Free Crochet Poncho Pattern, Elise Poncho

If you have been looking for a stunning how to crochet a poncho pattern, your search ends here. Okay, that was way too cheesy, sorry! I really hope you will love this free crochet pattern though :).

 

 

I am super excited to publish this pattern as this would be my very first free clothing pattern. I designed this in response to the requests I got from my blog readers which makes it even more special.

 

 

 

This crochet poncho is designed with the same stitch I used for my Falling Petals Afghan, Rose Petals Scarf and Sea Shells Cowl.  I might as well design another afghan where the same stitch is worked in the round.

 

 

 

 

I had initially intended to make this a triangle poncho but I didn’t quite like how short it turned out. So, I decided to add extensions to the front and the back and turn it into a Kaftan style poncho. I hope you like the result. Enjoy the free pattern.

 

You can work from the written pattern below or purchase an Ad-free PDF for just $2.99 here

 

You can pin it for later here. 

Crochet Poncho Pattern

 

Materials

  1. Worsted weight yarn. The sample poncho was made using Sprightly Acrylic Wool Worsted yarn in color Flame.
  2. Hook I(5.5 mm).
  3. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.

 

Finished Size

Size Small(S): 25 inches long and 31 1/2 inches wide when laid flat.

Size Medium and Large (M/L): 26 inches long and 35 1/2 inches wide when laid flat.

 

Gauge

4 Pattern Repeats= 5 inches

 

Yardage

10 skeins of Sprightly Acrylic Wool Worsted yarn of 216 yards each.

 

Stitch Abbreviations

ch-chain

dc-double crochet

fpdc-front post double crochet

bpdc- back post double crochet

beg- beginning

RS- Right side of your crochet fabric

WS– wrong side of your crochet fabric

 

Stitch Explanations

V st: (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) worked into the same st.

Shell St worked into a V-st: 1 fpdc in the first dc (first leg of the V-st), (3 dc, ch 2, 3dc) into ch-2 space of the V-st, 1 fpdc in the next dc ( second leg of the V-st).

Front post double crochet (fpdc) and Back Post double crochet(bpdc): You can see a tutorial here.

 

Crochet Pattern

Neck Ribbing

Row 1: Ch 82, sl st to the first ch, ch 3 ( counts as 1st dc), 1 dc in next ch and each ch across to end, sl st to top of beg ch-3, do not turn.———82 dc

 

Row 2: Ch 3 ( counts as a bpdc here and throughout), 1fpdc in next dc, *( 1 bpdc in next dc, 1 fpdc in next), repeat from * to end, sl st to top of  beg ch-3, do not turn.———82 sts

 

Row 3: Ch 3, 1 fpdc in next fpdc, *(1 bpdc in next bpdc, 1 fpdc in next fpdc), repeat from * to end, sl st to top of beg ch-3, do not turn.———82 sts

 

Repeat Row 3 until your ribbing is around 8 1/4 inches high. You can make it as tall or as short as you want it to be. The choice is yours.

Body of the Poncho

Notes

1. The body of the poncho will now be worked around the neck in a square shape with 4 corners.

2. The body is worked on the wrong side of the ribbed neck.

3. Every time the pattern says to move the marker up, move the marker from the previous ch-2 space to the ch-2 space you just made. The markers indicate the 4 corners.

 

Row 1: Turn the neck inside out, ch 1 (not counted as a st here), 1 sc in the same st as ch 1, 1 sc in next 19 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 40 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in the remaining 19 sts to end, sl st to the first sc. ——80 sc

 

                                                                        1.Marker placed in the first corner

 

Note: After every 4 V-sts, you will make a corner formed by a (V-st, ch 2 and a V-st) in the same st.

