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20+ Free Crochet Poncho Patterns : stylish comfort for all seasons

I love crochet ponchos – they’re easy to crochet, flattering to all body shapes (yay!), and a fab accessory for wearing all year round. Even better is when you’ve chosen your own style and crocheted it yourself!

That’s what I’m here to help you with today. I’ve gathered together my own designs as well as my favourites from other designers in this collection of free crochet poncho patterns for adults.

Whether you’re looking to crochet a poncho to feel cosy in the winter, as an extra layer out and about as the seasons change or as the final touch to your outfit on a night out, I hope you’ll find inspiration to get crocheting your own poncho.

montage of four photos showing different style crochet ponchos in different colours

Why you’ll love crocheting a poncho

Easy Wardrobe Update: Instead of buying new clothing items, you can simply refresh your style by crocheting a trendy and fashionable poncho (that old t-shirt that you love because it’s soft next to your skin? Don’t throw it out, layer up with a poncho!).
Quick and Easy Projects: Many poncho patterns are relatively simple and quick to crochet, making them great projects whether you’re a beginner or more experienced. It’s a satisfying way to crochet a wearable item without a huge time commitment.
From Spring to Winter: Depending on the yarn weight and design, crocheted ponchos can be suitable for various seasons. Lighter weights and lacy patterns work well for spring and summer, while bulkier yarns offer denser patterns with warmth for Autumn/fall and winter.

Crochet Poncho Styles (in this collection)

Ponchos come in a wide range of styles giving a unique and fashionable look.  I’ve found that the crochet ponchos most loved include classic, boho-chic, asymmetrical (different length hems), cowl neck, hooded, granny square and poncho sweaters. You’ll find all these styles in these free crochet poncho patterns.

The design elements in these poncho patterns also include:

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Construction Techniques of Crochet Ponchos

The poncho patterns I’ve chosen to include are constructed differently to give you alternatives.

As guidance, the crochet ponchos include the following:

  • Rectangle with seamed shoulder and side
  • Rectangle and two front panels
  • Two rectangles seamed at the shoulder
  • Two rectangles joined with a mesh insert
  • Two rectangles joined perpendicular
  • Triangle
  • Worked sideways
  • Worked in rounds to create a square and then folded over
  • Worked in the Raglan style
  • Shaped at the bottom and worked in one piece
  • Large granny square
  • 4 granny squares joined together
  • 6 granny squares joined together
  • Granny stitch neckline down

Whatever your style or construction preference, ponchos are simple to make yourself! 

Yarn Options : Finding the Perfect Blend

Not only are ponchos easy to crochet but they don’t use too much yarn.  You might have what you need in your stash! 

These free crochet poncho patterns include a mixture of fibres and blends with Sport (4ply), DK, Aran and Worsted weights. You’ll need between 200g to 700g (depending on size) to crochet these ponchos.

In my experience, lighter weight yarns and cotton blends are best for ponchos you’ll be wearing in Spring and Summer with heavier weights and wool blends/acrylics best for Fall/Autumn and Winter.

When it comes to choosing yarn to design your own crochet poncho, there are various options. You’ll need to consider how you would like your poncho to drape, how warm you want to be and how you want your poncho to look. Here are some suitable yarn choices:

  1. Worsted Weight: This yarn is a popular choice for crochet ponchos. It provides a good balance between warmth and drape, making it suitable for a wide range of designs.
  2. Chunky/Bulky Weight: If you’re looking for a cozier and quicker project, chunky or bulky weight yarn is an excellent option. It creates a thicker fabric with added warmth, perfect for colder climates or winter ponchos.
  3. Fingering/Sport Weight: For lightweight and delicate ponchos, fingering or sport weight yarns are ideal. They create a more airy and flowy fabric, perfect for spring or summer ponchos.
  4. Acrylic: Acrylic yarns are widely available, affordable, and come in loads of colours. They are easy to care for and often have good drape.
  5. Wool: Wool yarns provide excellent insulation and warmth, making them suitable for cozy ponchos. They come in different weights, such as worsted or bulky, and offer a wide range of natural shades. Tip: some people are allergic to wool so if you’re making your poncho as a gift, check to make sure wool is ok.
  6. Cotton: Cotton yarns are great for lightweight and breathable ponchos, particularly for warmer weather or transitional seasons. They provide a cool and comfortable feel and are available in various weights.
  7. Blends: Yarn blends, such as wool/acrylic or cotton/linen, offer the advantages of multiple fibres. These blends often give a fabulous drape, are soft, and durable.

