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Granny Square Poncho Pattern Victoria

My crochet poncho is made by crocheting four granny squares and then seaming them together. Perfect for beginners!

montage of three photos showing 1) granny square poncho full width 2) front view of the poncho 3) close up of a granny square

A crochet cord is used to tighten the neckline by pulling it through the stitches at the neck and drawing the ends together.  

I’ve added simple crochet flowers on either end of the cord.

close up showing stitches in the granny square poncho

This crochet poncho is sized from small to 5X and I’ve written the pattern in UK and US crochet terms.

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Design Inspiration

I’ve designed an open-shoulder poncho, a poncho crocheted in one piece and a poncho crocheted in two rectangles.  When I researched the free patterns to include in my crochet poncho roundup, I only found one poncho that used granny squares.

With my friend’s birthday coming up I thought this project would be a perfect gift for her.  Wheelchair bound, when she’s out and about she needs extra layers.  The poncho gives her options (and keeps her arms free).

The ivory colour of the yarn and the granny square pattern I designed brought to mind the Victorian era.  Welcome to the Victoria Granny Square Poncho!

Granny square poncho with one side pulled out to see the design

How the poncho pattern is worked

This free crochet poncho pattern is written in UK and US Crochet Terms.

Four granny squares are crocheted in rounds of treble (US double), bobble stitch and [chain one, skip one, treble].

Granny square used to construct a poncho

The corners of the squares are made from two clusters of trebles (US doubles) with chain 4 between each cluster.

The square is turned to worked the bobble stitch rounds.  All other rounds are joined with a slip stitch and continue in the same direction.

Rounds 5 to 12 are repeated until the desired size is reached.

The granny squares are folded (diagram below) and seamed to create the poncho shape.

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

To finish the poncho, two rounds of double crochet (US single crochet) and one round of V-Stitch are completed for the neckline. 

Finally, a crocheted cord is made.  This is threaded through the V-Stitches on the neckline to tighten.

Once the cord is threaded through, two simple flower patterns are crocheted and sewn on to the end of the cord.

front view of a granny square poncho crocheted in ivory

Sample is crocheted in M/L (modelled on a size small mannequin!).

Related Crochet Poncho Patterns

Yarn

I’ve used Elements Simply Satin DK in Ivory which I bought from The Knitting Network

  • 100% Acrylic
  • 50g / 125m / 136yd
  • Machine washable at 40 degrees

The Elements range is always changing!  If you need to you can substitute any DK yarn but crochet a swatch first to match the tension.

side view of a granny square poncho

Granny Square Poncho Pattern Notes

  • Size of each granny square is denoted thus S/M, (L/XL, 2X/3X, 4X/5X)
  • The bobble stitch is closed with a double crochet (US single crochet) in the next stitch
  • Don’t forget to turn to work the bobble stitch rounds to make sure the bobble stands out on the right side of the poncho
  • Bobble rounds start after the corner space – the round ends with working into the corner space, chain 1, join to top of ch3
  • Corner spaces are all worked with ch1 before the corner space then [cluster, chain 4, cluster] in the corner space and ch1 after the corner space
  • Two trebles are always worked into the ch1 space (from the previous round) before and after each corner
  • When you crochet the cord, leave a long tail before chaining and a long tail when you fasten off (these are used to attach the crochet flower)

Level

Easy

Materials

  • DK / Weight #3 / Light; 350g (750g, 1036g, 1320g)
  • Crochet Hook G/6 (4mm)
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors

Stitches and Abbreviations

UK Double Crochet (dc)  /  US Single Crochet (sc)

UK Treble Crochet (tr)  /  US Double Crochet (dc)

UK Triple Treble Crochet (ttr)  /  US Double Treble Crochet (dtc)

Bobble Stitch (bob): Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through two stitches, repeat this 5 times (6 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.  Bobble Stitch made.

Beginning Cluster (beg CL): ch2, *yarn over, insert hook in designated stitch or space, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)*; repeat between * once (3 loops on hook); yarn over pull through all loops.

Cluster (CL): *yarn over, insert hook in designated stitch or space, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)*; repeat between * 2 more times (4 loops on hook); yarn over, pull through all loops.

