| |

3 Simple, Charming, and Free Knitting Patterns for Ponchos

knitting patterns for ponchosThese 3 delightful knitting patterns for ponchos couldn’t be easier — and they’re free

Are you looking for a fabulous knitting project for autumn? Maybe you need something that offers a bit more warmth than a shawl. But maybe you’d rather not knit a sweater because that’s far too much of a commitment.

What you need is a simple project that still has serious warming power.

Look no further, friend. A poncho knitting project is your answer!

Ponchos don’t require the perfect fit. You don’t have to worry about sleeves or shape. It’ll be on and off your needles in no time, especially if you’re using thick yarn and big needles.

You can knit ponchos for just about anyone, child or adult. And yes, you can even knit them for men!

Ready for your perfect poncho project? Read on.

3 Free Knitting Patterns for Ponchos

1. The “dishcloth” design. I call it this because it’s knitted in a similar fashion to the famous “grandma’s washcloth” pattern. Directions couldn’t be easier:

Using large needles (12+) and any kind, color and texture of yarn or wool, cast on 3 stitches.

Increase 1 stitch at the beginning of each row.

Repeat this row until the width measures the length of the intended recipient’s wingspan, from wrist to wrist.

Bind off.

Now repeat for the second triangle.

Once you’ve completed the second triangle, seam the long edges together, but leave a space in the middle for the neck hole. That’s it!

2. The long rectangle. This pattern is nearly as easy as the first…

Again using large needles, cast on 80 stitches.

Knit every row until the piece is long enough to wrap around you sideways from shoulder to waist (like a sash.)

Bind off, then sew the cast-on and bind-off edges together. Turn the work on its side, and seam a portion of each side of an open edge. This will give the piece “shoulders” while offering a space for your head.

(See the diagrams below, drawn by my lovely older daughter Kiersten, for a visual!)

3. Two rectangles become one. This is a variation of #2. In this version, knit 2 rectangles rather than one, with each rectangle equaling one half of the “sash” shape.

Once each rectangle has been knitted, you’ll seam them together at the short edges (the cast-on and bind-off edges of each piece). Then, like the above poncho, you’ll create the shoulder seams.

All three of these knitting patterns for ponchos make wonderful mindless projects. They knit up quickly and easily, yet still offer plenty of room for creativity. Vary the colors, vary the type, vary the textures of yarn. You can even add your own stitch patterns to the mix. Make a completely different poncho every time!

Looking for more easy and free knitting patterns? Check these out!

Get "How to Get Your Handknits to Local People in Need: What You Need to Know" FREE with your subscription to the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter. When you join this community, you'll receive resources + inspiration to knit patterns you love for people you care about!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. How did you know I’ve been looking for a poncho to make in a new stitch for an 18″ doll? I’m thinking of trying out Debbie New’s Scribble Lace (UNEXPECTED KNITTING), and your adaptable templates give me just what I need to try it out. Thank you!