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Maisie Poncho Free Crochet Pattern

Crocheted in a lacy stitch with breathable cotton yarn, the Maisie poncho pattern combines bright and bold colours making it perfect for adding a vibrant pop of colour to your summer wardrobe. 

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A crochet poncho top in bright colours is styled on a woman with her hands on her hips showing the front view and a hand in a shorts pocket showing a sideways view
© Jera’s Jamboree

With flexible finishing options, you can customize your poncho to suit your style: leave the seams open for a flowing, open-sided look, sew the side seams from underarm to hem for a more structured fit, or you can opt for a trendy split hem. Whichever option you choose, your poncho is sure to become a favourite summer staple.

close up of lacy stitches used in a crochet poncho pattern

This project uses the same lacy stitch as my summer cardigan pattern, however it looks totally different!  The use of several colours clearly show the stitch definition and makes the stitches pop. 

Instructions are written in US crochet terms for sizes S-L/1X – 3X.

Why you’ll Love to Crochet this Poncho

Perfect Stash Buster: You’ll be able to use your leftover yarn in a creative and beautiful way reducing waste.
Versatile Use: Easy to slip on and perfect as a stylish cover-up for warm days, the top is both practical and fashionable.
Quick and Easy Project: Satisfying and speedy, you’ll have your poncho crocheted in no time (no matter your skill level).
Open sided poncho styled on a mannequin
Option 1 side seams left open for a more flowing look

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Skill Level

Easy

Supplies and Materials

  • Cotton Worsted Weight / Aran #4; (860, 1134) yds
  • 5mm / H-8 Crochet Hook
  • Stitch Markers
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Yarn Choices

I had a rummage through my yarn stash for this project.  Some time ago I bought a colour pack of Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran from Lovecrafts (an impulse buy during a sale!).  I also had left over DROPS Muskat from my granny square blended bucket hat.  Luckily, not only do the colours look fab together but I had just enough.

5 balls of cotton aran/worsted weight yarn in light blue, yellow, white, maroon and dark blue

I would recommend worsted weight cotton although you can substitute any weight or fibre by matching the gauge if you adjust your stitches using the stitch gauge converter free tool.

Gauge

15 stitches and 7 rows = 10cm X 10cm/4in X 4in

Glossary

Stitches

  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Double Crochet (dc)
  • Half Double Crochet (hdc)
  • Treble Crochet (tr)
  • 2 Double Crochet Cluster (2dcCl)
  • V-Stitch (V-st) – [1dc, ch1, 1dc] into same space/stitch

If you would like help with how to work any of these stitches, visit the stitch library for instructions.  Alternatively, you can upgrade to the PDF which includes the information.

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)

Abbreviations

These abbreviations have been used in the pattern:

  • Chain = ch
  • Chain Space = ch-sp
  • Each = ea
  • Skip = sk
  • Repeat = rep
  • Right Side = RS
  • Slip Stitch = sl st
  • Stitch/es = st/s
  • Stitch Marker = st marker
  • Wrong Side = WS
split hem on a poncho top
Option 3: side seam with split hem

Measurements

Sizes follow guidance from the Craft Yarn Council.

SizeWidth (inches)Length (inches)Yarn Amount (yards)
S to L2823860
XL to 3X34251134

How the poncho pattern is worked

The Maisie poncho top is worked in one piece (the same construction as my Cotton Candy poncho)  in a four-row pattern repeat in a sequence of five colours.

  • Colour changes take place in a sequence of 6 x four rows and 6 X three rows (the colour table below shows the sequence).
  • The neckline is shaped using single, double and half double crochet stitches.  The opening is worked in the next row by slip stitching to the neck opening, then chains and skipped stitches to form the opening before ending the row with slip stitches.
  • The repeats and colour sequence are worked in reverse after the neckline has been created.
  • To achieve the same finish for both sides, the last four-row repeat is worked in a strip and slip stitches are used to secure to the hem of the poncho.
poncho laid out flat showing the colour sequence and neckline

I haven’t included the exact brand colours I’ve used because if you use yarn from your stash, you will have different colours!  My colour sequence is below in case you find it helpful (Tip: I’ve used a darker colour for the neckline as lighter yarns will discolour over time with wear and washing).

  • Yarn A = light blue
  • Yarn B = yellow/gold
  • Yarn C = white
  • Yarn D = maroon
  • Yarn E = dark blue
Colour Sequence
RowsYarn Colour
Front
4 RowsYarn A
4 RowsYarn B
4 RowsYarn C
4 RowsYarn D
4 RowsYarn C
4 RowsYarn E
4 RowsYarn B
3 RowsYarn A
3 RowsYarn C
3 RowsYarn D
3 RowsYarn C
3 RowsYarn B
2 RowsYarn E (neck shaping)
Neck Opening
1 RowYarn E (neck opening)
Back
2 RowsYarn E (neck shaping)
3 RowsYarn B
3 RowsYarn C
3 RowsYarn D
3 RowsYarn C
3 RowsYarn A
4 RowsYarn B
4 RowsYarn E
4 RowsYarn C
4 RowsYarn D
4 RowsYarn C
4 RowsYarn B
4 RowsYarn A

Related Poncho Patterns

Enjoy working with a combination of stitches?  You’ll love my Amelia poncho.

