Crochet Poncho Instructions

Updated July 19, 2017

A crochet poncho made with #6 super bulky yarn and a large crochet hook, size N or P, is a fast project that will result in a lovely piece that will keep you warm in the cold weather. Ponchos come in many different styles, but a rectangular poncho in double crochet that consists of two pieces with a seam down the middle is an easy project for those new to crocheting.

Start with the Poncho Edge

Use a large hook such as an N hook or P hook that feels comfortable with the super bulky yarn. These large hooks and yarn create large stitches so it takes you less time to complete the project. You can stitch the poncho in all one colour, or switch colours every couple of rows to make a striped design. If you decide to go with multiple colours, make sure the yarn brand and type is the same so that your stitches will have consistent shape and size.

Make a crochet chain that is approximately 50 inches long for an adult poncho, then single crochet in the second stitch from the hook and in each stitch across. Make five more rows of single crochet stitches for the poncho edge. For a little texture or decorative touch, you could crochet in only the front loop or back loop of every row to create ridges on this edge, if you like.

Crochet the Poncho Body in Two Pieces

At the end of the last row of single crochet, chain 3 and turn. Now you will double crochet for the remainder of the pattern. The turning chain 3 serves as the first double crochet for each row, so do not stitch into the base of the chain 3 stitch after you turn, but move over to the next stitch on the row to begin your double crochet.

Double crochet across each row and continue until the piece measures approximately 19 inches across. Fasten off when the piece reaches that width. This is one half of the poncho.

Repeat the above steps to create a second rectangle piece for the other half of the poncho and fasten off. You now have two large rectangles.

Joining the Seams

Arrange the rectangles on a flat surface with the single crochet edges on the outside and the double crochet edges on the inside and touching.

Use a measuring tape to find the middle of the rectangles along the double crochet edge and mark it with a needle or stitch marker. Now measure approximately 5 inches both ways from that midpoint and mark those spots. This is where the opening for the head will be, approximately 10 inches long.

Keeping the double crochet edges together on the flat surface, use a yarn needle and the whip stitch through both loops along the edge to join the edges above and below the head opening. Weave in all loose ends when you are done.

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