 

Row 2: Ch 5 ( counts as dc+ ch 2), 1 dc in the same st (first V-st made), ch 2, work one more V-st in the same st, place a marker in the ch-2 between the 2 V-sts, *[sk  3 sts, 1 V-st in next st] 4 times, sk 3 sts, (V-st, ch 2, V-st)all in the next st to make a corner, place a marker in the ch-2 between the 2 V-sts,  repeat from * 2 more times, [sk  3 sts, 1 V-st in next st] 4 times, sl st to beg ch-3. Do not turn. —-24 V-sts

 

2. Corner worked in a Shell Row

3. Close-up of the corner

 

Note: If you have worked any of my other patterns with the same stitch, kindly be advised that the shell in this pattern include the 2 fpdc sts on either side. See stitch explanation for details.

 

Row 3: Sl st to the next ch-2 space, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch-2 space, 1 fpdc in next dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all  in the marked ch-2 space, move the marker up into the ch-2 between the dc.

*shell in each V-st across to the next marked ch-2 space, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the marked ch-2 space, move the marker up into the ch-2 space you just made), repeat from * 2 more times, shell in each V-st to end of the round, 1 fpdc in next dc ( the first leg of the very first V-st), sl st to beg ch-3. Do not turn.——-24 shells + 4 corners formed by (2dc, ch 2, 2 dc)

4. Row 4 completed

Row 4: Sl st loosely into the next 2 dc, sl st into next ch-2 space, ch 5, 1 dc in same ch-2 space ( first V-st made), (V-st, ch 2, V-st) in next marked ch-2 space, move the marker up, *1 V-st in the ch-2 space of each shell across to the next marked ch-2 space, (V-st, ch 2, V-st) in next marked ch-2 space, move the marker up,  repeat from * 2 more times, 1 V-st in the ch-2 space of each shell across to end, sl st to beg ch-3, do not turn. ————32 V-sts

 

Row 5: Sl st into the next ch-2 space, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in the same ch-2 space, 1 fpdc in next dc (the second leg of the V-st),  shell in next V-st, (2 dc , ch 2, 2 dc ) in the next marked ch-2 space, * shell in each V-st across to the next marked ch-2 space,  (2 dc , ch 2, 2 dc ) in the next marked ch-2 space, repeat from * 2 more times, shell in each V-st across to end of the round, 1 fpdc in next dc ( the first leg of the very first V-st), sl st to beg ch-3. Do not turn.——–32 shells + 4 corners

 

Row 6: Sl st loosely into the next 2 dc, sl st into next ch-2 space, ch 5, 1 dc in same ch-2 space ( first V-st made), 1 V-st in the ch-2 space of next shell, (V-st, ch 2, V-st) in next marked ch-2 space, move the marker up, *1 V-st in the ch-2 space of each shell across to the next marked ch-2 space, (V-st, ch 2, V-st) in next marked ch-2 space, move the marker up,  repeat from * 2 more times, 1 V-st in the ch-2 space of each shell across to end, sl st to beg ch-3, do not turn. ————40 V-sts

 

Row 7: Sl st into the next ch-2 space, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch-2 space, 1 fpdc in next dc (the second leg of the V-st),  shell in each V-st across to next marked ch-2 space, (2 dc , ch 2, 2 dc ) in the next marked ch-2 space, * shell in each V-st across to next marked ch-2 space,  (2 dc , ch 2, 2 dc ) in the next marked ch-2 space, repeat from * 2 more times, shell in each V-st to end of the round, 1 fpdc in next dc ( the first leg of the very first V-st), sl st to beg ch-3. Do not turn.——–40 shells+ 4 corners

 

Row 8: Sl st loosely into the next 2 dc, sl st into next ch-2 space, ch 5, 1 dc in same ch-2 space ( first V-st made), 1 V-st in the ch-2 space of each shell across to the next marked ch-2 space, (V-st, ch 2, V-st) in next marked ch-2 space, move the marker up, *1 V-st in the ch-2 space of each shell across to the next marked ch-2 space, (V-st, ch 2, V-st) in next marked ch-2 space, move the marker up,  repeat from * 2 more times, 1 V-st in the ch-2 space of each shell across to end, sl st to beg ch-3, do not turn. ————48 V-sts

 

Repeat Rows 7 and 8 until you have completed a total of 23 rounds for size Small and 25 rounds for sizes Medium/Large. You will end in a shell round, fasten off.

