Poulton Poncho Pattern

Our Poulton Poncho pattern is now available to buy

We call it the Poulton poncho because it is named after the small town of that name in Lancashire. Well the town’s name is really Poulton-le-Fylde but that seemed like a long name for a crochet pattern.

Designed by Alison Stapleton

This pattern uses the clever trellis pattern and is made in two rectangles.

This pattern is at the intermediate level.

You need to know the following stitches:

  • Chain (ch)
  • Single crochet (sc)
  • Double crochet (dc)
  • Triple crochet (tc)


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Make this easy two piece poncho as a quick intermediate project.

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About Old English Creations original crochet patterns

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All our patterns are Old English Creations original designs created by our talented designers Alison and Lynn.

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All About Crochet Ponchos

by Alison Stapleton


Ponchos are always on trend and make a good fashion staple.

Ponchos were originally made from a blanket with a hole cut in for your head. This simple method will still work, but it creates too much fabric around your body.

Your poncho should not lie out flat like a blanket, if it does it is way too big for you.

You can make a poncho from a triangle as well, by folding the points together and cutting a hole for you head. It is a simple piece of clothing.

Ponchos are typically pointed capes that have no sleeves and are closed at the front.

Modern poncho designs, with fronts and backs, are more flattering, streamlined and look good.

Poncho design (2 piece)

An easy poncho design is made by crafting two identical oblongs. In this design the the length is twice the width.

For example if the short side is 40cm then the long side should be 80cm. This would fit most women. For infants kids you can start with a 20cm to 30cm short side.

Then you sew them together offset and fold on the dotted line to join at the back as shown in the diagram below.

If you add a crochet border at the neck it will provide a better fit. You can also create a polo neck to this ponch for cooler weather. If you don’t want so much fabric at the shoulder area you can add a drawstring that will make the whole garment adjustable.

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The two piece poncho design works well with stripes going lengthways. This draws the eye down towards the point thus elongating the look of elegance. If the stripes go on the short side it makes the garment seem bulkier to the eye.

Any crochet pattern or striped stitches can be used to make the two simple rectangles and the possibilities are endless. You can use granny squares as well.

How to wear a poncho

Ponchos are great for kids and women. You can easily ride a bike in a poncho. Wearing a poncho at an evening bar-b-que is a good option to a pashmina which you always seem to need to hold.

A poncho is easy to wear as it does not have to ‘fit’ the body well. Your poncho should be snug but have some room. Ponchos are good for travelling on the bus or plane as they are light and comfortable to wear.

A poncho is a casual garment at best. This item is not part of your business, work wardrobe but will form part of your weekend easy-going clothes.

I like to have a new poncho every autumn and I will usually crochet one in the fall colours that season. I sometimes make my daughters one each as well although they don’t always want one, that doesn’t stop me. 🙂

If you keep a poncho too long it can look ratty and tatty. When it gets old give it to the dog as a blanket.

Poncho size and trim

Be careful of ponchos that hang too low in front. You don’t want it flapping around you knees so you look like Clint Eastwood in a western movie.

The front point should lie at the same level (horizontally) as your finger tips when your hands are by your side.

Many ponchos have fringes which can be either all around the edge, are only tassels at the points, or only on two sides (left or right when facing front and back) of the point.

Poncho colours

Watch out for garish colours and too many colour combinations in one poncho. They look best with one, two or three colours only. When you use colour in crochet you need to understand what works best.

If the darker colour is at the bottom and the lighter colours are at the top the garment is visually pleasing because the darker colours ‘ground’, or add visual gravitas, to the poncho at the widest part (the edge).

Crochet Poncho Patterns

I like making ponchos almost as much as I love crafting shawls and wraps. You can see my easy Poulton Poncho pattern and Preston Poncho pattern (details coming soon).

Trellis Pattern – Crochet Stitches

by Alison Stapleton

A Trellis

images-1A trellis is a wooden frame found in a garden on which plants can grow. Typically climbers and roses grow well on a trellis.

it is usually squares turned on their side to look like diamond shapes.

Trellises are also used to separate sections of a garden and to add interest in the ‘garden room’ designs so used nowadays.