UK V-Stitch (V-st):  1tr, ch1, 1tr in the same stitch

US V-Stitch (V-st): 1dc, ch1, 1dc in the same stitch

  • Ch = chain
  • St/s = stitch/es
  • Sl st = slip stitch
  • Beg = beginning
  • Sp = space
  • Rep = repeat
  • Prev = previous
  • Ea = each
  • Sk = skip

Gauge

10 rows and 17 stitches in treble (US double) crochet on a 4mm/G6 hook = 10cm X 10cm

Measurements

Finished Sizes

INCHESS/ML/XL2X/3X4X/5X
To fit bust32 – 3840 – 4648 – 5456 – 62
Width29384755

Granny Square Poncho Pattern Instructions UK Crochet Terms

Granny Square

Make 4

Round 1: Ch4, sl st to first ch to form loop, beg CL, ch4, [CL, ch2] 7 times, join with sl st to top of beg CL (8 Clusters with ch2 between each one)

Round 2: Sl st into next ch2 sp, [beg CL, ch4, CL] in same ch2 sp, [ch1, 2tr, ch1] in next ch2 space, *[CL, ch4, CLst] in next ch2 sp, [ch1, 2tr, ch1] in next ch2 sp*, rep between * 2 more times, join to beg CL. (4 tr on each side + 4 corners)

Round 3: Sl st into next corner sp, [beg CL, ch4, CL] in same corner sp, ch1, 2tr in next ch1 sp, tr in each tr, 2 tr in next ch1 sp, ch1, *[CL, ch4, CL] in next corner sp, ch1, 2tr in next ch1 sp, tr in each tr, 2 tr in next ch1 sp, ch1* rep between * 2 more times, join to beg CL (8 tr on each side + 4 corners)

Round 4: rep Round 3 turn

Round 5: ch3, tr in ch sp, bob in next st, 1dc in next st, 1tr in next st to ch1 sp, 2tr in ch 1 sp, ch1, [CL, ch4, CL] in ch2 sp, ch1, *2tr in ch1 sp, [bob in next st, 1dc in next st, 1 tr in next st] to ch1 sp, 2tr in ch1 sp, ch1 [CL, ch4, CL] in ch2 sp, ch1, * rep 2 more times, join to top of ch3, turn

Rounds 6: rep round 3 (tr in top of 5bob, tr in dc, tr in tr from prev round)

Round 7 and 8: rep Round 3

Round 9: sl st into next corner sp, [beg CL, ch4, CL] in same corner sp, *ch1, 2tr in ch1 sp, ch1, sk next st, tr in next st, 2tr in ch1 sp, [CL, ch4, CL] in corner sp, * rep 3 more times, join to beg CL

Round 10, 11 and 12: rep Round 3

Rep rounds 5 to 12 until square measures 14” X 14” (18” X 18”, 22” X 22”, 26” X 26”) ending with a round 3 rep

Lay squares with wrong side facing upwards in the sequence you can see in the diagram below.

Using a yarn needle, sew squares together. Sew through the front loop (closest to you) and back loop (furthest away from you) with wrong sides together.

With wrong sides still facing up, fold squares number 1 to 3 and fold 4 in half towards 3 (as per diagram instructions below).

diagram showing the layout of joining granny squares

Join last seam as shown in the diagram below.

diagram showing the last join of a granny square and how the poncho looks once all squares are joined

Neckline

Rejoin yarn in centre st

Round 1: ch1, dc in ea st around neckline, join with sl st to ch1

Round 2: rep Round 1

Round 3:  ch4 (counts as tr and ch1), 1 tr in same st, sk next 2 sts, *V-st in next st, sk next 2 sts, * rep to end of round, sl st in 3rd ch

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Crochet Cord (to thread through V sts on neckline)

Ch to a length of 31 (39, 47, 54) inches  / 79 (99, 120, 137) cm

Row 1: tr in 3rd ch from hook, tr in back bumps of ch to end

Fold in half

Sl st across through the inside loops from foundation and row 1

Fasten off leaving a long tail

The tails will be used for attaching the flower

Easy Crochet Flower

Make 2

Instructions

Round 1: ch4, sl st to first ch, ch3 (counts as first tr), 9tr into the ring, sl st to top of ch3 to join

