Sierra Swoncho

Part sweater and part poncho, this classic pattern pairs simple mesh with dramatic lace borders to create a sweet springtime layer. Belled cuffs and a swingy loose poncho style fit make this a garment you will delight in wearing as the season changes.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Small (Medium/Large, X Large/2X), 48 (52, 52)” wide from cuff to cuff, 17 (18, 20)” long from shoulder to hem.

About 8” positive ease recommended at the chest.

Sleeves fit about 1” positive ease recommended at the elbow

Shown in size Medium/Large

Gauge: 6 V-sts and 8 rows = 4” [10 cm] in V-st pattern after blocking

Materials

Light weight yarnYarn: Berroco Corsica (90% Cotton,10% Cashmere; 150 yards [137 meters]/50 grams):

#3624 Venus (7 (8, 10) balls)

Hook: US size I/9 (5.5 mm)

Notions: Stitch markers (3 colors), tapestry needle, scrap contrasting color yarn

Abbreviations

CBN Center Back Neck

PM – Place Stitch Marker

Special Stitches

V-Stitch (V-st): (dc, ch 1, dc) in indicated st or sp.

Increase Shell (IncShl): ([dc, ch 1] 2 times, dc) in indicated st or sp.

Shell Stitch (Shl): (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in indicated st or sp.

Fan Stitch (Fan): ([dc, ch 1] 3 times, dc) in indicated st or sp.

3 V Stitch Shell (3V-Shl): (dc, ch 1, dc) 3 times in indicated st or sp. 

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round from the top down, then armholes are joined and sleeves are worked in the round from each armhole. Additional rounds are worked off the remaining body stitches to create border.

Stitch markers are very important for following this pattern. Six markers in one color for regular increase points, 2 or 4 in different color for bustline increase points, 4 in 3rd color for armhole markers.

Bustline increases are written for A-B cup in size Small, B-C cup in size Med/Large and C+ cup in size XL/2X. Number of increases can be adjusted for larger or smaller bustline as needed. If going to a A-B cup size in Med/Large or XL/2X use same st marker placement as instructed for size Med/Large but stop bust increases in Rnd 7.

Sample is worked in size Med/Large and had 38g of yarn left from 8 50g balls. 

Pattern

Stacked Rows Foundation / Neckline

Row 1 (WS): Ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Row 2 (RS): Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first dc.

Rows 4-60 [72, 72]: Rep Rows 2-3, ending with a Row 2, without twisting stacked rows sl st to bottom of Row 1 to form ring. (30 [36, 36] sc rows, 30 [36, 36] dc rows)

Body

Turn to work along straight edge of neckline with WS facing.

Size Small Only

PM for Increase points in 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 22nd, and 27th sc rows from join. 27th sc row is also CBN.

Sizes Med/Large (XL/2X) Only

PM for increase points in 2nd, 8th, 14th, 20th, 26th, and 32nd sc rows from join. 32nd sc row is also CBN.

All Sizes

Tie a contrasting piece of yarn thru sc row at CBN.

Rnd 1: Ch 4, dc in same sc row as join (counts as first V-st of Rnd), sk next dc row, [*V-st in next sc row, sk next dc row*; rep from * to * until reach marked sc row, IncShl in marked sc row, move st marker to center dc of IncShl just made] 6 times; rep from * to * until work in last sc row of neckline, sk next dc row, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (24 [30, 30] V-sts, 6 IncShls)

Rnd 2 (RS): Turn, (sl st, ch 4, dc) in ch-1 sp of first V-st (counts as first V-st of Rnd), *V-st in each ch-1 sp around until reach marked IncShl, V-st in first ch-1 sp of IncShl, ch 1, sk marked dc, move st marker to ch-1 sp just made, V-st in 2nd ch-1 sp of same IncShl*; rep from * to * until work in last marked IncShl, V-st in each ch-1 sp until work in last V-st of previous rnd, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (36 [42, 42] V-sts, 6 marked ch-1 sp)

Rnd 3: Turn, (sl st, ch 4, dc) in ch-1 sp of first V-st (counts as first V-st of Rnd), V-st in each ch-1 sp around until work in last V-st of previous rnd, move up st markers to ch-1 sp of V-st worked in marked ch-1 sps, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (42 [48, 48] V-sts)

Add st markers for bustline increases in Front of Body 4 (4, 3, and 5) V-sts out from either side of center front marked V-st.

