Charming Chestnut Poncho


Charming Chestnut Poncho

Satisfy your need to complete a large-scale project with the Charming Chestnut Poncho. This knit poncho pattern is an effortlessly elegant garment as well as the perfect knit to gracefully transition into fall weather. Wear it as top and give yourself an air of sophistication and mystery. Or, wear it as a jacket for an additional layer of warmth. Perfect for teens and adults, the Charming Chestnut Poncho is a gorgeous garment you'll love being able to say you made.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


  • Patons Classic Wool Tweeds (100 g/3.5 oz;192 m/210 yds) - 7 balls
  • Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension


20 sts and 26 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.


Approx 33 ins [84 cm] long, excluding collar. 50 ins [127 cm] wide at bottom. 21 ins [53.5 cm] wide at top.


K = knit
rem = remain(ing)
Sl1P = Slip next stitch purlwise.
st(s) = stitch(es)



Note: Pieces are worked side to side with short turn row shaping. Make 2 pieces alike. Cast on 165 sts.

**1st row: (RS). Knit.
2nd row: K65. Purl to last 5 sts. K5.
3rd row: K130. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
4th row: Sl1P. Purl to last 5 sts. K5.
5th row: K105. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
6th row: As 4th row.
7th row: K80. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
8th row: As 4th row.
Rep 1st to 6th rows 4 times more.**
Rep from ** to ** 9 times more, then rep 1st and 2nd rows. Cast off.

Sew side seams.

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On the 3rd row, what does it mean to leave the remaining stitches unworked?

It means exactly what it says, knit to the stitch indicated, then turn your work and work back the other way, you will have certain numbers of stitches that will be left unworked until they are incorporated back into the pattern later. This is an advanced technique in knitting known as short row shaping.

Finished product

Picture of my finished poncho and instructions.

Could you please send more pictures of the instructions?

Heres a picture

I am making this poncho now. I am using markers to tell me where to knit to. It makes it so much easier. For example in row 2 I knit the 65 stitches and place my first marker. In the end I have 4 markers. I hope this tip will help other knitters.

I was disconnected and want to add that to use 4 different coloured markers. And when I made this previously the collar looked differently. It looked better I thought. I used Snuggly Wuggly yarn

It would look different since the yarn is incorrect for the pattern, but I like your idea of using a lighter weight yarn and it coming out different than the pattern looks in that photo, I think the collar is too bulky and overwhelms the poncho. I did notice that the gauge for the pattern in worsted weight is the same as the gauge for snuggly wuggly and I have a bunch of it, I think your idea is brilliant and I may have to borrow it!

I dont see the instructions for the cowl part of the poncho...

The collar or cowl is part of the pattern.

I love the shape of this, but I am personally not a fan of the turtleneck. I think I will just start the collar but stop it like a normal ridge edge. Does anyone have any reason why that might not work? I've always thought it should work but I've never tried it.

Looking at the instructions I can not tell how the collar is formed by the short rows. I would have to sit and do it. It is a cute poncho though. I do like short ponchos such as this since I am short and the longer ones are just too much for me. I look just like a poncho walking down the street. I will put his on my list. It is a easy pattern.

The color is already shape by 1st and 2row by 65 stitches, that section is for the color and the long side suppose to be like fan shape to make wide shaping on the bottom poncho. Instructions is complete to me. She just wrote it quick and simple.

I know this is an older comment, but I'm hoping you are using this site. The directions state that the pieces are made side to side, so I'm having trouble visualizing how just rows 1 2 are making the collar, the collar appears taller than those 2 rows in the picture. I think my issue is that it is not a top down or bottom up pattern, so I can't visualize where the collar starts and ends. If you are still using the site, I wonder if you could explain in more detail, please.

I figure it out

I think the collar part you pick the neck stitches around and you knit and purl around till your desire length.

That would be incorrect, the collar is created with the short row shaping.

Where are the knitting instructions for the collar?

Did you continue the pattern? I am also confused about the collar. Did you by any chance get an answer or finished the poncho. Help. thank you

I am also concerned about the collar. It seems like it should be added after the two body pieces are sewn together. I haven't started my project, but would like to understand how the collar is incorporated.

The pattern is correct as written, the short row shaping and working side to side create the collar.

I am making this - it does work out (and looks great) - trust the directions - however it will take at least 3 additional skeins of yarn. My gauge is spot on and I used almost 5 skeins on just one half.

I have just started the pattern and am quite confused. The shirt row shaping is all on one side. This is worked side to side....I am going to have one piece with all the shaping long on one side a very short on the other side of my piece. Is this correct?

That is the way short row shaping works.

The instructions appear to be incomplete. How do you do the neck?

Hi Peaceful Lake, We have just checked the pattern on the Patons website, and have verified that there is no missing information. Hope this helps, -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Hi Peaceful Lake, We have just checked the pattern on the Patons website and have verified that there is no missing information. Hope this helps, -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I looked it up on the patons site myself before I saw the editors comments here and it is the same as the site, but it does appear to be incomplete, so I'm just not going to bother with it, I spend so much time making corrections to the patterns I find through this site.


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