Easiest Crochet Poncho Ever

easiest crochet poncho ever

This is a free crochet poncho pattern. Super easy to make and super easy to customize to add different edgings of your choice. If you would like to purchase the PDF version of this, it also comes with pattern charts and an optional finished lace edging (as seen in this above photo) and optional collar pattern charts as seen in photos below.

Here is the link to purchase this pattern. 

Introduction

This is a great beginner pattern. Because there is no gauge for this pattern this means you can use any yarn and any size hook you like. Your stitches can be tight for a super warm poncho or really loose for a lacy poncho. It is totally customizable to your desire and size.

For more advanced crocheters, I have included an optional lace edging pattern chart and an optional split collar pattern chart. (Lace edging in this image. See below for more images)

If you are a beginner or just want a simple project, this poncho stands lovely all on its own, letting whatever yarn you choose be the center of attention. For a simple and easy finish add some fringe for fun.

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Materials:

  • Any size or color yarn of your choice. Yardage will vary considerably based on the size of your garment and the weight yarn you use. It could be anywhere from 400- 1000 yards or more. Make a 4”x4” swatch of all DC. Then measure how long the yarn is for that swatch. Then approximate how many square inches your garment will be to get a rough estimate of how much yarn you will need. A rough measurement would be a square that measures from your chin
  • ANY mm hook (hook of your choice for the gauge you prefer)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • The project in the images used Caron Tea Cakes in “Winterberry” using a 11.5mm P hook.

Size and Gauge

Final measurements: Customized to your measurements.

Gauge : No Gauge! J But if you want to gauge how much yarn you will need see the end of this pattern called “Doing the Math”

Difficulty Level

        Easy   Projects using yarn with basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes, and simple shaping and finishing.

Stiches Used and Abbreviations

Ch= chain

Sl st = slip stich

DC = double crochet

St(s) = stitch(es)

INC = increase

Important Notes

Increases: After the optional cowl neck, there are two 2- st increases per row at 2 opposite corners for a total of 4 st increases in each row.

If you don’t like the eyelet look at the point of the poncho, you can substitute (3DC in space between the center sts) instead of the (DC, ch1, DC). And then in each following row: (3DC in the center DC between the 3DC of the previous row) A stitch marker would be helpful here to not miss this on each round. See chart for further explanation of this variation.

If you want a more pronounced eyelet look at the point of the poncho, you can substitute (DC, Ch2, DC) instead of the (DC, ch1, DC). And then in each following row, you do the same: (DC, ch2, DC) in the ch-2 space of the previous row. See chart for further explanation.

Things to be careful of:

  • At the start of the row after your (ch3, DC in same st) on the next DC be careful not to skip a stitch. It can look a little funny and can be easy to miss.
  • At the point of the poncho, after you’ve completed the (DC, ch1, DC) be careful again not to miss the very next stitch which can also look a little funny.

Turning Your Work vs Working the Same Side: The pattern calls for you to keep working on the same side of the work as you go around. If you would like to experiment, you can turn your work on each row instead. It will give a slightly different look to your work. It’s a small difference that is available to play with.

Stitch Markers:  Feel free to use a stitch marker at the point of the poncho so as not to miss this increase each time, but if you are seasoned you probably won’t miss it and won’t need the marker.

Instructions

Begin: 

Chain the length you want your neck width to be.

Do this by chaining and testing the chain length by placing it  as a circle around your neck to check if you like the circumference. 

Make longer or shorter until it’s just as you like it.

Then join with a slip stitch to first chain being careful to not twist the chain..

Cowl Neck Portion – Optional

If you would like your poncho to have a cowl neck simply work in the round without any increases for as high as you want your cowl portion to be.

Work: Ch3, DC in next and all stitches across. Join with slip st to top of chain 3 of beginning of the row.

Row 1

Chain 3, DC in SAME stitch (this is 1 st increase)

DC across until the approximate halfway point, ch1, (this is a 2 -st inc) then continue DC in each stitch across until last st, 2 DC in last st. (this is 1 st increase) (total of 4 stitches increased)

Join with slip st to top of chain 3 of beginning of the row.

 

Row2

Ch3, DC in SAME stitch, DC across in each st. At the Chain 1: (DC, ch1, DC)

DC across the rest of sts until last st, 2 DC in last st

Join with slip st to top of chain 3 of beginning of the row.

Repeat Row 2 until poncho is desired length.

Add fringe if desired or your favorite edging. Optional lace edging pattern chart is available in the PDF pattern which you can purchase here.

 

Finishing

With yarn needle sew in loose ends.

Enjoy your poncho!

Support My Free Patterns

If you like this pattern, perhaps you might consider “buying me a coffee.” Thank you!

You can also support my work by sharing your finished garment on social media with the hashtag:

#LightandJoyDesigns

Or Sharing this pattern on Pinterest, Facebook or your Fav social media.

Thank you!

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