Very easy poncho

This is not a pattern that spoon feeds you. It’s more of a write-up on how I knitted my poncho. That is to say, it may be used as a recipe for making a poncho from whatever weight yarn you have in your stash. Nothing more, nothing less.

PLEASE, don’t be offended but after 6 years I am no longer willing to answer the same questions over and again. Take some time to read the comments, it’s all there.

Thank you.


I knit a wide scarf in stockinette stitch – approximately 23,5 inches wide and 63 inches long. Once the knitted piece was finished, I blocked it and (when dry) folded it in half (closed edge to the right).

I joined borders according to chart: starting at the top left corner for the length of approximately 20 inches; making sure about 12 inches would remain open (that became the neckline).

That’s all there is to it.

To embellish your poncho you may want to add an iCord edging on all remaining sides and around neckline (that’s what I did). Purl Bee has a lovely tutorial on how to do this.

Tips & Techniques:

  • The width of 23,5 inches will be the poncho’s length (from neckline to bottom). If you’re taller than me or smaller (I am 5.7ft) you may want to adjust it.
  • The front of your poncho will be shorter than the back – that’s how I wanted it to be. If you don’t like that make sure the scarf is twice as long as it is wide. In my example it would have been 23,5 x 47 inches.
  • However, I would not downsize the neckline.
  • A different way to knit the poncho is to start with the long side, that is to say cast on stitches for 63 inches and knit until it measures 23,5 in height. Join sides using kitchener stitch and your seaming will be invisible. I thought about that too late …
  • No matter how you decide to knit your poncho – at the end the seam will run vertically all the way down your back.
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3 years ago

What kind of yarn for this nice soft look?

Joan Little
3 years ago

Thank you so very much. Love this piece.