Don’t forget when you’re choosing, that different fibres and weights can change the final look and feel of your poncho.

Free Crochet Poncho Patterns

Clicking on the numbered pattern name will take you to the pattern.

My patterns are written in both US and UK crochet terms. The majority of patterns from other designers are written in US Crochet Terms.

For my UK crocheters, the table below is a conversion of basic crochet stitches from US to UK.

US Crochet TermsUK Crochet Terms
single crochet (sc)double crochet (dc)
half double crochet (hdc)half treble crochet (htr)
double crochet (dc)treble crochet (tr)
treble (tr)double treble (dtr)
double treble (dtr)triple treble (trtr)

1. Queen of Diamonds Poncho

montage of four photos showing a woman wearing a crochet poncho with views of the front, back and side

I had a lot of fun designing this poncho with sleeves. It’s my favourite so far and has become a go to for me (it’s hung on the back of the door in my bedroom)!

I’ve split the instructions into 4 sections for ease. A classic granny square is worked in section 1.  The corners are worked in section 2 to change the orientation from a square to a diamond and then the granny square continues in rounds for section 3.  In section 4, the poncho pattern is worked in rows to extend the width.  The sleeves are worked lengthways in the back loop only giving a lovely stretch.

This pattern is available to buy on Etsy.

2. Forest Ripple Crochet Poncho

3 images showing a a woman wearing a crochet poncho with the hood down, hood up and a close up of the ripple crochet stitch

My Forest Ripple crochet poncho pattern uk includes a hood. It’s worked from the bottom up and seamed at the shoulders with the hood crocheted directly onto the neck.

The two identical panels are worked in a 2-row pattern repeat crochet ripple stitch.  One row is worked in front loops and one row in back loops, giving a lovely ridged effect.

  • Recommended yarn: Boho Spirit in Boheme
  • Sizes: S to 5X
  • Crochet stitches: ripple, double (UK) / single (US), treble (UK), double (US)

Layering is essential when it comes to seasonal wardrobes, and this crochet poncho is the ultimate layering piece.

Wear it over a long-sleeved shirt for those brisk autumn mornings, or layer it with your favorite chunky sweater or scarf underneath.

Prefer to go ad-free? This pattern is available to purchase on Etsy.

3. Open Shoulder Crochet Poncho

Open shouldered crochet poncho styled on a mannequin
Jera’s Jamboree

My Amelia crochet poncho pattern is an easy project.

It’s simply a crocheted rectangle that is folded in half and transformed into a poncho by sewing a few stitches to form the neck opening, open shoulder and side seam.

  • Recommended yarn: King Cole Caribbean Calypso
  • Measurements: Width 55 (62, 69, 76) cm Length 53cm
  • Sizes: S, M/L, XL/2XL and 3XL/5XL
  • Crochet Stitches: double crochet (US single crochet) /  shell and fan lace  /  macramé look /  picot

Perfect to use as a cover up over strappy tops and dresses, it will see you through late spring and summer.

4. Crochet Poncho Pattern Cotton Candy

side view of a crocheted poncho
Jera’s Jamboree

My Cotton Candy crochet poncho free pattern 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.

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

  • Recommended yarn: Woolcraft Cotton Candy
  • Measurements: 41 inches / 104 cm (W) X 20.5 inches / 52 cm (L)
  • Sizes: one size (small to 2XL)
  • Crochet Stitches:  double crochet (US single crochet)  /  treble crochet (US double crochet) / crossed treble crochet (US crossed double crochet)

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

My poncho pattern is available on Etsy (and is popular).