Back and forth to make the diamond

The trellis crochet pattern is an interesting stitch combination which is worked back and forth during the row.IMG_2295

This means the work is turned during the creation of each block or diamond.

Trellis pattern

Crochet stitches used in the trellis pattern

  • Chain
  • Single crochet
  • double crochet

First you make a foundation chain then there are two rows to the trellis pattern.IMG_2296 (1)

This pattern is based on a foundation chain in multiples or eight, so chain 80 (or 16, 32, 64 etc.).

Foundation chain: Chain 80.

Row 1: Chain 4 (as edge treble), * chain 4 (as block chain), 1 single crochet in 12th chain from hook, turn, 3 chain (as first double crochet), 4 double crochet (in 4 chain just formed), turn, 3 chain (as first double crochet), 4 double crochet in top of 4 double crochets from below, 1 triple crochet in 4th chain from foundation row *. Repeat from * to * [9 times]. 10 blocks in total.

Row 2: Chain 4 (as edge stitch), ** chain 4, 1 sc into top of block, chain 4, 1 double crochet in top of double crochet in row below to form square **, repeat from ** to ** [9 times].

These two rows form the trellis pattern.

When to use the trellis pattern

This pattern can be used in any square, flat garment like a scarf, poncho, wrap or blanket.

I like this pattern because it works up quickly but has only two rows to remember. That it is based on a square grid makes it easy to see where you are supposed to be and you can chat or watch TV and do this pattern with ease.


Crochet Granny Jacket Update #3

by Alison Stapleton

Update number 3 on the Granny Jacket

You can catch up on the basic granny square, and updates number 1 and update number 2 so you know where we are at.



Finished jacket

Here is the finished jacket with a border of five rows single crochet on both sleeves and the front and bottom edge.

There is a square folded into a triangle for the arm gusset which gives it a bit more room.




Buttons or Toggles

This week I was at my local yarn store (LYS) and looked for suitable buttons for the jacket.

i want to have something a bit chunky and I was really looking for a natural wood or toggle type button.

I still haven’t decided just how many buttons I’ll need maybe three or five. I always choose an odd number it is somehow more visually satisfying to have a non even number.



Final thoughts

This jacket has worked out well. It is slightly heavier than I had imagined and it will be really good on colder days, which is fine as winter draws on.

I like the granny square look and will probably do another one without sleeves in the taupe colour and lighter accent colours for the spring.

The pocket is a good feature and I’m even thinking of making an inside pocket higher up for my phone, you know.



5 Steps to Your Prosperous Crochet Business

 by Alison Stapleton

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These are five of the most important steps you can take to begin your prosperous crochet business.

As you transition from being a hobbyist crocheter, and you are on the road towards having a prosperous crochet business, your approach to your craft and money will change.

The day you sell your first hand crafted item to a stranger (not your Mom or Granny) that is the day you become a micro business owner.

Here are the five steps that will guide you towards building your prosperous crochet business.

Step 1: Make your First Sale

The first step is the hardest and that is to make your first sale. Whether it is your first pair of baby booties or your first scarf, the important things is to make the sale and to be in business.

Sell your first item. Make your first sale. Take the cash and bank it.

Do not buy wine or new shoes to “celebrate” your first sale. The money that comes in from your first sale goes into the business and can be used for more supplies (wool and hooks), or it goes towards the purchase of stationery for your business cards, website support, or sheets of tissue to keep your garments clean.

Step 2: Know Who is Your Dream Customer

Know who your customer is. Is he or she in your neighborhood or nationwide? If you are offering goods that you ship, you have to approach your sales to a broader audience.

If you are making baby goods pitch that way, if you are doing women’s acrochet-1151378_1920ccessories like scarves and hats pitch that way.

You are not selling crochet but dreams. You are selling possibilities of how good someone will look after they have worn your items.

You are selling hope for your customer to feed a need in them to look good, tren
dy or sexy. You are not selling crochet.

Step 3: Own Your Niche

Your niche is the little spot where your goods lie in the general crochet market.

There are people making all sorts of crochet items but you will make one type of items and become the best there is in that area. This is your niche, a slim section of the broader market.

If you can crochet to a quality level that you can sell, and by that I mean it is good work technically, with a steady tension, and quality yarns, and your finishing is excellent with no hanging threads or knots, then that is quality crochet.

