Free Crochet Poncho Pattern, Uptown Poncho

This knit-look free crochet poncho pattern will be my last pattern for this winter. My blog will be more colorful in the coming warmer months, yay! Designing colorful patterns makes my heart happy.


Free Crochet Poncho


Some of you had requested an asymmetrical crochet poncho pattern, so this one is for you. I hope you like it. Please leave your feedback. I love hearing from you.


Knit-Look Crochet Poncho


Crochet Poncho Side View


Crochet Poncho Pattern


Slit on the side of the crochet poncho



I love the cream color but it was a pain capturing it in pictures. No matter how hard I tried, one side would look brighter than the other and stayed blurry. After taking almost 400 pictures like a crazy woman, this is what I got! I swear, the poncho is far prettier than the pictures.


The crochet poncho is designed using the herringbone half double crochet stitch to give it the look of a knit fabric. You can watch this video and learn how to work this beautiful stitch.



This is a beginner-friendly poncho pattern that is made from a simple rectangle seamed on the sides. Unlike my lacy Elise Poncho, this design is warm and chunky. I added a lacy hem to complement the solid body of the poncho.


This free crochet poncho pattern was tested using a wool blend worsted weight yarn. A DK yarn will work great for this poncho too, but keep in mind that you might need extra yardage if your yarn is thinner.


You might also like my FREE  Elise Poncho Crochet Pattern.

Free Crochet Poncho Pattern-Uptown Poncho

You can purchase an Ad-free PDF for $2.99, add to cart here. The pattern will be emailed to you.

You can pin it for later here. 



  1. Worsted weight(size 4) yarn. I would suggest a wool blend yarn for good drape. Lion Brand Wool-Ease in color Fisherman was used for the sample poncho.
  2. Hook J(6mm). Use any size hook to attain gauge.
  3. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
  4. 1-1/4 inch wooden buttons- 4 for size S/M and 5 for the bigger sizes.


Finished Size

The measurements give the size of the rectangle before seaming.

S/M- 64 inches long and  22 inches wide

L/XL-66.5 inches long and 23 inches wide

2XL/3XL-69 inches long and  24 inches wide



S/M – 6 1/2 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease of 197 yards each

L/XL: 7 1/2 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease of 197 yards each

2XL/3XL: 8 Skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease of 197 yards each



13 hhdc and 11.5 Rows= 4 inches


Stitch Abbreviations

ch- chain

hhdc- herringbone half double crochet

dc- double crochet

beg- beginning


Stitch Explanations

Herringbone Half Double Crochet(hhdc): YO, insert your hook into the next st, pull up a loop through the st and the first loop on your hook, 2 loops left on your hook, YO and pull through the remaining 2 loops on your hook.

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

Lacy Shell: (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc)worked into the same st or ch-space.


Crochet Poncho Pattern

Note: Stitch counts for bigger sizes are given in the order S/M(L/XL, 2XL/3XL)


Ch 211(219, 227). Initial chain should be a multiple of 8+ 3 for the lacy hem pattern to work. 


Row 1: 1 hhdc in the 3rd ch from hook and each ch across to end. Turn.—–209 (217, 225)hhdc


Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as a hhdc), 1 hhdc in each st across to end. Turn.——-209 (217, 225)hhdc


Repeat Row 2  45(48, 53) more times. Your work will measure close to 16 1/2(17 1/2, 19) inches


Do not fasten off. Turn and work the Lacy Hem below.


Lacy Hem for Crochet Poncho

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), (dc, ch 1, dc) in the same st as beg ch-3, ch 1, sk 3 sts, 1 sc in next, *( ch 1, sk 3 sts, 1 lacy shell in next, ch 1, sk  3 sts, 1 sc in next), repeat from * to last 4 sts, ch 1, sk 3 sts, (1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in last st. Turn.——25(26, 27)  full shells + 1 half shell on each end


Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in the same st as ch 1, ch 2, V-st in the next sc between shells, *(ch 2, sc in ch-2 space of next shell, ch 2, V-st in the next sc between shells), repeat from * until you work a V-st in the last sc, ch 2, 1 sc in beg ch-3. Turn.—–26(27, 28) V-sts


Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in same st as ch 1, ch 1, lacy shell in ch-1 space of the next V-st, *( ch 1, 1 sc in next sc on top of shell, ch 1, shell in ch-1 space of  the next V-st), repeat from * until you have worked a shell into all the V-sts, ch 1, 1 sc in last sc. Turn.—–26(27, 28)full shells


Row 4: Ch 3, 1 dc in the same st as ch 3, ch 2, 1 sc in the ch-2 space of next shell, *(ch 2, 1 V-st  in the next sc between shells, ch 2, 1 sc in the ch-2 space of next shell), repeat from * until you work a sc in the ch-2 space of the last shell, ch 2, 2 dc in last sc. Turn.——-25(26, 27) V-sts


Row 5: Ch 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) into the same st as ch 3, ch 1, 1 sc in next sc on top of shell, *(ch 1, 1 shell in ch-1 space of next V-st, ch 1, 1 sc in next sc on top of shell), repeat from * until you have worked a sc in the last sc, ch 1, (1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in beg ch-3. Turn.——25(26, 27) full shells + 1 half shell on each end


Repeat Rows 2-5 once and then Rows 2 and 3 once. Do not fasten off. We will continue with the working yarn once the poncho is seamed. Fold the rectangle along its length, leave a 13 1/2 inch opening for the neck and sew for about 10 inches. The rest of the length is left open for the sleeve slit.


Adding Sleeve Edging

1.Shells will be worked into the marked spaces


Now pivot your work and work along the shorter side of the rectangle to add shells to the sleeve edges. Place a marker at the base of the 3 half shells on the edge as shown in pic 1 above.  You will work shells into these marked spaces.


2. Shows shells completed


Work 1 more sc in the corner where you have your working yarn, working along the side of the lacy rows, ch 1, 1 shell in the first marked space, ch 1, 1 sc in the middle of the 2 markers, ch 1, shell in the next marked space, ch 1, 1 sc in the middle of the 2 markers, shell in the last marked space, ch 1, 1 sc at the base of the 3rd hhdc row.


3. Work one shell across 4 rows as shown  

4. Shows how the edging is continued up the sleeve slit and onto the back side

Continue working one shell per 4 rows on an average until you reach the arm slit (pic 3), work sc distributed evenly along the side of the slit, 2 sc at the base of the slit and sc distributed evenly down the second side of the slit (see pic 4), continue to work shells across the back side of the poncho until you hit the hem and fasten off.



  1. Weave in any tails left.
  2. Sew the wooden buttons onto the seam.


You might also like my free Elise Crochet Poncho Pattern that features a 3D stitch.

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    • Shehnaaz
      February 22, 2019 / 8:06 am

      You are very welcome.

    • RONELL
      July 22, 2019 / 4:28 am


  1. Tracy King
    February 22, 2019 / 2:54 pm

    Lovely! I really like the shells detail. Thanks for sharing 😁

    • Shehnaaz
      February 22, 2019 / 11:19 pm

      Hi Tracy, I am really glad you like the poncho. Thank you for visiting!

    • Charlotte
      April 2, 2019 / 1:15 pm

      Thank you for the crochet pattern i love this beautiful poncho love crocheting

  2. Jolene Elmore
    February 23, 2019 / 2:51 pm

    Thank you so much for pattern

    • Shehnaaz
      February 26, 2019 / 8:28 am

      You are very welcome.

  3. Terri
    February 24, 2019 / 9:57 am

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your pattern!

    • Shehnaaz
      February 26, 2019 / 8:29 am

      I am glad you like it. Thank you.

  4. February 24, 2019 / 12:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing this lovely poncho. I have more then enough Borrocco Vintage DK which is a number 3 yarn. I would be grateful if you could advise me as to how make changes for a large extra large size. Hope you can help and thank you.

    • Shehnaaz
      February 26, 2019 / 8:30 am

      You can chain any multiple of 8+ 3 to increase the size of your poncho.

  5. February 25, 2019 / 11:20 pm

    I love this so much that I’m bumping it up to my next WIP list. Gorgeous, thank you so much for sharing.

    • Shehnaaz
      February 26, 2019 / 8:30 am

      Thank you. I am glad you like it.

