Crochet Summer Wrap
This Crochet Summer Wrap is a unique poncho-style garment that uses a wide variety of basic crochet stitches and cluster stitches. The body of the wrap is crocheted in rows using treble crochet stitches that are offset. This alternating design with tall stitches gives the wrap a delicate and eye-catching look. Then front and center of this crochet summer wrap you have 3 square flower motifs (4 if you are making sizes L/XL) that create an interesting focal point and design element.
Stitches You Need to Know
There are several stitches in this summer wrap pattern. You will need to know all the basics: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and treble crochet. Plus, you’ll need to know how to do an adjustable ring (I’ve included a link below to a short video tutorial for this technique), a single crochet decrease (sc2tog) and some cluster stitches. Each cluster stitch is explained in the Special Abbreviations section below. Make sure to read each definition carefully as you work the clusters. Cluster stitches are a great way to replicate flower shapes and they get easier the more you practice!
A Wrap that Stays Put!
I love to design poncho-style wraps like this one because they are very flattering on everyone and they stay in place when you wear them! Shawls and other wraps are very pretty but not always very practical. You often need to adjust them while you wear them and cannot have your hands free. With this crochet summer wrap you can be busy with your hands without worrying about your wrap falling off or shifting. Plus, there is a simple tie around the top edge that allows it adjust to your shoulder width and helps it to look its best.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Length of wrap (without top edging): 11” (15”)
Center 3 motifs entire length: 10.5” (14”)
Each motif = 3 ½”
S/M (size shown in photos and written in pattern) and L/XL (instructions included in parentheses)
Supplies for the Crochet Summer Wrap:
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Size 3 (DK weight) cotton yarn – approximately 500 yards
(The yarn I used for this project is no longer available but here are some other alternatives:
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Special Stitches and Abbreviations:
Adjustable Ring: Wrap yarn around hand to create a loop; pull working end of yarn through lp with hk;
*Watch a short video tutorial of this technique here*
4-dc-CL (4 double crochet Cluster) = (YO, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 4 times all in the same st; YO, pull through all 5 loops on hook
5-dc-CL (5 double crochet Cluster) = (YO, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 5 times all in the same st; YO, pull through all 6 loops on hook
4-tr-CL (4 treble Cluster) = [YO twice, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 2 times] 4 times; YO, pull through all 5 loops on hook
5-tr-CL (5 treble Cluster) = [YO twice, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 2 times] 5 times; YO, pull through all 6 loops on hook
Sc2tog (single crochet 2 together)= Insert hook into next st, YO, draw up a loop; insert hook into next st, YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook
Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook
Sc (single crochet) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through 2 loops on hook
Hdc (half double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch; YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook
Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice
Tr (treble crochet) = YO twice, insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hk) 3 times
YO (yarn over)
Wrap is worked from the top down in rows.
Shell = (3 tr, ch 1, 3 tr)
First the main body of the wrap is crocheted
Then the motifs are crocheted and joined together to make the center strip
Then the main body is joined to the motif center strip
Lastly scallop edgings are added along the top and bottom edges
Instructions for the Crochet Summer Wrap:
Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above
Ch 160 (168)
Work (2 tr, ch 1, tr) in 6th ch from hook; [sk next 3 chs, (3 tr, ch 1, tr) in next st] across up to last 2 chs; sk next ch, tr in last ch. Turn. (39 (41) shells)
Ch 4, [(3 tr, ch 1, tr) in next ch-1 sp] across; tr in turning chain. Turn.
Rows 3 – 6:
Repeat Row 2
Ch 4, [(3 tr, ch 1, tr, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] across; tr in turning chain. Turn.
Ch 4, [(3 tr, ch 1, tr, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp; sk next ch-1 sp] across ending with tr in turning chain. Turn.
Rows 9 – 14 (18) :
Repeat Row 2. Fasten off.
Motif 1 of the Crochet Summer Wrap: Make 2
Work 8 sc in an adjustable ring; join with sl st to 1st sc.
