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Merletto Crochet Lace Poncho Free Pattern

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.

merletto poncho
merletto poncho

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:

Gauge:

1”x1” = 4dc x 2 rows



Recommended Yardage by Size

Children’s Sizes

Yards

Adult Sizes

Yards

2/3T

550

Teen/XS

1247

4/5T

611

S

1273

6/7

715

M

1310

8

856

L/XL

1442

10

917

2/3X

1579

12/14

1042

4/5X

1680

16

1125

  

*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.

Stitches/Abbreviations

Sk-skip

st(s)-stitch(es)

ch(s)-chain(s)

dc(s)-double crochet(s)

sl st-slip stitch

Special Stitches

v-arches-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.

Picot-ch 3, sl st back into the first ch you made. This st is used on the border and there is a video to demonstrate this technique.

Notes

  • The stitch multiple is 3, plus 2 for the starting ch.
  • Pattern is written is size order for children's: 2/3t (4/5t, 6/7, 8, 10, 12/14, 16), or adults: Teen/XS (S, M, L/XL, 2/3X, 4/5X)
    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 Sizes

Length Hem to Neck”

Width”

Adult Sizes

Length Hem to Neck”

Width”

2/3T

15

24

Teen/XS

24

34

4/5T

16

25

S

24.5

34

6/7

18

26

M

24.5

35

8

20

28

L/XL

25.5

37

10

20

30

2/3X

26.5

48

12/14

22

31

4/5X

27.5

52

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.

merletto crochet lace poncho


Video Tutorials:

Get started here:

Neckline 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, sk next ch, *{all in next ch: (dc, ch 3, dc), skip next 2 chs} rep from * until last three chs, sk 1 ch, dc in each of the last 2 chs, turn. (27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 36, 37 v-arches)
  2. Ch 4, sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc)} rep from * until last 3 sts then ch 1, sk next 2 dcs and dc in top of 3rd ch, turn.
  3. Ch 4, sk next ch 1 & dc, then all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc)} rep from * across, until last 3 sts then ch 1, sk next dc & ch 1 and dc in top of 3rd ch, turn.
  4. -25 (27, 31, 34, 35, 38, 39). Rep 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, sk next ch 1 & dc, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc)} rep from * 10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14) times, then ch 25 (25, 25, 35, 35, 35, 40) and sk next 5 (5, 5, 7, 7, 7, 8 v-arches) all in next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc)} rep from * 10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14) times, sk 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, sk next ch 1 & dc, then all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch3, dc), *{sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc) rep from *10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14) times, then sk next dc & next 2 chs, all in next ch: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{sk next 4 chs, all in next ch: (dc, ch 3, dc)} rep from * 4 (4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 7) times, sk last 2 chs and next dc, all in next (dc, ch 3, dc), *{sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch3, dc)} rep from * to end, ch 1, sk last dc & ch 1 spc, dc in 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).


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, sk next ch, *{all in next ch: (dc, ch 3, dc), skip next 2 chs} rep from * until last three chs, sk 1 ch, dc in each of the last 2 chs, turn. (39, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47 v-arches)
  2. Ch 4, sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc)} rep from * until last 3 sts then ch 1, sk next 2 dcs and dc in top of 3rd ch, turn.
  3. Ch 4, sk next ch 1 & dc, then all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc)} rep from * across, until last 3 sts then ch 1, sk next dc & ch 1 and dc in top of 3rd ch, turn.
  4. -41 (42, 42, 44, 46, 48) Rep 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, sk next ch 1 & dc, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc)} rep from * 14 (14, 16, 17, 18, 19) times, then ch 45, and sk next 9 v-arches, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{sk next two dcs, all in next ch 3 spc: (dc, ch 3, dc)} rep from *14 (14, 16, 17, 18, 19) times, sk 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, sk next ch 1 & dc, then all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch3, dc), *{sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch 3, dc) rep from * 14 (14, 16, 17, 18, 19) times, then sk next dc & next 2 chs, all in next ch: (dc, ch 3, dc), *{sk next 4 chs, all in next ch: (dc, ch 3, dc)} rep from * 8 times, sk last 2 chs and next dc, all in next (dc, ch 3, dc), *{sk next 2 dcs, all in next ch 3 sp: (dc, ch3, dc)} rep from * to end, ch 1, sk last dc & ch 1 sp, dc in top of 3rd ch, turn. (39, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47 v-arches)

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

All Sizes

Border

Video Tutorial

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, with a sl st attach to the poncho edge about every 2-3 v-arches} continue to rep from * evenly around all 4 sides.

Finish off.

Neck

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

neckline




merletto poncho
merletto poncho
merletto poncho

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