  6. Lisa
    February 26, 2019 / 6:16 am

    Just lovely! I will be adding this to my “to do” list! Thank you for sharing & creating this

  7. February 26, 2019 / 7:43 am

    I am loving all products you have created and shared above! I am extremely excited about getting a special video tutorial.

    • Shehnaaz
      February 26, 2019 / 8:30 am

      Thank you.

      • Audrey
        May 29, 2019 / 7:50 am

        Many thanks for this beautiful pattern! I cannot wait to get started. I’m going to make one for me and a matching one for my daughter, assuming I can successfully scale down your pattern for a 3-yr-Old!
        Question re: seaming the rectangle, do I seam with yarn and a tapestry needle, or with needle and thread? And do I aim to line up the ends symmetrically, or should the back be a tad longer than the front? Thank you so much!

        • Shehnaaz
          May 29, 2019 / 8:23 am

          Hi Audrey, you use yarn and tapestry needle for seaming and you line up the ends symmetrically. While sizing it for your daughter, you can first try a small scarf on her to get an idea of the size. Hope that helps.

  8. Crystle
    February 26, 2019 / 8:06 am

    Using your Lacy Hem to add inches to a short sweater to increase the length?

    • Shehnaaz
      February 26, 2019 / 8:31 am

      I hope it goes well for you. That is a great idea.

  9. leslie
    February 27, 2019 / 10:36 am

    absolutely beautiful

  10. Susan
    February 27, 2019 / 7:52 pm

    Love this pattern, but was wondering on the yarn do you recommend a worsted size 4 or the wool ease which is a 6? Is the yardage the same for both?

    • Shehnaaz
      March 3, 2019 / 10:41 am

      Hi Susan, Wool-EAse comes in worsted weight too.

  11. Lindsay
    February 28, 2019 / 9:26 pm

    Gorgeous! My yarn was just delivered so I’ll be making this soon. I’m just wondering about the buttons…they’re listed as 1/4 inch but they look bigger in the picture. Or do I not understand button sizing? Hahaha

  12. Shehnaaz
    March 1, 2019 / 7:58 am

    I am sorry, that was a typo. You need 1-1/4 inch buttons. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. I appreciate it.

  13. Michele Burford
    March 1, 2019 / 5:43 pm

    Love this pattern!!!

    Will you ever be listing this on Ravelry? I went and found some of your Craftsy patterns that I could not find on Ravelry, but I do like to keep them all together in one place.

    Thanks so much!

  14. Fran
    March 2, 2019 / 8:12 pm

    I love this poncho. Have already started it. I would like to know how wide the lace border is. It looks about 4 inches. I am short and may not do all 45 rows. Thanks.

    • Shehnaaz
      March 2, 2019 / 9:02 pm

      It is 5-1/2 inches wide.

  15. Stefanie
    March 3, 2019 / 6:43 pm

    Adorable. Very on trend. Love the lacy edge and buttons.

  16. Lynda
    March 4, 2019 / 10:20 am

    Love this one. Lovely and I can’t wait to get started. Thank you so much.

  17. Nathalie
    March 5, 2019 / 6:13 am

    Absolutely stunning! Can’t wait to start making one for myself 🙂

    • Shehnaaz
      March 7, 2019 / 10:41 am

      Thanks, Nathalie. I am glad you like it :).

  18. Rebecca
    March 5, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    Thank you SO much for this pattern! I’m going to make one for myself and my sister-in-law. Just a quick question, for the collar did you just turn it over it was there a special way to do that? Thanks again!

    • Shehnaaz
      March 7, 2019 / 10:38 am

      Hi Rebecca,

      I just turned it over. You can wear it with the buttons in the front, fold the collar down and then turn the poncho to the side. I hope that helps.

  19. Tammy Libbey
    March 7, 2019 / 10:17 am

    I purchased this pattern yesterday. I love the classy look of this poncho. I had started and was 3 skeins into a shawl for my sister for her b-day, but was just not feeling it. After seeing this yesterday, I had to have it. I froged the shawl and started this yesterday. I think my sister will be so much happier with this poncho, something she will get much more use with, then the shawl I was making. I plan on doing one for myself when I finish this one. Thank you for such a wonderful, easy, and classy pattern.
    I cant afford to purchase the yarn that this calls for so working with what I have. Im using RedHeart Ombre in Violet. I have about 20 rows done this morning and am very pleased with the way it is working up. The color varigation is working nicely and it looks at this point that the draping will be great. Will keep you posted as to how this finishes up. So far definitely “FEELING” it.

