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Queen of Diamonds Crochet Poncho :  Free Pattern

I had so much fun designing this crochet poncho and I love wearing it!  I get lots of fab comments out and about and I’m so excited to see what you think of the pattern.

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Picture this: a chilly evening, a cup of your favourite warm beverage, and you, wrapped in the warmth of a poncho that you made yourself. The Queen of Diamonds Crochet Poncho is not just a garment; it’s a wearable hug!

What sets this poncho apart? Well, not only is it a breeze to create, but I’ve added sleeves, giving an extra layer of coziness.  The sleeves add practicality too – you can go about your day without the edges of the poncho getting in the way.

A woman is wearing a crochet poncho with her arm out to the side showing the sleeve

Whether you’re an experienced crocheter or a beginner, this pattern is tailored for everyone and written in sizes for small to 5X.

There’s no need to worry about confusion between US and UK crochet terms – I’ve got you covered. My poncho pattern is thoughtfully written in both terms, ensuring a smooth and stress-free crocheting experience, no matter where in the world you are.

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

Why you’ll love crocheting this poncho

Skill Level: Granny squares are a classic crochet motif and are an excellent opportunity for you to build your skills and practice basic crochet techniques to make your first wearable. If you’re a more advanced crocheter, working the corners to achieve the diamond shape and adding sleeves gives you more techniques to add to your practice and experience.  
Versatile: this crochet poncho is incredibly versatile in terms of colour combinations. You can mix and match colours, making it unique to you!  (it’s also a fab project for using up your stash).
Layering up for all seasons: practical and stylish, this poncho is perfect for layering up throughout the seasons. The openness of the granny stitch provides breathability while still giving you a layer of warmth.  Wear your poncho over a sweater during the colder months or sleeveless tops during the Summer when you need that extra layer out and about.  Layering up over long-sleeved t-shirts in Spring works too. Whatever time of year you’re making yours, the drape and fit is very flattering.
A woman is standing to the side and is wearing a poncho with her hand on her hio

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Design Inspiration

I originally bought the yarn in this project when it was on sale thinking at some point, I would design a cardigan.  I tried several stitches to see how it would work up in rows but none of the stitches inspired me – that is until I started crocheting a granny square!  I loved the way the different shades of grey granny stitches just popped in amongst the black.  It wasn’t such a great leap of imagination to visualise how the square would look with the corners worked and extra rows for different sizes.  And adding the sleeves would make the poncho practical.  I’m so in love with how it turned out (and hope you will be too)!

This design also inspired a couple more of my patterns – Princess of Diamonds lap blanket pattern looks fab with a scallop border! and Countess of Diamonds shrug pattern which gives it a unique twist.

Montage of 4 photos of a woman styling a crochet poncho with the text 'crochet pattern poncho with sleeves'

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How the crochet poncho pattern is worked

Instructions are written for sizes S/M, L/XL, 2X/3X, 4X/5X. 

Two panels are worked (front and back). 

I’ve split the instructions into 4 sections for ease.

A classic granny square is worked in section 1.  The corners are worked in decreasing rows in section 2 and then the granny square continues in rounds for section 3.  

Section 2 changes the orientation of the square, giving it the diamond shape as in the process images below.

Process photo showing the addition of working the corners on a granny square

In section 4, the poncho pattern is worked in rows to extend the width. 

A granny square with the corners worked to give a diamond shape and additional rows for the front and back of a crochet poncho

The sleeves are worked in rows lengthways in the back loop. The ribbing has a lovely stretch and is really comfortable.

Before assembling you will choose the top and the bottom for each panel.

To assemble, the two panels are seamed together working on the wrong side, leaving space for a neckline. 

Fitting the sleeves is easy. A stitch marker is used in the centre stitch of each sleeve and matched to the top seam.  The sleeves are sewn into place at the shoulder, then both edges of the sleeves folded together, before continuing the seam to the cuff edge as in the process photo below.

