Free Pattern – For Emily — 38 Comments

    • POINTS!!!! first guess and it’s absolutely right! 🙂 That’s one of my favorite songs and the whole time I was making this it just made me think of it. I can picture her wearing this while they walked “on frosted fields of juniper and lamplight”

  1. I’m curious if you’ve tried one without a collar. I want to try one, but am looking for a little more casual. Love your work though!

    • I have not done it, but I think you totally could. Start like this (I’m starting with row 6 to match the rest of the row numbers):

      Row 6: Work 65 fsc, turn OR
      Alternate Row 6: Ch 66 LOOSELY, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (65 sc)

      Row 7: Ch 3, 2dc in same st, dc in next 31 sts, (dc, ch 2, 2dc) in next st, dc in next 31 sts, 2dc in last st, turn. (70 sts).

      Then continue from Rnd 8 as written. This will leave you with a tiny little V shaped slit at the collar, but I think that will still look nice.

      If you don’t want that slit at the collar, try this instead:

      Rnd 6: Work 64 fsc, join OR
      Alternate Rnd 6: Ch 65 LOOSELY, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, join, turn. (64 sc)

      Rnd 7: Ch 3, 2dc in same st, dc in next 31 sts, (dc, ch 2, 2dc) in next st, dc in next 31 sts, 2dc in first st, ch 2, join, turn. (70 sts).

      Rnd 8: Work as for Rnd 9. (76 sts)

      Continue with Rnd 9 as written.

  2. I am a beginner… the main poncho is worked in rounds, but every rows’ instructions say to join and turn. I don’t understand the turning? Can I not just keep going around? Thanks!!

    • Working in rounds does not necessarily mean working in CONTINUOUS rounds (which is what you’re thinking of). You can work in the round by joining and turning at each round, or by working continuously around. Both methods have their pluses and minuses. Working in continuous rounds causes the rounds to shift a half a stitch with every round (see more info here:, which is why for something like this, I prefer to join and turn. Just join the rounds with a slip stitch as indicated, then turn and work back in the other direction 🙂

      • Ah ha! I get it – thank you so much for taking the time to explain. I have about 9 rounds done, but I fear I am not doing the end of round Chain 2, join and turn, and then the beginning of round slip stitch Chain 3 combo correctly since I seem to have two holes instead of one in the joined area. Any idea what I am doing wrong?

  3. Thank you so much for the quick reply – I pulled that image down. Now I guess I need to doing a whole lot of frogging. I appreciate your help!

    • before you frog…..if you have a long enough starting tail, you MAY be able to fix it when sewing the tail in….just sew the loose dc to the one next to it, that should close the gap. You may want to try that and see how it looks before frogging it all

  4. Hi I will be making this for a rather large person in order to make it even larger how many stitches would I need as a repeat. Not sure how to state this.

  5. Hi Emily,
    This pattern is beautiful and I’m making it as a birthday present for my daughter-in-law. I’m relatively new to crocheting and have read quite a bit to try to understand how to read a chart as well as to read instructions in parenthesis and brackets. Nevertheless, I’m struggling with Line 3A. I have completed one repetition beginning with [Ch3 and ending with ….heart in next st)5 times]. If I’m reading this correctly, the next repetition would begin with [Chain 3 and end…heart in next st)] until I had completed a total of 5 cycles. However, the chart seems to show the repetition beginning with 2dc followed by 4 chain then 2dc and a chain. Please help me understand how to create the repetition . What is the next instruction following the first repetition?

  6. Hi Pia,
    I was able to complete the collar with your prior help (thanks!) and now am stuck on Round 14, the first of 7 repetitions of Rounds 10 -13. I have 106 stitches at the completion of Round 13, 53 stitches on each side of the ch sp. Round 10 says [(ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 2 sts) across to last 2 sts before ch sp, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st]. When I try to complete the dc in the next two stitches before the last two stitches, I’m unable to as I have 3 stitches left. So I’m unable to both do dc in the next two st and also, the last part of the instruction, ch 1, sk next st, dc in the next st. I do have a picture I can send you if you give me your email as I’m unable to insert a picture in this box. I am at a loss as to how to proceed. Perhaps a chart of line 13 and line 10 would help then I could see exactly what I’ve done wrong. I appreciate your help. B

    • ok let’s look at the math: (ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 2 sts) is worked over 3 sts. so if you do that 17 times, that should be 51 sts. If you have 53 sts on each side of the ch sp, that means 2 sts are left before the ch sp, which is correct. So it looks like somewhere you’ve done an extra stitch or skipped an extra stitch, or you had only 52 on that side.

  7. Hi Emily,
    I’m trying to adjust the finished length of the poncho to meet my daughter-in-law’s request. Please clarify your statement in the gauge info that Row 6 should be about 22″. What Row 6 is that?
    Row 6 is still the collar?
    What is the finished length of the poncho from top where Row 7 begins to bottom triangular point?
    And what is the length of the 10 inches of hem Round 49 -57?…
    Thanks so much.

  8. Yes, Row 6 is the collar – that’s the narrowest point, and that row should be about 22″ long. Not the height of your work up to that point, but the actual length of that row (i.e. the circumference of the collar at its narrowest point).

    I did not measure the other dimensions you asked about when I first made this. I have since worn and washed it MANY times, so these dimensions are probably stretched out quite a bit, but here are the measurements now:

    From collar to hem at one “point” (i.e. on the diagonal) I get 27″. From collar to hem along a straight edge, it’s 21. The hem adds about 3″ when folded up (so 6″ before folding). The collar is about 3″ as well, but since it folds down it doesn’t add to the overall length.

    I hope that helps!

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