Cedar Mill Tunisian Poncho

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Have you ever made a tunisian crochet poncho? If you have not, I hope you choose the Cedar Mill Tunisian Poncho to be your first!

The Cedar Mill Tunisian Poncho features two tunisian crochet stitches and simple shapes to create an easy to wear poncho that’s perfect for to keep the chill at bay. By making a a classic poncho style, this can be in regular rotation through spring, fall and winter days.

The Cedar Mill Tunisian Poncho offers a unique striping effect thanks to the yarn, and the direction that the stitches are made. I was hoping to make all three sections seamless (because I avoid seaming as much as possible 😂), but I chose to keep it simple so that someone new to tunisian crochet will enjoy making this project.

Want to know what Cedar Mill means? It’s just the combination of two creeks in my area. Yep, that’s it. I’m so lucky to live in an area outside of Atlanta that values it’s green space through the county parks. In early summer 2020 (when folks were starting to go outside again), my cousin asked me to walk with her at the park, and she showed me this gorgeous waterfall. I had been to the park before with my parents and siblings, but never knew about the waterfall. To be clear, it’s a not a water flowing over a cliff, but it’s the creek cascading down rocks with shallow pools that visitors enjoy splashing in. I love visiting this park but I didn’t like the name for the poncho, so I looked up other waterways in the area and combined the names. I love finding inspiration in nature.

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Yarn

As a King Cole North American Brand Ambassador, I have an opportunity to try out new yarns, and when I got the first cake of Harvest DK, I knew that I had to make a garment with it. This yarn is SO SOFT and works up beautifully in tunisian crochet. Harvest DK is 90% acrylic and 10% alpaca 🦙 that comes in a generous cake of 585 yards / 535 meters. 🤯😍 Yes, that is a lot of yardage in a single cake of yarn. This yarn offers long color changes that make color changes a breeze. With 8 color ways in soft palettes, it’s an easy choice to make garments and accessories that will blend with your closet.

If want to add some Harvest DK to your stash, you can get some with your local yarn shop or online at Wool Warehouse. At the time of this writing, Harvest DK is $8.74 at Wool Warehouse. If you have any sensitive to natural animal fiber, but want to the look of alpaca, try Lion Brand’s Feels Like Alpaca, which is temporarily sold out due to an amazing sale. It’s normally $8.99 per skein, and comes in 7 warm, neutral colors.

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MATERIALS

  • King Cole Yarn Harvest DK, (90% acrylic, 10% alpaca, 585 yds/ 535 m; 4.75 oz/ 150 g): Babbling Brook x 4 (5, 6) skeins or 2280 (2594, 2926) yds total
  • US K (6.5 mm) Tunisian hook with cord or hook to meet gauge 
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • Measuring Tape

GAUGE

Section 1: 13 thdc x 14 rows = 4” x 4” [10 cm x 10 cm]

Section 2: 14 tss x 14.5 rows = 4” x 4” [10 cm x 10 cm] 

FINISHED SIZE

  • Size 1: to fit bust 28-38” [71-96.5 cm]; when flat and before seaming, 20” length x 60” [50.8 x 152.4 cm] wide excluding ribbing
  • Size 2: to fit bust 40-50” [101.5-127cm]; when flat and before seaming, 22” length x 63” [55.9 x 160 cm] wide excluding ribbing
  • Size 3: to fit bust 52-62” [132-158 cm]; when flat and before seaming, 24” length x 66” [61 x 167.6 cm]wide excluding ribbing

PATTERN KEY

Bpdc: back post double crochet

Ch: chain

Cnr: corner

CSDC: chainless starting double crochet

Dc: double crochet

FPdc: front post double crochet

FO: fasten off

FwP: forward pass

M: stitch marker(s)

Prev: previous

Rem: remain(s) 

Rep: repeat

RetP: standard return pass

RS: right side

Sc: single crochet

Sc2tog: single crochet 2 together

Sk: skip

Sl st: slip stitch

St(s): stitch(es)

Thdc: tunisian half double crochet

Thdc RetP: tunisian half double crochet return pass 

Tss: tunisian simple stitch

WS: wrong side

YO: yarn over

SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES

RetP: Ch 1, *YO, pull through 2 loops; rep from * across

Thdc foundation row: Make a ch with an even number of sts, YO, insert hook in back bump of 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop, *[YO, pull up a loop in next st]; repeat from * to end 

