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. February 3, 2020 / 8:02 pm

    Love at first sight! It’s perfect, gorgeous, elegant and I can’t believe the pattern’s free. You are a very special lady, thank you so much for sharing with us. Hugggg

    • Shehnaaz
      February 4, 2020 / 8:07 am

      Thank you for your kind words, enjoy!

  2. Nadine Jackson
    February 17, 2020 / 12:53 am

    Lovely! I’m not a ‘poncho’ person, but I really like this one, so am sharing with my crafty sisters. Of course, just one won’t do – I’m going to have to do more colors…. 🙂

  3. Jeanne pearl
    March 3, 2020 / 9:59 am

    question: My rectangle is 1/16 of an inch shy of 16 inches. Should I add an additional row or 2 to make the 16.5 inches stated or would this not be necessary of a problem.


    • Shehnaaz
      March 3, 2020 / 9:12 pm

      You can add a couple of rows.

  4. Daire
    March 13, 2020 / 3:11 pm

    Would the wool-ease thick & quick be too bulky for this poncho? It’s absolutely beautiful!

    • Shehnaaz
      March 13, 2020 / 8:10 pm

      Yes, that would be too bulky and may not have enough drape.

  5. Claudia
    March 28, 2020 / 1:42 pm

    Thank you so much for this lovely pattern. I have been looking for a nice poncho to make that is not too complicated and this is absolutely beautiful. The herringbone stitch is new to me since I am a beginner but so far so good. Thank you again!!! 🙂

  6. March 29, 2020 / 4:06 pm

    I’m currently working this for myself in Lion Brand Heartland color Mount Rainier and it’s looking gorgeous! My length is 63″ and I think I’ll have to go to about 20″ wide since I’m 5’10”. Thank you for putting what the actual measurements are so we can adjust as needed!

  7. Bernadeta Kocol
    April 4, 2020 / 7:18 am

    How do i get access to information about your preference when it comes to selling products using your patterns? (Copyright)?
    Thank you

    • Shehnaaz
      April 9, 2020 / 9:47 pm

      You are free to sell what you make from my designs as long as it is handmade and not mass-produced, but please do not use my pictures. Thank you for asking.

  8. Marcia
    April 25, 2020 / 8:18 pm

    Thank you for this pattern! It was fun to make and looks great. The video was really helpful. Love it!

  9. Jan
    April 27, 2020 / 3:30 pm

    This is simply gorgeous!! Thank you for the pattern.

  10. Fiona
    May 7, 2020 / 10:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing your lovely pattern. May I ask please, are your crochet terms UK or US? Kind regards.

    • Shehnaaz
      May 12, 2020 / 12:57 pm

      All my patterns are in US terms.

  11. Janeen
    May 12, 2020 / 2:31 pm

    Well I must be missing something as no one else had this question. Lacy Hem Row 1 is dc ch 1 dc ch 1 sc ch 1 Row 2 is sc in same st ch 2, V stitch in next sc ch 2 and sc in the ch 2 space space of next shell. There is no ch 2 space in row 1. They are all ch 1.
    Then row 3 you are back to ch 1 and repeat shell in ch 1 space. But there is no ch 1 on preceding row. They are all ch 2

    • Shehnaaz
      May 12, 2020 / 7:28 pm

      The ch-2 space is part of the shell. Each shell is (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc)worked into the same st or ch-space. This is given in stitch explanations at the beginning of the pattern.

  12. Mary Ellen
    May 18, 2020 / 12:55 pm

    do you have recommendations on what yarn might work that are not wool, unfortunately I am allergic to wool

    • Shehnaaz
      May 18, 2020 / 1:23 pm

      You can use Red Heart Soft or Caron Simply Soft.

  13. June 20, 2020 / 9:43 am

    Hi! Help please, 2nd time working project, but for some reason I am stumped. I’m ready to start the Lacy Hem, I have 217 stitches ( I have counted 4 times, and definitely have 217). Anyway, I do not end with 4 stitches, I end with 3, and it is a shell I end with prior to the half shell at the end.

    I’ve frogged the row and restarted, so many times…I’m at a loss.

    Any help would be sooooo appreciated.

    • Shehnaaz
      June 20, 2020 / 10:37 am

      In that case, just skip 2 instead of 3 sts at the end. It won’t show, I promise!

