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Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you’ll ever make

This lightweight poncho has a streamlined silhouette and a lovely subtle texture. And, you can crochet it quickly and easily from just two Caron Cakes using only elementary crochet stitches!

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See also my free Denim Patchwork Poncho pattern, adapted from this pattern.

This lightweight poncho has a streamlined silhouette and a lovely subtle texture. And, you can crochet it quickly and easily from just two Caron Cakes using only elementary crochet stitches!

The color used here is Turkish Delight, which is one of my favorite cake colors. I think it goes exceptionally well with denim.

Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you'll ever make
Turkish Delight is a new Caron Cake colorway for fall 2017.

You crochet this poncho from the neck down, working in the round. To start, you make a loop of single crochet for the neckline. In the second round you switch to double crochet and create two points exactly opposite each other. Then you continue adding rounds, alternating two rounds of solid double crochet worked in back loop only, with three rounds of double crochet and chain-1 spaces, and always increasing at the points.

When making the loop for the neckline, instead of the traditional two-step process of chaining and then working the single crochet, I prefer to use foundation single crochet, which is done in a single step. Foundation stitches are especially useful when you need to crochet your foundation row to a specific length, as with the neckline of this poncho, and I use them whenever possible.

Feel free to use whatever method is most comfortable to you for the neckline, but if you’re interested in learning more about foundation stitches, you can watch my quick tutorial video:

 

Here is the video tutorial for this poncho pattern. The written pattern follows below it.

Pattern: The easiest poncho you’ll ever make

The poncho pictured here has a 26-inch neckline made with 88 single crochet, followed by 32 rounds of double crochet, for a total length of 35 inches from shoulder to point. This size will fit many people, but you can easily adjust both the neckline and length if necessary.

Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you'll ever make

I had just 1 ounce of yarn left over from 2 cakes, so if you want to make your poncho bigger you should get more yarn.

Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you'll ever make
This is how much yarn I had left from 2 cakes – precisely 1 ounce.

Materials you’ll need:

  • 2 Caron Cakes, or 760 yards of a medium weight (#4) yarn of your choice
  • Size I crochet hook, or the size that works for your yarn
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch markers are optional, but useful to mark your initial points

Stitches used:

  • Chain stitch (ch)
  • Slip stitch (sl st)
  • Double crochet (dc)
  • Single crochet (sc), or optionally foundation single crochet (fsc) as an alternative way to make your initial ring

Important note:

Do not turn the work. This allows the colors to spiral gracefully from the neckline to the hem.

Step 1: Form the neckline

Decide on the size of your neckline by measuring below the neck, near the collarbone. Keep in mind the neckline of the poncho may stretch slightly with wearing.

For my poncho, I made a 26-inch neckline, a size that goes over my head easily without catching earrings, but doesn’t risk falling off my shoulders.

The number of stitches in the neckline must be a multiple of 4. The neckline for this poncho is 88 stitches. Everyone’s gauge is different, so you may need to adjust this.

Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you'll ever make

Form and join a loop of single crochet in the number of stitches you need, using whichever method you prefer: chaining + single crochet, or foundation single crochet.

Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you'll ever make

Step 2: Form the points

After you’ve formed your neckline, chain 3, which counts as your first double crochet. Locate the stitch immediately to the left of the chain 3, and then locate the stitch exactly opposite it. I find it helpful to mark this stitch with a stitch marker. These two stitches are where you’ll establish your points.

Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you'll ever make

In the stitch immediately to the left of the chain 3, work 1 double crochet, chain 2, and then work one more double crochet. This is your first point.

Then double crochet in both loops of each single crochet until you reach the marked stitch opposite your first point. In this stitch you will again work 1 double crochet, chain 2, and then work one more double crochet. This is your second point.

Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you'll ever make
How the two points of the poncho are formed in round 2.

Continue working double crochet in each single crochet until you reach the chain 3. Join with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain.

After this step, you should check carefully that the number of double crochet on each side between the chain-2 spaces at each point is the same – and that it’s an odd number. In the second round of this poncho, there are 90 double crochet total – 45 on each side.

Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you'll ever make

Once you’ve formed your neckline and established your two points, you begin working the pattern by alternating two rounds of solid double crochet worked in back loop only, with three rounds of double crochet and chain-1 spaces, and always increasing at the points.

No border is needed – just take care to end with two solid rounds.

Increasing at point – all rounds from here throughout

In the chain-2 space at each point, work 2 double crochet, chain 2, then work 2 more double crochet.

Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you'll ever make
How all points are worked from round 3 onward.

Solid rounds

Chain 3, which counts as a double crochet, and then work a double crochet in the back loop of each stitch. In the chain-2 space at each of the two points, work an increase as described above. When you reach the chain 3, join with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain.

Note: Round 2, the first round worked in double crochet in which the points were established, counts as the first of two solid rounds.

Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you'll ever make

Spaced rounds

Chain 4, which counts as a double crochet plus a chain-1 space. Skip the next stitch, and in the following stitch work a double crochet and then chain 1. Continue in this manner along both sides. In the chain-2 space at each of the two points, work an increase as described above. When you reach the chain 4, join with a slip stitch in the 3rd (not last) chain.

Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you'll ever make

Last round

When you finish the last round, instead of joining to the turning chain in the regular way (which leaves an awkward knot), use the “invisible finish.” Here’s my quick tutorial video:

Weave in your ends, and you’re done. That’s all there is to it!

If you use this pattern…

I would love to see any ponchos made from this pattern! You can email photos to spoonsandhooks@gmail.com. (Note: I’ll assume that sending me photos gives me permission to share them on the Spoons & Hooks site and social media — crediting you, of course — unless you specifically instruct me otherwise.)

Do you have any questions about this pattern? If so, ask them in the comments section, and I’ll do my best to respond promptly.

You are free to gift, donate or sell for profit any items you make from this pattern. I ask only that if you sell items made from any of my patterns, as a courtesy you reference spoonsandhooks.com as the pattern’s source.

Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you'll ever make

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74 comments on “Free crochet pattern: The easiest poncho you’ll ever make

  1. I can’t get this to print. This is beautiful. I love the colors!

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  2. Susan Brossard

    What a great post!

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  3. I’m buying my yarn today to make this!

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  4. Starting on mine tonight. Thank you. Sounds like it will be easy to make with your instructions. Will post a pic when I finish.

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  5. I wish there was a video tutorial of at least the pattern repeat just to make sure I am putting my stitches in the right spot after the points.

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  6. Working on it now I am making smaller for my 7 year old granddaughter

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  7. I have tried several times the download this beautiful poncho pattern and it won’t let me.

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    • Hi Iris – I’m not clear on what you mean my “download” since there is nothing to download – the pattern is all on the page. Are you trying to print it?

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  8. Carrie Gillen

    I have started this tonight with some Lion Brand Mandala that I already have in the colorway of ‘Centaur’, which looks very similar to the colorway you worked here. I prefer a poncho with more coverage; so, I am doing 3 rows of solid dc and 2 rows of spaced dc. I will certainly email you a pic of it to the email you provided in the pattern when it is finished. Thank you for such a wonderful pattern!!!

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  9. Hi Nina,

    What a beautiful pattern. I have started this already and have a question regarding the spaced rounds. Can you please tell me if you also work that round in the back stitch or do you pick up the whole stitch?

    Thank you!

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  10. Bettina Shilling

    I just started the pattern with Sweet Roll yarn .I am loving it but am a bit worried that I am making a mistake . Did it curl for you with the steady increase ?

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    • Hi Bettina – Mine did not curl, but I did not use Sweet Roll. Lots of crocheted items curl until they’re blocked. How bad is the curl? Can you send a photo?

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      • Bettina Shilling

        I sent a pic to your gmail address . Don’t know go to do it on here

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  11. Bettina Shilling

    According to the pattern and starting with 90 stitches , how many stitches is the increase in every row ? Maybe that will help me figure out why mine is curling so much

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    • Bettina – I received your photo and it does seem to be curling too much. The way the stitch count works is this: the first round, your starting loop, should have a number of single crochet that is a multiple of 4 (this is stated clearly in step 1). The poncho shown in my pattern had 88 sc in the starting loop. The second round, which is dc, increases by 1 dc at each point, for a total of 90 dc in that round. After that, each round increases by 4 dc at each point, or 8 per round, so your stitch count would be 98, 106, 114, etc. To be precise, that is counting the ch-1 spaces in the spaced rows as stitches, but not counting the ch-2 spaces at each point.

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    • I’m concerned that you say you started with 90 stitches. For the pattern to work, the first round must be a multiple of 4, so you would want either 88 or 92, not 90.

