Cozy Pocketed Knit Poncho


Cozy Pocketed Knit Poncho

If you're wondering what to make with jumbo yarn, this is the pattern for you.

Doesn't just looking at this wrap make you want to cuddle up and fall asleep in it? This Cozy Pocketed Knit Poncho is the epitome of comfort. If you want to learn how to make a poncho like this one, it's actually really simple. Even those just beginning knitting can manage this as their first big project. The deep purple color is sophisticated and gives the otherwise boho poncho an elegant appearance. We're most excited about the pockets! Simply not enough articles of women's clothing have pockets - especially not ones so deep and accessible.

NotesPoncho is worked from lower back edge up to the shoulders, divided to form neck opening, and then worked down to lower front edge. Longer circular needle is used to accommodate width of Poncho fabric. Work back and forth in rows on circular needle as if working with straight needles.


Knitting Needle Size17 or 12.75 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(7) Jumbo

Gauge7 sts = 4" (10 cm); 7 rows = 3" (7.5 cm) in Double Moss st using circular needle and A.

16 sts = 4" (10 cm); 20 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Double Moss st using straight needles and B.

CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeFinished Width: 51 (58)" (129.5 (147.5) cm); Finished Length: 21 (23)" (53.5 (58.5) cm) long (not including collar)

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Boutique Twilight™: 9948 Romantic (A) - 10 (12) balls
  • RED HEART® With Love®: 1541 Grape Jam (B) - 1 skein
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles:

    • 12.75mm [US 17] 36” (90cm) or longer circular needle (for Poncho)

    • 12.75mm [US 17] 16” (40 cm) circular needle (for Collar)

    • 5mm [US 8] straight needles (for Pockets)

  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle


For a diagram of the construction of this poncho, click here.

Pattern Stitches

2x2 Ribbing (Multiple of 4 sts + 2)
Row 1: K2, *p2, k2; repeat from * across.
Row 2: P2, *k2, p2; repeat from * across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 2x2 Ribbing.

Double Moss Stitch (multiple of 4 sts + 2)
Rows 1 and 4: K2, *p2, k2; repeat from * across.
Rows 2 and 3: P2, *k2, p2; repeat from * across.
Repeat Rows 1–4 for Double Moss stitch.


With longer circular needle and A, cast on 90 (102) sts.

Work in 2x2 Ribbing pattern for 5 rows.

Work in Double Moss st until piece measures about 21 (23)” (53.5 (58.5) cm) from beginning.

Divide for Neck

Row 1: Work in Double Moss st over first 36 (42) sts, bind off center 18 sts loosely (for neck), continue in Double Moss st to end of row.

Row 2: Work in Double Moss st over first 36 (42) sts, cast on 18 sts, continue in Double Moss st to end of row.


Work in Double Moss st until front measures same as back to lower ribbing. Work in 2x2 Ribbing for 6 rows. Bind off loosely.


With right side facing, shorter circular needle and A, pick up and k36 sts evenly spaced around neck edge. Place marker for beginning of round and prepare to work in rounds.

Round 1: *K1, kfb; repeat from * around—54 sts.
Round 2: *K1, p1; repeat from * around.

Repeat Round 2 until Collar measures about 8” (20.5 cm). Bind off loosely.

Pockets (make 2)

With straight needles and B, cast on 30 sts. Work in Double Moss st until piece measures about 7½" (19 cm) from beginning. Bind off loosely.


Sew Pockets to front of Poncho, just above ribbing and centered about 16" (40.5 cm) apart. Weave in ends.


A, B
Color A, Color B
repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.
kfb (knit into front and back)
Knit next stitch but do not remove from needle, knit into back loop of same stitch and remove from needle.

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I am not really that much into ponchos anymore, but when I was younger they were very popular. This one is cute and I like how the pockets are a solid color that matches the main body. This really makes them stand out. The pattern is given in two sizes and I think that is what is confusing some with the needle sizes. You will be using two different sizes of needles for one poncho and the other size needles are listed next to the main size.

Wow! This Cozy Pocketed Knit Poncho is so perfect. From the color of yarn used, to the size of the collar, so perfect. The collar is just right not too close to the neck, the size and length of the poncho itself and the length of the sleeves is just so perfect giving a very stylish and chic look to this knit project. I wish I can knit! So beautiful.

Tried this craft? What did you think?

This looks like a simple poncho to knit. The instructions are straightforward. I like the loose neck and the pockets. I would put pockets on almost everything if I could. I like that the pockets are done in a coordinating color. The cooler weather is on the way so I have to get moving on this. Thank you.

i made this I found it very heavy to knit near the end but my niece loved it

What is better in the fall on a cool day? I think it will be this poncho. I am going to make a few up for football season. I like that idea that it is a quick knit with a nice bulky yarn. Never thought to put pockets on a poncho, but those will be so nice to keep your hands nice and cozy I love this entire pattern. And you can print it which is perfect!

am i misreading this pattern for the needle sizes for the uk 8us is that equal to 5 mm uk 17us is that equal to 12.75uk can anyone help please

The needle sizes are 8US, 17US or 5mm, 12.75mm or 6 and something bigger than 000 because there is no UK equivalent for the 17US that I could find on any knitting needle conversion chart.

I am such a sucker for ponchos. I LOVE THIS ONE! Jumbo yarn and size 17 needles... it will work up quick. Double moss stitch is easy. Just watch a video on it if you don't quite understand the instructions. I love the texture that double moss stitch give the fabric. And no seams to sew together. A real plus. Color selections for Red Heart Boutique Twilight are not numerous, but not confining either. Weight 7 is more plentiful now than in the past.

What a lovely poncho pattern, and a big hurray for no seams to sew when it's finished! It's also nice that instructions are given for two different sizes so you can get a better fit. Such a pretty color yarn used for this poncho, and the coordinating pockets are fabulous!

What a cute poncho for fall! Bonus points for the pockets and the lovely maroon color!

This is the first pattern I have seen that has pockets on a poncho! What a great idea and how convenient the pockets would be for keys and a tissue or two when going out for an evening stroll in the spring or fall. The poncho looks great in the color combination and wool.

Your double moss stitch is the same as the 2x2 are they different? Please update the directions.

Read the double moss stitch instructions again, I think you'll see that you're mis reading it.

I agree...the 2x2 ribbing and double moss stitch instructions are not the same.

I can see how it would look like that at first, but if you will notice, the difference is in which rows you work. For a double moss stitch, rows 1 and 4 are the same, while in the rib stitch, rows 1 and 3 are the same. Double moss breaks what would otherwise be a rib.


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