Process photo showing the front and back of a poncho laid out with the sleeve aligned with the shoulder seam.  Text reads '1. sew seam at shoulder 2. fold edges and sew together.  Arrows point to the correct place

Optional

  1. You don’t have to add the sleeves.  After you’ve crocheted your panels, seam the two panels at the top including following the instructions for the neckline.
  2. Closing the poncho sides – you can choose whether to leave the sides open or to close them to create a sweater.  If you decide on side seams, after sewing the sleeves, sew from underarm down to the hem.
a woman is standing away showing the back of a poncho.  Her arms are stretched out to show the sleeves

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Yarn

Manarola (World of Yarn) is a soft DK yarn. The fine, silk sheen acrylic is loosely spun and, in my experience, has the same feel and works up similarly to Boho Spirit.  I found it really easy to work with.

The yarn has a gradual colour shift which worked so well for this crochet poncho.  It makes the design really stand out!

It’s a premium acrylic yarn is OEKO-TEX® certified (no. 2076-311).  I’ve washed my poncho at 30°C (86°F) and it’s kept its quality and shape.  You can’t tumble dry it though.  I’ve hung my poncho over a radiator, on a clothes drier and also on a coat hanger and it’s kept the shape.

I bought my yarn from Hobbii but if you can’t get hold of any, suitable substitutes include:

BrandWorld of Yarn
Content100% premium acrylic
Weight100g (3.5oz)
Yarn Length240m / 262yds
Yarn WeightDK
Recommended Crochet Hook4mm (US G-6) – 4.5mm (US 7)
Care InstructionsMachine wash 30°C (86°F) / Do not tumble dry
Montage of two photos showing the side and front of a poncho

Pattern Notes

  • Sizes are written thus S/M, (L/XL, 2X/3X, 4X/5X)
  • Chain 3 counts as a stitch
  • Chain 4 counts as a stitch
  • Rounds are joined with a slip stitch to the top of the turning chain
  • Section 1 classic granny square is worked in rounds
  • Section 2 corners are worked in decreasing rows
  • Section 3 first round is to set up to continue working the granny square in rounds
  • Section 4 extension for individual size widths worked in rows
  • Sleeves – starting chain is the length and the rows are the width
  • Sleeves – chain 1 does not count as a stitch
  • Sleeves have no right or wrong side
  • Weave in ends as you go
  • Assembly – make sure the extension rows in section 4 are the poncho side edges before seaming the top of both panels together
  • If you substitute the yarn, you may need more or less than I used.  Always use the yardage amounts (as opposed to grams) as not all grams of the same fibres have the same length of yarn

Level

Easy

A woman is standing to the side with her arms out.  She is wearing a black hat, grey jeans and a black and grey poncho

Materials

  • 4mm /  G6 Crochet Hook (these crochet hooks are my go to)
  • Manarola color 8 or yarn that meets gauge –  S/M 1651yds / 700g; L/XL 2010yds / 800g; 2X/3X 2370yds / 1000g; 4X/5X 2730yds / 1100g
  • Stitch Markers (these are my favourites)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Gauge/Tension

6 rounds = 10cm X 10cm

Stitches and Abbreviations

UK Crochet TermsUS Crochet Terms
Double Crochet (dc)Single Crochet (sc)
Treble Crochet (tr)Double Crochet (dc)
Double Treble Crochet (dtr)Treble Crochet (tr)
  • Back Loop Only (blo): working in the back loop of the stitch
  • Chain (ch)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Space/s (sp/s)
  • Repeat (rep)
  • Skip (sk)
  • Yarn Round Hook (yrh)
  • Right Side (RS)
  • Wrong Side (WS)
  • Opposite (opp)

Measurements and Amount of Yarn

SizePoncho Panel Width (cm)Poncho Panel Length (cm)Manarola Yarn including sleeves (yards/grams)
S/M88681651 / 700g
L/XL108682010 / 800g
2X/3X128682370 / 1000g
4X/5X148682730 / 1100g
A woman is wearing a black and grey poncho

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Crochet Poncho Instructions (UK Crochet Terms)

