Crochet poncho dress

The Crochet Poncho Dress is a beginner-friendly pattern that works up fast. Perfect to make for yourself, or as a gift for family and friends. All you need to know is how to make chains, single crochet stitches, double crochet and treble crochet. Stay warm and comfortable with your own Crochet Poncho Dress!

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Crochet poncho dress - free crochet pattern - blue yarn katia shadow

About the design

This design was inspired by my Perfect Gift Poncho which many of you liked. I received tons of positive feedback about the simplicity and how fast it works up. While I was working on my poncho, I came up with the idea to make a dress version of this design.

The Crochet Poncho Dress uses the same yarn and stitches as the Perfect Gift Poncho. It’s worked top-down and starts with a closed stitch to keep your neck and shoulders warm. After a few rows, the stitches become wider. This way the Crochet Poncho Dress gets a wider shape and great drape effect.

Crochet poncho dress - free crochet pattern - blue katia shadow yarn

About the fit

This pattern is available in sizes S/M, L/XL, XXL/XXXL and is slightly oversized. If you’re in between sizes, I suggest to size down. Optionally you can wear a belt to give your poncho dress a little more structure and upgrade your look.

Crochet poncho dress - free crochet pattern - lionbrand scarfie yarn

About the yarn

For this poncho crochet pattern you’ll need than 2 skeins of Lionbrand Scarfie. Scarfie is a soft wool blend yarn with unique self-striping ombré effect. It beautifully shades from one color to the next and works up fast. It’s perfect for making warm garments, accessoires and afghans.

Scarfie lionbrand yarn - free poncho crochet pattern

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Crochet Poncho Dress

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Crochet poncho dress - red lionbrand scarfie yarn - free crochet pattern


– 2x Lionbrand Scarfie

Crochet hook 10 mm (US N/P 15)

Tapestry needle

Measuring tape


Size S/M: fits bust 34 – 38″, length 75cm / 29.5″

Size L/XL: fits bust 42 – 46″, length 80cm / 31.5″

Size XXL / XXXL: fits bust 50 – 54″, length 85cm / 33.5″

For reference, model is 1.63m/5’4″ tall with a 34” bust and wearing the poncho dress in size S/M. If you are between sizes, size down.


6 dc stitches equal 10 cm / 4”
5 rows equal 10 cm / 4”

Stitches & abbreviations (US terms)

– st: stitch
– sl st: slip stitch
– ch: chain
– sc: single crochet
– dc: double crochet
– tr: treble crochet

* *: repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed
( ) at end of a row: amount of stitches you should have at the end of that row


– This pattern is written in US terminology

– Pattern is worked top-down, working the top part in rounds and front/back panel separately in rows, which are then sewn together at the sides.

– Pattern contains instructions for sizes S/M, L/XL, 2XL/3XL. Directions for sizes are in parentheses such as “chain 64 (68, 72)” whereas ch 64 stands for size S/M, 68 for size L/XL, 72 size 2XL/3XL. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow the pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.


In this video you can see how to make the Crochet Poncho Dress.

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Crochet Poncho Dress pattern

Chain 64 (72, 80), slip stitch in 1st chain. Make sure the chains are not twisted.

Round 1:
*(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in next ch, skip next ch*, repeat around (32, 36, 40 ch-spaces)

Make a slip stitch in the first st. Finish off and weave ends.

Flip your work vertically. Attach yarn and continue working on the other side of the chains.

Row 2 working on the other side of the chains

Round 2:
Repeat round 1 (32, 36, 40 ch-spaces)

* Work round 2-11 in continuous rounds (vs joined rounds).

Round 3 – 11:
(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in each ch-space around (32, 36, 40 ch-spaces)

Front panel

Turn your work. We are now going to work in rows.

Row 12 – 21:
(sl st, ch 5, 1 dc) in first ch-space, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next 12 (14, 16) ch-spaces, turn (13, 15, 17 ch-spaces)

Row 22 – 31 (32, 33):
(sl st, ch 7, 1 tr) in first ch-space, (1 tr, ch 3, 1 tr) in next 12 (14, 16) ch-spaces, turn (13, 15, 17 ch-spaces)

Finish off, weave ends

Back panel

Attach yarn in 4th ch-space from front panel (skipping 3 ch-spaces for arm hole).

Repeat front panel row 12 – 31 (32, 33).

Finish off, weave ends.


Match the side seams and sew both sides together. Begin at the bottom, working your way up, leaving 6″ (7, 9) / 15 cm (18, 23) open for the arm hole. Weave all ends.

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  • Reply
    Ancois van Zyl
    23 November 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Wilma!
    Pls may i have permission to repost your pattern on a small crochet group together with your details and link to the pattern?

  • Reply
    Laura Waterfield
    27 February 2021 at 8:45 am

    This is so cute. I call it a coverover.
    Thanks so much.

  • Reply
    Emily Grinfeld
    17 January 2021 at 6:57 pm

    The size poncho dress I’ll be making is in the size XS so I’ll chain 56 chains and follow the same pattern.

  • Reply
    Mary Esser
    11 October 2020 at 8:58 pm

    I would like to make this in a [4] weight yarn, not the bulky recommend.
    Any suggestions on selecting garment size or change hook size?

    • Reply
      Diane S.
      3 March 2021 at 7:10 am

      I’m using the 4 weight yarn and following the Lg size, so f, it’s turned out well.

  • Reply
    Miss Mahtab
    6 July 2020 at 7:20 am

    I just see your site and your work. I feel happy for every crochet lover. your ideas are amazing thanks for the creative and helpful ideas.

  • Reply
    2 July 2020 at 2:51 am

    Can you please let me know if i can modify the pattern with a 6 mm needle. then how many chains do i need to begin and is there any other changes to the pattern I need to do ?

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    gita patel
    14 June 2020 at 10:45 am

    Hi I did snap shot and saved the patteren so I have it on my iPad and also my mobil I cannot wait to try the crochet poncho dress

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    Lynn Sadauskas
    17 May 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Will 2 skeins be enough for L, XL size?

    • Reply
      14 February 2021 at 3:26 am

      I would buy 4 skeins to be on the safe side for L/Xl .
      She said 2 for S/M
      She doesn’t seem to be very good at responding

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    Donna L Church
    3 February 2020 at 2:00 pm

    LOVE this!! I saw it a few days ago when I was too busy to actually watch the I bookmarked it. Now that I have watched and know that I can follow along if I get stuck, I’ll definitely go get the Scarfie yarn…(which by the way is a great yarn!)

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    Denise F
    12 September 2019 at 1:29 am

    Love the youtube channel and blog ty Wilmade #Love

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    15 June 2019 at 7:48 pm

    At what point do you change to the second scene of yarn to keep the color variation the same on both sides?

    • Reply
      16 June 2019 at 10:43 am

      I changed to the second ball when I ran out of the first ball. The colors automatically change in this order.

  • Reply
    10 May 2019 at 8:04 am

    Copy and paste in word and save as a PDF file

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    23 March 2019 at 4:59 pm

    If changing yarn type/weight, should I go up about two hook sizes from the recommended as you did with the Scarfie yarn? So excited to try this pattern!

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    Esther v d Walt
    18 March 2019 at 8:46 am

    How do i save a pattern, please??????

    • Reply
      18 March 2019 at 5:13 pm

      Hi, I am not sure either, but I just took snapshot and saved it to photos.

      • Reply
        10 May 2019 at 8:05 am

        10 May 2019 at 8:04 am
        Copy and paste in word and save as a PDF file

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      10 May 2019 at 8:06 am

      Copy and paste in word and save as a PDF file

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