 

Every time you repeat Rows 7 and 8  you will add 8  shells and 8 V-sts respectively. For example, Row 9 will end in 48 shells and Row 10 will end in 56 V-sts.

 

At end of Round 23 you will have 104 shells around and at end of  Round 25, you will have 112 shells around not including the marked corners.

Front and Back Extension

 

5. Add an extension by working back and forth as shown

Notes

1. Now you will stop working in the round and add an extension to the front and the back. That way, your poncho will increase in length while the width stays the same.

2. Stitch counts for bigger sizes are given in the order Small(Medium/Large).

 

Row 1: Working on the WS, sl st into one of the marked ch-2 spaces, ch 4 (counts as dc+ch1), 1 V-st in ch-2 space of the next 26( 28) shells, ch 1, 1 dc in the next marked ch-2 space, turn.——-26(28) V-sts

 

Row 2: Ch 3, shell in each V-st across to end, 1 dc on top of beg ch-3, turn.—–26(28) shells

 

Row 3: Ch 4, 1 V-st in the ch-2 space of each shell across to end, ch 1, 1 dc on top of beg ch-3, turn.—-26(28) V-sts

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have added a total of 4 shell rows.

 

Next Row: Ch 3, 1 dc in the next st, sk 1 st, 1 dc in the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next ch-2 space of shell, 1 dc in next 2 sts, *(sk 4 sts, 1 dc in the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next ch-2 space of shell, 1 dc in next 2 sts), repeat from * until 2 sts left, sk next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 dc on top of beg ch-3, turn.—- 134(144) sts

 

Bottom Ribbing

Row 1: Ch 3, *( 1 fpdc in next st, 1 bpdc), repeat from * to last st, 1 dc in last st, turn.——–134(144) sts

 

Row 2: Ch 3, * (1 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 bpdc in next bpdc), repeat from * to last st, 1 dc in last st, turn.

 

Repeat Row 2 until your ribbing is 2 inches wide. Fasten off.

 

Adding Shells to the Side of the Extension

Now you will add shells to the sides to make the edges of the poncho look more uniform. The shells will start only from the top of the bottom ribbing.

 

 

Right side: Sl st to the top of the ribbing and work upwards, *( 3dc, ch 2, 3dc) all into the next big ch-space, sl st to the side of the shell, repeat from * 2 more times, (3dc, ch 3, 3dc) in the last big ch-space, 1 sc in the marked ch-2 space, sl st in the next 2 sts, fasten off.

 

 

Left side: Sl st 2 sts before the marked st on the side of the poncho, sl st in next st, sl st into marked ch-2 space,  *( 3dc, ch 2, 3dc) all into the next big ch-space, sl st to the side of the shell, repeat from * 2 more times, (3dc, ch 3, 3dc) in the last big ch-space, sl st to the top of the ribbing, fasten off.

 

Repeat the same steps to extend the back of your poncho and add the bottom ribbing.

 

Seaming the Sides of the Poncho

 

 

The poncho is sewn on the right side to form the armholes and the slits. Fold the poncho at the neck, align the sides and bottom, sew 4 inches away from the side edges leaving a 7 1/2 inch gap for the armhole at the top and another  7  1/2 inches for the side slits at the bottom.

 

Finishing

Weave in any tails left.

If you love this stitch, check out my crochet afghan, crochet scarf and crochet cowl made in the same st.

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20 Comments

  1. February 1, 2019 / 1:43 pm

    This poncho is beautiful. I live in the south and sometimes a regular heavy poncho is just too much. This one is perfect for our up and down temps in the spring, summer and fall. It certainly was well worth the wait. I don’t blog. Don’t even know how, so I rely on emails like this. Thank you for this.

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 2:54 pm

      Hi Karen, I am so glad you like it. Thank you for visiting my blog.

  2. Nora Garza
    February 1, 2019 / 3:25 pm

    Beautiful! You did a great job!

