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Crochet Poncho Pattern (Amelia)

My crochet poncho pattern is 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.

montage of three photos showing different aspects of a crochet poncho in pinks and peaches

I’ve written the pattern in sizes S, M/L, XL/2XL and 3XL/5XL.

Open shouldered crochet poncho styled on a mannequin

If you’ve worked with double crochet (US single crochet), half treble crochet (US half double crochet) and treble crochet (US double crochet) and can follow a pattern, you will be able to make this poncho.

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

woman wearing an open shoulder poncho

This garment is easy to adapt to suit your body shape.

If you like to have a bit more room in your garments, adding stitches in multiples of 7 will make the poncho wider.

For a shorter poncho you will need to work less rows before you crochet the edging.

Design Inspiration

I was in the mood for an easy crochet project but didn’t want something that was too repetitive. 

I didn’t want to be bored by working the same stitches but at the same time, nothing too challenging!

Using the New Crochet Stitch Directory, I planned the stitches I wanted to work with first and let it sit for a couple of days.

Then came the lightbulb moment…  I knew the stitches would look great in a poncho and I had the perfect yarn!

close up of stitches in a crocheted poncho
Shell and Fan Lace pattern, Macramé look stitch, double treble/treble stitches to separate the solid stitches

The stitch pattern is 3 rows of treble crochet (US double crochet) and 2 rows of crossed treble (US crossed double).

How the pattern is worked

This free crochet poncho pattern is worked from the top to the bottom in repetitive blocks of stitches.

back view of a crocheted poncho

A row of double crochet (US single crochet) is worked between the blocks of stitches.

Rows 2 to 8 are worked in a shell and fan lace pattern.

a close up of the shell and fan lace crochet stitch
shell and fan lace crochet stitch

A macramé look stitch is used for rows 10 – 13.

Row 15 and 17 are worked in a double treble stitch (US treble).  I’ve used half treble crochet (US half double crochet) in between these rows.

The above stitches are repeated with row 53 being the last row before the border.

The border is worked in a cross and shell edging.

3 rows complete the border with the final row using picot in the middle of the shell.

close up of the side of a crocheted poncho showing the different lacy stitches

Assembly is simple.

Folding the rectangle in half widthways, a seam is sewn along the top open edge for the neck space.

The last few stitches on the top edge are sewn together to create the shoulder.

Finally, the side seam is sewn, leaving a space for the armhole.

a diagram showing where to sew the seams on the open shoulder crochet poncho
crochet poncho diagram

Related Crochet Poncho Patterns

Yarn

I used King Cole Caribbean Calypso DK in colourway St Lucia (I used the same yarn but in colourway Antigua in my crochet tank top).

I’ve had this yarn in my stash for a while.

It was one of those impulse buys that I knew I would use one day 🙂 

It’s a lovely DK yarn to work with, I would definitely buy more.

Fibre Blend97% Acrylic, 3% Polyamide
Care InstructionsCool Iron, Do Not Bleach, Dry Clean – P, Dry Flat, Machine Wash – 30°C
Fibre(s)Acrylic, Polyamide
FormatBall
Length (m)280
Needle Size4mm
Crochet Hook Size4mm
Tension22 stitches, 28 rows to 10cm on 4mm needles
Ball Weight100g

If you struggle with saying no to yarn (who doesn’t!), you might find the tips for buying yarn in my crochet tips helpful.

Pattern Notes

  • The instructions show size S with M/L, XL/2XL and 3XL/5XL in brackets ie; S (M/L, XL/2XL, 3XL/5XL)
  • Chain 1 does not count as a stitch
  • Chain 2 counts as a stitch
  • Chain 3 counts as a stitch
  • Chain 4 counts as a stitch
  • Use a stitch marker at the end of a pattern repeat to make it easier to go back if you make a mistake

Level

Easy

open shoulder crochet poncho styled on a mannequin

Materials

  • King Cole Caribbean Calypso DK in St Lucia – size: S 300g, M/L 400g, XL/2XL 400g, 3XL/5XL 500g
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches and Abbreviations

Picot = chain 3, slip stitch into the first chain

Double Crochet (dc)  (US Single Crochet)

Treble Crochet (tr)   (US Double Crochet)

Half Treble Crochet (htr) (US Half Double Crochet):

Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull through loop.  Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook to complete the stitch

Treble 2 Together (tr2tog)  /  US Double 2 Together (dc2tog):

Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull through loop, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops.  Yarn over, insert the hook into the same stitch, yarn over and pull through loop,  yarn over and pull through 2 of the 4 loops, yarn over and pull through the 3 loops on the hook to complete the stitch.

Double Treble (dtr)  /  US Treble Crochet (tr):

Yarn over twice around the hook.  Insert the hook into the stitch.  Yarn over, pull through the stitch.  4 loops on hook.  Yarn over, pull through the first 2 of the 4 loops on the hook. 3 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through the first 2 of the 3 loops on the hook. 2 loops on the hook.  Yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops on the hook to complete the stitch.

