Merletto Crochet Lace Poncho Free Pattern

I’m so excited to bring this easy crochet poncho to you today! It works up fast and is so fun to make-even I wanted to crochet another one when I finished my daughter’s so I did. I made a second one for my niece, and they’re “matchy matchy” as my 2 year old likes to say. I haven’t been able to get them both wearing it together in a picture though. What can I say, they’re 2 and 10 so they have minds of their own.

We’ve been using our ponchos as swimsuit cover ups this summer. The lace pattern is open and airy, but still provides some coverage, and if you ask my daughter it keeps her warm. I’m not so sure since it’s pretty open. But hey, she loves it and even asks for it at bedtime, like a blanket. I’m just thrilled she adores it so.

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Merletto is italian for lace. As you may know many of my designs have italian names (you can see why here) and this one is just delicious to say, maybe because it sounds like gelato another summer favorite. Yum.




I made ours in Lion Brand’s Mandala which is a #3 lightweight yarn, but this pattern will work well for worsted weight too. I’m working on a baby blanket with Bernat Baby Softee right now and that is another #3 lightweight yarn I bet would look gorgeous with this pattern. Whatever you choose I’d love to see it, use #merlettoponcho & you can tag me  @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic! Or share it to my Facebook page, I love to see your work!

I’ve provided lots of notes, pictures and video tutorials for this one.

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Materials:

#3 light yarn, I used Lion Brand’s Mandala in Wood Nymph*, about 550 yds for the 2T size poncho

You’ll need 2 cakes of Mandala for the children’s sizes and 3 for the adult, specific yardage is listed below if you’re using a different yarn.

5 mm (H) hook*, I switched to a 4 mm (G)* for the border, to keep it small

scissors, yarn needle*

Gauge:

1”x1” = 4dc x 2 rows



Childrens Size Yards/Meters  Oz/Grams
2/3T 550/503 4.94/140
4/5T 611/559 5.49/156
6/7T 715/654 6.42/182
8 856/783 7.69/218
10 917/839 8.23/233
12/14 1042/953 9.36/265
16 1125/1029 10.01/283

 

Adult Size Yards/Meters Oz/Grams
Teen/XS 1247/1141 11.2/318
S 1273/1164 11.4/324
M 1310/1198 11.8/334
L/XL 1442/1319 13/367
2/3X 1579/1444 14/397
4/5X 1680/1536 15/425

*Yarn usage is an estimate. The actual amount used will vary by individual gauge/tension, yarn and hook used. If in doubt, or it is close, get more especially if your colorway is dye lotted.



Notes:

The stitch multiple is 3, plus 2 for the starting ch.

Pattern is written is size order 2/3t (4/5t, 6/7, 8, 10, 12/14, 16), otherwise all instructions are the same. So for Children’s Row 1: Ch 86  (92, 98, 104, 110, 113, 116) means that you would ch 86 for the 2t size, or if you’re making the size 8 you would ch 104. It is helpful to highlight your size throughout the pattern.

Starting ch 4 counts as a dc + ch 1 throughout the pattern.

The main stitch used is a modified v-stitch: (dc, ch 3, dc) all in the same stitch. I refer to these as v-arches and use them for stitch counts, as they are easy to identify and count. The stitch counts at the end of each row do not contain the spaces made at the beginning and end of each row when you dc + ch 1 or vice versa. But there will be a space at the beginning and end of each row, plus the indicated number of v-arches.

The poncho is worked in rows, from the bottom up. It is worked all in one piece-no sewing! So halfway through your rectangle you will skip an indicated number of v-arches to create the neckhole. You will chain an indicated number and on the next row you will work back into those chains to continue working the other half of the poncho.

I’ve divided the pattern into two sections for children’s sizes and adult sizes.





Fit:

This is designed to be a lightweight, hip-length poncho that fits to about the elbows. I’ve provided estimated measurements, if you would like to make yours longer, go up a size. Should you wish to increase the width of your poncho the stitch multiple is 3, plus 2 for the starting chain. 

Finished Dimensions:

Children’s Size Length Hem to Neck in” Width in inches “
2/3T 15 24
4/5T 16 25
6/7T 18 26
8 20 28
10 20 30
12/14 22 31
16 23 32

Length is from the bottom hem (Row 1) to the neckline. The length is then doubled once the back is created. Hem to Hem is twice the length in the chart. (i.e. Children’s 2T=30″ long total) To create a longer poncho, you’ll want to stop halfway for the neck.

Adult Size Length Hem to Neck in” Width in inches “
Teen/XS 24 34
Sm 24.5 34
Md 24.5 35
L/XL 25.5 37
2/3X 26.5 48
4/5X 27.5 52

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A few photos of the beginning and ends of the rows.

Photos:

At the start of a row, crochet into the ch 3 spc indicated by the stitch marker.
At the end of a row, skip the dc & ch 1 and dc into 3rd ch which is indicated by the stitch marker.



Video Tutorials:

Get started here:

Neckline Video Tutorial:

Picot Border Video Tutorial:





Children’s Poncho Sizes

2T (4T, 6, 8, 10, 12/14, 16)

Pattern:

1.Ch 86 (92, 98, 104, 110, 113, 116), dc in the 4th ch from your hook, skip the next ch, *{all in the next ch: (dc, ch 3, dc), skip the next 2 chs} repeat from * until last three chs, skip 1 ch, dc in each of the last 2 chs, turn. 27 (29, 31, 33, 35, 36, 37 v-arches)

2. Ch 4, skip the next 2 dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{skip the next 2 dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc)} repeat from * until last 3 sts then ch 1, skip the next 2 dcs and dc in the top of 3rd ch, turn. 27 (29, 31, 33, 35, 36, 37 v-arches)

3. Ch 4, skip the next ch 1 & dc, then all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{skip the next 2 dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc)} repeat from * across, until last last 3 sts then ch 1, skip the next dc & ch 1 and dc in the to of 3rd ch, turn.  27 (29, 31, 33, 35, 36, 37 v-arches)

4.-25 (27, 31, 34, 35, 38, 39). Repeat Row 3.