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      • Bettina Shilling

        Thank you so much . I am starting all fresh and appreciate your detailed response . I will let you know how it goes

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  12. Mary Letizia

    Hi, I love this pattern too, but am a little confused about the 2 point, have you finished the video tutorial & where can I find it. Thank you so much for this pretty pattern.

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  13. Hi, I am making this for someone. I am following the instructions exactly as in your pattern. Will this fit a medium or large?

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    • Hi Esmeralda – this is a “one size fits most” pattern. Assuming your poncho has similar dimensions to the one shown (26″ neckline and 35″ total length) it should fit medium, large and XL. Hope this helps!

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  14. Hi! I completed two ponchos, one for my mom in bright colors (Bernat Pop! in Pop Art) and one in a blue (Bernat Pop! in Denim) I’d like to show you photos…how do you attach them?

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  15. Prema Bhattacharjee

    Very easy to understand ur step-by-step poncho .I started it to do this.From where shall I get your yarns and crochet of all sizes crochet .Plz.let me know

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  16. When starting the solid row of dc after the chain 1 rows, is every other dc made into the ch 1 sp? Or is it worked in the actual chain?

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    • Jessica- in the pattern I show the dc being made in the actual chain. Personally, I think that looks neater. However there’s no reason you can’t make the dc in the ch 1 sp, if you prefer and you’re OK with how it looks.

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  17. I have really enjoyed making this poncho. Thank you!
    I am unsure how to finish as I have finished with 3 rows of closed rounds and I have come to the point and do I just weave in the ends? There is no turning chain to work into.
    Your advice would be appreciated.

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    • Hi Sarah – I’m not clear what you mean by “there is no turning chain to work into.” Every round should start with turning chain. Can you elaborate?

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      • I only chained 3 (or 4) when I started the different stitch type then chained only when I started the next stitch type.
        I did the increase at each point on every round.

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      • So when you were working successive rounds of the same stitch type, you didn’t chain at the start of each round?

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  18. No. I didn’t pick that up from the pattern. Is that where I have gone wrong?
    I’ll looks ok though!! Should I just do a chain increase and one more round to finish?

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  19. Are there straight written instructions anywhere? This is exactly what I have been looking for but I do better with print, not pictures. Thanks!

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    • Hi Joy – I’m not clear what you’re asking. The pattern you commented on has full text as well as photos.

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  20. Betty Shaw

    Hi Nina Love this poncho but have spent hours looking for the printable pattern to no avail.

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  21. Hi
    I’m a novice at crocheting but would love to make this. My question is probably silly but here goes. Do you count a chain as a stitch? So when you say skip a stitch you count a chain as a stitch? Or when you dc do you dc in chain also when doing solid round. Thank you

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    • Hi Pat – no questions are silly. We were all novices once! For this pattern the chain does count as a stitch, and when you’re working a solid row on top of a spaced row, you do dc in the chains below. Hope this helps!

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  22. Hi again
    The novice returns with another question. On the video it looks like you do not yarn over to join end of row with beginning of row on a solid row but do yarn over when joining on a space row. When do I yarn over to join . Thanks again

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    • Pat – you never yarn over to join any row, solid or spaced. What you may be seeing on the video is that on the spaced row, you end with a chain stitch before joining to the 3rd chain in the starting chain 4. Hope this helps!

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  23. Diana S Grønning

    How many stitches would one use for a child of 7/8 years old?

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    • Diana – as the pattern says, decide on the size of the poncho’s neckline by measuring below the neck, near the collarbone. The number of stitches in the neckline will depend upon that measurement, the yarn and hook used and your person gauge, but it MUST be a multiple of 4. Hope this helps!

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  24. Just finished the poncho. Looks great. Not sure where yup send you a picture.?

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  25. I’m really confused. In the beginning to form the neck, you chain 3 and it’s suppose to count as a stitch. If that counts as a D.C. How do you start with 88 and end up with 90 instead of 91? You don’t count the chain 3? I love your pattern and thank you for taking the time to show us.

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    • Linda – In this pattern the chain 3 always counts as a DC. After forming your neckline of 88 SC, chain 3 and then continue as follows:
      – In same st, immediately after chain 3: work 1 DC, chain 1, 1 DC again (this is your back point). Counting your chain 3, you now have 3 DC total.
      – Work a DC in each of next 43 st. You now have 46 DC total.
      – In same st (exactly opposite back point) work 1 DC, chain 1, 1 DC again (this is your front point. You now have 48 DC total.
      Work a DC in each of next 42 st. This should bring you up to your starting chain 3, which counts as your 43rd DC on this side. Join with slip stitch in 3rd chain. You now have 90 DC total, counting chain 3.
      Does this help?

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      • Sorry – the first bullet point should read “In the stitch immediately after the chain 3, work 1 DC, chain 1, 1 DC again all in that same stitch.” I realized the way I worded it above was confusing.

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  26. Thanks so much for your quick response. I really must have something wrong with my brain today bc I still come up with 91. Obviously, it’s my problem since no one else has questioned it. It sounds so simple but I can’t make it work. Just one more question please and I promise I won’t bother you anymore. Are you counting the chain 3 on each side of the “points”? I’m determined to make this poncho!! Thanks again!

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    • Linda – I’m not sure I understand your question. There is only one chain 3 per round. Can you please clarify what you’re asking?

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  27. I’m sorry to be such a pest. When you started counting you said you have the chain 3, and 2 dcs, a total of 3 dcs. Then you proceeded to continue counting until the next point. After the 1 dc plus 2 chains and another dc for a total of 48 dcs. Then you counted the other side up to 42 dcs and 43 was the chain 3. Don’t spend anymore time on this. I’ll try to work it out myself. Thanks for trying to get me to understand!!!

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  28. I think I’m having the same problem, or at least a similar one, as Linda. No matter what I do, if I count the chain 3 as a double crochet, I have an extra stitch between my points.
    Using smaller numbers as an example, like in your video… suppose you have a neckline of 20sc. Chain 3, then the first point will be in stitch #1. So, the other point will be in stitch #11, right? So, after your first ch-1 space, you have a dc in stitches 1-11, for a total of 11 (an odd number, like it should be). Then, after the second ch-1 space, you have a dc in stitches 11-20, plus the ch3, plus the other dc in stitch #1 on this side of the point, for a total of 12. Does this make sense? I have tried this over and over and cannot get it to come out right! I appreciate any help you can give me. This is a lovely poncho, and I think if I can get past this one difficulty, it will go together easily.

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  29. I think I’m having the same problem, or at least a similar one, as Linda. No matter what I do, if I count the chain 3 as a double crochet, I have an extra stitch between my points.
    Using smaller numbers as an example, like in your video… suppose you have a neckline of 20sc. Chain 3, then the first “point” will be in stitch #1. So, the other “point” will be in stitch #11. So, after your first ch-1 space, you have a dc in stitches 1-11, for a total of 11 (an odd number, like you said). Then, after the 2nd ch-1 space, you have a dc in stitches 11-20, plus the ch3, plus the other dc in stitch #1 on this side of the point, for a total of 12. Does this make sense? I have tried this over and over and cannot get it to come out right! I appreciate any help you can give me. This is a lovely poncho, and I think if I can get past this one thing, it will be easy going.

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    • (Sorry, I meant ch-2 space, NOT ch-1. Sorry to make a confusing description even more so!)

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      • Jennifer – by any chance are you working the first point (dc, ch1, dc) at the base of the chain 3? It should be in the NEXT stitch. That would account for the extra stitch.

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      • Maybe so. So the chain 3 is like your first dc in the new round, and then a point is worked into stitch #2? I’ll take another look and see if I can figure out what I did. Thanks!

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      • I am pleased to report that I worked out my issue, whatever it was. I was doing something wrong around the row transitions; whether at the end or the beginning I don’t know, but it’s coming together beautifully now. Thanks so much for this pattern!

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      • Jennifer – Row transitions can often be tricky. I’m glad you worked it out!

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  30. Not sure what I’m doing wrong but my points don’t match up they are uneven and seams to go one a angle ???? I have ripped it out many times and still does the same thing.. hop eyou can help me

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  31. I have made several rows now and the piece isn’t getting very wide. Seems like a tube, like the increases aren’t really enough. I’m going to continue just to see what happens. I made the neck hole the size you recommended and it fits comfortably over my head but is snug going over my shoulders when I try it on at this point. Granted, I am a plus size gal and maybe it would fit someone smaller. So, I will keep going and see how it comes out. .

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    • Sarah – have you counted your stitches? After round 2 (where your stitch count increases by 2) every round thereafter should increase by 8 stitches – 4 at each point.

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  32. Thank you so much for this pattern and video. I am trying to make this (for 6 hours), started with 72 stitches, etc but keep frogging it because my points are pulling to one side? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!

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