Sl st in 1st st, (ch 6, sl st in next st) 7 times; ch 3, dc in 1st sl st.
(Ch 5, sc in next sp) around ending with ch 3, dc in base of 1st ch-5 length.
Ch 6, (3 dc in next sp, ch 3) around ending with ch 3, 2 dc in first sp of round.
Sl st into next ch-2 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same sp, [dc in each of next 3 dcs, 3 dc in next sp, dc in each of next 3 dcs, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next sp] around; join with sl st to top of starting ch-3. Fasten off.
Motif 2 of the Crochet Summer Wrap: Make 1 (2)
Work 8 sc in adjustable ring; join with sl st to 1st sc.
Sl st in 1st sc, ch 5, (dc, ch 2) in each st around; sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch-5.
Sl st into next sp, (ch 2, 3-dc-CL) in same sp; (ch 3, 4-dc-CL) in next sp around; ch 3, sl st in top of 1st CL. (8 clusters)
Sl st in next sp, (ch 3, 4-tr-CL) in same sp; [ch 6, 5-tr-CL in next sp, ch 4, 5-tr-CL in next sp] 3 times; ch 6, 5-tr-CL in next sp, ch 4, join with sl st in top of 1st CL.
Ch 2, (2 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in same sp;[hdc in top of next CL, 6 hdc in next sp, hdc in top of next CL, (3 hdc, ch 3, 3 hdc) in next corner] 3 times; hdc in top of next CL, 6 hdc in next sp, hdc in next CL, sl st to top of starting ch-2. Fasten off.
Using photo as a guide join motifs together by sc with Wrong Side facing careful to work in front loop of motif closest to you and back loop of motif behind.
For size S/M: Join motifs in this order: Motif 1 – Motif 2 – Motif 1
For size L/XL: Join motifs in this order: Motif 1 – Motif 2 – Motif 1 – Motif 2
Wet block motif strip pinning to sharp rectangular shape and let dry overnight.
Wet block shawl being careful to pin each shell so spaces extended and stitch definition is shown. Let dry overnight.
Work 50 sc down front side edges of shawl with Right Side facing
With Right Sides facing sc motif strip to shawl edges in same manner as joined motifs. Use pins or clips to keep motif strip even on both sides.
With Right Side facing join with sl st to 1st ch to left of top motif; sc in next 2 chs; (sc2tog by inserting hook into bases of next 2 shells, sc in next ch, sk next ch, sc in next ch) 3 times; (Sc in base of next shell, sc in next ch, sk next ch, sc in next ch) around to last 6 shells; (sc2tog over next 2 shells, sc in next ch, sk next ch, sc in next ch) 2 times; sc2tog over next 2 shells, sc in last chs. Turn.
Ch 7, dc in same st; [sk next 2 sts; (dc, ch 4, dc) in next st] around ending with sl st into 3rd ch of starting ch-3. Turn.
(Sc, 4 dc, sc) in each ch-4 sp around; join with sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.
Join with sc in sp between shells on back with Right Side facing; *[(ch 1, tr) 6 times; ch 1] in 2nd tr of next shell; sc in sp between working shell and next shell;* around to center front motifs; [(ch 1, tr) 6 times; ch 1)] in 4th dc on motif; sk next 3 dcs; sc in next dc; sk next 3 dcs; [(ch 1, tr) 6 times; ch 1)] in next dc; sk next 3 dcs; sc in ch-2 sp to L of motif; Repeat * to * around; join with sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.
Wet block edging and let dry overnight.
Ch until length measures 40” (45”)
Thread chain length through Round 2 of Top Edging and tie in bow above center motifs
Your Crochet Summer Wrap is complete!
And there you have it – your Crochet Summer Wrap is complete! I think this wrap would look great over a simple black dress. It would also be pretty to crochet this with a metallic yarn to add some sparkle. This crochet summer wrap is best crocheted with a cotton yarn because when you block it, the stitches will open up nicely and the design will have beautiful drape. Cotton yarn responds to blocking the best. Don’t forget to pin the image below to your Pinterest board so you don’t forget where you found this project. 🙂
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