Plus-Size Intertwined Poncho (Free Crochet Pattern)

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Fads in fashion may come and go, but simple ponchos with clean lines never go out of style. Ponchos are excellent pieces to put in your outerwear collection, as they add a moderate amount of warmth, perfect for many seasons.
 
Tip: This piece is easily customizable. To make it longer or shorter in length, add or subtract stitches to the width of the panel between the cables; to change the circumference, add or subtract rows to the length of the panel by continuing to repeat the pattern as needed.

Step 1

SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate. Cabling makes this an intermediate-level pattern, but if you can handle back and front post stitching, you can definitely complete this project!
 
FINISHED SIZE
One size: 20 x 33 in. per panel
 
YARN
Lion Brand® Yarn Wool-Ease®; 5 skeins Seaspray,
#620-123 (3 oz/197 yds); 985 yds worsted weight yarn (CYCA 4, Medium, see p. 146)
 
NOTIONS
Hook size I/9 U.S. (5.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle
 
GAUGE
11 sts and 10 rows = 4 in. in hdc
 
NOTES
Ch-2 counts as 1 hdc throughout.
Back post double crochet (bpdc) and front post double crochet (fpdc) stitches are abbreviated throughout.

Step 2

Panel (Make 2)
Ch 61.
Row 1 Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 2, turn. 60 hdc (ch-2 counts as 1 hdc here and throughout).
Row 2 (WS) Hdc in next hdc, bpdc in each of next 6 hdc, hdc in each hdc across until 8 hdc remain, bpdc in each of next 6 hdc, hdc in each of last 2 hdc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 3 (RS) Hdc in next hdc, {sk 2 bpdc, fpdc in each of next 2 bpdc, fpdc in each of 2 skipped bpdc, fpdc in each of last 2 bpdc in this group}, hdc in each hdc across, rep instructions in { }, hdc in each of last 2 hdc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 4 and all even rows Hdc in next hdc, bpdc in each of next 6 fpdc, hdc in each hdc across, bpdc in each of next 6 fpdc, hdc in each of last 2 hdc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5 Hdc in next hdc, {fpdc in each of next 2 bpdc,
sk 2 bpdc, fpdc in each of next 2 bpdc, fpdc in each of
2 skipped bpdc}, hdc in each hdc across, rep instructions in { }, hdc in each of last 2 hdc.
Rep Rows 3–6 for pattern until work measures 33 in., ending with a Row 6. End off.

Step 3

Row 4 and all remaining even rows
Hdc in next hdc, bpdc in each of next 6 fpdc, hdc in last hdc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5 Hdc in next hdc, fpdc in each of next 2 bpdc, sk 2 bpdc, fpdc in each of next 2 bpdc, fpdc in each of 2 skipped bpdc, hdc in last hdc. Ch 2, turn.
Rep Rows 3–6 until work measures 20 in. or width of Panel, ending with a Row 6.
End off.

Step 4

Cable Trim Piece (Make 2)
Ch 10.
Row 1 Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 2, turn. 9 hdc.
Row 2 (WS) Hdc in next hdc, bpdc in each of next 6 hdc, hdc in last hdc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 3 Hdc in next hdc, sk 2 bpdc, fpdc in each of next
2 bpdc, fpdc in each of 2 skipped bpdc, fpdc in each of last 2 bpdc in this group, hdc in last hdc. Ch 2, turn.

Step 5

Assembly
Lay both panels next to each other, short sides toward you with right sides facing up.
Stitch one Cable Trim Piece to the bottom of the Panel on your right, placing the side with 1 hdc closest to the panel. The side with 2 hdc is now the bottom edge.
Stitch the remaining Cable Trim Piece to the top of the Panel on your left, placing the side with 1 hdc closest to the panel. The side with 2 hdc is now the top edge.
Rotate the left Panel 90 degrees to the left. Line up the pieces so that the new bottom edge of the left Panel is even with the bottom edge of the right Panel. Stitch the pieces together where they meet.
Fold the right panel so that the top right edge meets the top left edge of the left panel. Stitch the pieces together where they meet.
Weave in all ends.

Step 6

Reprinted with permission from "Curvy Girl Crochet," published by The Taunton Press in 2012. Images by © 2012 by Susan Pittard.



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