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Crochet Poncho Pattern Cotton Candy

Stylish and fun, this crochet poncho can be worn two ways and will add a pop of colour to your wardrobe.

Montage of two images 1) crochet poncho side view 2) close up of crochet stitches used to make the poncho

My Cotton Candy crochet poncho pattern is a really easy project.

Using treble crochet (US double crochet) and crossed stitches in repeating rows, this pattern works up in no time.

I’ve written the pattern in UK and US Crochet Terms and it is available in one size (small to 2XL).

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Worked flat in one piece (no sewing!) and with minimal shaping, this crochet poncho is suitable for beginners and more experienced crocheters alike.

If you need practise with increasing and decreasing stitches, this project is perfect for you.

I’ve used an ombre yarn but it will look just as good in a block of colour or in stripes of different colours.

Although the Woolcraft yarn I used is chunky, it felt more like an Aran/Worsted weight.  If you want to use yarn from your stash, crochet a swatch to see which weight matches the gauge (this may affect the amount of yarn you need).

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Design Inspiration

When I designed my open-shoulder crochet poncho, the combination of stitches could be a bit difficult for beginners to get to grips with. 

I wanted this poncho design to be easy enough for beginners.  The construction is easy and uses basic crochet stitches. 

I wanted to add a technique so decided to taper the bottom of the crochet poncho. 

Diagram of a crochet poncho showing the shape and measurements

I’ve designed this poncho so that it can be worn two ways. 

The poncho is crocheted from side to side (so the pattern is horizontal) to give a boat neckline but you can turn it sideways to give a V-neck with the pattern running vertically (as seen in the image below).

Front view of a crochet poncho with stitches running horizontally
Stitches running horizontally
The front of a crochet poncho with stitches running vertically
Stitches running vertically

This is one of the easiest ways to construct a poncho.

How the crochet poncho pattern is worked

This crochet poncho is worked in rows from the bottom up in one piece.

Chains are used to create the neck space before continuing to work on the other side.

The stitch pattern is in a sequence of treble crochet (US double crochet) and crossed stitches.

Close up of crochet stitches 3 rows of treble/double crochet and 2 rows of crossed treble/double stitches used in a poncho

Rectangular in shape at the top, this poncho decreases to give shaping to the bottom hem.

sleeve of a poncho and tapered bottom with stitches running horizontally
Sleeve held out and a tapered bottom of poncho with crochet stitches running horizontally

Rows of increases are followed with rows without increases.  Once a chain is made for the head space, the crochet poncho pattern free reverses.

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Yarn

Woolcraft Cotton Candy is a budget chunky ombre yarn that is soft to the touch.

Shade 767 is gorgeous with the mustard, blue and orange colours changing as you go.

Made from 97% Acrylic and 3% Polyamide, there is 280m on a 100g, great value for money!

It can be washed at 30 degrees but can’t be tumbled dried.

Side view of a crochet poncho with stitches running horizontally
Side view of a poncho with the crochet stitches running vertically

Pattern Notes

  • Chain 1 does not count as a stitch
  • Chain 2 counts as a stitch
  • Number of stitches for each row are denoted in brackets ie; (68 tr / 68 dc) = 68 treble crochet stitches  /  double crochet stitches
  • Using a stitch marker at the ends of rows will help you place the stitch for the new row
  • Increasing and decreasing is at the beginning and ends of rows.  Rows increase or decrease by 4 stitches as indicated.

Level

Easy

Materials

  • 5.5mm Crochet Hook
  • 500g /  1400 meters chunky or Aran/Worsted Weight yarn (I used Woolcraft Cotton Candy Shade 767)
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Stitches and Abbreviations

UK Crochet TermsUS Crochet Terms
Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook, yarn over hook, pull yarn through the stitch (2 loops on hook), yarn over hook, pull through 2 loops. Stitch made.Single Crochet (sc): Insert hook, yarn over hook, pull yarn through the stitch (2 loops on hook), yarn over hook, pull through 2 loops. Stitch made.
Treble Crochet (tr): Yarn over hook, insert hook, yarn over hook, pull through the stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through first 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops.  Stitch made.Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over hook, insert hook, yarn over hook, pull through the stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through first 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops.  Stitch made.
Crossed Treble (Xtr): Treble stitch made as above   Skip 1 stitch, treble in next st, treble in skipped stitch.  Crossed stitch made.Crossed Double (Xdc): Double stitch made as above   Skip 1 stitch, double in next st, double in skipped stitch.  Crossed stitch made.
Treble 2 Together (tr2tog): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through first 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch,  yarn over and pull through first 2 loops, yarn over and pull through the 3 loops on the hook to complete the stitch.Double 2 Together (dc2tog): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through first 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch,  yarn over and pull through first 2 loops, yarn over and pull through the 3 loops on the hook to complete the stitch.
  • Ch – chain
  • Ea – each
  • St/s – stitch/es
  • Rep = repeat
  • Sk – skip

