The Lazy Diamond Crochet Poncho

It is officially Fall here in New England and that means it is Poncho weather!

I am calling this poncho design the Lazy Diamond because it is so easy to create this stitch pattern. No counting means no fail! Once you get the first row done you can relax and pay attention to the important things like binge watching Netflix while you crochet. πŸ˜€

lazy diamond poncho

When starting a new design there are a lot of elements that you need to think about. What stitches to use, the math involved to determine the stitch counts, the sizing, etc etc. For this poncho it was all about the yarn. I wanted to create a simple stitch design that didn’t distract from the yarn I was using.

The yarn was really the star of the show for this poncho.

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I used Lion Brand Mandala yarn in Pegasus (which I LOVE by the way) but you can use any yarn that you like. This is the perfect design to show off self striping yarn. Using a single color yarn would be nice too and would make your lazy diamond really pop.

This is a 2 corner poncho. Which means exactly that – it has a front and a back corner with a straight edge over the shoulders and arms. It is crocheted in the round with the increases happening automatically as you work the corner stitches. Like I said this is so easy I’m almost embarrassed to accept any compliments on it – almost. πŸ˜€

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My daughter Madeline claimed this poncho as soon as it was off my hook!!!

Here is how I made the Lazy Diamonds 2 Corner Poncho.

lazy diamond poncho (2)

I chained 120 and slip stitched to join.

Double crochet into each chain for 59 stitches.

In stitch #60 put 2 double crochet, chain 2, then 2 double crochet into the same stitch.

Double crochet into chain 61 – 119 then repeat the 2dc, ch 2, 2dc into the last chain.

Slip stitch to join.

That’s it – no more counting!! πŸ˜€

On the next row dc into every stitch until you come up to the last stitch before the 2 dc’s in the corner.

Chain 1 then skip 1 and dc into the last stitch before the 2 chain space of the corner. Work the corner as usual with 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc into the 2 ch space. DC into the next stitch then ch 1 skip 1 and continue to dc until you reach the next corner. Repeat the same as you did for the other corner. Double crochet to the end and slip stitch to join.

For all subsequent rows – dc until you reach the ch 1 space before the corner. Then follow the stitches you used for the previous row with dc, ch 1, skip 1. In the ch 2 corner space always 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Repeat dc, ch 1, skip 1, dc for the other side of the corner then resume dc until the next corner.

The diamond will grow with every round if you always follow along with the stitches you did on the previous round. So you will dc into every dc from the round before and ch 1 skip 1 until you reach each corner. To decrease the diamond just start filling in the ch 1 skip 1 spots.

I hope that makes sense. I am obviously not a pattern writer. Sorry. πŸ™‚

I am currently in the process of making a 4 corner poncho with the same Lazy Diamond design using a single color. I will try to write up a cleaner pattern or at least take some pictures to show what I did.

Just a quick note about the Lion Brand Mandala yarn – I am not a sponsor or affiliate of Lion Brand but I absolutely LOVE this yarn! It is a soft acrylic with fantastic color combinations. I did not find any knots in the 2 balls that I used to make this poncho plus there wasn’t any weird color splotches like I’ve found in other brands of self striping yarn.

Thanks for reading!!

~ Tami

 

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53 responses to “The Lazy Diamond Crochet Poncho

    • Thanks Robin!! She grabbed that poncho as soon as I finished it. I didn’t even get a chance to run it through the wash like I usually do when I finish something. She wanted to wear it right away. πŸ˜€
      I love this yarn and highly recommend it. The only bad thing I have to say about it is that there are so many color combinations to choose from I couldn’t decide which one to buy!! πŸ˜€

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  1. Aw that’s beautiful Tami, and the colours really suit your daughter.
    It looks like it has a nice weight to it, so it will drape beautifully. So stylish.