How to work the crossed dtr/ US treble in the edging

a close up of the first stitch in the crossed double treble
skip 2 stitches, 1 double treble in next stitch, chain 1
close up of the second step in the crossed double treble crochet stitch
Double Treble in the 1st of the skipped stitches
close up of a crossed double treble crochet stitch
Crossed double treble stitch made
  • Ch = chain
  • St/s = stitch/es
  • Ch sp = chain space
  • Sk = skip
  • Prev = previous
  • Rep = repeat
  • Ea = each
  • WS – wrong side

Measurements

diagram showing crochet poncho measurments

Width 55 (62, 69, 76) cm Length 53cm

Crochet Poncho Pattern

Instructions UK Crochet Terms

Ch 225 (245, 273, 297)

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc across, turn

Shell and Fan Lace

Row 2: ch2, *dc in next 5 sts, ch2, sk2, *rep to last 2 sts, ch1, sk1, dc in last st, turn

Row 3: ch2, tr in ch sp from prev row, ch1, sk1, *dc in next 3 sts, ch1, sk1, [tr, ch1, tr] in ch sp from prev row, ch1, sk1, *rep to last 2 sts, ch1, sk1, tr in last st, turn

Row 4: ch2, 2 tr in base of st, ch1, sk1, dc in next st, ch1, 5tr in ch sp from prev row, *ch1, dc in middle dc from prev row, ch1, 5tr in ch sp from prev row, *rep to last st, 3tr in last st, turn

Row 5: ch2, dc in next 2 sts, *ch2, dc in next 5 sts (tr from prev row), *rep to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn

Row 6: ch2, dc in next st, *ch1, [tr, ch1, tr] in ch sp from prev row, ch1, sk1, dc in next 3 sts, *rep to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn

Row 7: ch2, dc in next st, *ch1, tr5 in ch sp from prev row, ch1, dc in middle st from prev row, *rep to last 2 sts, ch1, sk1, dc in last st, turn

Row 8: *ch2, dc in ea tr from prev row, ch2, *rep to last 2 sts, ch1, sk1, dc in last st, turn

Row between blocks of stitches

Row 9: ch1, dc in ea st, 2dc in each ch sp from prev row, dc in last st, turn

Macrame Look Stitch

Row 10: ch1, dc in base of st, *ch1, sk1, dc in next st, *rep to last 2 sts, dc in each st, turn

Row 11: ch2, *tr2tog in next st, ch1, *rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Row 12: ch1, dc in base of st, *dc in ch sp from prev row, ch1, sk1 (sk tr2tog from prev row), dc in ch sp, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 13: ch3, *tr2tog in dc from prev row, ch1, sk1, *rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Row between blocks of stitches

Row 14: ch1, dc in ea st and ch sp from prev row to last dc, dc in last st, turn

Double Treble Open Stitch

Row 15: ch4, *dtr in next st, ch1, sk1, *rep to last st, dtr in last st, turn

Row 16: ch2, htr in next st, htr in ea dtr and ch sp from prev row, turn

Row 17: rep row 15

Row 18: rep row 16

Macramé Look Stitch

Row 19: rep row 10

Row 20: rep row 11

Row 21: rep row 12

Row 22: rep row 13

Row 23: rep row 14

Shell and Fan Lace

Row 24: rep row 2

Row 25: rep row 3

Row 26: rep row 4

Row 27: rep row 5

Row 28: rep row 6

Row 29: rep row 7

Row 30: rep row 8

Row 31: rep row 9

Macramé Look Stitch

Row 32: rep row 10

Row 33: rep row 11

Row 34: rep row 12

Row 35: rep row 13

Row 36: rep row 14

Double Treble Open Stitch

Row 37: rep row 15

Row 38: rep row 16

Row 39: rep row 15

Row 40: rep row 16

Macramé Look Stitch

Row 41: rep row 10

Row 42: rep row 11

Row 43: rep row 12

Row 44: rep row 13

Row 45: rep row 14

Shell and Fan Lace

Row 46: rep row 2

Row 47: rep row 3

Row 48: rep row 4

Row 49: rep row 5

Row 50: rep row 6

Row 51: rep row 7

Row 52: rep row 8

Row 53: rep row 9

Macramé Look Stitch

Row 54: rep row 10

Row 55: rep row 11

Row 56: rep row 12

Row 57: rep row 13

Row 58: rep row 14

Double Treble Open Stitch

Row 59: rep row 15

Row 60: rep row 16

Row 61: rep row 15

Row 62: rep row 16

Row 63: rep row 16

Row 64: ch1, dc across, turn

Cross and Shell Border/Edging

Row 65: ch4, dtr in next st, *sk 2 sts, dtr in next st, ch1, dtr in 1st of sk sts, *rep to last 2 sts, dtr in last 2 sts, turn

Row 66: ch1, dc in base of st, *dc in next 2 sts, ch1, *rep to last 3 sts, dc in last 3 sts, turn

Row 67: ch1, dc in base of st, *[3tr, picot, 3tr] in ch sp from prev row, sk 2 dc, dc in next ch sp, *rep to last st, 3 tr in last st.

