Hey everyone, I hope the weather is beautiful wherever you are. In spite of all the craziness these days, I’m making the best of enjoying the weather and spending more time making these projects. This week is another summer inspired top. It’s actually a crochet poncho summer top.
I love the fit of a poncho because they’re loose and not restrictive, but they’re too warm for summer. I also like that you can get really creative with how you wear them. So, the crochet poncho summer top is my attempt at merging all my favorite summer and winter crochet clothing attributes. Here it goes!
The top can be worn in multiple ways. It can be worn open and flowing as a very light and airy top layer (over your bikini etc). It can also be worn with multiple closures. I’m including three choices for drawstring closures using a simple crocheted drawstring. In the pictures below, you can get an idea of where you’d like to go with it before we start on the crochet poncho pattern.
I’m using Lion Brand Truboo again this week. It’s become my absolute favorite for summer projects. It takes a little getting used to the feel on your hook, but it’s such a beautiful and comfortable summer yarn.
Here’s the written pattern in sizes XS-XXl. I’m including the step by step video tutorial here as well.
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Good luck and lets get started!
Crochet Summer Poncho Pattern XS-XXL
- #3 Light/DK weight yarn
- I used Lion brand Truboo #3 Light/DK weight yarn
- Picture colored = Tan
- Crochet hook size 5 mm
- Yarn needle
- Stitch markers
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Stitches Used & Code
- ch = chain
- st = stitch(es)
- dc = double crochet
- sc = single crochet
- sk = skip
- sp = space
- sl st = slip stitch
- REP = repeat
- RS = right side
- WS = wrong side
- Drunken granny stitch = ( 3 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, All into same st )
- Picot = ch 3, sl st into the back bump of the first ch that you did
- ” = inches
- This crochet pattern is made as US women’s sizes XS( S, M, L, XL, XXL )
- This crochet pattern is made in two panels ( Front and back panels are made the same )
- This crochet poncho summer top is made from the top down
- In this picture I have demonstrated with size small
- This crochet poncho summer top is in a multiples of 5 + 4 ch
- This crochet poncho summer top is a 1 row repeat ( row 3 )
Yarn needed : 850( 890, 930, 990, 1,030, 1,070 ) Yards
Gauge blocked : 3 Drunken granny st X 6.5 rows = 4″
Measurements ( After blocked )
- XS = 22.66″ Width across back X 24″ Long
- S = 25.33″ Width across back X 24″ Long
- M = 28″ Width across back X 24″ Long
- L = 30.66″ Width across back X 25.23″ Long
- XL = 33.33″ Width across back X 25.23″ Long
- XXL = 36″ Width across back X 25.23″ Long
Panels ( Make 2 )
Row 1 ( RS ) : ch 89( 99, 109, 119, 129, 139 ), sk 5 ch ( count as 1 dc and ch 2 sp ), 1 Drunken granny st into next ch, *sk 4 ch, 1 Drunken granny st into next ch* REP from *TO* until you have 3 ch left, sk 2 ch, 1 dc into last ch. Total of 17( 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 ) Drunken granny st
Row 2 ( WS ) : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 Drunken granny st into each ch 2 sp across, end with 1 dc into the fifth ch that we sk on row 1. Total of 17( 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 ) Drunken granny st
Row 3 : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 Drunken granny st into each ch 2 sp across, end with 1 dc into the third ch. Total of 17( 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 ) Drunken granny st
Row 4 – Row 39( 39, 39, 41, 41, 41 ) REP Row 3
If you want a shorter poncho top, just make less rows. If you want a longer poncho top, just keep repeating row 3 more times.
The end of row 39( 39, 39, 41, 41, 41 ) Do not cut the yarn, we’ll crochet around the side top edge ( Check picture below )
For the side edges we’ll crochet into the end of each row ( sp for reference )
The left side edge: With the RS up, *( 1 sc, Picot, 1 sc, All into same sp )* REP from *TO* into each sp up across, sl st into the corner st. Cut the yarn and leave 14 – 22″ long tail ( Check picture below )
The right side edge: With the RS up. Add new yarn at the top right corner then, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), *( 1 sc, Picot, 1 sc, All into same sp )* REP from *TO* into each sp down across, sl st into the corner st. Cut the yarn do not leave a long tail ( Check picture below )
Sew the front and back poncho panels together
Place your panels right side facing down. We’ll sew on the wrong side, using the tails that we left earlier. Use which ever method you prefer to sew. We’ll sew the front and back panel together at the shoulder for about 6-8″. It all depends on how wide you want your neck line to be. Just make sure that both sides are even. ( check picture below )
Drawstring ( Make 2 )
Make the ch until it reaches about 58-70″ long ( Make sure that it’s long enough to wrap around your waist with enough extra to tie a bow) then turn, sl st into the back bump of the second ch from the hook, sl st into the back bump of each ch across. cut the yarn and weave all the ends.
Attaching your drawstring closures to your crochet poncho
There are so many possibilities for attaching your drawstring closure. Here are three options I’ve included, but don’t be afraid to get creative. You could also make a different color for your drawstring. A belt also looks really cute. Just have fun and play around 🙂
1: The first option is to lace the sides of the top together down the side seam. You can lace them across like a tennis shoe or play around with a different method. Leave about 9″ for the arm hole opening s on each side. I also left about 9″ in the bottom of the side seam.
2: The second option is to lace the drawstring straight through the front and back panel around your waist line and tie in the front.
3: This one’s really simple, just tie your drawstring around your waist.
Congratulations on your new crochet poncho summer top! I hope you enjoyed making it, and I hope you get to rock yours out and about this summer. Stay healthy and happy my friends!