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






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



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. 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.


  2. 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,

    October 13, 2019 / 11:38 am

    Love, Love, Love!!!
    Having a problem with the gauge though. Using a J hook the length comes to 87″ for a S/M.
    I tried a 5 mm hook and still too big. I am using the exact same yarn as pictured; worsted weight 4. My stitches are relaxed so as not to stretch the wool but not loose. What do you suggest?

    • Shehnaaz
      October 16, 2019 / 11:19 am

      Wow, you are almost 20 inches off! You will have to go down hook sizes and check your gauge. If you are not using a wool blend yarn, that could also be one reason your project is turning out bigger, but definitely go down those hook sizes.

      • Laura L
        December 30, 2019 / 5:03 pm

        I’m having the same issue. My gauge is spot on but the length for L is 78 inches! Using a J hook. Using a worsted cotton/acrylic yarn (4).
        To figure out what the length should be… Would I measure from shoulder down to wrist?

        • Shehnaaz
          January 3, 2020 / 7:01 pm

          If your gauge is 13hhdc= 4 inches like mine, it should measure 69 inches. Did you make a gauge swatch to measure gauge? Also, if you are just measuring your chain, know that it will shrink considerably after you start working the stitches.

  4. Barbi
    October 18, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    Hi Shehnaaz:

    Your Uptown poncho is one of the best I’ve seen in a very long time! One question: You mentioned that the sample is made with Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman; do you still have the instructions for various sizes using the Thick and Quick? I’m going to make a couple of Christmas gifts for friends living in very cold climates and would love to get a head start.

    Thank you in advance!

    • Cherri
      November 4, 2019 / 8:15 pm

      I think it’s not the thick and quick, but worsted weight wool ease

  5. Clarise
    October 20, 2019 / 1:24 am

    Love the pattern! I am allergic to wool. Would Lion Brand Heartland yarn be a good yarn substitute? Thank you!

    • Shehnaaz
      October 20, 2019 / 12:37 pm

      Yes, I guess it would work.

    • Steph
      November 4, 2019 / 1:40 am

      I’m currently making this poncho, I’ll have to do a lot more than 50 rows to get it the right size though, but looking forward to seeing how it looks when finished 😊

  6. Jacqueline
    October 20, 2019 / 11:44 am

    Hi, please could you let me know how long the medium size should be, before adding the lace border. Mine is measuring 77 inches thinking it’s going to be too big!! Love the pattern. 😊

    • Shehnaaz
      October 20, 2019 / 12:35 pm

      It should be 16 1/2 inches. It is already mentioned in the pattern. It must have taken you so much time to make it that big.

  7. Jacqueline
    October 20, 2019 / 2:01 pm

    Sorry, should have said the width is measuring 77 inches is this too big!! 🤔

    • Shehnaaz
      October 20, 2019 / 3:21 pm

      Yep, too long. My Medium is 64 inches. If you were off by just 4 inches, that would have been okay.

  8. Jacqueline
    October 20, 2019 / 4:22 pm

    Aah, thank you, I’ll have to start again!! 😔

  9. Robyn
    October 22, 2019 / 7:12 pm

    Hi! I love this pattern. I’m just wondering if you’d be able to help me adapt it slightly to be a babywearing poncho? It would need to have approx an 8inch horizontal slit (like an xxxl buttonhole!) on the back. Many thanks!

      • Robyn
        October 26, 2019 / 1:49 pm

        Hiya, thanks so much for your reply! What I mean is making a poncho for myself, but with a slit in the back so that when I wear my baby in a sling on my back his head can pop out! That way it keeps us both warm, and if we go into a shop I can take it off without having to take the whole sling off too 🙂

        • Shehnaaz
          October 26, 2019 / 8:36 pm

          Mmm, I am sorry, I haven’t really tried one like that.

  10. Robs
    November 2, 2019 / 10:25 am

    Hello, sorry if I’m being stupid here but what is the lacy shell you mention in the pattern? I can’t see where it says what this is? I can see it is a half one at each end but note what a full on is, and I’ve not come across it before.