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 4:04 pm

      Yay! Thank you, Nora. I am really glad you like it.

  3. April
    February 1, 2019 / 3:59 pm

    Love this, is it possible to make just a simple neck edge instead of the cowl? It is beautiful as is, but I have a thing about having anything around my neck. Due to being strangled. Have a hard time even with a necklace…
    Thanks for all you so generously share!
    XO April

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 4:06 pm

      Hi April, You can make the ribbing 3/4 inches tall and then work around it. It should give you something like a crew neck. I hope that helps. Let me know how it goes.

    • May 13, 2019 / 1:28 pm

      Hi April. I know how you feel. I had the same thing about things around my neck most of my life. Light fabric that’s like a mock turtle neck or cowl if very loose I can handle. However for my taste I too would change the neckline. Thanks for asking the question so I ca do the same.

  4. Tracy King
    February 3, 2019 / 11:28 am

    This is gorgeous! I can’t wait to try. This year I have challenged myself to both design my own patterns and broaden my horizons by trying to finish patterns by others designers. Usually I give up on other designers patterns when I hit a snag and just redesign to my liking. However that doesn’t teach me new skills. Thanks so much for sharing this really really pretty Pattern.

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      Author
      February 3, 2019 / 3:07 pm

      Hi Tracy, I am really happy you like this pattern. I wish you the best with your designing adventures. It is so much fun!

  5. February 10, 2019 / 8:25 am

    Perfect! A fashionable, quick poncho Great for me, my daughter and my Up and coming fashion-forward granddaughter! Thank you for sharing!

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 8:43 am

      Hi Suzanne, I am really glad you like it and I am excited to hear that you will be making three of them. Please tag me on Facebook or Instagram, #crochetdreamz. I would love to see it.

  6. Emma
    February 10, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    This is gorgeous; and so different! Love the shape and can’t wait to try it. Thank you for being so generous with your talent.

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 12:14 pm

      Hi Emma, thank you for your kind words. I love being part of this huge crochet family.

  7. Colleen
    March 10, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    Greetings from snowy Minnesota! I am in love with this poncho (as well as all of your other patterns I’ve seen). I’m a pretty seasoned crocheter, but I’m stumped on Row 3 on your note that the shell of the pattern includes the fpdc stitches ON EITHER SIDE. I tried to hit your tutorial, but it’s gone.

    I understand fpdc and bpdc, but this little note confused me. Can you help?

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      March 10, 2019 / 4:48 pm

      Hi Colleen, I have explained how to work the shell under stitch explanation at the top of the pattern.

      Shell St worked into a V-st: 1 fpdc in the first dc (first leg of the V-st), (3 dc, ch 2, 3dc) into ch-2 space of the V-st, 1 fpdc in the next dc ( second leg of the V-st)

      That note was only meant for people who have worked my Falling Petals Afghan and Rose Petals scarf. In those patterns, shell was just (3 dc, ch 2, 3dc).

      Let me know if that helps.

  8. Colleen
    March 10, 2019 / 6:32 pm

    Thank you…I’ll certainly let you know!!!

  9. Cat
    March 13, 2019 / 9:58 am

    Thank you for your beautiful patterns – we are truly lucky there are talented and generous people like you around. Ive never crocheted anything more than a granny square, but have been practicing the herringbone stitch to try the gorgeous asymetrical one……..thanks again for sharing your work.

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      March 13, 2019 / 11:38 am

      Hi Cat, thank you for your kind words. I am really glad you like my patterns.

  10. May 13, 2019 / 1:24 pm

    I love the pattern even though I haven’t started since working on two other projects. I do have a question. If I wanted to use a slightly lighter weight summer type yarn what would you suggest and also how would I adjust the pattern to size using a lighter weigh thinner yarn?
    Yes I know, a tad long but I loved all the other poncho patters I went to and want to try them all and I am not a poncho lover but these are great.

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      May 13, 2019 / 2:10 pm

      You can repeat Rounds 7 and 8 to make the poncho as wide as you want and then add the front and back extensions.

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