Get ready to add some style and elegance to your winter wardrobe with this gorgeous, textured chunky crochet poncho pattern!
Designed with size inclusivity in mind, the pattern is written for 9 sizes (from XS to 5X) so you’ll be able to create a poncho that fits you perfectly.
This stylish poncho is worked seamlessly from the top down, and I just love the visual interest created by the unique textured panel at the front.
Using a #5/Bulky weight yarn means the poncho will work up a lot quicker than you might think, so you’ll have a beautiful and timeless crochet poncho in no time!
So, grab your yarn and hook and let’s get started ☺
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If you would love to make a matching Child poncho, you will definitely want to check out the FREE Lana Child’s Poncho Crochet Pattern. This pattern is written for 6 sizes, from 6 months up to 10 years.
What you’ll need to crochet this chunky poncho
I love making garments but sometimes I just like something to work up quickly, and for these types of projects you can’t ask for better than a #5/Bulky weight yarn.
For my poncho, I used WeCrochet Wonderfluff in the colorway Hare Heather. This yarn is a gorgeous blend of baby alpaca, merino and nylon, and honestly, when I put on my poncho it feels like I am wearing a cloud!
For the child size pictured above, I unfortunately ran out of Wonderfluff so I used Hobbii Yarns Fluffy Day XL for my daughter’s poncho. This yarn felt a little heavier than the Wonderfluff but I had no problems keeping the gauge consistent and I was really happy with how it turned out.
Some great alternative yarns include:
- Lion Brand Hue & Me (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool)
- WeCrochet Swish Bulky (100% Superwash Merino Wool)
- Debbie Bliss Merion (50% Wool 50% Acrylic)
- Wool & The Gang Alpachino (60% Merino, 40% Baby Alpaca)
The approximate yarn amounts you will need for each size are as follows:
|900yds / 823m
|975yds / 892m
|1025yds / 937m
|1225yds / 1120m
|1275yds / 1166m
|1400yds / 1280m
|1450yds / 1326m
|1675yds / 1532m
|1750yds / 1600m
For my poncho, I used a 6mm (J-10) hook. As with any garment project, gauge is critical so please do make a gauge swatch before you get stuck into the pattern!
- If you are finding that you have more than 10 sts in 4”/10cm then you can try swatching again with a larger hook.
- Conversely, if you find that you have less than 10 sts in 4”/10cm you can swatch again with a smaller hook.
Please don’t skip this step – it really is crucial to meet gauge to make sure that your poncho turns out the size that you expect!
You will also need a yarn needle to weave in those ends, and 6 stitch markers to mark your yoke increase points and armhole positions.
How to crochet this chunky poncho
This poncho is worked from the top down, following a raglan increase style.
One of my favorite things about this type of construction is that the entire garment is completely seamless. Once you’re done crocheting all that’s needed is to weave in a few ends and you’re good to go!
The pattern is worked in 4 sections:
- You will work the yoke in turned rounds until your poncho is the required circumference for the size that you are making. As we are increasing in a “raglan” style, there are four increase points on the yoke, and each increase round will add 8 stitches to the total count.
- Once the yoke is long enough, you will split the body to create front and back panels, and the armholes.
- Once the armholes are large enough, you will re-join the front and back panels and continue working the rest of the body in even rounds.
- Finally, you will add a simple “camel stitch” trim to the hem and neckline.
If you would like to adjust the position of the armholes it’s absolutely no problem – you can try on the poncho as you go and simply decide where you want the “split” to occur. The pattern includes some more details on how to do this.
Special Stitches used in this pattern
You will only need to know your basic crochet stitches (dc and sc) for most of the pattern, but for the textured front panel and the hem trim there are a couple of “special stitches” to take note of.
- Double Post (DP): The raised stitches that you see at the front of the poncho are called Double Post (DP) sts. This stitch is effectively a double FPdc stitch, where you will work around the post of the stitch 2 rows below twice. The pattern includes step-by-step instructions for how to work the Double Post stitch, and I also cover it in the Lana Poncho Video if you would like to see exactly how it’s done ☺
- Third Loop: the trim around the hem and neckline is created by working into the “third loop” of the previous hdc round. As we are working in rounds, the third loop will always be at the back of your work for this pattern.
The pattern includes stitch charts for the yoke increases as well as for the textured front panel. I love stitch charts as they really help me to visualize stitch placement!
Lana Poncho Sizing
This poncho is designed with 14 – 17.5″ / 32.5 – 43cm of positive ease at the bust. When determining which size to make, please consult the measurements in the pattern. If you would like your poncho to be a little more oversized, you can consider sizing up.
As well as listing bust measurements, the pattern also includes a detailed schematic with measurements for every section – you might like to use this to make alternations at various points, such as length, armhole positioning etc. The pattern includes instructions on how to best make these adjustments.
|To fit bust
|28 – 30″ / 71 – 76cm
|32 – 34″ / 81.5 – 86.5cm
|36 – 38″ / 91.5 – 96.5cm
|40 – 42″ / 101.5 – 106.5cm
|44 – 46″ / 112 – 117cm
|48 – 50″ / 122 – 127cm
|52 – 54″ / 132 – 137cm
|56 – 58″ / 142 – 147.5cm
|60 – 62″ / 152.5 – 157.5cm
Lana Chunky Poncho Video
Step-by-step Video Tutorial
This pattern also comes with a full, step-by-step video tutorial.
(In the video I make the Child 7-8 years poncho, but the constructions and steps are exactly the same no matter which size you choose to make. You will still need the pattern to hand for the correct stitch and row counts for the size you are making!)
Lana Chunky Poncho
I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, if you have questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. And be sure to tag your finished project on Instagram or Facebook using @nedandmimi or #nedandmimi!