Rnd 4: Turn, (sl st, ch 4, dc) in ch-1 sp of first V-st (counts as first V-st of Rnd), *V-st in each ch-1 sp around until reach marked ch-1 sp, IncShl in marked ch-1 sp, move st marker to center dc of IncShl just made*; rep from * to * until work in last marked ch-1 sp, V-st in each ch-1 sp until work in last V-st of previous rnd, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (34 [40, 38] V-sts, 8 [8, 10] IncShls)

Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 2. (50 [56, 58] V-sts, 8 [8, 10] marked ch-1 sps)

Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 3. (58 [64, 68] V-sts)

Size Small Only

Remove bustline increase markers.

Rnds 7-12: Rep Rnds 4-6. (82 [96, 108] V-sts at end of Rnd 12)

All Sizes

Remove bustline increase markers.

Rnds 13-23 [23, 26]: Rep Rnds 4-6, ending with a Rnd 5. (124 [138, 162] V-sts, 6 marked ch-1 sps at end of Rnd 23 [23, 26])

Rnd 24 [24, 27] (Armhole joining Rnd): Using Armhole Stitch markers, count out from Center Back marked ch-1 sp in same direction as will be working Rnd 24 [24, 27], PM in 40th [41st, 47th] ch-1 sp. Then counting from Center Back marked ch-1 sp in opposite direction, PM in 23rd [25th, 24th] ch-1 sp.

Turn, (sl st, ch 4, dc) in ch-1 sp of first V-st (counts as first V-st of Rnd), *V-st in each ch-1 sp around until work in ch-1 sp with armhole marker, count back 16 [16, 24] V-sts beginning with V-st just completed, with WS of body together, slip st snugly between 16th and 17th [16th and 17th, 24th and 25th] V-st, (armhole made)*; rep from * to * once, V-st in each ch-1 sp around to beginning of Rnd, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (130 [144, 168] V-sts at end of Rnd 24 [24, 27])

Do Not Fasten Off.

Leave in Front Center and Back Center increase point st markers, remove the other stitch markers.

Opening Border

Rnd 1 (V-sts with 2 regular increase points, skipped V-sts at armhole for Small and Med/Large): Count down 3 (4, 0) V-sts from armhole join in both directions along Body opening and PM with different color from increase markers, turn, (sl st, ch 4, dc) in ch-1 sp of first V-st, *V-st in each ch-1 sp around until work in first marked armhole V-st, skip next 4 (6, 0) V-sts, V-st in ch-1 sp of next marked V-st, V-st in each ch-1 sp until reach increase marker, IncShl in marked ch-1 sp, move st marker to center dc of IncShl just made*; rep from * to * once, V-st in each ch-1 sp until work in last V-st of previous rnd, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (94 [98, 118] V-sts, 2 IncShls)

Rnd 2: Turn, (sl st, ch 4, dc) in ch-1 sp of first V-st, *V-st in each ch-1 sp around, until reach marked IncShls, V-st in first ch-1 sp of IncShl, ch 1, skip marked dc, remove st marker, V-st in 2nd ch-1 sp of same IncShl*; rep from * to * until work in last V-st of previous rnd, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (98 [102, 122 V-sts, 2 extra ch-1 sps)

Rnd 3: Turn, (sl st, ch 4, dc) in ch-1 sp of first V-st, V-st in each ch-1 sp around until work in last V-st of previous Rnd, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.  (100 [104, 124] V-sts)

Rnd 4 (Fans worked every other V-st): Turn, (sl st, ch 4, V-st) in center ch-1 sp of first V-st, *ch 1, skip next V-st, Fan in ch-1 sp of next V-st*; rep from * to * until only 1 V-st remains unworked, ch 1, skip last V-st, (dc, ch 1) in ch-1 sp where Rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first Fan of rnd. (50 [52, 62] Fans, 50 [52, 62] ch-1 sps)

