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Welcome back, friends. I hope you have all had an amazing week and have enjoyed making your Blooming Petals Ponchos so far.
Last week we completed the body of the poncho and this week we are adding the edging. We will begin with the side edging on both the left and the right, move on to the bottom edging along the front and back and finish with edging the neck.
The placement of the stitches can be a bit tricky, so I will be hosting another Facebook Live in the Fun with Furls CAL group, tomorrow at 11am EST. If you are unable to join me live, the replay will be available to watch at a later time.
When we completed Part Two, you ended on an even row at the bottom corner. You are going to turn your work so that you are working into the long edge, with your tail to the right and your last row finished perpendicular.
EDGING RIGHT SIDE
Row 1: Ch 1 and sc in the same st, sc evenly to end- you will place one sc in every ch of the remaining ch-2s along the side and one sc in every row ending in a sc.
Your goal is to end up with a multiple of 6 plus one, if you end up with not enough sts you will be able to add 1-2 stitches per row for the next 4 rows until you are the correct number.
Rows 2-5: Ch 1, turn, sc evenly to end (being mindful to end up with a multiple of 6 plus one by Row 5).
Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *skip 2 sts, [dc, ch 2, dc, ch 2, dc] in the next st, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * to end.
Row 7: Ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch-2), turn, skip next dc, sc next dc, *skip next dc, [dc, ch 2, dc, ch 2, dc] in next sc, skip next dc, sc in next dc, repeat from until 2 sts remain, skip next dc, [dc, ch 2, dc] in last sc.
Row 8: Ch1, turn, sc in first dc (same st as base of ch 1), skip next dc, [dc, ch 2, dc, ch 2, dc] in next sc, *skip next dc, sc next dc, skip next dc, [dc, ch 2, dc, ch 2, dc] in next sc, repeat from * until beg ch-5, skip 2 chs and sc in the 3rd ch of beg ch -5. FASTEN OFF
Your last completed row will become your right side (RS). It will also be the front of the poncho. You may want to place a stitch marker somewhere along the front of the poncho for reference.
EDGING LEFT SIDE
Turn work so that the RS is facing down with the right side edging on the bottom of the piece. Working in to the furthest right hand corner, attach yarn with sl st and repeat Rows 1-8 above.
repeat for both front and back
Row 1: With RS facing; Attach yarn by sl st in furthers right corner. Sc evenly along the bottom. The exact placement is not mandatory, as long as your piece is not pulled tight or overly stretched. I have indicated what works best for me below.
Along the edge you began with (ch edge); you will begin by placing one sc in each row ending in sc and one sc in each ch, along the side edging, and then sc in each ch and at the base of each sc and each cluster, finishing with placing one sc in each row ending in sc along the second side edge.
Along the finished edge you ended on; you will begin by placing one sc in each row ending in sc and one sc in each ch, along the side edging, then place one sc in each st and one sc in each ch-2 sp, finishing with placing one sc in each row ending in sc along the second side edge.
Rows 2-5: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc evenly to end.
The neck edging is probably the most complex part of the edging. This does not have to be perfect, as long as the neck is not pulled too tightly and not stretched out too much, and providing you can easily get it over your head. You will also want to make sure it lays the way you want when you put it on. If you are not sure, try it on as you go. I have indicated, below, what worked best for me.
Row 1 (RS): Attach the yarn by sl st somewhere along the back of the neck. Sc evenly around the neck. In the back of the neck you will be beginning on a finished edge; place one sc in each st and one sc in each ch-2 space. Along the sides; place one sc in row end (sc or ch-2). Along the front; place one sc at the base of each st and one sc in each ch-2, sl st into the first sc to complete your row.
This gave me 36 sts around the neck for size small. If you complete yours in the same fashion you should have on or about 36 (36, 40, 40, 44, 44) sc sts around the neck.
BEFORE MOVING ON
If you have many more sts than that, go back and make sure your neck isn't stretched out too much. If it is, redo that row. If it isn't, try it on and see how it fits. If it feels like it will be too loose then you can add some decreases (sc2tog) along the next 1-4 rows until it fits the way you desire.
If you have many less sts than that, go back and make sure your neck isn't too tight and that it easily fits over your head. If it does not easily fit over your head, redo that row. If it does easily fit over your head, work evenly for the next 4 rows.
Rows 2-5: Do NOT turn your work; ch 1 and sc in the same st, sc evenly around neck, sl st into the first sc to complete your row. At the end of Row 5, FASTEN OFF.
Weave in all ends and block your work. It is your choice as to whether you want to do a wet blocking or steam blocking.
If you are not familiar with blocking, or in order to help you decide which way you want to block your poncho, check out this great tutorial by Marly Bird.
This completes our March CAL. It has been such a pleasure working with you again and I will be back two more times this year for more CALs. You will also see me in the group moderating the rest of our CAL's from the other wonderful artists on our schedule for 2018.
If you enjoyed this CAL you can check out my other designs on Ravelry, including many other CALs I have done for Furls Crochet. And please share your pics of your finished ponchos on our projects page.
Lorene Eppolite is the designer behind Cre8tion Crochet. She has been designing since October 2012. She loves to create fun and easy crochet accessories and garments. She strives to make her designs to be achievable for any skill level. Just because it is easy, doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Lorene was named one of the Top Ten Designers by The Yarn Box in 2012 and by AllFreeCrochet in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Most recently Lorene has become the Creative Director for Furls Crochet.
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