Fasten off

Instructions US Crochet Terms

Ch 225 (245, 273, 297)

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across, turn

Shell and Fan Lace

Row 2: ch2, *sc in next 5 sts, ch2, sk2, *rep to last 2 sts, ch1, sk1, sc in last st, turn

Row 3: ch2, dc in ch sp from prev row, ch1, sk1, *sc in next 3 sts, ch1, sk1, [dc, ch1, dc] in ch sp from prev row, ch1, sk1, *rep to last 2 sts, ch1, sk1, dc in last st, turn

Row 4: ch2, 2 dc in base of st, ch1, sk1, sc in next st, ch1, 5dc in ch sp from prev row, *ch1, sc in middle sc from prev row, ch1, 5dc in ch sp from prev row, *rep to last st, 3dc in last st, turn

Row 5: ch2, sc in next 2 sts, *ch2, sc in next 5 sts (dc from prev row), *rep to last 2 sts, sc in last 2 sts, turn

Row 6: ch2, sc in next st, *ch1, [dc, ch1, dc] in ch sp from prev row, ch1, sk1, sc in next 3 sts, *rep to last 2 sts, sc in last 2 sts, turn

Row 7: ch2, sc in next st, *ch1, dc5 in ch sp from prev row, ch1, sc in middle st from prev row, *rep to last 2 sts, ch1, sk1, sc in last st, turn

Row 8: *ch2, sc in ea dc from prev row, ch2, *rep to last 2 sts, ch1, sk1, sc in last st, turn

Row between blocks of stitches

Row 9: ch1, sc in ea st, 2sc in each ch sp from prev row, sc in last st, turn

Macramé Look Stitch

Row 10: ch1, sc in base of st, *ch1, sk1, sc in next st, *rep to last 2 sts, sc in each st, turn

Row 11: ch2, *dc2tog in next st, ch1, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 12: ch1, sc in base of st, *sc in ch sp from prev row, ch1, sk1 (sk dc2tog from prev row), sc in ch sp, *rep to last st, sc in last st, turn

Row 13: ch3, *dc2tog in sc from prev row, ch1, sk1, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row between blocks of stitches

Row 14: ch1, sc in ea st and ch sp from prev row to last sc, sc in last st, turn

Double Treble Open Stitch

Row 15: ch4, *tr in next st, ch1, sk1, *rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Row 16: ch2, hdc in next st, hdc in ea tr and ch sp from prev row, turn

Row 17: rep row 15

Row 18: rep row 16

Macramé Look Stitch

Row 19: rep row 10

Row 20: rep row 11

Row 21: rep row 12

Row 22: rep row 13

Row 23: rep row 14

Shell and Fan Lace

Row 24: rep row 2

Row 25: rep row 3

Row 26: rep row 4

Row 27: rep row 5

Row 28: rep row 6

Row 29: rep row 7

Row 30: rep row 8

Row 31: rep row 9

Macramé Look Stitch

Row 32: rep row 10

Row 33: rep row 11

Row 34: rep row 12

Row 35: rep row 13

Row 36: rep row 14

Double Treble Open Stitch

Row 37: rep row 15

Row 38: rep row 16

Row 39: rep row 15

Row 40: rep row 16

Macramé Look Stitch

Row 41: rep row 10

Row 42: rep row 11

Row 43: rep row 12

Row 44: rep row 13

Row 45: rep row 14

Shell and Fan Lace

Row 46: rep row 2

Row 47: rep row 3

Row 48: rep row 4

Row 49: rep row 5

Row 50: rep row 6

Row 51: rep row 7

Row 52: rep row 8

Row 53: rep row 9

Macramé Look Stitch

Row 54: rep row 10

Row 55: rep row 11

Row 56: rep row 12

Row 57: rep row 13

Row 58: rep row 14

Double Treble Open Stitch

Row 59: rep row 15

Row 60: rep row 16

Row 61: rep row 15

Row 62: rep row 16

Row 63: rep row 16

Row 64: ch1, dc across, turn

Cross and Shell Border/Edging

Row 65: ch4, tr in next st, *sk 2 sts, tr in next st, ch1, tr in 1st of sk sts, *rep to last 2 sts, tr in last 2 sts, turn

Row 66: ch1, sc in base of st, *sc in next 2 sts, ch1, *rep to last 3 sts, sc in last 3 sts, turn

Row 67: ch1, sc in base of st, *[3dc, picot, 3dc] in ch sp from prev row, sk 2 sc, sc in next ch sp, *rep to last st, 3 dc in last st

Fasten off

Assembly/To Make Up

Fold rectangle in half widthways with WS facing outwards.

See diagram above for where to sew the seams.

At the top edge, measure your neck space from the closed side to the open side.  This is made-to-measure so whatever is comfortable for you.  My neck opening measures 33cm/13.”

Sew a 4cm seam towards the open edge.

Sew the top corner together.

For the side seam, sew from the bottom open right edge towards the top.  Try on your crochet poncho to determine how long you would like the seam.  My side seam measures 27cm/10.5”.

crocheted rectangle sewn at the top and sides to make an open shoulder poncho
blue arrows show where to sew

Sew in ends

Happy crocheting!

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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