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

*Pattern Update 2/25/20: Per popular request, we’ve included a video tutorial from designer Andee Graves for the Crochet Stacked Rows. We hope this helps!*

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. 

For a quick video tutorial on Crochet Stacked Rows, check out Andee’s video below

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
  • 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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  • 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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    • You are creating a “chain” of stitches that becomes the neck trim, then connecting it into a circle and building outward from the trim to create the body of the poncho. The video 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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    • Tech E.

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

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  • Marlene U.

    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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  • 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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  • Shelia f.

    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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  • I’m LMAO. This company wants you to buy their product in subscription form, but yet they can’t even write a free pattern that makes any sense. I’ll save my money.

    Has anyone figured out how to start this project? I’m clueless. Too bad cuz if I liked the pattern I might consider subscribing.

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  • Caitlin E.

    Hello Heather! Thanks for your message and we apologize for any confusion! We’ve added a video to this pattern from the designer that demonstrates how to do crochet stacked rows, which is how this pattern is started. I hope this helps!

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  • Cat R.

    After reading the comments, I grabbed some yarn and a hook to see what all the fuss was about. I did exactly what the stacked rows said. I chained 2, put a sc in the first chain, chained 3, turned work, put 2dc in the sc, chained 1, turned work, put a sc in the first dc. I continued alternating rows 2 and 3, no problem, no confusion. Did any of you even try it? The directions clearly state to alternate these two rows until you have 60 or 72 rows. Each repeat makes a little triangle shape, so it’s easy to count.

    To the designer: I’ve never done stacked rows before but found your directions to be very clear and easy to follow. Beautiful top, I look forward to making this.

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  • WENDY F.

    Hi!! I am having trouble with row 24. I just can’t seem to get both sides even no matter how many times I try placing these markers. Do I count the center back marker as the first chain space or do I start with the next one out? I think it might be easier to just start from the center back and count out all around the edge to place the markers instead of going forward and then backing up. Is it possible for you to that for us? Thanks! 🙂

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    • Nicola P.

      Hello Wendy! We’ve reached out to the designer for clarification and she or I will reply as soon as possible. Thanks! – Nicola

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    • Nicola P.

      Hello Wendy! We might need more information on where you are having trouble, but one thing to note is that the front and back are not even; there are more stitches in front than back because of bust increases. Also note, that the marked chain spaces at the start are not even distances from the center back. Hope that helps for now! – Nicola

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  • Colleen W.

    I love this top. I made it through the first 2 rounds (I was confused after reading the pattern for the starting but when I actually crocheted it it made sense). My confusion is on row 3, the stitch counts for size XL says there should be 48 V-Stitches. There’s only 42 after round 2, and nowhere does the pattern state to increase in round 3; so how do I get more V-St than round 2? Am I supposed to do an IncShl in marked stitches?

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    • Nicola P.

      Hi Coleen! We’ve reached out to the designer for clarification and she or I will reply as soon as possible. Thanks! – Nicola

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    • Nicola P.

      Hello Colleen! Update:
      If following the directions exactly as written, you will gain 6 V-sts that are worked in the marked ch-1 spcs from Rnd 2. I’ve bolded the relevant sections of text in the pattern below. Hope this helps! – Nicola

      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)

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  • Denise G.

    I like this pattern, hoping I can keep into it and not get mixed up.or distracted. Glad I joined bbq the Gold Club. Wondering how I can keep this in my own MY LIBRARY…

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    • Nicola P.

      Hi Denise! We are so glad you are here! This is currently a function we are working on implementing in the near future. In the meantime, we recommend using your web browser’s book mark tool or Pinterest for saving your favorite patterns. Hope this helps for now! – Nicola

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