Gauge

With a 5.5mm hook:

UK 9 rows and 13 treble crochet = 10cm X 10cm

US 9 rows and 13 double crochet = 10cm X 10cm

Measurements

41 inches / 104 cm (W) X 20.5 inches / 52 cm (L)

One size fits Small to 2XL

Testimonials

Testimonial from a customer on Etsy with a photo of the finished crochet poncho.  Text reads:  I wanted to write a review when I was done making my poncho, but it must have taken me to long as it isn't under my account any longer.  I wanted to show my poncho.  Your pattern was easy to follow.  I did make it longer.  I love that you can wear this poncho two different ways.  I'm now making my daughter-in-law one with a different color!

Etsy message from customer 11th April 2024. Text reads: I wanted to write a review when I was done making my poncho, but it must have taken me to long as it isn’t under my account any longer. I wanted to show my poncho. Your pattern was easy to follow. I did make it longer. I love that you can wear this poncho 2 different ways. I’m now making my daughter-in-law one in a different color! Bless you! Rose

Testimonial from Etsy "The pattern is easy to read" 5 stars for the crochet poncho

5 stars – “The pattern is easy to read.” Source: Etsy 11th December 2023

Testimonial from Etsy for the cotton candy poncho "Lovely pattern. Easy to follow instructions with lots of helpful photos." 5 stars

5 stars – “Lovely pattern. Easy to follow instructions with lots of helpful photos.” Source: Etsy 27th August 2023

5 star Testimonial for the Cotton Candy Poncho "I appreciate this poncho crochet pattern. I was looking for a unique design.  Thank you

5 stars – “I appreciate this poncho crochet pattern. I was looking for a unique design. Thank you.” Source: Etsy 7th June 2023

Instructions Crochet Poncho Cotton Candy UK Crochet Terms

Ch69

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in ea ch to end, ch2, turn (68 dc)

Row 2: 2 tr in base of 1st st, tr in ea st to last st, 3 tr in last st, ch 2, turn (72 tr)

Row 3 and 4: rep row 2 (80 tr)

Row 5: 2 tr in 1st st, Xtr to end, 3 tr in last st, ch2, turn (84 tr)

Row 6: rep row 5 (88 tr)

Row 7, 8 and 9: Rep row 2 (100 tr)

Row 10 and 11: rep row 5 (108 tr)

Row 12, 13 and 14: rep row 2 (120 tr)

Row 15 and 16: rep row 5 (128 tr)

Row 17, 18 rep row 2 (136 tr)

Row 19:  2 tr in 1st st, Xtr to end, 3 tr in last st, ch2, turn (140tr)

Pattern no longer increases

Row 20: tr in next st, Xtr across to last st, tr in last st, ch2, turn (140 tr)

Row 21: rep row 20

Row 22: tr in ea st across, ch2 turn

Row 23 and 24: rep row 22

Row 25 and 26: rep row 20

Row 27, 28 and 29: rep row 22

Row 30 and 31: rep row 20

Row 32, 33 and 34: rep row 22

Row 35 and 36: rep row 20

Row 37, 38 and 39: rep row 22

Row 40 and 41: rep row 20

Row 42, 43 and 44: rep row 22

Row 45 and 46: rep row 20

Row 47 and 48: rep row 22

Row 49: tr in next 54 sts, ch30, sk 30 sts, tr in next 55 sts, ch2, turn

(neck space made in row 49)

Pattern reverses

Row 50 and 51: rep row 22

Row 52 and 53: rep row 20

Row 54, 55 and 56: rep row 22

Row 57 and 58: rep row 20

Row 59, 60, 61: rep row 22

Row 62 and 63: rep row 20

Row 64, 65 and 66: rep row 22

Row 67 and 68: rep row 20

Row 69, 70 and 71: rep row 22

Row 72 and 73: rep row 20

Row 74, 75 and 76, rep row 22

Row 77 and 78: rep row 20 (140 tr)