You may make amigurumi and this is your niche. You may craft hats and this is your niche. Your niche does not have to be a particular item although it often is. Your niche can be that you work in Irish crochet or using only fingerling. So the item is not the niche but the yarn or technique is your niche.

Step 4: Love Your Art

Crocheting is art. You have to love what you are doing. Some women will only crochet with top quality yarns because they believe “life is too short to use cheap wool.” Maybe so, but you have to love what you make.

You have to love the texture, the color, the way the item drapes and the end result.

As you make each hat or bag you are putting something of yourself into each piece. You have to love it. This makes a difference to the finished item. Believe me.

People shop on emotional impulses. They purchase things that speak to them either by the colour, texture or the item evokes a feeling of nostalgia and reminds them of what their granny used to give them years ago. Whatever the reason you have a better chance of selling goods that you craft if you love them from start to finish.

If you imbue love into your products the person who buys it will love it too, in fact you want her to love it and then want it.

Shopping is an emotional investment not just a cash exchange. Know that your potential customers have to fall in love with your hats or scarves before they will hand over the cash. In this way they feel better about buying from you and they don’t feel bad about the purchase when they get home.

Only make things you love and with yarns you love in colors and textures you love and others will love them too.

If you love your work you can talk about it and sell with passion and pride, and it becomes easier to sell. You have to believe that it is your best work and know you are being true to you art. Love your art.

Step 5: Be Generous of Spirit

You could spend one whole day making a hat and sell it for $10. So the hourly rate is weak at about $1 per hour. But that is not the point. Ignore the hourly rate and focus on the craft. If you buy your wool all at once and have a decent stash of good yarns you can plan your production of hats.

Every $10 you make has to go somewhere. Some goes back into the business to buy more supplies, some goes to tax (yes it does), some will come to you as your ‘pay’ and some can go to your giving program.

Your giving program is simply the plan you have to give to others. Those of us lucky enough to earn money can give something back to those less fortunate. It does not have to be much perhaps 10c on your $10 but it is important to be generous of spirit.

I give a percentage of my profits to local charities. I don’t do this every day or every week but towards December I have a sum that I give to people and causes I like to support to help them over their year end.

You need to have a giving plan otherwise you could be giving too much away if someone catches you for a donation in the shopping center car park. You may think you can afford to give $5 because yesterday you sold two hats but this will be an emotional give (and we all do it me perhaps more than most) not a planned give. Make a plan to be generous of spirit.

All businesses and big businesses do give to others. Look at the big companies and you can see their giving donations and the types of places they choose to support. You can’t help everyone so choose a sector in your community that appeals to you and make a giving plan that suits your income and your interest.

These are the first 5 steps to a prosperous crochet business. They can be used for any micro-business start-up. People all over the world have little businesses going on in their basements and backyards making things that they love and sharing their art with the world, and you can too.



Crochet Granny Jacket Update #2

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by Alison Stapleton

Update number 2

If you missed the start of the jacket (update number 1) and the granny square you can go back and read those posts. You can see the final post (update number 3) as well.

My crochet granny jacket is coming along now. I’ve sewn together 62 squares and two half squares, well triangles really, at the neck.


So far I’ve used one ball of taupe, two balls of purple. two balls of grey and three balls of black.

Squares crocheted

I will need 96 squares in total.

I always sew my squares together as I go. And I like to sew in the ends every colour change. So that’s quite a bit of sewing in, but I don’t like to have it all to do at the end.



On the last row at the front (in the photo above) there are two pockets, one on each side in the middle square. Here I sewed two squares on top of each other with the gap at the top.

Pocket detail
Pocket detail

I will still add another row below the pocket, or maybe two. I’ll see. I am also toying with the ideas of making a pocket flap that goes above and maybe buttons down.

These are things that will become clearer as the garment grows.

I do enjoy making clothes with granny squares because you can take such a small item (one square) with you in you bag or even in you apron pocket as you cook dinner for the family.

I like to have a few projects on the hook at the same time:

  • A small one on granny squares like this jacket,
  • Perhaps a medium scarf for instance and then
  • A large piece like a blanket that I can’t take out of the house because it has grown too large to carry in my craft bag.

