used: chain (ch), double crochet (dc), treble / triple crochet (tr), half treble (htr) , slip stitch (ss)
- multiply of 3 ch times 2 + 1 ch (I stared with 78 ch + 1 ch base)
- connect two ends of the chain with ss
ROUND 1 (FOUNDATION ROUND)
- This is the most important part, counting stitches is crucial, otherwise poncho won’t be even. The beginning will be place where all rows will be connected, therefore we need to start half way in between corners, not on the edge.
- Work 3 ch instead of first tr and then continue with 2 more tr into chain of the base, 1 ch, 3 tr, 1 ch, 3 tr etc. Once you have 6 clusters of tr work the corner adding 2 ch instead of 1 (mark it with marker or safety pin).
- Work 13 groups of 3 tr with 1 ch in between.
- Create another corner adding 2 ch instead of 1 ch and mark it.
- Work the last 7 clusters of 3 tr (previous 6 + 7 will make 13 clusters).
- Finish the round with ss into 3 ch of the first tr, cut the yarn but leave generous bit for finishing it off properly later on.
- Connect new yarn and work groups of 3 tr with 1 ch in between.
- Starting with 3 ch for the first tr and 2 more tr in between groups of 3 tr from the previous round, 1 ch and again 3 tr.
- Once you will reach the corner work 3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr and then again 3 tr into spaces between groups of 3 tr.
- Continue like this for as many rounds as it is needed to make poncho long enough.
I worked 2 rows of each colour (yellow, green, purple) before starting the new colour and finished on purple yarn
LAST ROUND (the most time consuming)
- Work 2 ch for first htr and then htr all the way around poncho, even the corners. I used yellow yarn for this.
- Cut pieces of the yarn and tie into every second dc stitch, I tied 4 pieces of yarn into every second stitch (2 yellows, 1 purple, 1 green thread) into each of them – use larger crochet hook to pull the yarn through the holes.
SCALLOPED NECK FINISH
Using yellow yarn I finished the poncho with scallop pattern around the neck and then chain with pom-poms as this is child poncho and I needed possibility of adjusting the size.
- First row: work 2 ch and then htr around the neck without creating the corners again.
- Second row: work 1 dc 2 htr 1 dc into every second stitch to create the scallops.
Make chain long enough to be tied into bow, thread it into the scalloped neck finish.
Create two pom-poms and attach them to the ends of the chain. I used in majority yellow with bits of green and purple for the pompoms.
If you are using more than 2 colours you may need to cut the yarn and attach new colour each row not to get tangled.