I think it’s safe to say that I am slowly transitioning into crocheting for cooler temperatures. I know, I know… It’s not even the middle of July. I just can’t seem to help myself. I adore summer, but, autumn will always be my first love.
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The Rose Bud Poncho may have no sleeves and an open lacy stitch pattern, but the size 4 medium weight yarn makes it an excellent layering piece for your cooler weather wardrobe. You could certainly crochet this garment in a light weight cotton blend yarn for summer if you wanted to. I would recommend, comparing your test swatch to the gauge listed in the pattern to make sure you get the right size poncho. You may need to size up one.
For the rest of the year, you could where a turtle neck or long sleeve shirt underneath. Or, if you want to wear it in the summer, a simple tank top like shown in the example.
I was hesitant to call this a poncho because I thought that it might also be classified as a tunic. I decided to stick with the label of poncho since it is essentially two rectangles sewn together at the shoulders and along the sides below the armholes. There are no real sleeves on this garment like a tunic may have. Because of the easy design, I wanted to give it a more appealing stitch pattern–something that really stands out.
That’s when I found this pin on Pinterest. If you prefer to use charts, this is the one I used. It looks like it was scanned from a book since the left hand side of the chart is cut off. I had to decipher the other side of the pattern myself. I also liked the idea of flipping the finished panel upside down to get the scallops on the bottom.
A stitch tutorial video is now available and you can see that video here! This is not a video for the full construction of this poncho. It only demonstrates the stitch pattern.
The pattern consists of a four row repeat and none of the stitches are complicated. There are written instructions in the Special Stitches section for the half double crochet two together (hdc2tog) stitch and the cluster stitch. Everything else is chains, single crochets and double crochets.
My husband made the comment that the stitches almost reminded him of the Water’s Edge Kimono (one of my most popular patterns to date). The style of the two garments are definitely different though. Feel free to jump over to see that pattern if you like sweaters that are open in the front similar to a cardigan.
And what is really different about this poncho is that I preferred the look of what would be considered the “Wrong Side” of the panel. I just thought the stitches looked much more defined and pretty from that side. So that is a personal preference. You can have whichever side you prefer facing outward on your Rose Bud Poncho.
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Rose Bud Poncho
- Yarn Bee Soft Secret – Rose Bud – 6 oz/170g – 300 yds/275 m
(3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5 skeins)
Or any size 4 medium weight yarn.
- H/8 (5.00 mm) hook
- Tapestry needle
- Measuring tape
- Two stitch markers
15 double crochet stitches and 7 rows in a 4” (10cm) square.
Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc2tog)
YO, insert hook into chain space. YO and draw back through. YO and draw through 2 loops on hook. YO and insert hook into same chain space, YO and draw back through. YO and draw through 2 loops on hook. YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
YO, insert hook in st, YO, draw back through st, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook, (YO, insert hook back into same st, YO, draw back through st, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice, YO, draw through all 4 loops on hook.
YO – yarn over
FC – foundation chain (starting chain)
ch(s) – chain(s)
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
sl st – slip stitch
hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together
- This poncho is meant to be over-sized with a lovely drape. It is not true to size. The example is a Large and is displayed on a size 6/8 mannequin. It is way too big for the mannequin. I am a size XL and when I tried on the example, it fit, but didn’t drape the way it was intended. I should’ve made an XL. I recommend going with whatever shirt size you would normally wear.
- If you’d like to use this stitch pattern for another project, you will need a foundation chain with a multiple of 12 plus 1.
- The “wrong” sides of the panels are facing outward on the example. I just liked that side better. You are free to choose which side you like best to face outward.
- The stitch tutorial video can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/AtjKEl5RrUI.
- You can block your panels if desired. The example is not blocked.
- Sizing is written as Small with Medium, Large, XL, 2XL, 3XL written in parenthesis.
