Happy New Year!!!
Welcome back to Couch Surfer Crochet! I have missed all of you so much over this holiday season. I am so happy to be getting back in to the swing of things here on the blog! I couldn’t share any of the patterns I was working on in December because they were all Christmas gifts and I didn’t want to spoil any surprises, since everyone in my family sees all my blog posts.
I definitely got the BIGGEST response from my niece this year! Back in October I shared a photo on Instagram wearing one of my creations. I had been gifted this gorgeous sparkly metallic yarn and I knew I wanted to make something that I could wear. So I sat down and worked up a quick and easy granny stripe poncho. I wore it to a family event, and my niece went crazy for it! That’s when I had my light bulb moment. Why not make one for her in different colors!?!
I secretly asked her mom what her favorite colors were, and she said purple and teal. I knew I could make something beautiful with those colors! I added a silver yarn to complete the striping pattern.
I got so many compliments when I wore this poncho! The metallic thread in the yarn gives it a beautiful shine, but it’s not too overwhelming and “spangly.” It has a nice drape and is really soft to wear. I will definitely be working with this yarn a lot more often now!
This poncho really looks pretty and intricate when it is finished, but the pattern is deceptively simple. Once you get the first 2 or 3 rows done (to ensure you’ve got “corners” created in the pattern), it is what I call an “autopilot” pattern. Just grab a hook and go, no need to memorize any complicated stitches! Essentially you are creating a big square with a hole in the middle to fit over your head! It can be worn as a square over the shoulder this way, or you can rotate it to show off the diamond shape of the corners.
I used an I/9 (5.5mm) hook for this poncho. This pattern is sized to fit a teen/adult.
Sparkly Serape Crochet Pattern
R1: Ch 112, being sure not to twist ch, sl st to 1st ch to create circle
R2: Ch 1, sc in each ch around, sl st to starting ch1
R3: Ch 3, dc in next 2 st, ch 1, sk 1 sc, *dc in next 3 st, sk 1 sc, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3,
R4: Ch 3, [2dc, ch 3, 3dc] in ch sp, * **ch 1, sk 3 dc, 3dc in next ch sp, repeat from * 5 times, [3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in ch sp, repeat from ** around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3
Now you have created the “corners” for your serape!
R5: (starting in corner) Ch 3, [2dc, ch 3, 2dc] in corner, * **ch 1, sk 3dc, 3dc in next ch sp, repeat from * to next corner, [3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in corner, repeat from ** around, sl to to 3rd ch of starting ch 3
R6-24: repeat row 5
R25: (in last color used) Ch 1, sc in each st around, doing 3 sc in corners, sl st to starting ch 1 to finish, fasten off and sew in ends
If you would like to make your serape longer, just add in a few more rows after Row 24, and then do your final row of sc once you have reached your desired length. This is a project where you can really let your creativity flow! I did a strict striping pattern on one of these, and on the other I grabbed colors at random, and I love BOTH of the final products! I think it would also look great (and a bit more formal) all in one color!
Of course, since this was a Christmas gift for my niece, I also added a cute little hat to make a set! I followed my Basic Beanie Pattern, and then used all the colors together to make a pom pom for the top using my trusty Pom Pom Maker!
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