    • Robs
      November 2, 2019 / 10:38 am

      Never mind, I’ve just bought the pattern and the instructions are there! Thank You

    • Shehnaaz
      November 2, 2019 / 10:39 am

      It is given under Stitch EXplanations at the beginning of the pattern.

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

  11. Deborah Warr
    November 10, 2019 / 3:17 pm

    I bought the pattern for the uptown poncho but I was hoping there was a tutorial having a little trouble trying to figure out where to put the shell stitch

    • Shehnaaz
      November 10, 2019 / 3:25 pm

      Hi Deborah, email me with your questions and I will help you the best I can.

  12. Samantha
    November 10, 2019 / 10:12 pm

    What kind of stitch did you use to sew it together? I have never done anything like this before.

  13. Debi
    November 12, 2019 / 9:02 am

    I’m trying to figure out how to measure someone’s body to determine the size to make for them. I measure myself like a sash, and those measurements indicate a small, but I made myself a small based on stitch numbers and though it’s bigger than your measurements, it’s too small.

  14. Tina
    November 15, 2019 / 10:01 am

    Can pls tell what the mattress stitch is?if possible video pls…

  15. Sharon A. Brown
    November 26, 2019 / 8:54 am

    Fell in love with this pattern the first time I saw it, but by the time I got to a computer where I could print it out I couldn’t find it again. I put a comment out about it and someone finally found it for me. Love it. I’m making mine white with deep dark purple stripes and then the lace around the bottom I’m going to see what the or dark color looks like. If I don’t like it I’ll redo it in white.

  16. Santie
    December 6, 2019 / 9:57 am

    Thank you I am so impress with the pattern busy with my second one

  17. Maggie
    December 7, 2019 / 8:42 pm

    Do you have a video of the first lacy part? I’m not understanding it very well. Sorry.

    • Shehnaaz
      December 9, 2019 / 8:44 pm

      Hi Maggie, If all goes well, I will be adding a video for this poncho in a week or two.

  18. Angela Horning
    January 3, 2020 / 1:09 pm

    I, like others, found that the small chain of 211 resulted in a length of 75″. Being a novice, this was determined after puttting in some work and I hate to have to start over. I’m 5″8″ with long arms.. would this length really be too big?

    The big problem is i’m runing out of the yarn I have and only have DK in the same color. Can the lace be done in DK to go with the Worsted stitch?

    what to do… what to do. I’m afraid I have to start over. If so, how long should my chain be?

    • Shehnaaz
      January 3, 2020 / 6:49 pm

      If you are just measuring your chain, know that it will shrink once you work the stitches. Please make a square swatch of say 30 herringbone hdc (hhdc) and check your gauge. The gauge for the pattern is 13hhdc= 4 inches.

      • Danielle
        February 7, 2020 / 12:03 pm

        Is there a big difference in hook size etc between countries? I’m in the USA are you? It just isn’t making sense why so many of us are having the same issue.

        • Shehnaaz
          February 9, 2020 / 11:00 am

          Hi Danielle, I am in the US. Contrary to what you think only a few people have had trouble with the gauge. This is a very popular pattern on my blog and thousands of people have made it. Oops! I just noticed that you are using Vanna’s choice and that yarn surely works up much bigger than Wool-Ease. Any wool blend yarn will always work up smaller than 100% acrylic. Vanna’s choice may not give you good drape either. Again, gauge can really vary from person to person. You can make a gauge swatch and calculate from there if changing hook sizes is not giving you the desired result.

  19. Marcy Q
    January 6, 2020 / 5:03 pm

    I love this pattern! I just made this for a birthday present in a mustardy color with the wooden buttons and it turned out beautifully! Thank you for sharing this!

    January 7, 2020 / 8:57 pm

    I just love this poncho! I was surprised by how I finished it in 9 days. Your pattern was so easy to follow. Thank you for sharing this pattern.

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