5. Granny Square Poncho

Granny square poncho with one side pulled out to see the design
Jera’s Jamboree

Using only 4 (large) granny squares seamed together, my crochet poncho makes use of a crochet cord to tighten the neckline. It’s threaded through the stitches at the neck and gives a lovely drape.  

  • Recommended yarn: Simply Satin Elements DK
  • Measurements: Finished bust sizes 32-38, (40-46, 48-54, 56-62) inches; Width 29, (38, 47, 55) inches
  • Sizes: Small to 5X
  • Crochet Stitches: double crochet (US single crochet), treble crochet (US double crochet), bobble stitch, V-stitch

Crochet the poncho in one colour or use what you have in your yarn stash to make it unique to you.

6Such Simple Poncho

A women is wearing a pink poncho and white jeans

This poncho crochet pattern is worked in rounds to create a square which is then folded.

It has 4 corners instead of 2 making it extra-large and suitable for all sizes.

The length is easily adjustable by repeating rows to your desired length.

Watch the video tutorial to follow the designer crocheting the poncho.

  • Recommended yarn:  Lion Brand Jeans
  • Measurements: Width 52, 58, 64, 70 inches X Length 25, 28, 31, 34 inches
  • Sizes: S/M, L/XL, 2XL/3X, 4XL/5XL
  • Crochet Stitches:  double crochet (UK treble crochet)

This 4-row pattern repeat poncho is perfect for beginners.

This pattern is available to buy on Etsy.

7Elegant Lace Poncho

Montage of three photos showing a crocheted poncho, a close up of the neckline and a close up of the stitches
Patterns by Dot

This gorgeous lace poncho is an old pattern but you know what, sometimes vintage is best!

I recommend you check out the other projects on the Ravelry page to see how great this design looks (the photo above really doesn’t do this pattern justice).

Worked in the round from top down, you can try on your poncho as you go to ensure the fit.

  • Recommended yarn: Caron Simply Soft
  • Measurements:  21″ from neckline to hemline
  • Sizes: one size (up to 2X)
  • Crochet Stitches: Shell

There are two links on the Ravelry page.  If you go to the web archive link there are comments there that might help you if you get stuck.

8. Crochet Lace Poncho Pattern

A woman is in the woods wearing a poncho with her arms outstretched
Kirsten Holloway Designs

I just love how elegant this poncho looks. 

I often feel the cold around my shoulders – that solid stitch will definitely give a layer of warmth.  This style would be great for you if you like to have warm shoulders too! 

The poncho is made in two rectangular panels which are seamed at the top to create the neck opening.

If you haven’t worked a lace stitch before, there’s a tutorial at the bottom of the pattern to help you.

  • Recommended yarn:  the yarn has been discontinued however there are some excellent matches on YarnSub
  • Measurements: Width approximately 46 (50, 54, 58) inches, Length approximately 19 (19, 25, 28) inches
  • Sizes: S/M, L/XL, 2X/3X, 4X/5X
  • Crochet Stitches:  Linen stitch / Flower Lace stitch

This lace poncho pattern is available as a PDF on Lovecrafts.

9.  Poncho Crochet Pattern

A woman with turquoise hair is standing on a path wearing a yellow poncho
Divine Debris

If you’re looking for a lightweight poncho, this repeated open stitch pattern is perfect.

Worked in one piece, row by row, until you get to the specified length, the rectangle is then folded in half and seamed along one edge to create the neck opening.  Easy!

  • Recommended yarn:  Lion Brand Coboo
  • Measurements:  Length: 63 (71.5, 80, 88.5) inches    Height 17 (20, 25, 27) inches
  • Sizes: S/M, L/XL, 2X/3X, 4X/5X
  • Crochet Stitches: Half double crochet and cluster (UK half treble), treble crochet and cluster (UK double treble)

This pattern also works for a shawl (just don’t sew the seams).

10Short Lacy Poncho

A woman is sat on a chair indoors on her tablet wearing a short lacy poncho

Crocheted in two rectangles which are then joined together with a mesh insert, I think this design is really creative!

If you struggle with written instructions, the pattern includes a stitch diagram – great to work from if you’re a visual learner.