Rnd 5 (Alt Fan & 3V-Shl): (Sl st, ch 4, turn, V-st) in center ch-1 sp of first Fan, working only in center ch-1 sps of Fans: *3V-Shl in next indicated ch-1 sp, Fan in next indicated ch-1 sp*; rep from * to * 23 (24, 29) times, Fan in next indicated ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1) in ch-1 sp where rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first Fan of rnd. (25 [26, 31] Fans, 25 [26, 31] 3V-Shls)

Rnd 6 (All 3V-Shl): (Sl st, ch 4, turn, dc, V-st) in center ch-1 sp of first Fan, working only in center ch-1 sps of 3V-Shls and center ch-1 sps of Fans, 3V-Shl in each indicated ch-1 sp around, V-st in ch-1 sp where rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first 3V-Shl of rnd. (50 [52, 62] 3V-Shl)

Rnd 7: Do Not Turn, (sl st, ch 1, sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch-1 sp of first 3V-Shl, ch 3, sk 2 dc, sc in next ch-1 sp, sk next dc, sl st before next dc, *sk dc, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3**, sk 2 dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, sk 2 dc, sc in next ch-1 sp, sk 1 dc, sl st before next dc*; rep from * to * 49 (51, 61) times, then rep from * to ** once, sl st to first sc of rnd. Fasten off. (200 [208, 248] sc, 150 [156, 186] ch-3 sps, 50 [52, 62] sl st)

Sleeves

Working around V-sts in armhole opening.

Rnd 1: With WS of last Body rnd of armhole facing, attach yarn in ch-1 sp of V-st at bottom of armhole opening toward back of Body, (sl st, ch 4, dc) in ch-1 sp of first V-st, counts as first V-st in rnd, V-st in ch-1 sp of each V-st around, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (16 [16, 24] V-sts)

Rnd 2: (Sl st, ch 4, turn, dc) in ch-1 sp of first V-st, counts as first V-st in rnd, V-st in ch-1 sp of each V-st around, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. (16 [16, 24] V-sts)

Rnds 3-4 [6, 4]: Rep Rnd 2. (16 [16, 24] V-sts)

Rnd 5 [7, 5]: (Sl st, ch 4, turn, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp of first V-st,(*V-st in ch-1 sp of next 7 V-sts*, Shl in ch-1 sp of next V-st) 1 (1, 2) times; rep from * to * once, dc in ch-1 where rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first Shl st of rnd. (14 [14, 21] V-sts, 2 [2, 3] Shls)

Rnd 6 [8, 6]: (Sl st, ch 4, turn, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp of first Shl, (*V-st in next ch-1 sp, Shl in next ch-1 sp, V-st in next 3 ch-1 sps, Shl in next ch-1 sp, V-st in next ch-1 sp*, Shl in next ch-1 sp) 1 (1, 2) times; rep from * to * once, dc in ch-1 where rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first Shl st of rnd. (10 [10, 15] V-sts, 6 [6, 9] Shls)

Rnd 7 [9, 7]: (Sl st, ch 4, turn, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp of first Shl, *V-st in next ch-1 sp, Shl in next ch-1 sp*; rep from * to * 6 (6, 10) times, V-st in next ch-1 sp, dc in ch-1 where rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first Shl st of rnd. (8 [8, 12] V-sts, 8 [8, 12] Shls)

Rnd 8 [10, 8]: (Sl st, ch 4, turn, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp of first Shl, (*Shl in next 2 ch-1 sps, [V-st in next ch-1 sp, Shl in next ch-1 sp] 2 times*, Shl in next 2 ch-1 sps) 1 (1, 2) times; rep from * to * once, Shl in next ch-1 sp, dc in ch-1 where rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first Shl st of rnd. (4 [4, 6] V-sts, 12 [12, 18] Shls)

Rnd 9 [11, 9]: (Sl st, ch 4, turn, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp of first Shl, Shl in each ch-1 sp around, dc in ch-1 where Rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first Shl st of Rnd. (16 [16, 24] Shls)

