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Free crochet pattern: Denim patchwork poncho

Based on my popular Easiest Poncho pattern, this poncho uses several colors of Lion Brand Jeans yarn for a patchwork effect.

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In August 2017 I first saw Lion Brand Jeans yarn – new that year – and was immediately smitten. I bought skeins in five different colors: Faded, Classic, Vintage, Stonewash and Top Stitch.

Free crochet pattern: Denim patchwork poncho
Lion Brand Jeans yarn in the color “Faded.”
Free crochet pattern: Denim patchwork poncho
Lion Brand Jeans yarn in the colors “Classic,” “Vintage,” “Stonewash” and “Top Stitch.”

Then I spent more than half a year trying to decide what to make with it. I knew I wanted to make a garment with sections of the blues and gray “stitched” together with the orange Top Stitch color, but I couldn’t make up my mind what pattern would show this to best advantage.

When spring (and poncho-wearing weather) was approaching, I finally decided what to do: I would keep it simple and adapt my own Easiest Poncho pattern.

The Easiest Poncho pattern was designed to be made using two Caron Cakes; alternating two “solid” rounds of double crochet, worked in back loop only to add texture, with three rounds of double crochet and chain-1 spaces, for a different, mesh texture.

To get the denim patchwork effect I wanted, I decided to keep the alternating solid and spaced bands, just making them wider and each in its own color.

Free crochet pattern: Denim patchwork poncho

The only additions I made to the basic structure of the Easiest Poncho pattern is the orange “stitching” between color bands, the orange single crochet border around the neckline, and the orange single crochet border with picots around the hem.

The written pattern is below, with photos.  You may also find it helpful to watch the video tutorial for the Easiest Poncho pattern, which explains most of the basic concepts:

Pattern: Denim patchwork poncho

The poncho pictured here has a 22-inch neckline made with 80 single crochet, followed by 29 rounds of double crochet forming seven color bands, separated by six rounds of single crochet “stitching,” plus a single crochet border around both neckline and hem, for a total length of 31 inches from shoulder to point. Like the Easiest Poncho, you can easily adjust both the neckline and length if necessary.

In the pattern I give instructions for making a poncho identical to the one shown, but I encourage you to come up with your own color combinations. Besides the five colors I used, Lion Brand Jeans yarn comes in two additional colors – “Brand New” (very dark blue) and “Stovepipe” (black) – so have fun with all of them!

Materials you’ll need:

  • Lion Brand Jeans yarn in the following colors:
    • Classic – 2 skeins
    • Stonewash – 2 skeins
    • Faded – 1 skein
    • Vintage – 1 skein
    • Top Stitch – 1 skein
  • Size J 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, and if working picots in the border

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

I prefer to start my projects with foundation single crochet whenever possible. Once you get the hang of it, it’s quite easy. If you’d like to learn how, watch the first part of my tutorial video:

Other techniques and notes

I used the invisible finish to finish off each of the blue and gray color bands neatly before working the orange “stitching” round. To learn this quick and easy technique, watch my tutorial video:

Like the Easiest Poncho, you will be working from the neck down.

Do NOT turn the work. This allows each color band to maintain a consistent texture.

The point where you start will be the back of the poncho. When changing colors, always start in the first appropriate stitch (as per the instructions) on the left side of the chain-2 space in the back point. This keeps all the joins neatly together in the back, where they are less visible, and keeps the stitches in the front of the poncho smooth and continuous.

Round 1: Form the neckline, using color “Stonewash” (medium blue)

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. The poncho shown has a 22-inch neckline.

The number of stitches in the neckline must be a multiple of 4. The neckline for the poncho shown has 80 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.

If you use foundation single crochet, you will need to join your loop at the bottom of the stitch as well as at the top. Since the bottom of the foundation single crochet will be the top edge of your neckline, do this join at the bottom using the “invisible finish” and then weave in the end.

If you use chaining + single crochet, simply weave in the end.

Free crochet pattern: Denim patchwork poncho
This illustration comes from the Easiest Poncho pattern – thus the different color.

Round 2: Form the points, continuing with color “Stonewash” (medium blue)

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: Denim patchwork poncho
This illustration comes from the Easiest Poncho pattern – thus the different color.

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: Denim patchwork poncho
How the two points of the poncho are formed in round 2. (This illustration comes from the Easiest Poncho pattern – thus the different color.)

Continue working double crochet in each single crochet until you reach the chain 3. Join with a slip stitch in the back loop of the 3rd chain; weave in end.

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 the poncho shown, there are 82 double crochet total – 41 on each side – plus two chain-2 spaces.

Round 3: Continuing with color “Stonewash” (medium blue)

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 by working 2 double crochet, chaining 2, then working 2 more double crochet. You will work all increases this way for the remainder of the pattern.

Free crochet pattern: Denim patchwork poncho
This is how all increases are worked from round 3 onward. (This illustration comes from the Easiest Poncho pattern – thus the different color.)

When you reach the chain 3 at the beginning of this round, join to the 3rd chain using the “invisible finish” and weave in your end. 90 double crochet and two chain-2 spaces.

Round 4 – Color “Top Stitch” (orange)

Note: All rounds of orange “stitching” are worked as described here. You will not be working increases at the points; instead, you will work a slip stitch in each of the two chain stitches at each point. All single crochet on the sides will be worked through both loops.