Round 2: Ch1, dc in same sp, [tr, ttr, ch1, ttr, tr] in next st, *dc in next st, [tr, ttr, ch1, ttr, tr] in next st.  Rep from * 3 more times

Fasten off

Weave in ends

Sew flowers to the ends of the crochet cord

Granny Square Poncho Pattern Instructions US Crochet Terms

Granny Square

Make 4

Round 1: Ch4, sl st to first ch to form loop, beg CL, ch4, [CL, ch2] 7 times, join with sl st to top of beg CL (8 Clusters with ch2 between each one)

Round 2: Sl st into next ch2 sp, [beg CL, ch4, CL] in same ch2 sp, [ch1, 2dc, ch1] in next ch2 space, *[CL, ch4, CLst] in next ch2 sp, [ch1, 2dc, ch1] in next ch2 sp*, rep between * 2 more times, join to beg CL. (4 tr on each side + 4 corners)

Round 3: Sl st into next corner sp, [beg CL, ch4, CL] in same corner sp, ch1, 2dc in next ch1 sp, dc in each dc, 2 dc in next ch1 sp, ch1, *[CL, ch4, CL] in next corner sp, ch1, 2dc in next ch1 sp, dc in each dc, 2 dc in next ch1 sp, ch1* rep between * 2 more times, join to beg CL (8 dc on each side + 4 corners)

Round 4: rep Round 3 turn

Round 5: ch3, dc in ch sp, bob in next st, 1sc in next st, 1dc in next st to ch1 sp, 2dc in ch 1 sp, ch1, [CL, ch4, CL] in ch2 sp, ch1, *2dc in ch1 sp, [bob in next st, 1sc in next st, 1 dc in next st] to ch1 sp, 2tr in ch1 sp, ch1 [CL, ch4, CL] in ch2 sp, ch1, * rep 2 more times, join to top of ch3, turn

Rounds 6: rep round 3 (dc in top of 5bob, dc in sc, dc in dc from prev round)

Round 7 and 8: rep Round 3

Round 9: sl st into next corner sp, [beg CL, ch4, CL] in same corner sp, *ch1, 2dc in ch1 sp, ch1, sk next st, dc in next st, 2dc in ch1 sp, [CL, ch4, CL] in corner sp, * rep 3 more times, join to beg CL

Round 10, 11 and 12: rep Round 3

Rep rounds 5 to 12 until square measures 14” X 14” (18” X 18”, 22” X 22”, 26” X 26”) ending with a round 3 rep

Lay squares with wrong side facing upwards in the sequence you can see in the diagram below.

Using a yarn needle, sew squares together. Sew through the front loop (closest to you) and back loop (furthest away from you) with wrong sides together.

With wrong sides still facing up, fold squares number 1 to 3 and fold 4 in half towards 3 (as per diagram instructions below).

diagram showing the layout of joining granny squares

Join last seam as shown in the diagram below.

diagram showing the last join of a granny square and how the poncho looks once all squares are joined

Neckline

Rejoin yarn in centre st

Round 1: ch1, sc in ea st around neckline, join with sl st to ch1

Round 2: rep Round 1

Round 3:  ch4 (counts as dc and ch1), 1 dc in same st, sk next 2 sts, *V-st in next st, sk next 2 sts, * rep to end of round, sl st in 3rd ch

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Crochet Cord (to thread through V-sts on neckline)

Ch to a length of 31 (39, 47, 54) inches  / 79 (99, 120, 137) cm

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in back bumps of ch to end

Fold in half

Sl st through the inside loops from foundation and row 1 across

Fasten off leaving a long tail

The tails will be used for attaching the flower

Easy Crochet Flower

Make 2

Instructions

Round 1: ch4, sl st to first ch, ch3 (counts as first dr), 9dc into the ring, sl st to top of ch3 to join

Round 2: Ch1, sc in same sp, [dc, dtr, ch1, dtr, dc] in next st, *sc in next st, [dc, dtr, ch1, dtr, dc] in next st.  Rep from * 3 more times

Fasten off

Weave in ends

 Sew flowers to the ends of the crochet cord

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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