Pattern decreases

Row 79: tr2tog twice, tr to last 5 sts, tr2tog twice, tr in last st, ch2, turn (136 tr)

Row 80 and 81: rep row 79 (128 tr)

Row 82: tr2tog twice, Xtr to last 5 sts, tr2tog twice, tr in last st, ch2, turn (124 tr)

Row 83: rep row 82 (120 tr)

Row 84, 85, 86: rep row 79 (108 tr)

Row 87 and 88: rep row 82 (100 tr)

Row 89, 90 and 91: rep row 79 (88 tr)

Row 92 and 93: rep row 82 (80 tr)

Row: 94, 95 and 96: rep row 79, ch1, turn (68 tr)

Row 97: dc in ea st across (68 dc)

Fasten off

Weave in ends

Instructions Crochet Poncho Cotton Candy US Crochet Terms

Ch69

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch to end, ch2, turn (68 sc)

Row 2: 2 dc in base of 1st st, dc in ea st to last st, 3 dc in last st, ch 2, turn (72 dc)

Row 3 and 4: rep row 2 (80 dc)

Row 5: 2 dc in 1st st, Xdc to end, 3 dc in last st, ch2, turn (84 dc)

Row 6: rep row 5 (88 dc)

Row 7, 8 and 9: Rep row 2 (100 dc)

Row 10 and 11: rep row 5 (108 dc)

Row 12, 13 and 14: rep row 2 (120 dc)

Row 15 and 16: rep row 5 (128 dc)

Row 17, 18 rep row 2 (136 dc)

Row 19:  2 tr in 1st st, Xdc to end, 3 dc in last st, ch2, turn (140dc)

Pattern no longer increases

Row 20: dc in next st, Xdc across to last st, dc in last st, ch2, turn (140 dc)

Row 21: rep row 20

Row 22: dc in ea st across, ch2 turn

Row 23 and 24: rep row 22

Row 25 and 26: rep row 20

Row 27, 28 and 29: rep row 22

Row 30 and 31: rep row 20

Row 32, 33 and 34: rep row 22

Row 35 and 36: rep row 20

Row 37, 38 and 39: rep row 22

Row 40 and 41: rep row 20

Row 42, 43 and 44: rep row 22

Row 45 and 46: rep row 20

Row 47 and 48: rep row 22

Row 49: dc in next 54 sts, ch30, sk 30 sts, dc in next 55 sts, ch2, turn

(neck space made in row 49)

Pattern reverses

Row 50 and 51: rep row 22

Row 52 and 53: rep row 20

Row 54, 55 and 56: rep row 22

Row 57 and 58: rep row 20

Row 59, 60, 61: rep row 22

Row 62 and 63: rep row 20

Row 64, 65 and 66: rep row 22

Row 67 and 68: rep row 20

Row 69, 70 and 71: rep row 22

Row 72 and 73: rep row 20

Row 74, 75 and 76, rep row 22

Row 77 and 78: rep row 20 (140 dc)

Pattern decreases

Row 79: dc2tog twice, dc to last 5 sts, dc2tog twice, dc in last st, ch2, turn (136 dc)

Row 80 and 81: rep row 79 (128 dc)

Row 82: dc2tog twice, Xdc to last 5 sts, dc2tog twice, dc in last st, ch2, turn (124 dc)

Row 83: rep row 82 (120 dc)

Row 84, 85, 86: rep row 79 (108 dc)

Row 87 and 88: rep row 82 (100 dc)

Row 89, 90 and 91: rep row 79 (88 dc)

Row 92 and 93: rep row 82 (80 dc)

Row: 94, 95 and 96: rep row 79, ch1, turn (68 dc)

Row 97: sc in ea st across (68 sc)

Fasten off

Weave in ends

Happy hooking!

Copyright Notice

The pattern and photographs of this design are the property of Sharon Goodwin at Jera’s Jamboree.  This pattern and design are subject to copyright and are for personal, non-commercial use only.  You may not share, resell, alter or redistribute this pattern in part or in whole. You may, however, sell any finished items you make.  If you would like to include this pattern in a roundup, you may take one photo and link back to this pattern.

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