Hey gang, I’m so glad to be here putting together a new project for us to share. It’s been a while, as I’ve been planning a big trip home to Thailand! Unfortunately we had to postpone for a few more weeks, but the good news is I can finish this tutorial on how to crochet a poncho style top.
I’m hesitant to call it an outright crochet poncho, but rather a crochet poncho style top. I know how some people are VERY particular about those things and I will get endless comments correcting me for years. Sooo…onto how to crochet a poncho STYLE top.
This crochet poncho design is meant to be a little wide, just FYI. It’s a simple two piece construction, worked from the top down. Very beginner friendly.
For the first 5 rows of the design, I added a granny stripe stitch to give it some contrast and a little flair. I also added a picot and double crochet to the sleeve edges for the same reason.
It’s an interesting analogy for life, you’ve got to have some plain, negative space next to something bold and special to appreciate them both!
Anyway, the crochet poncho top pictured here is a little cropped, but don’t worry. I’m including directions on how to make it longer, or shorter for that matter.
I’m using Yarn Art Ideal #2 sport weight for this how to crochet a poncho style top tutorial. It’s 100% cotton, which as many of you know, is one of my go to yarn fibers. I’m really loving the natural fiber stuff, it’s producing much better finished work and it’s just better for everyone.
I got the yarn from my friends from @perfect_yarn. It was a gift, and the link is for an affiliate commission, but that’s incidental to the quality. I just share to to be transparent.
I buy a majority of my online yarn purchases from perfect yarn on Etsy. For one, they’re a small business and a fellow Etsy seller, and I love doing business with them for that alone.
Besides that, all the yarn I’ve bought there was great quality and the customer service is fantastic. Don’t you miss doing business with people that would actually respond to your questions and concerns, like a fellow human?
I’m super over the big box people over the last couple of years, so I try to get what I can locally from small businesses or online from small businesses like @perfect_yarns. I still buy from Hobby lobby and such occasionally but I’m dong my best to avoid it.
Yarn rant over!
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Onto the how to crochet a poncho style top tutorial!
- #2 Sport weight yarn
- I used YarnArt Ideal #2 sport weight yarn
- 4mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Stitch markers
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Stitches Used & Code (US Term)
- ch = chain
- st = stitch(es)
- dc = double crochet
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- sk = skip
- sp = space
- REP = repeat
- Picot = ch 3, sl st into the back bump of the first ch that you did
- RS = right side
- WS = wrong side
- ” = inches
- This pattern uses English (US) Terminology
- This pattern made as women’s sizes XS( S, M, L, XL, XXL )
- This top pattern is in a multiples of 4 ch
- This top is worked flat in 2 separate pieces from the top down and then sewn together
- In this picture I have demonstrated with size small
Yarn needed: 860( 900, 960, 1020, 1080, 1120 ) Yards
Gauge blocked: 16 dc X 8 rows = 4″
Measurements (After blocked)
- XS = 31.75″ Body width across X 15.5″ Length
- S = 33.75″ Body width across X 15.5″ Length
- M = 35.75″ Body width across X 16.5″ Length
- L = 37.75″ Body width across X 17.5″ Length
- XL = 39.75″ Body width across X 18.5″ Length
- XL = 41.75″ Body width across X 18.5″ Length
CROCHET PONCHO STYLE TOP PATTERN
BODY PANEL (MAKE 2)
Row 1 (RS): ch 128( 136, 144, 152, 160, 168 ), sk 3 ch (count as 1 dc), 2 dc into next ch, *ch 1, sk 3 ch, 3 dc into next ch* REP from *TO* across. Total of 127( 135, 143, 151, 159, 167 ) st including the ch sp
Row 2 (WS): Turn, ch 4 (count as 1 dc and 1 ch sp), *3 dc into ch 1 sp, ch 1* REP from *TO* across, end with 1 dc into the third ch. Total of 127( 135, 143, 151, 159, 167 ) st including the ch sp
Row 3: Turn, ch 3 (count as 1 dc), 2 dc into the first ch 1 sp, *ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 sp* REP from *TO* across. Total of 127( 135, 143, 151, 159, 167 ) st including the ch sp
Row 4: REP Row 2
Row 5: REP Row 3
Row 6: Turn, ch 3 (count as 1 dc), 1 dc into each st and each ch sp across. Total of 127( 135, 143, 151, 159, 167 ) st
Row 7: Turn, ch 3 (count as 1 dc), 1 dc into each st across. Total of 127( 135, 143, 151, 159, 167 ) st
Row 8 – Row 31( 31, 33, 35, 37, 37 ): REP Row 7
The end of row 31( 31, 33, 35, 37, 37 ) cut the yarn and leave about 16-24″ long tail
JOINING THE PIECES TOGETHER
Sew the front and back panels together
Take the back and front panel, place them with the correct side facing down with row 1 of each panel meeting each other, then we’ll sew on the wrong side. Cut a new strand of yarn 16 – 20″ long, enough to sew the shoulder seams. Sew 35( 37, 41, 45, 48, 52 ) st of the front and back panel together at the shoulder seam, using method of choice. *If you want a smaller neckline, just sew more stitches. If you want a bigger neckline, just sew less stitches make sure that both shoulders are even. Check pictures 1 and 2 below
Sew The Sides Together
Fold your top in half at the shoulder seams with the right side facing each other, we’ll sew on the wrong side. Using the tail that we left earlier to sew. Sew 15( 15, 16, 17, 18, 18 ) rows of the front and back panels together at the side seam. Start sewing from the bottom up, using method of choice. *If you want smaller arm holes, just sew more rows. If you want a bigger arm holes, just sew less rows but make sure that both side are even. Check picture 3 below
CROCHET AROUND THE SLEEVE EDGES
Note: We’re going to crochet into the end of the row of the sleeve edge (sp for reference)
Turn your top right side out, we’ll crochet on the right side in the round. Add new yarn into the armpit corner, then ch 1 (do not count as a st), 1 sc into the same st, * 1 dc, picot, 1 dc All into next sp* REP from *TO* around the sleeve edge, sl st into first dc, cut the yarn and weave all the ends. Make the same on the other side. Check picture below
HERE’S THE VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR THIS TOP
That’s it, congrats on finishing your crochet poncho style top!
I’m so in love with this design, and I hope you enjoyed it as well.
If you enjoyed this how to crochet a poncho top tutorial, let me know in the comments below. Be sure to share with your fiber arts friends and fam too.
Till next time! ✌💖🧶