This pattern is rated intermediate.

  • Recommended yarn: Red Heart Unforgettable – substitutions on YarnSub
  • Measurements: length: 19” (48.5 cm) measured from centre front neck down to centre front point X 37½” (95.5 cm) measured across long edge
  • Sizes: One size fits all
  • Crochet Stitches: double crochet (US) /  treble crochet (UK);  single crochet (US)  /  double crochet (UK); reverse half double crochet (US)  /  reverse half treble crochet (UK); chains; picot

This crochet poncho is a free pattern PDF download from the numbered link above.

11Pineapple Poncho

A woman is standing near a lake wearing a lacy crochet poncho
The Purple Poncho

Featuring a lacy stitch combination, the Pineapple poncho is crocheted sideways.

You’ll seam the arm and add a border to the neckline to finish the garment.

The pineapples are added to the bottom edge giving a lovely finish.

The designer has rated this pattern intermediate.

  • Recommended yarn: Cotton Fair
  • Measurements/Sizes: XS: 14” W x 56” L; S: 16” W x 59” L;  M: 18” W x 63” L;  LG: 20” W   66” L; XL: 21” W x 70” L
  • Crochet Stitches: US dc – double crochet; sc – single crochet

Wear this light and lacy poncho on nights out all year round.

12.  Whimsical Waves Poncho

A women is wearing a light blue poncho that has lacy stitches on the sides and dense stitches on the front
Nana’s Crafty Home

This poncho is worked in two separate pieces. 

The front triangles are worked in an easy mesh filet and the side panels are crocheted directly onto the front panels with a lacy wave stitch.

  • Recommended yarn: Lion Brand Feels Like Butta (I have this yarn in my stash – bought during a sale for a future unknown project – can’t wait to work with it!)
  • Measurements: 22” from top of triangle front panel to bottom of front triangle panel x 50” across bust
  • Sizes: one size fits all (and is easily adapted by crocheting more or less rows on the side panels)
  • Crochet Stitches: double crochet US /  treble crochet UK;  single crochet US / double crocket UK

The designer has a video tutorial to show you how to make the lacy stitch.

13. Spring Plaid Crochet Poncho

The back view of a women in a field with her arms outstretched wearing a poncho and jeans
The Knotted Nest

Crocheted in basic stitches and with straightforward colour changes, it’s the easy weaving technique that gives such a fabulous finish to this poncho (and it’s much easier to make than it looks!).

The back is worked first in a large rectangle, then each front panel is worked one at a time.

The pattern sequence for colour (horizontal stripes) and weaving (vertical stripes) is clearly shown in diagram format.

Photos guide you through the weaving technique.

  • Recommended yarn: DK Whims Merino
  • Measurements: 44” (112cm) wide and 51” (129.5cm) long (not including fringe).
  • Sizes: One size fits all
  • Crochet Stitches:  US double crochet; UK treble crochet

Prefer working offline?  This pattern is available as a PDF on Etsy.

14.  Lightweight Crochet Poncho

A lacy pink poncho is styled on a mannequin
Crochet Dreamz

For this free pattern, you will crochet two rectangles then slip stitch for the shoulder seams, leaving an opening for your head.

The seam is made on the foundation chain to allow for extra pattern repeats at the bottom for a longer poncho.

Photos accompany instructions for the easy lacy pattern.

The lacy stitch is airy and perfect for wearing in the summer on days out (and looks elegant to wear on nights out too).

  • Recommended yarn: Premier Basix DK (or substitute any DK yarn)
  • Measurements/Sizes: Width: 44(46, 47.5, 47.5) (49, 49, 52, 52)” for sizes S(M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) ; Length: 18(18, 20, 20) (21, 21, 22, 22)” for sizes S(M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
  • Crochet Stitches: US double crochet /  UK treble crochet

Wear this crochet poncho with the stitches horizontally for a boat neck and vertically for a V-Neck.

15Easy Crochet Poncho

A woman on a footpath is wearing a turquoise poncho and jeans
Jenny and Teddy

Although this poncho is made by crocheting two rectangles, the seaming is different to the other patterns in this collection (photos are included in the pattern).

