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Winsome Crochet Poncho – Free Crochet Pattern

The Winsome Crochet Poncho was designed to be beginner friendly as well as easy to adjust the size for child to adult. Just change the color and it’s great for both boys and girls.

The size I’m sharing in the pattern is child size. But I share the multiples of the stitch so feel free to make it for anyone!

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Winsome Poncho – Free Crochet Pattern

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For this project you’ll need:

HOOK: 5 mm hook or size H hook for the US and a 6 mm hook or size J hook for the US

YARN: Worsted weight yarn, 4 ply US, 10 ply AU


Skein size and amount I used.

100 grams / 3.5. oz

240 meters / 262 yards


For Child size or smaller, you will need only 3 skeins total, 1 skein of each color.

Any larger sizes get 2 skeins of each color



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ch = Chain

sl st = Slip Stitch

st = Stitch

SC = Single Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

YO = Yarn Over

Repeat what’s in between * for rest of round.


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This stitch is done in multiples of 7 + 2


To Start:

Using your 6mm \ J hook

The size you are aiming for is equal points from shoulder to how far down you want your point to be when worn.

Winsome Poncho 13

Measure front to back and write down the length so that you don’t forget it. Ch in multiples of 7 until you reach this desired length, then add plus 2 and your ready to begin. For them I chained 121.

I’m a big gal so I made a much larger one. I chained 177.

I don’t have measurements of any other sizes, this is why I show you how to get the size you need above to make for any size.


Row 1

Change to your 5mm \ H hook

sc in 2nd ch from hook, skip 2 sts and *{ |YO, insert your hook into next stitch and pull up a loop| Repeat this 2 more times giving you 7 loops on your hook. 

YO and pull through only 6 of the loops leaving the last loop along, 2 loops left YO and pull through last remaining 2 loops and ch 1  working in the SAME stitch, repeat what is in between the {}’s 

Now working into the very next chain repeat what you just did in this chain as well.  skip 2 sts and sc into the next st. (shown in picture 8) ch 1 and skip 2 sts * and repeat what’s in between the * for the whole row. You should end with a sc in last stitch.


Row 2

Change colors here

ch 3 and dc into first sc of row. * ch 5 and dc, ch 1, dc (V-Stitch) into next sc * repeat for row. You should end with a dc 1, ch 1, dc 1 (V-Stitch) in last sc.


Row 3

Ch 3 and turn, Work your puff stitches as you did for row 2, only working 2 in this 1st V stitch. * DC into the space between the 4 puff stitches below. ch 1 and working in the next V stitch, work all 4 puff stitches into this V stitch. 

Repeat for row, * DC, ch 1 into next sc, work your 4 puff sts in V stitch * at end of row work only 2 puff sts just like you did at the beginning of the row.


Row 4

Change colors here

ch 5 and DC, ch 1, DC in next DC, * ch 5 and DC , ch , DC into next DC. * repeat what’s in between *’s for row. To end row ch 3 and DC in top of ch 3.


Row 5

ch 3 and work your * 4 puff sts into the V stitch, DC into the space between the 4 puff stitches below, ch 1 * repeat for row. To end row dc into the 3rd ch of the ch 5.


Row 6 – Don’t forget to change colors

ch 3 and Dc into same st, * ch 5 and Dc, ch 1, Dc into next Dc, * repeat for row. You should end your row with a V stitch. 


Repeat rows 3 – 6

For my daughter (age 7) and son (5) I stopped after completing 14 total color rows. (Each color row takes 2 rows so 28 rows total, but it’s just easier to count the other way) I made mine 21 rows of colors.


Now to find out how many you need to chain for the smaller piece of this poncho.

Take your piece just made and fold it in half.

Then fold it in half again.

This is the size you will need to make for your smaller piece. Mine was 4 puff shells wide. Each puff shell and the following DC take up the multiple of 7. So 4 puff shells give me 28 sts don’t forget your plus 2 before starting! I chained 30 with my 6 mm \ J hook just like before, switched to my 5 mm \ H hook for row 1 just as before. Make this piece as many rows as you made your larger piece. My larger piece was 14 color rows, so the small piece is too.

Now hide all the tails on the smaller piece.

Then lay out your pieces and fold them both in half.

Then line them up together like so.

Winsome Poncho 12

Once you have them the correct way and you know where you need to sew, turn your work with the back side facing you so that your sewing won’t show, line up the two pieces and sc them together (or any method of sewing you prefer)

Just to space put your stitches as evenly as you can.

I also used these same stitches when sewing the piece around the neck. To make the neck hole smaller:


Row 1

Sc in all sts around for your first row. Sl st in beg st


Row 2

ch 1 and sc into the same st, sc in 2 stitches then do a sc dec. Sl st in beg st


Row 3

ch 1 and sc into the same st, sc dec, *sc 1, sc dec,* repeat for round. Sl st in beg st


Row 4

sc in all sts, sl st in beg st, ch 1 and cut your yarn.


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