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