Free Crochet Poncho Pattern

Joy Borthwick

For the past few years, ponchos have been a big favorite among savvy and fashion-conscious people who crochet. These sweaters without arms are not difficult to make, and they are endlessly useful as a quick way to cover up in the fall or to add interest to any outfit. Crochet poncho patterns range from the extremely elegant to the ultra casual. Choose a style that best suits your personality, wardrobe, and skill level for best results.

Versatile and Stylish Poncho Pattern

Great for beginners, this poncho is perfect for a casual look or even something dressier. If you have never crocheted before this is a great project to start with. This poncho is easy to make and works up quickly. Just a few basic stitches are all you need to master.

The long fringe makes this pattern lots of fun. Wear it any number of ways, including off-the-shoulder, for a unique twist on the standard poncho style. To download, simply click on the image to open the .pdf file, then save or print it out. If you need help downloading the printable, check out these helpful tips.

Different Poncho Styles

Crochet a variety of different poncho patterns for kids and adults, such as the following styles:

  • This free traditional style adult poncho sweater pattern is an interesting design. Instructions are given for three sizes small through large, and this pattern is a great option for beginner and intermediate crocheters.
  • Make this retro granny square crochet poncho for that special little girl. This pattern is for beginner to intermediate crocheters. It's simple to put together so you can make several in different colors.
  • This lightweight Arizona poncho is an intermediate crochet project. This poncho is easy to make yet quite elegant and is the perfect addition to any outfit.
  • If you need a fancy accessory consider this crochet fur-trimmed beaded poncho. This project is great for those who have been crocheting for some time.
  • This Lights Embrace Poncho Pattern is a good project for intermediate to advanced crocheters. The delicate lace pattern creates a pretty cover-up that is suitable for a cool spring or fall day. It can also be used to dress up an outfit for afternoon parties and events.
  • This pattern is called Martha Stewart's Coming Home Poncho, because it is based on a design that she wore when she was released from prison. This Martha's poncho look-a-like is trendy and highly fashionable, and a great project for beginner crocheters. It is available from Lion brand and will require you to create a free account.

Yarn Hints

The yarn you choose can make all the difference to a project. Most patterns will give a suggested yarn to get the correct gauge. If you want to find alternate yarns just Google substitute yarn for and the name of the suggested yarn. For an elegant project choose a smoother yarn. For a more rustic look, choose a yarn that suits the mood of the project.

Once you are comfortable with crochet, you will notice it is very forgiving. It is quite easy to increase or decrease the size of the poncho. Keep a few things in mind to make it easier:

  • Thicker is quicker Fine takes time - the larger the wool the faster the project.
  • 100% wool attracts moths - if you have a moth problem you will want to have some cedar balls to keep the moths away.
  • 100% wool with super wash makes your projects easy to keep clean.
  • Acrylic is versatile, easy to wash, and affordable.

Poncho Making Tips

Once you start crocheting ponchos, you will wonder why it took you so long to start. They are quick but gratifying projects, and you can make one to go with each of your outfits. Consider your skill level before you begin any project and be sure that you can do all the stitches required in your chosen pattern with ease before starting. Look for free patterns and yarn that is on sale so that your project is as affordable as possible.

Free Crochet Poncho Pattern