This is exciting! My FIRST poncho design :). The Ara Poncho is a very very very beginner friendly pattern that I wanted to create as a simple and delicate accent to wear over tank tops in the fall or late summer. It’s a ONE SKEIN (CAKE) WONDER!
It’s cool enough to wear over a tank, and you can also dress it up for a cool night, or even as a work cover to keep you warm at your desk.
Ara is the name of a Southern constellation, and I just loved the name. The story behind this constellation is super cool. :D.
Ara is a small constellation located in the southern sky. Its name means “the altar” in Latin. The constellation represents the altar used by Zeus and other Greek gods to swear a vow of allegiance before they went to war against Cronus and the Titans. In another Greek myth, Ara represents the altar of King Lycaon of Arcadia.
The story of the Ara constellation made me laugh a bit, because despite its subtle and gentle name, it’s meaning is a strong one. But, we are just crocheting here, no swearing of vows or wars lol.
I recently finished up a design called the Phoenix Square (free pattern) for the Patchwork Mystery CAL, also named after a southern constellation. If you like CAL’s, go check out the Facebook Group. There are 12 squares, and all of them have tutorial videos! They also work up pretty fast. The group is filled with a host of wonderful makers and designers. You’ll have a great time, and as far as I know, the patterns will be free on the blog’s forever.
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Beginner to Easy
14 fsc = 4” (10 cm)
create a foundation single crochet row, measure the center of the row and make sure your stitches measure 12-14 = 4″ (10cm)
Any light worsted (3 weight, DK) yarn. I used Premier DK Colors in the colorway Tulip.
Hook Size: 5 mm USA H, or equivalent to achieve gauge. (Here is a link to a conversion chart if your needles are lettered or numbered: Hook Conversion Chart.)
Suggested Yarn Details:
100% anti-pilling acrylic – 5 oz/140g, 383 yd/ 350m per one cake.
+ Stitch guide:
puff – puff stitch
yo, insert hook in indicated st, draw up a loop, *yo, insert hook in same st, draw up a loop* two more time, yo, draw through 6 loops, yo, draw through 2 loops – 1 puff created.
create a slip knot. ch 2, insert hook in 1st chain. yo, draw up a loop. ch 1, yo, draw through both loops on hook. (2nd st) insert hook in bottom two loops of ch 1. yo, draw up a loop, ch 1, yo, draw through both loops (2 fsc created).
|hdc||half double crochet|
|dtr||double treble crochet|
|sl st||slip stitch|
|*…*||rep instructions between asterisk however many times indicated.|
Teen/XS: 47″ x 9″ S/M: 40″ x 9 ” L/XL – 53” x 9”
Adjusting the Size:
To make it smaller around the shoulders, decrease foundation single crochet row by 10 fsc.
To make it larger, like an XXL or larger around the shoulders, increase foundation single crochet row by 10 for XXL or 20 for 1x, 2x, & 3x. .
To increase the height, repeat rows 5 – 10 until you reach your desired coverage.
+ Pattern Notes – Please Read
- The pattern is worked in rows, with one seam.
- The first stitch of each row is made in the same as t-ch, unless otherwise indicated.
- Keep a medium tension – this is a flowy top.
- The pattern is written in Teen / XS with changes for S/M, L/XL in parentheses.
Fsc 152 (Teen, XS) (162 S/M, 172 L/XL)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc 1 in each st across – 152 (162, 172) sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc 1 in first sc, *hdc 1, dc 1, tr 1, dc 1, hdc 1* rep *…* across row, then hdc 1 in last st – 152 (162, 172).
Row 4: Ch 6, turn (ch 6 counts as first double treble + 1 ch), dtr 1 in next hdc, *ch 1, sk 1, dtr 1 in next st*, rep *…* across row – 77 (82, 87) dtr.
Row 5: Ch 3, turn, *puff st in next ch sp, ch 1* rep *…* across row, tr 1 in ch 6 sp (does not count as a stitch) – 76 (81, 86) puffs, 1 tr.
Row 6: Ch 2, *hdc 1 in ch 1 sp, hdc 1 in puff st* rep *…* across row – 152 (162, 172) hdc.
Row 7: Ch 3, turn, hdc 1 in 1st hdc. * puff in next st**, ch 1, sk 1* rep *…* across row, end rep at **, dc 1 in t-ch (does not count in st count) – 76 (81, 86) puffs, 1 dc.
Row 8: Ch 5, turn, *dtr 1 in next ch sp, ch 1* – rep *…* across, dtr 1 in last hdc – 77 (82, 87) dtr.
Row 9: Ch 2, turn, *hdc 1 in next st, hdc 1 in next ch-1 sp*, rep *…* across row, last hdc is may in last ch-sp – 152 (162, 172) hdc.
Row 10: Ch 2, turn, hdc 1 in each hdc across – 152 (162, 172) hdc.
Row 11: Ch 5, turn, sk 1st hdc (same as t-ch), *dtr 1 in next st, ch 1, sk 1,* rep *…* across row – 77 (82, 87) dtr.
Row 12 – 17: repeat rows 5 – 10.
Leave a long tail for sewing and sew along this line.
Assembly & Finishing Trim:
Row 18: Laying RS out, like pictures below, attach yarn in the first stitch to the left of the center V, then ch 1, hdc 1 in same as ch, *ch 1**, sk 1, hdc 1, * rep *…* across, ending rep at ch 1, join – I had 142 sts working the L/XL.
Row 19: Ch 1, sc1 in same as ch, ch 1, *sc 1 in ch sp, ch 1,* rep *…* across, join – 122 (132, 142) – respectively, this may vary depending on where you attach the yarn.
Row 20: Sl st in first st *ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch, ch 2, sk 3 sts (on poncho), sc 1 in next,* rep *…* across, sl st in next, join in 1st sl st of round – XL(36 picots, 36 sc)
Fasten off, weave in all tails.
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