Rnd 10 [12, 10]: (Sl st, ch 4, turn, V-st) in ch-1 sp of first Shl, *Shl in next 3 ch-1 sps, Fan in next ch-1 sp*; rep from * to * 2 (2, 4) times, Shl in next 3 ch-1 sps, (dc, ch 1) in ch-1 where rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first Fan of rnd. (12 [12, 18] Shls, 4 [4, 6] Fans)

Rnd 11 [13, 11]: (Sl st, ch 4, turn, V-st) in center ch-1 sp of first Fan, *working only in ch-1 sps of Shls and center ch-1 sps of Fans, Shl in next indicated ch-1 sp, Fan in next indicated ch-1 sp*; rep from * to * 6 (6, 10) times, Shl in next indicated ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1) in ch-1 where rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first Fan of rnd. (8 [8, 12] Shls, 8 [8, 12] Fans)

Rnd 12 [14, 12]: (Sl st, ch 4, turn, V-st) in center ch-1 sp of first Fan, working only in ch-1 sps of Shls and center ch-1 sps of Fans, Fan in each indicated ch-1 sp around, (dc, ch 1) in ch-1 where rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first Fan of rnd. (16 [16, 24] Fans)

Rnd 13 [15, 13]: (Sl st, ch 4, turn, dc, V-st) in center ch-1 sp of first Fan, *working in center ch-1 sps of Fans, Fan in next indicated ch-1 sp, 3V-Shl in next indicated ch-1 sp*; rep from * to * 6 (6, 10) times, Fan in next indicated ch-1 sp, V-st in ch-1 where rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first 3V-Shl of rnd. (8 [8, 12] Fans, 8 [8, 12] 3V-Shls)

Rnd 14 [16, 14]: (Sl st, ch 4, turn, dc, V-st) in center ch-1 sp of first 3V-Shl, working in center ch-1 sps of 3V-Shls and center ch-1 sps of Fans, 3V-Shl in each indicated ch-1 sp around, V-st in ch-1 sp where rnd started, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4, completes first 3V-Shl of rnd. (16 [16, 24] 3V-Shl)

Rnd 15 [17, 15]: Do Not Turn, (sl st, ch 1, sc, ch 3, sc) in center ch-1 sp of first 3V-Shl, ch 3, sk 2 dc, sc in next ch-1 sp, sk next dc, sl st before next dc, *sk dc, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3**, sk 2 dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, sk 2 dc, sc in next ch-1 sp, sk 1 dc, sl st before next dc*; rep from * to* 14 (14, 22) times; rep from * to ** once, sl st to first sc of Rnd. Fasten off. (64 [64, 96] sc, 48 [48, 72] ch-3 sps,16 [16, 24] sl st)

Repeat for 2nd sleeve.

Finishing

Gently block to define points at cuffs and border. Weave in all ends.

Sizes Small and Medium/Large Only

Sew tops of skipped V-sts under armhole to each other using a whip stitch.

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Comments
  • Shelia french

    Oh good I don’t feel so actually stupid because I kept reading the pattern volume and crocheting for under age but I couldn’t figure this out for nothing if anyone knows if they did do a YouTube video on us please let me know I would appreciate it or send me the link I’ll put my email in it’s so beautiful not to do it but I do not understand how to start it it’s too confusing I don’t get it

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  • Please show us how this is done in a video tutorial on YouTube. Pattern is not very explanatory. Such a lovely pattern and color of the yarn is amazing. Please consider my request. Please inform me if you do on the following email address. Marlene.ungerer@gmail.com.

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  • What a beautiful too and an awesome color. I agree with everyone. Would you please consider doing a video tutorial for this awesome pattern please. Many thanks for sharing with everyone. Love it!!!!

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  • Tech Editor

    Hello. The stacked sts builds up the foundation row instead of a long chain. I hope this helps.

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  • kristen

    Same here. Ive crochet for years! Have no clue how many stitches to start with.Im completely lost.

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  • Dawn Ross

    This pattern makes no sense !!!! I’ve never read a pattern that was so confusing. Do you have pictures somewhere ??? How do you get a, say 32” inch circumference w/ only a few stitches. Am I missing a critical part of this pattern ???

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  • This is stunning. I wish you could do a video as I would love to make this beautiful top you have made. Thank you

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