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?
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.
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 $4.99 here. You will receive a download link once you make payment and click “Return to Merchant”.
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- 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.
- Hook J(6mm). Use any size hook to attain gauge.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
- 1-1/4 inch wooden buttons- 4 for size S/M and 5 for the bigger sizes.
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
hhdc- herringbone half double crochet
dc- double crochet
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
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.
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.
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.
- Weave in any tails left.
- Sew the wooden buttons onto the seam.
You might also like my free Elise Crochet Poncho Pattern that features a 3D stitch.
You can find more such free patterns on Allfreecrochet.com.
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Sunday 19th of February 2023
I made it and it turned out beautifully (I will need to block the lacy side), but I mistook "L" for size, not height, and the long edge is very long on me (I'm 5'4" tall). So if you are shorter like I am, make the smaller size! Some tall friend of mine will be the lucky recipient of this beautiful piece.
Tuesday 14th of February 2023
Hi there, I realise my comment/question is 4 years later, but thought I'd try... I'm not crazy about the shells, so where could incorporate the regular pattern...would it be at the beginning or end? Thank you! Robin
Tuesday 24th of January 2023
Beautiful, elegant pattern. I can't wait to make!
Tuesday 6th of December 2022
This looks so lovely. I just received my yarn and can't wait to see how this works up. Thank you for creating this lovely pattern
Friday 7th of October 2022
What is the size of the crochet rectangle prior to adding the lace?? Many thanks!
Friday 7th of October 2022
It is already given in the pattern. Under finished sizes, you get the with of the rectangle and the length including the lacy hem. The width of the rectangle before adding the hem is 16-1/2", 17-1/2", 19" for sizes S/M, L/XL, and 2XL/3XL respectively.