Using a slip stitch, connect yarn to the left chain stitch in the chain-2 space of the back point, and then work a single crochet in the top of each double crochet around. At the front point, work a slip stitch in each of the two chain stitches, then continue working single crochet in each double crochet. When you return to the back point, finish with a slip stitch in the right chain stitch of the chain-2 space, and cut the yarn leaving a six-inch tail. 90 single crochet and 4 slip stitches.

Your beginning and ending yarn tails will now be next to each other in the back point. Because the orange slip stitches at each point will be completely covered when you work the increases in the next round, feel free to knot your orange yarn tails at the back point. I use a square knot, which is easy and very secure, then weave in the yarn tails under the orange stitches.

Free crochet pattern: Denim patchwork poncho
Notice how the gray (“Vintage”) yarn completely covers the orange (“Top Stitch”) yarn at the point. There’s an orange knot lurking underneath there, but you’ll never see it.

Rounds 5-8: Four “spaced” rounds, using color “Vintage” (gray)

Note: All bands of “spaced” rounds are worked as described here. All double crochet on the sides will be worked through both loops.

Using a slip stitch, connect yarn to the 2nd single crochet stitch to the left of the back point. 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, then chain 1 and skip a stitch before starting the next side. When you reach the chain 4 at the beginning, after the increase/chain-1, join with a slip stitch in the 3rd (not last) chain.

When you have completed four “spaced” rounds, join to the 3rd chain using the “invisible finish” and weave in your end. Round 8 will have 122 stitches and two chain-2 spaces (each round increases by 8 stitches).

Round 9: Color “Top Stitch” (orange)

Work as described for round 4, working single crochet both in the double crochet and in the chain stitches. (I prefer to work in the chain stitches and not through the chain-1 spaces because I think it looks neater, but feel free to do whichever you prefer.) Round 9 will have 122 single crochet and 4 slip stitches.

Rounds 10-14: Five “solid” rounds, using color “Classic” (dark blue)

Note: All bands of “solid” rounds are worked as described here. All double crochet on the sides will be worked through back loops only.

Using a slip stitch, connect yarn to the 1st single crochet stitch to the left of the back point. Chain 3, which counts as a double crochet, then work a double crochet in each stitch 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 3 at the beginning, join with a slip stitch in the back loop of the 3rd chain.

When you have completed five “solid” rounds, join to the 3rd chain using the “invisible finish” and weave in your end. Round 14 will have 162 double crochet and two chain-2 spaces (again, each round increases by 8 stitches).

Round 15: Color “Top Stitch” (orange)

Work as described for round 4. 162 single crochet and four slip stitches.

Rounds 16-19: Four “spaced” rounds, using color “Faded” (light blue)

Work as described for rounds 5-8. Round 19 will have 194 stitches and two chain-2 spaces.

Round 20: Color “Top Stitch” (orange)

Work as described for round 4. 194 single crochet and four slip stitches.

Rounds 21-25: Five “solid” rounds, using color “Stonewash” (medium blue)

Work as described for rounds 10-14. Round 25 will have 234 double crochet and two chain-2 spaces.

Round 26: Color “Top Stitch” (orange)

Work as described for round 4. 234 single crochet and four slip stitches.

Rounds 27-30: Four “spaced” rounds, using color “Vintage” (gray)

Work as described for rounds 5-8. Round 30 will have 266 stitches and two chain-2 spaces.

Round 31: Color “Top Stitch” (orange)

Work as described for round 4. 266 single crochet and four slip stitches.

Rounds 32-36: Five “solid” rounds, using color “Classic” (dark blue)

Work as described for rounds 10-14. Round 36 will have 306 double crochet and two chain-2 spaces.

Border at neckline, using color “Top Stitch” (orange)

Using a slip stitch, connect Top Stitch color yarn to the 1st stitch to the left of the back point; chain 1 (counts as first single crochet); work a single crochet in each stitch around; join to the first single crochet (not the chain-1) using the “invisible finish” and weave in your end.

Border at hem, using color “Top Stitch” (orange)

For a plain border, without optional picots

Using a slip stitch, connect Top Stitch color yarn to the 3rd stitch to the left of the back point; chain 1 (counts as first single crochet); work a single crochet in each stitch around and five single crochet in each chain-2 space; join to the first single crochet (not the chain-1) using the “invisible finish” and weave in your end.

To add optional picots

In the poncho shown, I worked picots at every 5th stitch of the border, skipping the points, which produced 30 picots spaced evenly along each side.

To insure that your picots are evenly spaced, you may want to lay your poncho out flat and mark the picot locations with stitch markers, safety pins or bobby pins, before you work the hem border.

To form a picot, chain 3.

Free crochet pattern: Denim patchwork poncho

Insert hook through top front loop of single crochet.

Free crochet pattern: Denim patchwork poncho

Yarn over and pull through both loops. The next single crochet worked will anchor the left side of the picot.

Free crochet pattern: Denim patchwork poncho

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: Denim patchwork poncho

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1 comment on “Free crochet pattern: Denim patchwork poncho

  1. Hi
    Can i please ask
    Can i buy this pattern ?
    And how much
    Please?
    Mary

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