Make 2

Section 1 – classic granny square worked in rounds

Ch4, join with a sl st to 1st ch to form a ring

Round 1: ch3, 2tr, ch2, * 3tr, ch2, * rep 2 more times, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 2: [2tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, *ch1, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, * rep around, ch1, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 3: [2tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, *ch1, 3tr in ch1-sp, ch1, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, * rep to last corner sp, ch1, 3tr in ch1-sp, ch1, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 4: [2tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, *ch1, 3tr in ch1-sp, ch1, 3tr in ch1-sp, ch1, [3tr, ch3, 3tr] in corner sp, * rep to last corner sp, ch1, 3tr in ch1-sp, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 5: rep round 4 working [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sps, ch1 before and after corner sps, 3tr in ea ch1-sp, ch1 before and after each 3tr

Round 6 – 15: rep round 4

Round 16: rep round 4, ch4, turn

Do not fasten off

Section 2 – working the corners in decreasing rows (see process photos in ‘How the crochet poncho pattern is worked section’)

Row 1: sk 3 tr of corner sp, [3tr, ch1] in ea ch1-sp to final ch1-sp, 3tr in final ch1-sp, dtr in ch2-sp of corner, ch4, turn

Row 2: sk 3 tr, [3tr, ch1] in ea ch1-sp to final ch1-sp, 3tr in final ch1-sp, dtr in final st, ch4, turn

Rows 3 – 14 : rep row 2

Row 15: yrh, insert hook in ch1-sp, yrh, pull up a loop, yrh, pull through 2 loops, yrh twice, insert hook in final dtr, yrh, pull up a loop, yrh, pull through 2 loops twice, yrh, pull through all loops on hook

Fasten off

Rep for the remaining 3 sides, rejoining yarn with WS facing in any ch2-sp

Section 3 – continuing to work the granny square in rounds

Working on RS, rejoin yarn to any corner

Round 1 (working into ch4-sps from section 2): ch3, [2tr, ch2, 3tr] in same sp, *2tr in ea ch-4 sp to corner, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, * rep around join with sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 2: [2tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, [ch1, sk 2 sts, 3tr in next st] rep to corner sp, * [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in corner sp, ch1, sk 2 sts, 3tr in next st, ch1, * rep around, join with sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 3 – 5: rep round 3 from section 1

Round 6: rep round 3 from section 1, ch4, turn

Do not fasten off

Section 4 – extending width on both sides working in rows

Row 1: sk 3 tr, *3tr in ch1-sp, ch1, *rep to corner sp, dtr in corner sp, ch3, turn

Row 2: 2tr in corner sp, ch1, *3tr in ch1-sp, ch1, *rep to last sp, 2tr in last sp, ch3, turn

Row 3: 2tr in 1st ch-sp, ch1, *3tr in ch1-sp, ch1, *rep to last st, tr in last st, ch3, turn

Row 4 to 9, (15, 21, 27) rep row 3

Fasten off.

With RS facing, rejoin yarn on opp side in ch2 corner-sp

Rep rows 1 to 9, (15, 21, 27)

Fasten off

Sleeves (all sizes) make 2

Ch 43

Row 1: dc 2nd ch from hook, dc across, ch1, turn

Row 2: dc in base of ch1, dc blo to last st, dc in last st, ch1, turn

Rows 3 – 54: rep row 2

Fasten off

Assembly

Choose which is the top and which is the hem of your poncho on both panels.

Place both panels together with RS facing inwards

Top Seam and Neckline

Identify the middle st along the top and place a st marker.  Measure 11.5cm either side and place a st marker.

Remove the middle st marker

Sew seam through both panels from the st marker to the edge of the poncho for left and right.

Sleeves

Working on WS of panels, lay out front and back as in process photo in ‘How the crochet poncho pattern is worked.’

Identify the middle st of the sleeve, line up with the shoulder seam and place a st marker.  Pin or use st markers to secure width of sleeve to the poncho panel.  Sew seam.

Fold both edges of sleeve together and continue to sew to the cuff edge.

Fasten off

Rep for the sleeve on the opposite side.

