With cooler weather just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your winter wear. This collection of free poncho knitting patterns will help get your knit fashion in check. You'll be inspired by these cool pattern designs to cast on and start knitting.
Before you begin, I just want to share a quick note. The patterns below are not my own but the works of some creative designers. If you have questions or concerns about a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
It's flat knitting, which creates a large rectangle, then you seam the knitting together. Easy enough to do.
Knits up beautifully with Berroco Vintage worsted weight yarn. The written knitting instructions for this pattern includes small to extra-large sizes.
Route 66 Poncho
This seamless, top-down knitted poncho is such a simple knit. Using size 15 circular knitting needles and super bulky merino wool yarn, you could knit this up over the weekend.
To knit this warm poncho, you’ll need to know how to knit in the round. You'll also need to know how to increase using M1L (make 1 Left) and M1R (make 1 Right).
The pattern uses a slip stitch border and includes written knitting instructions for small through XL sizes.
Or do a yarn substitution and customize this pattern to your taste. Just be sure you have enough yarn in 100% merino wool.
You’ll need U.S. size 6 knitting circular knitting needles in 16” and 24” and several stitch markers. The written pattern is easy enough for beginners, too. You’ll work the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and yarn overs (yo) to complete this simple knitting project.
This free rectangle poncho knitting pattern is so easy to knit and stylish, too. Knit flat in sections that attach as you go, this makes it a great beginner project.
Using two strands of Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn held double, the yarns create this wonderful marled yarn effect. You could also use one strand of DK yarn so long as you check gauge. Remember, always check gauge.
As far as knitting techniques go, you’ll need to know a few. First is the cable cast on. Another is an applied i-cord edge and picking up stitches. Then you’ll need to know how to knit through the back loop (TBL) and knit 2 together through back loop (K2TOG TBL).
If you know simple knitting stitches like knit, purl, and seed stitch, you can make this women’s knit poncho. The handspun yarn gives it a great texture, and there’s fringe, too!
It requires you to knit with two strands of Manos del Uruguay aran weight yarns. Other techniques are the M1L knitting increase, as well as the right (M1R). Don't forget your ring markers!
The pattern comes with written instructions for small through extra-large sizes.
Level 2 Knit Poncho
This Lion Brand pattern is not only a quick knit but one that any knitter could make.
It’s knit from an acrylic blend of Lion Brand woolspun yarn but you could always do a yarn substitution. Whatever you prefer. Just remember to check your gauge by knitting a swatch in the round first.
To knit this bulky yarn poncho pattern you’ll need to know how to purl, knit, and knit in the round. Worked as one piece, the only other technique you’ll need to know is how to pick up stitches in knitting. That’s it.
The written pattern also comes with schematics and includes instructions for sizes small through large.
Have you been wanting to knit an ombre effect poncho? This is the perfect pattern to do it. Knit in the round, Skeino’s Caracara is an easy top-down, a-line poncho pattern.
It’s knit with superwash merino wool yarn in DK weight. The beauty of it comes from using 5 skeins of hand painted yarn in the same colorway. This gives it that flattering and gradual ombre look.
To make your own knitted poncho, you’ll need to know knitting basics. Specifically, how to knit stockinette stitch and how to knit garter stitch. You’ll also need to know how to make knitted increases and how to knit in the round.
This simple knit pattern comes with written instructions only.
When you need just the right amount of warmth, this poncho is ideal. Knit with merino wool, it’s both light and airy.
To knit this free top down knitting pattern you should be able to knit and purl, and make basic increases. You’ll need two skeins of yarn in fingering weight or about 875 yards (800 meters) and circular knitting needles.
This simple knitting pattern is available in English and French translations.
If you’re looking for an easy knit poncho rectangle this is the pattern for you. Knit from Egyptian cotton yarn in DK weight, it’s perfect for any weather.
This two rectangle poncho pattern is an intermediate knit but still easy to make. It’s worked in two pieces then joined at the shoulders using a 3 needle bind off. Other techniques include K2TOG, P2TOG, SSK, SSP, and picking up stitches for the neck edging.
This plus size pattern is sized to fit Women’s Small - 3XL sizes. It includes a stitch pattern chart, schematics, and written knitting instructions.
Fair Isle Poncho and Arm Warmers
This fair isle poncho knitting pattern from Yarnspirations with just enough colorwork knitting for beginners to try.
This knitted poncho knits up with worsted weight Red Heart With Love yarn in two colors using stranded colorwork. It begins with a rib knit collar and then proceeds to stockinette stitch in the round for the fair isle knitting.
One knitting technique you’ll need to know is how to knit with circular needles. You’ll also need to know how to slip-slip-knit (SSK) and how to make one (M1) in your knitting. The finishing touch is an i-cord bind off. Here’s a video tutorial on how to do this.
The poncho pattern includes both written and charted knitting instructions.
This free poncho knitting pattern from Berroco is in full swing. Knit with one shade of Berroco Millefiori Light, an alpaca yarn blend, the end result will be luxurious.
Adriana is an intermediate knit worked in three panels. First you knit the center panel. Then you pick up stitches to create the side panels. This styling, along with the sport weight yarn, creates a swingy piece perfect for layering.
The plus size poncho pattern includes written instructions and schematics for sizes in Small - 3XL.
Asymmetrical Striped Poncho
Here’s another knitted poncho pattern that’s easy enough for beginners. Knit with Bernat Satin Solids, an aran yarn, and U.S. size 10 needles, you could make this pretty quickly, too.
Then you’ll knit two panels separately. No knitting in the round here. Later, you’ll sew the two pieces together. You’ll also need to pick up stitches to create the neckline. That’s it.
There’s fun possibilities here.
I hope that some (or all!) of these free winter knitting patterns made it to your list of cool things to knit. Be sure to check back for more poncho patterns to love.
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