Twisted Poncho Pattern

Having been born in the 1970s and done the majority of my growing up in the 1980s I am rather partial to a poncho. If I am being entirely honest the ones that really appeal are those made from multi coloured granny squares, the bolder the better. Sadly I know my OH does not feel the same way* and it was partly as a concession to him that I decided to design something a bit more subtle.

Traditional poncho shapes had a few drawbacks for me these being;
– having a big arrow pointing at my bum
– getting a cold neck and worrying about a woolly overload if I added a scarf to it
– the wind whipping underneath it and causing it to flap about
– for it to be long enough in the body the length over my arms would be impractical

So for this pattern I broke up the arrow by added a ripple/ spiral at the front and back, this has the added benefit of making these bits a little heavier and helping to stop them flapping about in the wind. I also added a cowl neck and played about with proportions to shorten the length of the arm coverings. This is what I came up with.

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This is how I made it.

Hook: 4.5mm hook
Yarn: DK yarn – colour A 300g, colour B 50g, colour C 50g
Tension: 17 sts x 8 rows = 10cm in trbl crochet

UK crochet terms used throughout.

Main Body:

Using yarn A chain 121 and join in the round with a slip stitch.

Round 1: ch3 (counts as 1 trbl), work a trbl crochet into the next 57 chain stitches, trbl 2 into the next stitch, work a trbl into the next 58 stitches, trbl 2 into the next stitch, ch1, trbl 2 into the next stitch, join with a ss into the top of the original ch3.

Round 2: Ch3, *trbl into each stitch until you reach the chain space, work 3trbl, ch1, 3trbl in to chain space**, repeat from * to ** join with ss.

Rounds 3-9: Repeat round 2.

Round 10: (Using yarn B) ch1, *dc in to each stitch until you reach the chain space, work 2dc, ch1, 2dc into the chain space**, repeat from * to ** join with ss.

Round 11: (Using yarn A) repeat round 2.

Round 12: (Using yarn B) ch2, *half trbl in to each stitch until you reach the chain space, work 3 half trbl, ch1, 3 half trbl in to chain space **, repeat from * to ** join with ss.

Round 13: (Using yarn A) repeat round 2.

Round 14: (Using yarn B) repeat round 10.

Rounds 15 – 21: (Using yarn A) repeat round 2.

Round 22: Repeat round 10.

Round 23: Repeat round 11.

Round 24: Repeat round 12.

Round 25: Repeat round 13.

Round 26: Repeat round 14.

Rounds 27 – 31: Repeat round 2.

Round 28: (Using yarn C) ch1, *dc into each stitch until you reach the chain space, work 1dc into chain space **, repeat from * to ** join with ss and fasten off.

Cowl Neck:

Round 1: (Using yarn C) dc in to each stitch along neck line (120sts)

Round 2: Ch3, trbl in to each stitch, join with ss.

Round 3: Ch3, work a trbl in to next 3 stitches, trbl 2tog, * work a trbl in to next 4 stitches, trbl 2tog ** repeat * to ** until the end, join with ss.

Round 4: Ch3, work a trbl in to next 2 stitches, trbl 2tog, * work a trbl in to next 3 stitches, trbl 2tog ** repeat * to ** until the end, join with ss.

Rounds 5-10: Ch3, work trbl in to each stitch, join with ss, fasten off.

The neck can be worn as it is as a funnel neck style or folded over to make more of a cowl neck (as pictured).

* He is really quite shy and doesn’t really like drawing attention to himself whilst out in public so me skipping along in some psychedelic crochet creation next to him would send him into a blind panic!

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About themanyknitsofnadine

Interested in all things crafty, I knit, spin, sew, crochet, quilt, grow my own and bake (although the baking these days is all allergy friendly) and I try and blog about all these things. I also host a bi-weekly podcast on incorporating slow living into all my crafty adventures
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