I think this alternative way of seaming two rectangles gives a lovely drape. 

This pattern is easy to adjust for smaller or larger sizes.

  • Recommended yarn: Cotton DK (use yarn from your stash to keep your costs down)
  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Crochet Stitches:  US double crochet /  UK treble crochet; US single crochet / UK double crochet

An easy project suitable for beginners, wear your poncho through late Spring and Summer.

This pattern is available on Etsy.

16. Flower Patch Poncho

A woman is wearing jeans and a flower granny square poncho
Katie Jones/LoveCrafts

Bursting with colour, this gorgeous poncho is constructed with 6 granny squares.

Stripes and tassels are added to give length.

If you have chunky yarn in your stash, work a swatch to match the gauge!

Instructions are written using UK terminology with changes for US terminology given in italics in brackets.

  • Recommended yarn: (discontinued) substitute recommended on YarnSub Lion Brand Hue and Me
  • Measurements: 76 cm / 30 inches, across front
  • Sizes:  One size fits all
  • Crochet Stitches: dc (sc) = double crochet (single crochet); dtr (tr) = double treble (treble crochet); htr (hdc) = half treble (half double crochet)

This is a free pattern PDF download on LoveCrafts.

If you enjoy working with granny squares, have a browse of these granny square projects and patterns

17. C2C Crochet Poncho

a woman is wearing a black top and jeans with a poncho in blue ombre layered on top
Dora Does

This is the perfect project for you to learn the Corner-to-Corner technique.

The pattern links to a tutorial and a photo tutorial guides you through making the neckline.

You can use any weight yarn and the recommendation is to go up a couple of hook sizes to get the same fabulous drape.

  • Recommended yarn: Infinity Hearts Azalea (sport weight/4ply)
  • Measurements: 115cm/46in wide and long on the diagonal after blocking
  • Crochet Stitches:  3 double crochets (UK treble) into a block

The designer has rated this pattern confident/adventurous beginner.

Get this pattern as a PDF on Etsy.

18. 70’s Style Granny Square Poncho

A young woman is smiling and wearing a 70's style granny square poncho styled with black leggings and brown cowboy boots
By Hand London

Here’s another vintage poncho pattern for you. 

Crocheted in granny stitch from the neckline down to the fringed hem, this is a project suitable for beginners.

It will add an extra layer of warmth on cold days, but also transitions into Spring worn layered over dresses or jeans.

This patterns works well with all yarn weights – anything from a DK weight up to super chunky.

Photos accompany instructions for the first few rounds and how to add the tassels.

  • Recommended yarn: MillaMia Naturally Soft Super Chunky
  • Sizes: One size fits all
  • Crochet Stitches: htr – half treble UK  /  hdc – half double US ;  tr – treble UK   /  dc – double crochet US

The designer explains in the instructions how to change up the stitch count if your yarn has a different gauge.

19. Crochet Boho Poncho

Montage of three photos 1) completed mandala design crochet poncho  2) edge and tassels of the poncho 3) granny squares used to construct the boho poncho
Sylvia Happy Hobby

This video tutorial on YouTube has a mandala design pattern with a Jacob‘s ladder border and tassels.

I LOVE how four granny squares are used as building blocks in this poncho. 

It would work with all colours too, including a block of colour.

Part One shows you how to crochet the 4 large squares and Part Two assembling the poncho and a Jacob’s Letter border (part two is linked in the description).

Click on the image above to go to the video.

20.  Crochet Poncho Pattern with a Pocket

A woman is standing in front of trees wearing a grey cowl necked poncho
Make & Do Crew

Worked sideways, this poncho is created using a simple increase and decrease repeat.

You can easily adapt the size by adding more or less chains to your foundation chain.

I like that your arms are free.  Sometimes ponchos can be restricting in what you can carry out and about with you can’t they!

  • Recommended yarn:  Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca
  • Measurements/Sizes: S/M – Circumference around bust/hips: 53” Length: 29”; L/XL – Circumference around bust/hips: 56” Length: 29”; ⅔XL – Circumference around bust/hips: 63.5” Length: 30.5”
  • Crochet Stitches: half double crochet (UK half treble)

The addition of a cowl neck and front pocket make for a fab garment that you can layer through fall/autumn and winter.