    • Shehnaaz
      March 7, 2019 / 10:40 am

      Hi Tammy, thank you for your kind words. I am sure Redheart Ombre will look gorgeous in this pattern. I would love to see it when you are done.

  20. March 7, 2019 / 5:14 pm

    OhMyGoshhh!!! It’s gorgeous!!! I absolutely LOVE it!! You did a fabulous job!! I’d love to buy one!!

  21. Robyn Ensminger
    March 7, 2019 / 7:54 pm

    Does the pattern get sent to the email address associated with your PayPal account or with my email that I login to Facebook with?

    • Shehnaaz
      March 7, 2019 / 8:12 pm

      It gets sent to your Paypal email.

  22. Kelly
    March 7, 2019 / 8:15 pm

    This is a beautiful poncho! I can’t wait to make it! Thank you so much for the pattern.

    • Shehnaaz
      March 8, 2019 / 1:43 pm

      Hi Kelly, you are very welcome, I am glad you love the pattern.

  23. Kaitlin
    March 8, 2019 / 9:51 am

    I am super excited. This poncho will be perfect for layering in the office. However I did have to knock 16 stitches off of the S/M after realizing how long it would be. I am petite but usually wear a Large top. After about 10 rows (matching the gauge) I realized it would cover my hands 🤣.
    Just started over, can’t wait to get caught back up. Thanks for the gorgeous pattern.

    • Shehnaaz
      March 8, 2019 / 1:45 pm

      Hi Kaitlin, I am petite too and wear a S/M. Once your poncho grows you will need enough length for it to drape over your shoulders too. I hope you took that into account when you recalculated.

  24. Jan
    March 14, 2019 / 5:34 pm

    I am not a poncho person but this is stunning! I will have to give it a try.

    • Shehnaaz
      March 20, 2019 / 8:38 am

      Thank you.

  25. Patty
    March 14, 2019 / 5:46 pm

    Just a question does the Cajon 211 includes the 8 plus three for the lacy hem thank you

    • Shehnaaz
      March 14, 2019 / 9:12 pm

      yes, it does.

  26. Shelly Whitney
    March 18, 2019 / 9:31 am

    This is so BEAUTIFUL! Do you have a video on how to do the shell pattern?

    • Shehnaaz
      March 20, 2019 / 8:40 am

      I am sorry, I do not have a video for the shell pattern.

  27. Amber Litteken
    March 21, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    Okay so full disclosure I tend to be befuddled by the simplest instructions. When it says fold rectangle along length and leave a 13.5 inch hole for neck and sew for 10 inches,where do I start measuring? Along the top of the piece or side? This is probably a really dense question but I’m an over thinker and well…

    • Shehnaaz
      March 21, 2019 / 4:05 pm

      Hi Amber, You fold the rectangle, leave 1 13.5 inch hole from the fold and sew the next 10 inches. Does that help?

  28. March 27, 2019 / 3:58 pm

    Nicest poncho pattern I’ve seen in a long time.
    Will certainly make it.

  29. Sue Cretella
    March 27, 2019 / 6:49 pm

    I have a question on round 5 of the hem. It says “Row 5: Ch 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) into the same st as ch 3, ch 1, 1 sc in next sc on top of shell, *(ch 1, 1 shell in ch-1 space of next V-st, ch 1, 1 sc in next sc on top of shell), repeat from * until you have worked a sc in the last sc, ch 1, (1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in beg ch-3. Turn.——25(26, 27) full shells + 1 half shell on each end” but there are no shells in round 4 only V stitch and single crochet. But it says to sc in the top of shell? Am I misreading this?

    • Shehnaaz
      March 31, 2019 / 10:04 am

      Hi Sue, I apologize for the late reply. I was out of town. You are crocheting into the sc st on top of the shells and not directly on the shells. Hope that helps.

  30. Gramcar
    April 1, 2019 / 7:33 am

    Lovely Poncho, thank you for sharing.

  31. Ntwanano
    April 26, 2019 / 4:38 am

    Good day, i love the poncho. Is there any other payment option except or paypal. Am based in South Africa.