Montage of two photos showing a woman wearing a poncho front and back

Crochet Poncho Instructions (US Crochet Terms)

Make 2

Section 1 – classic granny square worked in rounds

Ch4, join with a sl st to 1st ch to form a ring

Round 1: ch3, 2dc, ch2, * 3dc, ch2, * rep 2 more times, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 2: [2dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, *ch1, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, * rep around, ch1, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 3: [2dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, *ch1, 3dc in ch1-sp, ch1, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, * rep to last corner sp, ch1, 3dc in ch1-sp, ch1, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 4: [2dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, *ch1, 3dc in ch1-sp, ch1, 3dc in ch1-sp, ch1, [3dc, ch3, 3dc] in corner sp, * rep to last corner sp, ch1, 3dc in ch1-sp, sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 5: rep round 4 working [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sps, ch1 before and after corner sps, 3dc in ea ch1-sp, ch1 before and after each 3dc

Round 6 – 15: rep round 4

Round 16: rep round 4, ch4, turn

Do not fasten off

Section 2 – working the corners in decreasing rows (see process photos in ‘How the crochet poncho pattern is worked section’)

Row 1: sk 3 dc of corner sp, [3dc, ch1] in ea ch1-sp to final ch1-sp, 3dc in final ch1-sp, tr in ch2-sp of corner, ch4, turn

Row 2: sk 3 dc, [3dc, ch1] in ea ch1-sp to final ch1-sp, 3dc in final ch1-sp, tr in final st, ch4, turn

Rows 3 – 14 : rep row 2

Row 15: yrh, insert hook in ch1-sp, yrh, pull up a loop, yrh, pull through 2 loops, yrh twice, insert hook in final tr, yrh, pull up a loop, yrh, pull through 2 loops twice, yrh, pull through all loops on hook

Fasten off

Rep for the remaining 3 sides, rejoining yarn with WS facing in any ch2-sp

Section 3 – continuing to work the granny square in rounds

Working on RS, rejoin yarn to any corner

Round 1 (working into ch4-sps from section 2): ch3, [2dc, ch2, 3dc] in same sp, *2dc in ea ch-4 sp to corner, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, * rep around join with sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 2: [2dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, [ch1, sk 2 sts, 3dc in next st] rep to corner sp, * [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in corner sp, ch1, sk 2 sts, 3dc in next st, ch1, * rep around, join with sl st to top of ch3, sl st to corner sp, ch3

Round 3 – 5: rep round 3 from section 1

Round 6: rep round 3 from section 1, ch4, turn

Do not fasten off

Section 4 – extending width on both sides working in rows

Row 1: sk 3 dc, *3dc in ch1-sp, ch1, *rep to corner sp, tr in corner sp, ch3, turn

Row 2: 2dc in corner sp, ch1, *3dc in ch1-sp, ch1, *rep to last sp, 2dc in last sp, ch3, turn

Row 3: 2dc in 1st ch-sp, ch1, *3dc in ch1-sp, ch1, *rep to last st, dc in last st, ch3, turn

Row 4 to 9, (15, 21, 27) rep row 3

Fasten off.

With RS facing, rejoin yarn on opp side in ch2 corner-sp

Rep rows 1 to 9, (15, 21, 27)

Fasten off

Sleeves (all sizes) make 2

Ch 43

Row 1: sc 2nd ch from hook, sc across, ch1, turn

Row 2: sc in base of ch1, sc blo to last st, sc in last st, ch1, turn

Rows 3 – 54: rep row 2

Fasten off

Assembly

Choose which is the top and which is the hem of your poncho on both panels.

Place both panels together with RS facing inwards

Top Seam and Neckline

Identify the middle st along the top and place a st marker.  Measure 11.5cm either side and place a st marker.

Remove the middle st marker

Sew seam through both panels from the st marker to the edge of the poncho for left and right.

Sleeves

Working on WS of panels, lay out front and back as in process photo in ‘How the crochet poncho pattern is worked.’

Identify the middle st of the sleeve, line up with the shoulder seam and place a st marker.  Pin or use st markers to secure width of sleeve to the poncho panel.  Sew seam.

Fold both edges of sleeve together and continue to sew to the cuff edge.

Fasten off

Rep for the sleeve on the opposite side.

Happy crocheting!

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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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