*** American crochet terms used throughout.
Make 2 Panels
FC: Ch 121 (133, 145, 157, 169, 181)
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc. Ch 4, skip 3 chs, sc in next ch, ch 5, skip 2 chs, sc in next ch, ch 4, skip 3 chs, sc in next ch. *Sc in next ch, ch 4, skip 3 chs, sc in next ch, ch 5, skip 2 chs, sc in next ch, ch 4, skip 3 chs, sc in next ch* Repeat from * to * across. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), hdc2tog in ch-4 space, ch 3, (hdc2tog, ch 5, hdc2tog) in next ch-5 space, ch 3, hdc2tog in next ch-4 space. *Ch 1, hdc2tog in ch-4 space, ch 3, (hdc2tog, ch 5, hdc2tog) all in next ch-5 space, ch 3, hdc2tog in next ch-4 space* Repeat from * to * across. In the last st, dc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st ch 1 comes out of, 3 sc in ch-3 space, 5 sc in ch-5 space, 3 sc in ch-3 space, *sc in next ch-1 space, 3 sc in ch-3 space, 5 sc in ch-5 space, 3 sc in ch-3 space* Repeat from * to * across. For the last sc of the row, sc in the top of the ch 3 turning ch from previous row. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *skip next 3 sts, (cluster st, ch 3) in next 4 sts. Cluster st in next st, skip next 3 sts, dc in next st* Repeat from * to * across. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in same st ch 1 comes out of. *sc in next ch-3 space, ch 4, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 4, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 4, sc in next ch-3 space, sc in dc from previous row.* Repeat from * to * across. For the last sc of the row, sc in the top of the ch 3 turning ch from previous row. Turn.
Row 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc), hdc2tog in ch-4 space, ch 3, (hdc2tog, ch 5, hdc2tog) in next ch-4 space, ch 3, hdc2tog in next ch-4 space. *Ch 1, hdc2tog in ch-4 space, ch 3, (hdc2tog, ch 5, hdc2tog) in next ch-4 space, ch 3, hdc2tog in next ch-4 space* Repeat from * to * across. In the last st, dc. Turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in same st ch 1 comes out of, 3 sc in ch-3 space, 5 sc in ch-5 space, 3 sc in ch-3 space, *sc in next ch-1 space, 3 sc in ch-3 space, 5 sc in ch-5 space, 3 sc in ch-3 space* Repeat from * to * across. For the last sc of the row, sc in the top of the ch 3 turning ch from previous row. Turn.
Row 8: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *skip next 3 sts, (cluster st, ch 3) in next 4 sts. Cluster st in next st, skip next 3 sts, dc in next st* Repeat from * to * across. Turn.
Repeat Rows 5 – 8 for pattern.
Note: Always end your panels on a Row 8 to get the scallops.
Total Rows per size
Small – 32 rows
Medium – 36 rows
Large – 36 rows
XL – 40 rows
2XL – 40 rows
3XL – 44 rows
Approximate Panel Measurements
The edge that had the foundation chain will be the shoulders of the garment and the side with the scallops, will be the bottom of the poncho. Lay the two panels flat with their “wrong” sides facing each other. This is a matter of preference. Whichever sides you want facing outward on the finished garment, have those two sides facing each other.
Measure from the outside edge toward the center as illustrated by the horizontal black lines in the photo below.
Using a measuring tape, measure from the outside of the panels toward the center on both sides. (8”, 8.5”, 9”, 9.5”, 10”, 10.5”) Make sure that your panels are lined up correctly and evenly at the shoulders. Place stitch markers through both panels to hold in place as you stitch.
Using a tapestry needle and yarn, whip stitch or mattress stitch the shoulder seams together. Remove the stitch markers.
Important Note: If the neck opening is too wide for you, make your shoulder seam longer on either side until you are satisfied. You want the poncho to rest comfortably on your shoulders and not slipping off on either side (unless you prefer the one shoulder look.) Try it on to ensure it is correct. Make sure you are happy with the opening size before you work the trim around the neck.
Measure the inches down from the shoulder on both sides. (7”, 8”, 8”, 9”, 9”, 10”) Make sure the panels are lined up correctly and evenly. Place stitch markers through both panels. Stitch the seams below the markers (indicated by the vertical black lines in the photo above) to the bottom of the garment leaving the armholes open. Remove the stitch markers.
Flip your poncho right side out.
Round 1: Attach your yarn in any ch space around the neck opening. Sc evenly around the neck opening—i.e., work 2 sc in ch-2 spaces, 3 sc in ch-3 spaces and sc in individual stitches. Sl st in the 1st sc made of Round. Finish off. Weave in end.
Round 1: Attach your yarn in the “armpit” area of the poncho and sc evenly around the entire opening. Sl st in the 1st sc made of Round. Finish off. Weave in end. Repeat for second sleeve.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Rose Bud Poncho pattern! If you make one, please tag me on Instagram or Facebook using @highlandhickorydesigns so I can admire your work!
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