Neckline:

(see video tutorial above for more help)

For the neck, skip the indicated number of v-arches (marked between the stitch markers), ch the indicated number of ch. Scroll down to the next row for specifics.
Continue after the skipped v-arches with the pattern repeat.

Row 26. (28, 32, 35, 36, 39, 40). Ch 4, skip the next ch 1 & dc, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{skip the next two dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc)} repeat from * 10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14) times, then ch 25 (25, 25, 35, 35, 35, 40) and skip the next 5 (5, 5, 7, 7, 7, 8 v-arches) all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{skip the next two dcs, all in the next ch 3spc: (dc, ch 3, dc)} repeat from * 10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14) times, skip the next dc & ch 1, and dc in top of 3rd ch, turn. 22 (24, 26, 26, 28, 28, 30 v-arches)



Crochet into the chains to continue the pattern:

neckline

Row 27. (29, 33, 36, 37, 40, 41). Ch 4, skip the next ch 1 & dc, then all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch3, dc), *{skip the next two dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc) repeat from *10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14) times, then skip the next dc & next two chs, all in the next ch: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{skip the next 4 chs, all in the next ch: (dc, ch 3, dc)} repeat from * 4 (4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 7) times, skip the last two chs and the next dc, all in the next (dc, ch 3, dc), *{skip the next two dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch3, dc)} repeat from * to end, ch 1, skip the last dc & ch 1 spc, dc into the top of the 3rd ch, turn. 27 (29, 31, 33, 35, 35, 37 v-arches)

Repeat row 3 for rows 28-51. (30-57, 34-64, 37-70, 38-72, 41-78, 42-81).





Border:

(see video tutorial above for more help)

border picot

Change to smaller 4mm (G) hook, continue from where you are on the corner, but work around  the outside edge of the poncho, like adding a border to a blanket.

*{Ch 4, picot, ch 4, attach to the poncho edge with a slip stitch} continue to rep from * evenly around all 4 sides. Finish off. You may consider only chaining 3 in between picots or leaving the border off altogether.



Neck:

neckline

Reinforce the neckline by joining yarn with a ss anywhere on the neck opening, ch 1, sc in the same and sc evenly around, finish off.



Adult Poncho Sizes

Teen/XS (S, M, L/XL, 2/3X, 4/5X)

Pattern:

1.Ch 123 (123, 126, 132, 138, 144), dc in the 4th ch from your hook, skip the next ch, *{all in the next ch: (dc, ch 3, dc), skip the next 2 chs} repeat from * until last three chs, skip 1 ch, dc in each of the last 2 chs, turn. 39 (39, 41, 43, 45, 47 v-arches)

2. Ch 4, skip the next 2 dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{skip the next 2 dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc)} repeat from * until last 3 sts then ch 1, skip the next 2 dcs and dc in the top of 3rd ch, turn. 39 (39, 41, 43, 45, 47 v-arches)

3. Ch 4, skip the next ch 1 & dc, then all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{skip the next 2 dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc)} repeat from * across, until last 3 sts then ch 1, skip both the next dc & ch 1 and dc in the to of 3rd ch, turn. 39 (39, 41, 43, 45, 47 v-arches)

4. -41 (42, 42, 44, 46, 48) Repeat Row 3. 



Neckline:

(see video tutorial above for more help)

For the neck, skip the indicated number of v-arches (marked between the stitch markers), ch the indicated number of ch.
Continue after the skipped v-arches with the pattern repeat.

Row 42 (43, 43, 45, 47, 49)  Ch 4, skip the next ch 1 & dc, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{skip the next two dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc)} repeat from * 14 (14, 16, 17, 18, 19) times, then ch 45, and skip the next 9 v-arches, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{skip the next two dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc)} repeat from *14 (14, 16, 17, 18, 19) times, skip the next dc & ch 1, and dc in top of 3rd ch, turn. 30 (30, 32, 34, 36, 38 v-arches)

Crochet into the chains to continue the pattern: Scroll down for specifics in next row.

Row 43 (44, 44, 46, 48, 50) Ch 4, skip the next ch 1 & dc, then all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch3, dc), *{skip the next two dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc) repeat from * 14 (14, 16, 17, 18, 19) times, then skip the next dc & next two chs, all in the next ch: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{skip the next 4 chs, all in the next ch: (dc, ch 3, dc)} repeat from * 8 times, skip the last two chs and the next dc, all in the next (dc, ch 3, dc), *{skip the next two dcs, all in the next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch3, dc)} repeat from * to end, ch 1, skip the last dc & ch 1 spc, dc into the top of the 3rd ch, turn. 39 (39, 41, 43, 45, 47 v-arches)

Repeat Row 3 for rows 44-84. (45-86, 45-86, 47-90, 49-94, 51-98).



Border:

(see video tutorial above for more help)

picot border

Change to smaller 4mm (G) hook, continue from where you are on the corner, but work around  the outside edge of the poncho, like adding a border to a blanket.

*{Ch 4, picot, ch 4, attach to the poncho edge with a slip stitch} continue to rep from * evenly around all 4 sides. Finish off. You may consider only chaining 3 in between picots or leaving the border off altogether.



Neck:

neckline
Reinforce the neckline by joining yarn with a ss anywhere on the neck opening, ch 1, sc in the same and sc evenly around, finish off.




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