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25 Free Crochet Poncho Patterns You’ll Love

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Stay cozy with a handmade crochet poncho! This collection of 25 easy crochet poncho patterns has something for any time of the year, from lightweight, flowy designs to super-bulky ponchos that will keep you warm all winter long. With so many styles to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect crochet poncho pattern for you.

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Crochet Poncho Patterns

If you’re looking for a new crochet project, why not try making a poncho? 

Many crocheters love ponchos because they’re simpler to make than a sweater, and offer a lot of options for personalization. You can make a poncho in any color or stitch pattern you like, and they can be as straightforward or detailed as you want. Choose one of the simpler patterns on this list, and you can crochet while visiting with friends, waiting in the car, or watching TV.

Ponchos are also very versatile; they can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. Ponchos are great for keeping warm during the cooler months, and perfect for layering.

What is a Crochet Poncho?

A crochet poncho is a flowy garment similar to a sweater, but generally less fitted. Ponchos typically don’t have sleeves, and are intended as a layering piece to be worn over another shirt.

Ponchos can be made in a variety of different styles. In this list, you’ll find a variety of poncho designs, including simple rectangular patterns, hooded ponchos, turtlenecks, or cowl neck designs. And while most poncho patterns are sleeveless, you also find a few patterns with fitted sleeves.

If you prefer crocheting sweaters, check out these 35 free crochet sweaters and cardigan patterns. 

25 Easy Crochet Poncho Patterns

Enjoy these 25 free crochet poncho patterns!

A Great Beginner Project

Ponchos are a great project for beginner crocheters. They typically use basic stitches, and the construction is relatively straightforward. 

Unlike traditional fitted sweaters, most ponchos require minimal shaping, fewer pieces, and less seaming. And since most ponchos are loose and flowy, they’re very easy to customize when it comes to length and width. (You can get away with slight differences in gauge.)

So, if you can crochet a square or a rectangle, know basic crochet stitches, and can sew simple seams, you’ll find plenty of beginner-friendly crochet poncho patterns in this list.

Crochet Techniques to Know

Some crochet techniques that you may need to know to make your poncho include:

Read through your pattern before getting started to ensure that you know the required techniques. Many patterns also include stitch instructions and video tutorials.

Supplies You’ll Need

You’ll need a few basic supplies to make your crochet poncho.

  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn
  • Stitch markers
  • Other notions (scissors, yarn needle, buttons, etc.)

Check your pattern to see what supplies are required before getting started.

How Many Skeins of Yarn Do I Need to Crochet a Poncho?

A crochet poncho can take anywhere from 4 to 11 skeins of yarn to make. This number will vary depending on the size of your poncho, yarn weight, number of yards per skein, and features such as sleeves, turtleneck/cowl, and tassels.

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christine niezen

Saturday 19th of November 2022

Hello my name is christine and I love your patterns .. my question is about a child size hoodie or sweater using super chunky yarn. My grandson picked the yarn but every attempt I have made has not worked. Is there a pattern you could suggest? Thanks for your time.


Sarah Stearns

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Hi Christine, There aren't a lot of free patterns for super-bulky weight sweaters, but I did come across this one:

This one is nice too, but it uses bulky weight: