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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.
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.
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.
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
- Measuring tape
- Yarn needle
- Stitch markers are optional, but useful to mark your initial points
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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