If you can’t get it on the bus it’s too big to take out. That’s where the granny square comes into its own. Portable and quick.

I will have the next update out soon.

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Crochet Granny Jacket Update #1

by Alison Stapleton

Update Number 1

I am making a crochet jacket for the autumn in Vanna’s choice (DK) with a 5mm hook. This jacket will fit a 2x size woman (that’s me) and I will post updates as it goes along.

I want to say I did quite a bit of crocheting at my newly discovered Vancouver knitting Meetup group on the past two Thursday evenings. Where I met some lovely and generous knitters and crocheters.

Squares ready for sewing together.
Squares ready for sewing together.

Granny square layout

Here is the diagram for the Granny jacket i’m making with the basic granny square.

As you know I use my journal to capture the ideas as I go. Here is the image of the page in my journal so far.

Granny jacket square layout diagram
Granny jacket square layout diagram

You need to make 96 squares and two triangles for the front neck. There is also a border but that is not shown on this diagram. This diagram shows the layout of the squares only.

Start of granny jacket showing neck space.
Start of granny jacket showing neck space.

Make two triangles

I’ll get the info on the two triangles that go at the front neck opening soon.

More on the Granny jacket


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Craft Business Card Design for your Micro-business

by Alison Stapleton

Clarity and colour is key in your business card design

This week I’ve been playing around with my new business card design.

I’m going to keep it simple and use good design practices.

I love the Helvetica neue font so that’s my choice. It can be bold or super thin and always looks fresh.

My only colours are red for the rose and black. Choosing only two colours keeps the printing costs down.

Having “white space”  (the gaps between the logo and the words) makes it easy to read.

The four elements in my new business card are:

  • Logo top centre
  • My name in capitals in the middle
  • My website address
  • My tagline

These four elements are really all that is needed.

You don’t need a phone number no one phones anymore, and if they want to contact me they can Tweet or email from the information on the website contact page.

I’ve had experience in other online business where people call me on the phone at 6am on a Sunday, like they were my friend, but I’ve never met them.

Be wary of too much information. If I do give my card to a customer I may handwrite my phone number on the back if they insist.

First draft

So it will look like this:




Creative Crochet Design

Logo the Red rose of Lancashire

I got the logo I am using sorted out earlier in the month, it is the red rose of Lancashire.

There is a story behind this choice as well all about how I chose the name Old English Creations way back.

Lancashire in Merry Olde England is my home county, and some days I feel old as well.

Lancashire rose

I am creative every day of my life and I wake-up in the morning with ideas and inspiration for crochet patterns, writing projects or craft, gardening or cooking recipes I plan to make.

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Crochet Items for Sale in Vancouver

Now selling selected crochet items in downtown Vancouver

imgresWe are happy to meet you at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza, that is just below the steps that lead up to the Art Gallery Cafe. When you know what you want contact us.

How to contact Alison and Lynn

  • Tweet to @OldEngCreations

We will get back to you asap to set up a meeting. we are usually available before work, lunchtime and between 6pm and 7pm. You can see what is currently available as listed below and on the new Old English Creations Instagram page.

Crochet items for sale today

All crochet items are handmade by Alison from brand new yarns, created from her original designs, and crafted in her pet free home.

Boho tops Festival wear – for sale

Black Boho Top $30

Boho top black $30

Tweet “I want to buy black boho top now! Can you meet at noon (or your time)” to @OldEngCreations

Hand made by Alison from brand new cotton ease yarn.

Black boho top size medium, 100% cotton for comfort. With crossover back and adjustable straps. Suitable for festival wear.

Cash price of $30 each.

Boho Tops Festival Wear

White Boho Top $30

Boho top white $30

Tweet “I want to buy white boho top now! Can you meet at noon (or your time)” to @OldEngCreations

Hand made by Alison from brand new cotton ease yarn.

Black boho top size medium, 100% cotton for comfort. With crossover back and adjustable straps. Suitable for festival wear.

Cash price of $30 each.


Instagram – Quick and Relevant

We are now posting on Instagram so if this is your preferred channel follow us over there. I’ve gotta say it’s new for me so I may be slow but I’m learning all the time.

I hope to connect better with my customers with Instagram.