    • Shehnaaz
      April 26, 2019 / 7:04 pm

      If you click “I don’t have a Paypal Account” during checkout, it will let you pay with your debit or credit card.

  32. Anna
    April 27, 2019 / 3:27 am

    Hello. It’s a beautiful poncho. Thank you for the pattern. I’d like to make the lace in a different colour. Would you be able to advise how much yarn is actually required for the main poncho and how much for the lace part?

    • Shehnaaz
      April 27, 2019 / 10:44 am

      Hi Anna, the lace part would take 300 yards for the smaller sizes( S to XL) and 350 yards for the biggest size (2XL/3XL). You can subtract it from the total yardage to find the yardage for the main body. I hope it helps.

      • Anna
        May 2, 2019 / 6:48 am

        Thank you so much for your reply x

  33. Marie Tuttle
    May 4, 2019 / 10:41 pm

    I have a silly question. I have been crocheting since I was age 7 and I am now 79. This is the first time that I am stumped with such a simple instruction. Your directions say to sew the seem down the arm for 10 inches and for the life of me I can’t figure out what sewing stitch should be used. Is it a whip stitch with a needle and yarn, or is it a slip stitch with the crochet hook, or even a single crochet??? I tried the slip stitch and it made a bump that doesn’t look right. I would appreciate a reply on this question from anyone that may be familiar with this problem and can set me straight. Thanks, Marie

  34. Sara
    June 11, 2019 / 5:05 am

    I love this pattern, I’m from Denmark and we don’t use those terms to our yarn. We use weight. So my question is how much yarn in grams do I need to use ?

    • Shehnaaz
      June 11, 2019 / 9:41 am

      Each skein is 85g. I hope that helps.

      • Sara
        June 13, 2019 / 1:39 am

        Thank you so much 😍😍

  35. Marif
    July 4, 2019 / 10:23 am

    Hello ! thank you for this pattern. I love it but I am actually looking for another pattern for a poncho.
    I have the photo. It is similar to this one but seems easier to do in the place of the Lacey part it is squares.
    I think it is one of yours but am not sure. How can I send you the photo please?
    If I need to, I will happily purchase the pattern.
    Please let me know where to find it and what to do.

    • Shehnaaz
      July 5, 2019 / 5:02 am

      Hi Marif, I did not design the pattern you are looking for. I am sorry I am unable to help.

  36. Susan
    July 10, 2019 / 9:15 pm

    Is it possible to make a foundation chain with hdc?

    • Shehnaaz
      July 10, 2019 / 11:13 pm

      Yes, that would work.

  37. July 11, 2019 / 1:34 pm

    I was wondering how many skeins I would need to make this. Thanks so much!

    • Shehnaaz
      July 12, 2019 / 9:55 am

      Hi Anita, look under yardage and you will find the yarn requirement for each size.

  38. Susan
    July 26, 2019 / 3:41 pm

    Hi again,
    Can you explain the seam sewing? I have whip stitched or crocheted seams but I’d like this to look cleaner and professional

    Thank you,

  39. Jenny
    August 15, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    I love this beautiful poncho! Thank you!

    Can you guide me to make this in size 6-7 (running on the bigger side) for a little girl?

    Thank you!

    • Shehnaaz
      August 17, 2019 / 10:58 pm

      Hi Jenny, since I have not tested it in child sizes, I would suggest you wrap a shawl across her shoulders and then estimate the measurements for the poncho. Since it is just a long rectangle, it wouldn’t be hard to adjust the size once you find the size.

  40. Sara
    August 30, 2019 / 12:38 pm

    I love the look of the poncho. I just wanted to say it looks like it would also work as an adorable breastfeeding cover! I am thinking a lighter yarn for a more breathable place for the baby. Just a thought. Looks really cute. Nicely crafted.


  41. Mary
    September 10, 2019 / 10:35 am

    I’m not good at crochet, so I looked this pattern over before I bookmarked it. I must say that your directions seem to me to be by far clearer than most crochet patterns that I’ve attempted. (Some successful, some, not so much.)
    Thanks for sharing this lovely poncho.

    • Shehnaaz
      September 10, 2019 / 11:00 am

      Hi Mary, thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad you like my work,

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