Prefer to crochet granny squares? You’ll love my Victoria poncho.  Or maybe you’re a fan of the granny stitch in which case you’ll enjoy working my Queen of Diamonds poncho.

You’ll love how easy it is to work on the Forest Ripple poncho (crocheted in two rectangles using the ripple stitch with the option of adding a hood).

I do have more choices of construction and stitches to inspire you in these stylish patterns for every skill level.

Poncho Top Pattern Notes

  • Pattern instructions are written in US crochet terms.
  • Multiples of 6 plus 3.  Add on 3 chains for your starting chain.
  • Size instructions are written thus S – L,  (XL – 3X).
  • Chain three counts as a stitch.
  • Chain 4 counts as a stitch.
  • Chain spaces in row 4 count as a stitch.
  • Pattern repeats are noted with an asterisk * for example *[ch 2, miss 2 sts, V-st in next st, ch 2, miss 2 sts, sc in next st], * rep across.
  • A sequence of stitches are noted within brackets [  ] see row example above.
  • When you’ve finished working Row 2 (the first time and for the repeats), check before moving on to the next row.  It’s easy to work the wrong stitch in the sequence and it will save you frustration!
  • Row 3 ends at the last cluster of the row, do not work the chain 1.
  • Work the slip stitches at the neckline loosely as these stitches are worked into.
  • Be careful not to twist the chain when creating the neck space.
  • To alter the length, work less four-row pattern repeats for a shorter cover up and more repeats for longer.
  • To alter the width to make it wider, add multiples of 6 to your starting chain.
  • Weave in ends as you go.
  • If you make any alterations to my written pattern, you will need more or less yarn than stated.
A woman is standing facing away with her arms out to show the width of a crochet poncho
Size S – L model is size M and is 5′ 1″ tall

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Included in the crochet poncho pattern is:

  • how to work the stitches
  • how the pattern is worked
  • pattern notes
  • clear written instructions

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Poncho Pattern Instructions

Front Panel

Ch 102, (126)

Row 1 (RS): Starting in the 5th ch from hook, dc in each st across, ch3, turn

Row 2: dc in next st, *[ch 2, miss 2 sts, V-st in next st, ch 2, miss 2 sts, sc in next st], * rep across, dc in last st, ch4, turn

Row 3: tr in next st, working in the V-st ch2-sps, *[2dcCl, ch 2] twice, 2dcCl], ch 1; * rep across ending at 2dcCl, tr in each of the last 2 sts, ch3, turn

Row 4: dc in next st, ch 1, working in the ch-sps only [dc, ch 1] in each ch2-sp and ch1-sp across, dc in each last two sts, ch3, turn

Row 5: dc in each st and sp across

Rows 2-5 form stitch pattern

Rep rows 2 – 5 for a total of 40, (44) rows

Setting up to shape neckline for front and back panel

Place a st marker in the middle st of the row, count 16 sts to the left and place a st marker, count 16 sts to the right and place a st marker (ch-sps count as a st)

Neckline

Row 41, (45): dc in ea st and ch-sp to st marker, htr in next 8 sts, sc in next 17 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, dc to end

Do not remove st markers

Row 42, (46): sl st to first st marker, ch33, sk 33 sts, sl st in next st, sl st to end, ch3, turn

Row 43, (47): rep row 41, (45) working into the chs

Back Panel

Row 44, (48): rep row 4

Row 45, (49): rep row 5

Cont rep rows 2 – 5 reversing colours to match front panel for a total of 36, (40) rows

See colour sequence table (recommended)

Fasten off

Final strip

Ch 102, (126)

Rep rows 1 – 4 once (total 4 rows)

Line up strip with last row on back panel, sl st across or sew strip to panel

Assembly

Option 1:  leave as is to have an open poncho from shoulders to hem.

Option 2 (side seam): measure 10”, (11”) from shoulder towards hem (armhole), place a st marker, sew side seam to hem.

Option 3 (side seam/split hem): measure 10”, (11”) from shoulder to hem, place a st marker.  Measure 7” from hem towards shoulder and place a st marker.  Sew side seam from underarm (first st marker) to second st marker.

Repeat for both sides

Fasten off.

Congratulations!  Your crochet poncho is ready to block and wear.

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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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