Thdc next rows: Sk first 2 vertical bars, *YO, insert hook under next 2 vertical bars (the vertical bar on the left will be leaning back), YO, pull up a loop; repeat from * until last st, YO, insert hook under 2 loops of the end, YO, pull up a loop

Thdc RetP: Ch 1, *YO, pull through 3 loops; rep from * across

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

INTERMEDIATE

NOTES

  • Pattern is written in US terms.
  • Read entire pattern before beginning.
  • The Cedar Mill Tunisian Poncho is made in 7 parts: Sections 1-2, 3 times; Seaming; Shoulder Seam; Neck Opening Edging; and Edging.
  • Due to the nature of tss curling, Section 2 may appear smaller than Section 1 of each panel. 
  • Refer to the schematic in the PDF to choose size and see the direction of seaming the pieces together. 
  • Each size is color-coded with changes for other sizes in parentheses ( ).
  • Stitch counts are provided when possible. If a stitch count is not listed, notes may be provided on whether an even or odd st count is recommended.

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INSTRUCTIONS

SIZE 1 (SIZE 2, SIZE 3)

Section 1

Ch 33 (36, 39)   

Row 1 FwP: YO, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, YO, pull up a loop, *YO, insert hook in next ch, YO, pull up a loop; repeat from * to end – 65 (71, 77) loops 

Row 1 RetP: Ch 1, *(YO, pull through 3 loops); repeat from * to end – 33 (36, 39) Thdc

Note: Follow instructions for Thdc next rows, and all RetP are the same.

Row 2: 33 (36, 39) Thdc. Thdc RetP – 33 (36, 39) Thdc

Rows 3- 70 (74, 77): Rep Row 2 or until Section 1 measures 20 (21, 22)in length

Bind off row: Ch 1, working under the slanted vertical and next vertical bar, sc until 1 st rem, working under last slanted vertical bar and horizontal bar, sc, working under both loops of st at end of row, sc. Do not FO – 33 (36, 39) sc  

Section 2

Note: If fewer or more rows are needed to reach the length, adjust the number of Tss.

Row 1 FwP: Working along the side of Section 1, starting in the last row, insert hook in the last st, YO, pull up a loop, *insert hook in last st of next row (row end), YO, pull up a loop; rep in each sp to end – 70 (74, 77) loops

Row 1 RetP: Ch 1, *(YO, pull through 2 loops); rep from * to end – 70 (74, 77) Tss  

Rows 2-36 (40, 44): 70 (74, 77) Tss. RetP – 70 (74, 77) Tss

Note: Adjust rows if needed until Section 2 is 10 (11, 12)” in length.

Bind off: Ch 1, working under vertical and horizontal bars, sc to cnr, sc under both loops of the last st; sc in same sp as last sc, sc in the last st of each row until Section 1, FO- 105 (113, 120) sc

Note: Adjust the number of sc as needed, if the total number of rows was changed.

Repeat Sections 1 and 2 two more times. 

Need help with the stitches?

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Seaming

Align Section 1 of first piece with Section 2 of the second piece; rep with third piece but aligned with second piece. Use M to hold pieces together, seam pieces with your preferred method.

Shoulder Seam

Fold Piece in half, place M 18 (17.5, 19)” from top cnr; attach yarn to top cnr, working through both thicknesses, ch 1, sc in each st until M, remove M, do not FO

Neck Opening Edging

Rnd 1: Working through one layer, ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each st until 2 sts rem, sc2tog, sl st to join

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in each st until 1 st rem, sc2tog in next st and sk st, sl st in next 3 sts of the prev rnd, FO

Edging 1

Row 1: Attach yarn to cnr of a short side, CSDC in first st, dc in each st to next cnr, turn 

NOTE: ensure it is an odd number of total sts

Row 2: CSDC in first st, *BPdc around next st, FPdc around next sts; rep from * until 2 sts rem, BPdc around next st, dc in last st, turn

Row 3: CSDC in first st, *FPdc around next st, BPdc around next st; rep from * until 2 sts rem, FPdc around next st, dc in last st, turn

Rows 4-6: RepRows 2-3, then Row 2

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each st. Do not FO 

Edging 2

Row 1: Working along remaining edge and working in the side of Edging 1, ch 1, sc evenly along Edging 1, sc in each st, sc evenly along other end of Edging 1

Row 2: CSDC in first st, dc in each st, turn

Rows 3-7: CSDC in first st, * *bpdc around next st, fpdc around next st; rep from * until 1 st rem, dc in last st, turn

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each st, FO

FINISHING

  1. Weave in all ends. 
  2. Block to final size, if needed.

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