    You are so clever. Those are crochet hooks …. they’re magic wands!
    Sending Squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    • Thank you dearest Cobs! I was so delighted that she wanted it – AND that she’s wearing it in public! It is a lovely light weight yarn. It would be impossible to not make something pretty with this yarn.
      I really do believe that all crochet hooks are magic wands!! How does a piece of string become a poncho or a blanket or a hat right out of thin air!! I feel so amazed every time I finish off the last stitch that I was able to make something.
      Sending you buckets full of the brightest blessings with whipped cream on top!
      ~ Tami

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  2. Brace yourself…here comes the praise 😁 It is absolutely gorgeous, Tami πŸ’•
    No wonder your daughter claimed it right away. It looks great on her πŸ˜ƒ
    I love the Mandala yarn too. I have been running into a problem with it…inconsistent color sequence 😐 Which is not a huge problem…just a bit annoying and messy when you have to pick apart the ball to get to the right color (I’m making 4 big Granny Squares for a poncho).
    Ramble over 😝 Great job 😍 Thanks for sharing πŸ€—

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    • Awww thanks Tina! I feel guilty accepting any praise for it because it really is such a simple design. Compared to other name brand self striping yarn this one was really way better. I can see where it would be tricky with a big granny though. I can’t wait to see your big granny poncho!! πŸ˜€

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  3. I love it so much. That yarn though beautiful, very wise using simple stitches for such a delicate yarn. Your daughter looks awesome wearing it really suits her! Do they have any like autumn brown shades like leaves ooooo ooooo that would look gorgeous. You need to write this up in a pattern or something I’d buy it πŸ˜ƒ (p.s I’ll email you back later πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

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    • This yarn is awesome and there are some really nice brown mixes. I should grab some of those next time I go to the store!!
      I’m making a 4 corner one now using basically the same diamond design and I’m going to try to write it up. How about this – if I write it up I’ll email it to you to be my tester?!? πŸ˜€

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      • OOO grab all that you can, its that time of year now people will be bulk buying yarn! I need to stock up on toy stuffing. Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeee your so productive ❀ and it would be an honour ma' lady to be a tester!!

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    • Thank you Kate! I love the colors in this yarn that’s why I wanted to use a simple stitch pattern to really show it off. I need to get more of this yarn in some of the other color combos but it’s so hard to not just buy all of them!!! πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you so much!! It was very easy to make. I hope that my instructions weren’t too confusing, I’m not very good at traditional pattern writing. I usually just crochet off the top of my head and seldom take any notes. πŸ˜€

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  4. I don’t normally like ponchos but this one is different because of the way you wear it. The mesh diamond thing is a nice touch. It’s like a shawl but kind of worn like a poncho. It’s a “shoncho” or a “pawl.” Enjoy the New England fall weather! I miss fall in New England. Here in Spain it’s like a cool August day. Still not time for sweaters or shonchos!

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  5. Love the poncho Tami! It does sound easy, but I have a hard time keeping track of my count when I have to make that many stitches. Do you use stitch markers, or are you very focused and able to keep track as you go? I use stitch markers to keep my edges straight when I go to the next row. I guess I could put a stitch marker every 10 or so to keep track of my count? I was just wondering how you do it.
    Jan

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    • Thanks Jan!! I almost never use stitch markers. The only row that needs counting is the starting chain and then the first count to the 60th stitch. I make sure that I have a nice quiet half an hour to get that part done. After that I just watch for the corners to come up and I don’t count any stitches at all. πŸ˜€

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    • Ha! I’m sure you don’t need much arm twisting CJ to get you to buy yarn!!! πŸ˜€ I have had my share of issues with the Caron Cakes too. Mostly in the Cotton cakes. I really love the Mandala yarn and didn’t have any problems at all with it. It’s a very soft acrylic and the color combos are very very nice. πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you Brenna! That Mandala yarn is gorgeous! It took me forever to pick out just one to check it out. Now that I’ve tested it and LOVE it I can see myself getting into some serious yarn budget trouble with this stuff. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks Yolanda!! The diamond design was super easy. I hope my instructions weren’t too confusing. I would love to see what you design for a poncho! Your sweater coats are just gorgeous so I’m sure any poncho you design would be amazing too!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks Emma! I think that this colorway is my favorite of the Lion Brand Mandala yarn. I’m so happy that she liked it so much. She even wore it out in public so I know she wasn’t just saying she liked it to make me feel good! LOL πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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