Free Crochet Poncho Pattern with Video, Uptown Poncho

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This knit-look free crochet poncho pattern now comes in a Kid’s Sizes too. You can now make a Mommy and Me set. How cool is that?


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.


Crochet Poncho Front View



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 the beautiful stitch. A full video tutorial for the poncho is given at the end of the blogpost. 





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.


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 work from the free pattern below or purchase an ad-free PDF for $3.99 here. You will receive a download link once you make payment and click “Return to Merchant”.

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

Note: The lacy hem is 5-1/2 inches wide for all the sizes.


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 using mattress stitch, 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 backside


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 backside 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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  1. Fee
    September 6, 2020 / 3:45 pm

    Just finished this and I still love it. I find I love photos and then I’m not keen on the finished product but not with this.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. September 9, 2020 / 5:12 am

    Hi there I’m new to crochet I’ve decided to have a go at making the poncho. My problem is I’m making the L/XL I’ve worked about five rows but my work measures 89 inch. Is this correct it looks very long to me. I’m using a lightweight Aran wool

    • Shehnaaz
      September 9, 2020 / 6:50 pm

      Your gauge could be different than mine. Make a gauge swatch with herringbone hdc and choose the hook that best meets gauge.

  3. September 19, 2020 / 11:29 am

    How would I adjust this pattern to make for a toddler? She is small for her age and the s/m would be way too big.

    • bugingo julita
      October 10, 2020 / 4:19 am

      Hi can this piece be blocked am using acrylic yarn to make it

      • Shehnaaz
        October 11, 2020 / 8:53 pm

        You can if you want to but make sure you look up Youtube videos on blocking acrylic yarn. It will melt under heat.

  4. Karen
    September 20, 2020 / 7:30 am

    Looks sweet. Can a pattern he emailed to me?
    Love the look in cream!

  5. Donna Smith
    October 11, 2020 / 5:39 am

    When it states the width of the s/m poncho as being 22 inch, is that before you put the shell border on please?

    • Shehnaaz
      October 11, 2020 / 8:52 pm

      No, it is the final width after adding the shell border.

  6. October 13, 2020 / 11:19 pm

    Thank you for this lovely pattern and also for the video it was helpful!! I love your patterns! Thank you Xoxox

    • Shehnaaz
      October 24, 2020 / 8:33 pm

      Thank you so much.

      • Robin
        November 30, 2020 / 1:20 pm

        Need help – am I counting correctly?
        I am working on the s/m poncho and I chained 211. I then worked a hhdc into the third chain from the hook. I then have one turning chain (2 chain stitches and one hhdc) completed. When I count the number of stitches, I have 210, but it says I should have 209. I was taught that you count the turning chain as a stitch. If I continue In my 2nd row of hhdc I still have 210 in the second row too, including the turning chain. If I don’t include the turning chain than I have 209 hhdc. Should I or should I NOT be counting the 210 and 211 chain stitches (turning chain) as one hdc in the first and turning chain in the second row?
        Thank you

        • Shehnaaz
          December 10, 2020 / 7:02 pm

          Whether you count the turning chain as a stitch or not depends on each pattern. Here don’t count it :).

        • Canuck
          January 2, 2021 / 7:58 pm

          Each pattern tells you if the turning chain counts as a stitch of not. It’s not automatic.

  7. Adrianne
    October 20, 2020 / 5:38 am

    I just finished the uptown poncho…gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  8. Kelly
    November 6, 2020 / 1:12 pm

    I am a fairly new crocheter and my gauge is way off. I am making the s/m and it is 78 cm long! Would crocheting fewer rows help make it smaller?

    • Shehnaaz
      November 11, 2020 / 8:23 am

      Yes, yes! It gets shorter when you crochet more rows. If you made a gauge swatch and your gauge meets mine, you will be good.

  9. November 18, 2020 / 8:07 am

    In the poncho pattern it says use #4 weight yarn but when I look up the lion brand wool ease fisherman you used (that I LOVE) it says it’s #6 weight. I’m not sure what to use. I love this poncho! Thank you very much!

    • Shehnaaz
      November 18, 2020 / 2:09 pm

      Lion Brand Wool-Ease comes in 2 weights. So pick the size 4 one.

  10. Virginia
    December 8, 2020 / 1:35 pm

    I’m having a problem w my measurements. I’m using Red Heart Super Saver (cost issue). It’s #4. Trying to make the 2X-3X. It’s way too big! I’ve tried going down in hook sizes. Should my beginning chain be 69” long? And is the foundation chain supposed to be an even or odd number?

    • Shehnaaz
      December 10, 2020 / 6:51 pm

      Make a small gauge swatch and check if it meets the gauge mentioned in the pattern. The length will shrink after you work a few rows, that is why making a gauge swatch is really important. For the swatch, you can chain any number but for the poncho Initial chain should be a multiple of 8+ 3.

  11. Tileshia
    December 19, 2020 / 9:26 am

    I just completed my poncho and I love it! Thank you for this pattern. I completed the 2X-3X size and it drapes nicely. The only modification I made was to the neck. I felt 13.5″ was not enough neck space because the collar was too high and close to my neck (but I have broad shoulders too). I instead did approx. 16″ of neck space. To compensate for the additional neck space, I have a shorter arm slit. As a result I was only able to use 3 buttons instead of 4. The arm length on both sides are still equal.
    I used color made easy which is a thicker and stiffer yarn (i think) but it provides some warmth and holds the shape well. I am making another one using impeccable yarn and a 5.5 gauge. This yarn is definitely softer and smaller width wise. Because it’s not as stiff it may not look as nice as my first, but let me get through these next 53 rows and I will let you know (lol). I will try to show a pic of the finished product.

  12. Marah
    December 24, 2020 / 7:37 am

    Can my 12 year old daughter wear this?

    • Shehnaaz
      December 29, 2020 / 2:35 pm

      You might have to make it smaller. Try wrapping a scarf around her to estimate the size of the rectangle.

  13. Jenny
    January 8, 2021 / 7:11 pm

    Thank you for your pattern. Even I made mistakes here and there, but it still looks very pretty.

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