This pattern is available as a PDF on Lovecrafts.

21. Fatima Poncho

A woman is leaning on a garden chair in sunglasses wearing a poncho with a split cowl in two shades of grey
Pattern Paradise

The Raglan style is worked from the top down. This is a fabulous first project if you haven’t worked this design before.

First you will work the split collar and then add the body from the bottom of the collar.

The poncho has 4 points until the end of the shoulders, then converts to only two points (front and back) for the remainder of the body.

The pattern has sizing tips for smaller and larger sizes. 

Measurements are included throughout the pattern.

  • Recommended yarn:  Chic Sheep by Marly Bird – if you can’t get hold of this yarn, YarnSub has lots of substitute recommendations
  • Sizes: Small to 1X
  • Crochet Stitches: BLO: back loop only; US dc: double crochet; FP: front post; hdc: half double crochet; sc: single crochet

I really like the split cowl and think this is the perfect length for fall/autumn and winter.

22. Wasilla Poncho

A young woman in the woods is wearing a striped poncho in earthy tones
A Crocheted Simplicity

This is another poncho that’s worked from the neck opening down in the Raglan style.

The self-striping yarn does all the hard work (no changing colours or need to weave in ends!).

You don’t have to worry about sizing with this pattern as it includes recommendations for sizing up or down.

  • Recommended yarn: Lion Brand Mandala
  • Measurements: Adult Poncho Size: 25″ (neck opening) x 22″ L (at sides) x 32″ L (at center point) /  Child’s Poncho Size: 21″ (neck opening) x 13″ L (at sides) x 19″ L (at center point)
  • Sizes: One size fits all
  • Crochet Stitches: puff stitch, US double crochet cluster,

This is also available in a children’s size and would look cute in a mum and daughter pairing (or gran and mum and daughter!).

If you prefer to work offline, you can buy this pattern on Etsy.

23. Knit Look Crochet Poncho

A woman is standing in front of a brick wall wearing ripped jeans and a grey poncho
Yarn Hook Needles

Two panels are sewn together perpendicular and overlap each other in this pattern.

There are photos to guide you and diagrams to show you how to place the two panels before seaming them together.

A link to a video tutorial will help you with the tassels.

The cowl is crocheted separately and then sewn onto the head opening.

  • Recommended yarn: I Love This Yarn (if you’re in the UK, postage costs might be too high – YarnSub has good matches from brands available in the UK)
  • Sizes: child size 2-4; child size 6-10; youth size 12-women’s size small; women’s size medium-xl; and women’s size 2xl-5xl
  • Crochet Stitches: sc – single crochet; hdc – half double crochet

This poncho looks lovely and snug.  Wear this one through Fall/Autumn, Winter and the early start of Spring.

24. Hooded Poncho

A young woman is standing on a path with her hands on her hips wearing ripped jeans and a hooded crochet poncho
Heart Hook Home

You’ll work this poncho sweater by starting at the right hand wrist, then working across the body, (shaping the neck as you go) to the left hand wrist.

Cuffs and an optional hood are crocheted last.

This truly is an all season wearable. Choose the weight of the yarn to match the time of year you’ll be wearing your poncho!  (a thinner weight will give a lightweight feel perfect for spring and summer and the thicker the yarn, a denser stitch for the colder months).

  • Recommended yarn: Brava Sport / DK Lion Brand Coboo  /  Aran/Worsted Lion Brand Heartland
  • Measurements: Width (widest point) one size 60″, plus size 64″). Overall length one size 30″, plus size 32″
  • Sizes: One Size (fits XS – 1XL) and Plus Size (fits up to about 5XL)
  • Crochet Stitches: Double Crochet Rib Stitch (UK Treble Crochet Rib Stitch)

Perfect for wearing with casual clothes (with the hood) or dressing up for a night out (without the hood).

You can buy the PDF of this pattern on Etsy.

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Happy crocheting!

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