The Dreamer poncho is a good reminder of what Fall looks like. I mean, what is Fall without colour? So, the yarn I made this poncho from had been sitting in my yarn closet almost a year
before I finally figured out what to make with it. As I crocheted, I was reminded of a true story of a young man whose father loved him so much and made him a coat of many colours.
Wouldn’t you agree with me this is a poncho of many colours? Haha. I was really tempted to name it accordingly, but I also remembered the young chap in the story was a dreamer, and that sounded better.
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Gauge: 15 sts and 17 rows to 4inches (10cm)
Finished size- Length: from Shoulder down is 16.5 inches, from Neck down is 19.5 inches
Width: without edging is 15.5 inches; with edging is 19 inches
To fit: Preschooler
– Alize Cotton Gold; dk/light worsted weight (100g/330m); 55% cotton, 45% acrylic
2 balls colour 3300 (multi-colour) , 1 ball colour 4530 (brownie)
-Needle to weave in ends
-For more dazzling border designs, I highly recommend the book by Edie Eckman, Around The Corner Crochet Borders
FSC- foundation single crochet. See here for tutorial
SC- single crochet
DC- double crochet
SL ST- slip stitch
TR= treble crochet
• Popcorn stitch
Make 5 DC into stitch, take out hook from the loop and insert it from front to back through top of the first DC and into the loop of the 5th DC, pull the loop through the 1st DC, ch 1.
• DC Spike
Make DC in same stitch/space SC is made (in same stitch where Single Crochet was made)
• FPTR- front post treble crochet
Yarn over twice; go around post of stitch from the front. Yarn over, pull out a loop (4 loops on hook), *yarn over pull through 2 loops*, repeat * to * three times
• FPTR2TOG- front post treble crochet 2 together or front post treble crochet decrease
[Yarn over twice; go around post of required stitch from the front, yarn over, pull out a loop] (4 loops on hook) *yarn over pull through 2 loops*, repeat * to * twice (2 loops left on hook). Repeat [ ], (5 loops on hook), repeat * to * twice, (3 loops left on hook), yarn over pull through all 3
• BPDC- back post double crochet
Yarn over, insert hook from the back around the post, yarn over and pull out a loop, *yarn over pull through 2 loops*, repeat ** twice
making the DC spike
– Pattern is written in U.S terms.
– When making the Popcorn, insert hook from back of 1st DC to front of 5th DC.
– Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
– Ch 3 stands as 1 DC.
– Back of poncho may be longer, that is ok; this gives better balance when worn.
– Since the yarn has no name, I named them MC-multi colour, NC(new colour)-brownie.
– Edging is made in multiples of 8.
Row 1: FSC 57. Ch 2, turn
Row 2: SC in first st, DC in next. *SC, DC*, repeat * to * across. End with SC in last st. ch 1, turn
Row 3: *DC spike, SC spike in next*, repeat * to * across. End with DC in last st. ch 1, turn
Row 4: *SC, DC spike in next*, repeat * to * across. End with SC. Ch 1, turn
Rows 5-50: repeat rows 3 and 4. Join new colour, brownie
Row 51: (with NC) *DC spike, SC* repeat * to * across. Ch 1, turn
Row 52:*SC, DC spike*, repeat * to * across. Ch 1, turn
Rows 53 & 54: (with MC) repeat rows 51 and 52
Rows 55- 70: repeat rows 51 and 52 alternating colour every 2 rows
Row 71: (continuing with NC) DC spike, SC in 12 sts, Chain 30, SC, DC spike in remaining 12 sts. Ch 1, turn. (insert stitch markers in both ends of the chain. See photo)
Row 72: SC, DC spike in 12 sts, SC 33 in chain space, DC spike, SC in remaining 12 sts. Ch 1, turn
Row 73: DC spike, SC in 12, DC, SC in 33 sts, SC, DC spike in remaining 12 sts. (End with DC). Ch 1, turn
Row 74: *SC, DC spike*, repeat * to * across. Ch 1, turn
Row 75: *DC spike, SC*, repeat * to * across. Ch 1, turn
Rows 76-77: repeat rows 74 & 75.
Row 78: (with MC) *SC, DC spike*, repeat * to * across. Ch 1, turn
Row 79: *DC spike*, repeat * to * across. Ch 1, turn
Rows 80-85: (with NC) repeat rows 78 and 79 alternating colour every 2 rows
Row 86-137: (with MC only) repeat rows 78 and 79. Don’t break yarn
Row 1: Ch 2, SC 137 across. Ch 3,turn
Tip: make 1 SC into each row.
Row 2: DC 137 across. Ch 3, turn
Row 3: *Skip 2 sts, FPTR around 3rd, go back and DC in 2nd skipped st, DC in next 2, FPTR around 3rd st (same st you made the first FPTR) , skip 1st, DC in next 3*, repeat * to * across. (End with DC in last 3 sts). Ch 3 with new colour, turn (break MC at this point)
Row 4: (with NC) DC in 2, [BPDC around FPTR,* DC, Popcorn, DC *, repeat * to * in next 3 sts, BPDC around FPTR, DC in 3], repeat [ ] across, DC in last st. ch 3, turn
Row 5: (with MC) DC in 2, [FPTR2TOG (make this around the 2 BPDC you made in previous row), DC in 7], repeat [ ] across. End with DC in last 4 sts
Start as indicated by arrow (disregard those 2 stitch markers in front)
join NC with Sl st.
Round 1: Ch 1, SC in same st, SC in 32, Sl st in corner, SC 33 in back , Sl st in corner, Sl st to first SC
Round 2: Ch 1, SC 66 around. Sl st to 1st SC
Round 3: Ch 1, *SC, DC spike*, repeat ** around (end with DC spike). Sl st to 1st SC
Rounds 4-15: repeat rows 2 and 3
So, tell me, what are your favorite fall/autumn colours?
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