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Perfect Gift Poncho

The Perfect Gift Poncho is a simple, beginner-friendly poncho crochet 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 this season!

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About the design

This design was made by my mom. She wanted to make a simple poncho to keep her warm while crocheting. She played with some simple stitches and voila, a quick and simple poncho crochet pattern was created!

The poncho starts with a very closed stitch to keep your neck and shoulders warm. After every 10 rows we change to a more lacy stitch which creates bigger chain spaces. Even with wider spaces the poncho is unbelievable warm and this way you get a comfortable drape. The pattern has 30 rows in total.

Fun fact: it’s such quick project, that as soon as my mom finished her poncho, she made a bunch more for my grannies and some of her friends. That’s why we gave this design the name ‘Perfect Gift Poncho’. Below you can find some pictures of me, my mom and my granny with the ponchos my mom made.

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About the fit

This poncho comes in 1 size that fits most people. As you can see on the pictures below, we all have different sizes but still wearing the same ponchos. You don’t have to worry about sizing when making this poncho as a gift for friends and family.

Perfect Gift Poncho - free poncho crochet pattern - Alice

Perfect Gift Poncho - free poncho crochet pattern - Granny

About the yarn

For this poncho crochet pattern you’ll need less 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. It’s perfect for garments, accessoires and afghans and works up fast!

+ Click here to grab the kit which includes all the Scarfie yarn you need and a PDF version of this pattern from Lion Brand. +

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Perfect Gift Poncho

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– 2x Lionbrand Scarfie (225g / 8oz)

Click here to grab the kit which includes all the yarn you need + a PDF version of this pattern!

Crochet hook 10 mm (US N/P 15)

Tapestry needle

Measuring tape


This pattern is one size fits most.

For reference, model on picture 1 (above) is 1.69m/5’6″ tall with a 36” bust,
model on picture 2 is 1.69m/5’6″ tall with a 38” bust and
model on picture 3 is 1.65m/5’5″ tall with a 54” bust.


Width: 35 cm /  13.8″
Height: 67 cm / 26.4″


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

– Pattern is worked in continuous rounds (vs joined rounds)


In this video you can see how to make the poncho.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Poncho crochet pattern

Chain 70, slip stitch in 1st chain to make a circle. Make sure not to twist the chains!

Row 1:
(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in first st, skip next st, *(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in next st, skip next st* repeat in each ch across (70 sc)

Make a slip stitch in the first st, finish off, weave ends

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

Row 2 working on the other side of the chains

Row 2:
Repeat row 1

*make sure the (1sc, ch 2, 1sc) stitches in row 2 are worked in same chains as row 1.

Row 3 – 11:
Before you continue with row 3, make sure your work is not twisted.

(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in each ch-2 space across (70 sc)

Row 12 – 21:
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in each ch-2 space across (70 dc)

Row 22 – 31:
(1 tr, ch 3, 1 tr) in each ch-space across (70 tr)

*end the last row with (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) in the last ch-space, ch 2, sl st in next st.

Finish off, weave ends

Last stitch of last row


My granny recommended making the poncho a bit longer for sizes XL and up. So just repeat row 22 five more times or till you think it’s long enough.

Share a picture of your poncho

I would love to see the poncho you made and the different yarn/color choices. Please share some pictures on Facebook and Instagram, you can tag me on Instagram with my username @wilmawestenberg. Don’t forget to add this pattern to your Ravelry queue here.


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  1. How would I adjust this pattern to fit an 8 year old? I was going to make one for her mother and one for her?
    It is lovely!


    1. I would measure the distance between her 2 shoulders and start with a chain that is double this length.
      From there, continue in same pattern. After 2-3 rows try it on her to ensure the head goes through easily.
      If the neck opening ends up too large, you can always sew a bit on each side to make it smaller.

  2. Did someone try it with a yarn no4, worsted weight ? I don’t have much #5 in my stash. I could just adjust to fit the size, repeating more, but I was curious about the result, if it looks as nice. I have a few Caron Cakes (#4), but also Caron Tea Cakes (#6), maybe it would be better with a greater size than a smaller ? Again adjusting for gauge size, of course. Any idea is welcome ! It’s for a gift to my son’s teacher, I can see her wearing this <3

  3. I am loving this poncho. A perfect, quick project for a cozy day inside. Works up very quickly! This is my new go-to gift. Thank you so much for making a video and the written directions.

  4. Hi. I love this pattern. My question is, when I work up the first 11 rows, it does not sit on my shoulders like the picture shows it sits more like a scarf. Does it lay flat after the project is finished?

      1. Hi Ladies! I’ve made already 3 of the poncho dress, but the top is the same in both – yes, it does “sit” nicely after the whole piece is done as the weight pulls it down a bit. Hope that helps!

  5. I love this pattern! My niece is turning 4 and she picked out some yarn and asked me to make her something. I made this poncho. I modified it, chain 55. She’s going to live it! Thank you.

  6. I am only 4′ 11″ and a size 6, so I know this poncho would be WAY too large for me. I want to make this but have to figure out how to adjust this pattern. Could you help? What is the number of chains for one multiple and how many chains are needed to add at the very end. If you could help me with that, I can go from there. Thank you! Hope I explained myself clearly enough. I lovc this and also love the dress pattern. Thank you for sharing these patterns.

  7. Hi Wilma! You are all lovely ladies and the poncho fits you all beautifully. The colors are gorgeous too.

    Tell your Mom I have been searching for THE perfect poncho and her beautiful pattern is THE WINNER! I was in the process of one that I was hoping would be ok but I KNOW this one is a winner!

    I guess you can tell I am excited! If not,let me tell you, I AM EXITED OVER THIS PATTERN!

    I have not crocheted in 30+ years so I need some thing IDIOT-PROOF! or I would have quit. This will work for mom, step-mom, sisters, step-sisters, church sisters, sisters-in-law, cousins, daughter/play daughters, nieces, and the list goes on!

    I found you by “accident” (that’s when you’re not thinking about God but He’s guiding you anyway) but I am on your list and in your Facebook group now! I look forward to seeing and crocheting more of your/your families beautiful creations.. God bless!

  8. This is such a cool pattern! Tell your mom, “Awesome job!”

    I had a quick question though before I began. Approximately how much of the second skein do you use? I have a single skein of scarfie I want to use and would adjust the pattern slightly if you didn’t use a lot of it. Thanks!

  9. Hey Wilma,
    Wat een leuke poncho. Ik vind poncho’s wel leuk om te haken, maar ik draag ze eigenlijk bijna nooit haha. Echt heel erg mooi heb je die gemaakt, misschien dat ik er nog een poncho bij ga haken. haha.
    Fijne zondag.

    Lieve groetjes,

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