This poncho pattern is symbolic of me giving into temptation! I’ve been watching all the posts on the Caron Yarn Cake and I was determined not to get bit by the bug, but alas, I was in Michael’s one day and they were lined up, and so pretty, and one just flew into my basket! What was I to do? These are actually really neat cakes with many color combinations. The yarn is worsted weight and pleasant to work with. There are knots at some of the color changes, but I found they were small enough that they just worked right into the stitches. The ball is a generous 383 yards and I used every last inch for the child size poncho!
The dragonfly poncho was actually inspired by a special request. These little dragonflies are so much fun to make. The poncho is sized for child and adult sizes (I’ve provided measurements so you can determine sizing) but it is super easy to size larger or smaller too and while I used the Caron Cake, of course you may use any worsted weight yarn you like.
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Skill Level: Easy
- Child 25″ point to point across chest; 21″ back neck to hem point
- Adult 35″ point to point across chest; 29″ back neck to hem point
- Worsted Weight yarn, I used Caron Cakes – 383 yards, in color Faeire
- Child – 1 balls
- Adult – 3 balls
- Clover Amour Hook US I/5.50 or size needed to obtain the gauge
- Tapestry Needle
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Gauge: 16 dc x 8 Row s = 4″ (10 cm)
Abbreviations (US Crochet Terms):
dc: double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
Split Stitch: Working a split stitch means that you will be working into the center “V” of the stitch below, not into the top loops.
If you’d like to add fringe, you can find plenty of fringe tutorials on line, here are two I like:
- My friend Rhonda’s at Oombawka Design – Click HERE for tutorial
- My friend Carolyn’s at The Purple Poncho – Click HERE for tutorial
- The poncho is worked in two rectangular panels that are joined at front and back to form the poncho shape
- Instructions between [ ] are to be repeated as specified.
- When a number is followed by a stitch, work that number of stitches in the next stitch (ex. 3sc means you will work 3 single crochets in the next stitch)
Instructions for Dragonfly Poncho
Panel – Make 2
Child 12” x 24” (will fit average 3 to 6 year old); Adult 18” x 36” (Approximately Size Large) – adjust sizing in increments of 14 at the beginning chain and add as many row repeats as necessary to achieve desired length.
Row 1: Ch 86 (128), hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each remaining ch – skipped chs count as hdc. (85, 127)
Row 2: Ch2 (counts as hdc), turn, hdc in each st to end. (85, 127)
Row 3: Ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), turn, dc next 6, [ch2, skip 1, dc next 13] repeat until there are 8 sts remaining, ch2, skip 1, dc last 7. (6 ch2 spaces + 79dc; 9 ch2 spaces + 118 dc)
Row 4: Ch3, turn, dc next 3, ch3, skip 3, sc in ch2 space, ch3, skip 3, [dc next 7, ch3, skip 3, sc next ch2 space, ch3 skip 3] repeat until there are 4 sts left, dc last 4 sts. (12 ch3 spaces + 49 sts; 18 ch3 spaces + 73 sts)
Row 5: Ch3, turn, dc next 2, ch4, skip next dc and ch3, split sc in next sc, ch4, skip next ch3 and dc, [dc next 5, ch4, skip next dc and ch3, split sc in next sc, ch4, skip next ch3 and dc] repeat until there are 3 sts left, dc last 3 sts. (12 ch4 spaces + 37 sts; 18 ch4 spaces + 55 sts)
Row 6: Ch3, turn, work 4dc in each ch4 space and dc in each sc and dc to end. (85, 127)
Row 7: Ch3, turn, dc each st to end. (85, 127)
Row 8: Ch3, turn, dc next 13, ch2, skip 1, [dc next 13, ch2, skip1,] repeat until there are 14 sts remaining, dc last 14 sts. (5 ch2 spaces + 80 dc; 8 ch2 spaces + 119 dc)
Row 9: Ch3, turn, dc next 10, ch3, skip 3, sc in ch2 space, ch3, skip 3, [dc next 7, ch3, skip 3, sc next ch2 space, ch3 skip 3] repeat until there are 11 sts left, dc last 11 sts. (10 ch3 spaces + 55 sts; 16 ch3 spaces + 79 sts)
Row 10: Ch3, turn, dc next 9, ch4, skip next dc and ch3, split sc in next sc, ch4, skip next ch3 and dc, [dc next 5, ch4, skip next dc and ch3, split sc in next sc, ch4, skip next ch3 and dc] repeat until there are 10 sts left, dc last 10 sts. (10 ch4 spaces + 45 sts; 16 ch4 spaces + 63 sts)
Row 11: Ch3, turn, work 4dc in each ch4 space and dc in each sc and dc to end. (85, 127)
Row 12: Ch3, turn, dc each st to end. (85, 127)
Repeat Rows 3 to 12:
- Child = 1 more time
- Adult = 2 more times
Turn to work down side of Rows (short side), ch1, 2sc in side of each Row to end. (This creates an edge to make it easier to join the short side to the long side of the poncho) Fasten off. (44, 64)
Match sts as shown in diagram, working through back loops only slip stitch across to join. Fasten off.
Round 1: Join at center of V, ch1, working around sts of previous round, [FPdc, BPdc] around to end, join with sl st to first post st.
Round 2: Ch1, work FPdc in each FPdc, and BPdc in each BPdc around, join with sl st to first post st (for a smaller neck opening you may add repeats of this round skipping the first and last stitch at the center front and center back). Fasten off.
Round 1: Join at bottom point, ch1, 3sc in same st, 2sc in side of each Row of panel, sc in each dc to next point, 3sc in point, 2sc in side of each Row of panel, sc in each dc to end, join with sl st to first st.
Round 2: Ch1, sc in each st around, 3sc in each point, join with sl st to first st. Fasten off.
If you like this pattern, you may also like the coordinating 18″ Doll pattern.
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