  14. Alicia Hipolito
    July 4, 2020 / 10:54 pm

    Hi I have 4 balls of Red Heart Super saver 8oz weight 4 ply worsted. Will this be appropriate material for the poncho. Is 6 balls enough? I appreciate your reply.

    • Shehnaaz
      July 5, 2020 / 7:17 pm

      Hi Alicia, I apologize for the late reply. Got busy with the 4th of July weekend. You will need around 1300 yards of yarn for the Small size poncho. Unfortunately, I think Red Heart Super Saver will not have the same drape as the yarn used in the poncho. You can try going up a hook size or two and making the rectangle the same size as mentioned in the pattern(under finished sizes). You also have to keep the initial chain a multiple of 8+ 3 so that you will have the correct number of stitches for the lacy hem. Good luck!

  15. Pauline Henshaw
    July 9, 2020 / 9:09 am

    Hi, I just printed off this pattern, and I am a little confused with trying to size the poncho – the length of 69 inches long – I have put 227 chains through, they measure 53 inches and I cannot get anywhere near to 69 inches with the length of chain. I don’t want to make the wrong size, it’s a present for my daughter-in-law for Autumn – if I work on the 227 stitches and then find it does not fit I’m stuck – I have done gauge patch 6 rows of hhdc measure 1. 3/4 inches Can you help me please

    • Shehnaaz
      July 9, 2020 / 2:14 pm

      Hi Pauline, the number of rows in your swatch are not important but how many hhdc sts do you have in 4 inches? I had 13 hhdc stitches in 4 inches. If you get less than that, you will have to go up hook sizes to meet the gauge. Is the yarn you are using thinner?

      • Pauline Henshaw
        July 9, 2020 / 3:09 pm

        Yes it’s King Cole cotton soft – I looked for a number 4 sign not on – not used it before
        I may have to go up to 6mm UK Hook
        Thank you for your help
        Regards Pauline

  16. Wanda
    August 12, 2020 / 9:02 pm

    Hi. No matter how hard I try, I cannot get the length to be 64 inches. I tried to do the gauge and it turned out ok. I have measured my 13 hhdc and it is 4 inches. I have 2 inches in 6 rows so that’s not bad. The length is 62 inches. I have went up in hook size and loosened my stitches. Is there anything else you can suggest? I am using 4 weight 100% acrylic yarn. Looking forward to your response because I really love this poncho!

    • Shehnaaz
      August 12, 2020 / 9:57 pm

      You can add 8 or 16 chains to the starting chain. This will make sure your stitch counts stays correct for the lacy hem.

  17. Sofie
    August 15, 2020 / 5:00 pm

    Thank you for the pattern. I just had to try it. Worked with hjertegarn merino cotton 50/50 and hook size 6.
    Beautiful poncho and now my mother wants one 😀.

  18. Megan
    August 19, 2020 / 12:23 pm

    Although I love the mono-chromatic look of your poncho, I wondered if you had done the lacy part in a different color than the main body? I was contemplating doing a different color both to add a color and also because I need to use up some other yarn in my stash. Or do you think it would look tacky? I can buy more of the off-white color I currently have, but was just curious if anyone had done it with different colors 🙂

    • Shehnaaz
      September 3, 2020 / 8:40 pm

      Mmm, I a sorry but I think it would look tacky.

  19. Karen
    August 31, 2020 / 5:38 am

    This is a beautiful pattern with a wonderful video tutorial. I’m excited to get started. I’m wondering if I can begin with a chainless single crochet foundation row. My “chaining” is not as good as I would like it to be and the chainless might be a bit “neater.” Would this negativly affect the pattern? I have my yarn and needle all ready to go. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern.

    • Shehnaaz
      September 3, 2020 / 8:37 pm

      Yes, you can definitely use a chainless foundation.

  20. Karen
    August 31, 2020 / 3:52 pm

    I love this pattern and I have my yarn and needle ready to go. I’m wondering if it is possible to begin the project with a single crochet chainess foundation chain. I’m not the best at chaining and I was wondering what your thoughts are on this matter. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Thank you so much for sharing your patterns. Karen

    • Shehnaaz
      August 31, 2020 / 6:24 pm

      Hi Karen, yes, you can use a chainless foundation to start.

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