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Tutorial: Crochet Poncho

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This last week has been pretty miserable weather-wise in South Somerset. I have managed to walk the dogs on several days but mostly they put one paw on the doorstep, feel the rain and high-tail it back indoors. They’re most definitely fair-weather walkers which is a shame because I quite like walking in the rain.

On the plus side, being cosied up in front of a roaring fire has had its advantages in that I’ve been finishing some WIPs (and starting some others…) and I actually have one ready to show you complete with a tutorial!

This one was relatively straightforward – I wrote the pattern as I went and got it right first time…with no unpicking at all! Or should I say “frogging”. That’s a lovely word that I’ve only just come across but I think I’ll use it in future:)

Anyway, drum roll please…..

…………………………Tadah!

crochet poncho

Most of the poncho patterns out there seem to be decorative rather than functional and I wanted one that could replace a coat and scarf, so I designed this one with a toasty cowl neck that can be rolled up around my face if it gets windy.

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Two rows of granny stripe in blue were added at the bottom edge for a bit more interest.

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Impossible to get a decent selfie but this gives you an idea of what it looks like on;

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I love it!

It crochets up really quickly and could be finished in two or three evenings so why not have a go? Here are the instructions: –

CROCHET PONCHO

You will need: 5 x 100g super chunky yarn in Red and 1 x 100g in Blue (I used “Life Super Chunky” by Stylecraft with 25%wool)

10mm crochet hook

Tension: 6 rows and 9tr in 10x10cm

Cowl

In Red, Ch50, sl st in first chain to join round

*Ch3, 1tr in each st to end. Join with a sl st into ch3* Repeat ** until your work measures 8″ (20cm) then continue on to work the Poncho

Poncho

Ch3, 1tr, ch1, 2tr all into next stitch (centre back), 1tr into next 26 stitches, 2tr, ch1, 2tr all into next stitch (centre front), 1tr in each stitch to end.

Subsequent rows are all treble crochet, increasing at centre back and front as follows: 2tr, ch1, 2tr

Repeat until your arm length measures 20″ (50cm)

Change to Blue in the sl st to join the last round.

Ch3, 2tr,*sk 2, 3tr* Repeat ** to end increasing at centre back and front as before. Join with a sl st.

Repeat last row.

For the final row, work 1dc into each stitch to end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

And there you have it! A lovely warm crocheted poncho to see you through Autumn:)

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Author: sewchet

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102 thoughts on “Tutorial: Crochet Poncho

  1. Hat is gorgeous! I love how the blue compliments the red. You do lovely work.

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  2. You’re a rather fast crocheter!It would take me two week to crochet a poncho like yours!Love soooooo much the red colour of the yarn you used….

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  3. It’s beautiful, it looks like a very relaxing, flowing pattern.

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  4. Snuggly and super stylish – the blue sets it off perfectly! ๐Ÿ™‚ All you need now is a couple of tiny matching ones for your weather shy dogs ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Now there’s a thought- matching doggie ponchos! My husband would have me certified for sure…

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      • LOL!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
        But, surely only if he has to walk them and wear the Poncho too!? It will be interesting to know if you do make them….AND, of course. they will have to have a matching outfit for each one you make yourself (..Or, your Husband…!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Not in a million years! They have plenty of coats already and still refuse to go out in the rain. I may share a pic of them in their matching Father Christmas coats though. The dogs. Not the husband.

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      • I know what you mean, even if it isn’t still raining but the floor is wet our pooch refuses to even step out too. Look forward to seeing yours in their matching Santa coats ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. LOVE your latest creation, I have to agree with Caren a whole family ensemble is a MUST LOL

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  6. Thanks for sharing! I may have to have a go at that!

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  7. I’m so happy to have found your wonderful blog! And I was quite stunned to see this gorgeous poncho – I have started exactly the same wip a week ago (no pattern, just winging it), but I’m doing the body first and plan to crochet the cowl later: what a coincidence!! Love the way yours has turned out! Marianne xx

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  9. Woo hoo!!! Finally a wonderful poncho! I have been looking forever!! You go girl. I love it. I definately will be making one up for me. Love the red and blue. Fantastic. Thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. I will definately send you a pic. The main color of mine will be peacock blue (teal) with red granny stipe. I can’t wait!! Such exciting happenings. LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. So there is no increasing rounds! Just adding the chain one I the corners?

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    • It’s a natural increase which goes with the pattern, rather than one you have to think about. You increase into the ch1 at the ‘V’ – 2tr, ch1, 2tr. Good luck! I would love to see a photo when you’ve finished:)

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      • If you are a medium or small size, this pattern written as-is works. But for a large or extra large, you need to adjust the pattern to add increases at the shoulder otherwise you end up with a too narrow poncho starting at the top of the shoulder with no room to move your arms. I used a worsted weight and a size H hook. It worked up almost as fast as using chunky yarn and a size P which anyone that crochets knows that chunky yarn and a big hook makes it go twice as fast. Since it’s what I call “mindless crochet” it’s a joy to make this poncho. No counting yay! I am going play around with this pattern using both chunky and worsted weight yarn and figure out exactly where to add the increases without changing the overall shape or drape. If successful, I will post here and let you know. The cowl neck is perfect just the way you wrote it and the fact that this is one piece with no sewing seams is also a plus! There has to be a way to adjust this pattern for us fluffy women. I’m on it! Love your color choice, by the way. Green is my favorite color but red makes every woman look amazing!

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      • Thank you so much for your comments Nena, the sizing advice is a very helpful addition. It’s good to hear that several people have made this without any issues as I was beginning to think I’d written the instructions down wrong. Please do send some photos – I’d love to share them on the blog.

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  13. Do you have to use bulky yarn? Can you use worsted weight? Or maybe 2 strands together? Thanks. I want to make this but don’t have any chunky yard and actually have never crocheted with it.

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  14. You still join at the ends of the round right? And is the increase in the change or the chain space?

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    • You slip stitch into the top of the first chain of the previous round – for every round. The increase is into the chain except when you get to the blue granny stripe – then the increase is in the space continuing the pattern. Hope that helps:)

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  15. Hi there, I have been trying to make this in an 8ply (DK) weight yarn for a 3 year old and the increase line keeps going wonky! I started with 70 chains and increased after 36 (instead of 26) but I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong! I have a feeling that I am missing stitches along the way, but if I can figure out how many stitche I am meant to have on each side of the increase I’ll be fine, but my brain is blank. Can you help? I’m also not doing the cowl,as her mother doesn’t want it.

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    • Hi Carolyn, the ‘seam’ where you join rounds goes at a diagonal rather than vertically so it sounds like you are doing it correctly? I wear mine with this line at the back but it doesn’t really show in the yarn I’ve used so it was never an issue.

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      • Thanks for answering so quickly! The seam is fine, it is the pointy bit at front that is going off on an angle! I’d take a photo but not sure how to upload it. I think perhaps where there are two dc, then a chain, the another 2 dc in the corners when you get back to that point on the next round those stitches might hide a stitch on the left side? Not sure if I am explaining right. It is seriously making my brain hurt!

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  16. I like this! Nice job and thanks for sharing your pattern.

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  17. Hi Carolyn, I always have a hard time starting patterns. Could you clarify the first row of tr stitches a little more? I got this part: sl st in first chain to join round…but then I’m not sure where to start the first tr stitch? Am I supposed to skip any stitches before starting with the treble stitches?

    Thank you so much! I’m really excited to romp around in this poncho!

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    • Darlene, I saw your question wasn’t answered so I thought I would pipe in. I hate starting in the round too. If your chain is twisted when you join, you end up with a mobius which is great except in this project you don’t want that. I just made sure I had a little bit longer tail, maybe 6 or so inches when I started my chain row, and worked the entire row without joining. When I reached the end, I joined both ends with a simple slip stitch and used the extra tail to sew up (one little slipstitch into a knot) the gap below the join. You can easily then just weave in that tail to hide it. I would recommend that you make your chain with a crochet hook which is 1 or 2 sizes bigger or chain loosely so that you have some “give” in the cowl. Nothing worse than that chain stitch row being too tight with no “flex”. I make this mistake all the time and have been crocheting since 7th grade (1968). Once you have your first row done and then attached, you can just chain up 3 and begin your second row. Don’t turn your work just keep going in the same direction around and around joining each row with a slip stitch and chaining up. I hope this helps.

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      • I’m sorry I just need some clarification. I have made infinity scarves in the round before but have read about people doing as you describe. It seems like it would be easier, but I never quite get it and there are no tutorials on it. You crochet two rows without joining, then join with slip switch on the second time around and use the long tail to join the first row below? Thanks so much!

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      • I had the issue of my cowl being too tight at the chain starting row. I did not think I had the tension too right but it really was. I figured out a little too late that it would not fold (cowl) properly. I fiddled with it a bit by trying to add to it to get it to lay properly to no avail. I ended up finishing the poncho as is and then did a drawstring tie around the neck( ( which hid the ” fiddling” I did too) It lies at the base of my neck, which is fine but I really wanted the cowl. It’s in the chunky yarn which I love but I think I’ll try it again and just use a really loose chain to start. Other than my flub the rest of the pattern was wonderful and looks nice ๐Ÿ‘

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    • My question too! After you slip stitch into the chain 3 to join your round, then chain 3 up does the next triple go into stitch part of the chain 3 from the previous round??? If so that would result in 2 stitches into every beginning chain 3 and I think that balances out the center back so it doesn’t loose it’s line with the center front. Please help, my center back is not only going diagonally but my center back is moving away from the center as well by NOT doing the chain PLUS a treble into the beginning chain3.

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  18. DIRECTION DON’T PRINT OUT ONLY COMMENTS OVER THE PICTURES! WOULD LOVE TO MAKE THIS FOR MY Daughter and Grand Daughter. can you help Thank You.

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  19. I just finished the Poncho patter and I am confused… in the front all of the “vs” line up so nicely, but at the back they go off on a very noticeable angle….what am I doing wrong? I am following the pattern to the letter and don’t know where I went wrong. Any help would be appreciated!

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    • I have done that many times myself so don’t feel bad. I think you have to examine your piece from where you are, going back toward the neckline. If I am correct, somewhere along the line you crocheted in the wrong space when you were working your 2 Tr ch 1 2 Tr’s. Those are the front and back “points” in this pattern which create the triangle at the hemline. If you work a 2 Tr ch1 2 Tr anywhere other than in the space created by the ch 1 in the prior “point” your triangle with end up wonky. So just go back carefully and check your stitches. I am sure that you will find somewhere up there between the neck and where you are at right now, there is a mistake there. Like a surgeon, find it, rip it out and move on. Hope this helps!

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      • Nena could you please write out the pattern for those of us who are so confused and would really love to make this poncho?

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    • Me too-sooo frustrating I think I screwed up in the beginning ch3. I slip stitched into the top of the chain, then did a ch3 up to start the next row. I think it’s at this point I goofed and didn’t do a treble in the space immediately following the chain 3 from the previous round. Thus, my center back is no longer at the center but moving off further to the side increasingly with each row. Could that be what corrects it?

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  20. Thank you for the pattern….this will be my next project

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  21. Can you please give me the stitches for the subsequent rows after the first row of the poncho?

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  22. Are these terms British or American crochet? Thanks in advance!

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  23. Can you let me know if this is in American crochet terms or British

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  24. Are you to ch3 at the front and back before the 2tr ch1 2tr for the ENTIRE poncho??

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  25. this pattern was a life saver for me! After 40 years I decided to take up crochet again, but was very rusty. This pattern and your comments to other users have been so helpful for me. I will post a pic when I finish, I’m very excited!

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    • That’s lovely to know! I hope you don’t have any problems, although a few people have. I wrote it down as I went along so I hope you can sort out any issues you may come across because I can’t remember what I did now!

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      • It took a few rows to realize that the “increase center front and back” (2tr, ch1, 2tr) in the same stitch should be done in the chain 1 from the previous row. Once I understood that it went beautifully. Also, I am doing it completely in the round rather than rows so I’m hoping I don’t have a problem with the last row.

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      • Brilliant! PLEASE send me a photo when it’s finished – I would love to share it on my blog:)

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  26. Hi I just wanted to thank you for the fab poncho pattern you pinned. I was a complete beginner to crochet and along with this pattern and Internet help I taught myself to crochet this fab poncho and in just a week. It is gorgeous and I will make more as Christmas gifts. Happy crocheting X

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  27. Hi! I just found this poncho pattern late last week. It was EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for. I am not good at reading instructions so I usually just look for projects with video tutorials. But I loved this one so much that I thought I’d give it a whirl. And I am so glad that I did! It was very easy to follow your instructions and mine turned out too cute! Thank you so much!

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  28. Hello, I am working on the crochet poncho, but I have come into a bit of a snag, I am at the bottom where you completed the decorative trim, but when I do it, it is kind of tight. Are you supposed to but any chain spaces between the 2tr skip 2 3tr crochet parts?

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  30. If I was to use 1 strand of worsted weight yarn and an H hook, would it come out okay? I don’t have any bulky yarn. Or should I use 2 strands and a P hook? What do you suggest? Also I’d like to make the poncho in an extra large size. How would I do that?

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    • If you read Nena’s comments further up the page (she makes several) she covers most of this. I would suggest adding stitches in the cowl and carrying this on down through the body of the poncho to make it wider at the shoulders for an extra large, otherwise it may be too tight. I am a UK size 14 (US size12), if that helps.

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      • Thankyou for replying so quickly. I will try that. I love that this poncho is basically all the same stitch over and over! Am I supposed to chain 3 before my increases?

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  31. How can I downsize this pattern to fit a child?

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  32. This poncho is gorgeous. I was wondering is it written in UK terms or US terms

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  33. Please help me. I’ve started over 3 times but the back center keeps going off at an angle and I don’t know why.

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    • Have you read all the other comments? You mind find some answers there, particularly about starting the next row in the ch3 from the previous row.

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    • I think you have to add another triple to the previous chain 3 (so you slip stich into the top of the ch3 and then you still do a triple into the space after the chain3 and before the next stitch) at the beginning of the last row. I still have not solved the problem. So I’m with you. I hope we can figure this out!

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  34. Hi thanks for the pattern! Do you have a ravelry page? I like to save my patterns there.

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  35. Do you have any suggestions on how i could make it for a plus sized woman. It really is pretty.

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  36. I like this poncho. The stitching is Double crochet? I forgot what TR meant. ^^

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  37. Thank you so much for such a wonderful pattern. I am going to try to do it in an XXL size for a friend. I figure if I increase the cowl chains to 70 that should be enough to accommodate for the increased size needed at the shoulders . I will let you know how I make out ๐Ÿ™‚

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  38. Are there adjustments for bulky yarn if you can’t find super bulky? I’m not sure how much different the stitch count would be…

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  39. If i use a 7 or 6 crochet hook how many ch i do ti start? Tanks

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  40. Sorry – I have no idea, I used a 10mm hook. You need to use the combination of hook size and yarn to get the tension stated in the instructions.

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  41. When you increase at the center front and back, do you do it in the chain one from the previous row?

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  42. Me encanto!!!….realmente es lo que estaba buscando, algo simple y a la vez hermoso!!…lastima que no entiendo las explicaciones, me gustaria tener el diagrama, si el posible, … es para hacerselo a una de mis hijas, quiere un poncho bien abrigadito!!!….pues esta haciendo mucho friooo!….te felicito!, muy lindo lo que haces y publicas para que otro pueda hacerlo tambien!…saludos desde La Pampa Argentina….!

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  43. Love the poncho would you have a pattern for a child size 5or six?

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  45. 20 IN FROM YOUR NECK FOR ARM LENGTH ?

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  46. I am now making my 6th poncho using this pattern. I have made it for adults and teenagers and little girls. I have used the Lion Brand Homespun for many of them and have found the yarn works very good. I have also used a chunky yarn and that works good, The real chunky yarn seems a bit too heavy.

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  47. Please make a video tutorial!!!!! I’m not so great with reading patterns but am very visual, lol. This is so perfect! Are your instructions UK or US terms?

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  48. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ don’t suppose you have a child’s version?

    Great poncho will definitely be making one for myself

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