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Cozy Shoulders Poncho Pattern

This gorgeous, easy knit poncho can be worn around your shoulders or as a cowl!

Cozy Shoulders Poncho
Cozy Shoulders Poncho
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Have you ever seen a poncho pattern that can also be worn as a cowl? Now, you have! This Cozy Shoulders Poncho Pattern isn't just classic and simple, it's also versatile. With this pattern, learn how to knit a poncho that can do what little others can and transform itself into the perfect cold weather accessory. You can wear this poncho in the spring and summer as a topper to your tank top, and then in the fall and winter as a chill-chaser on your neck. This two-in-one poncho is a real life-saver!


Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge14 sts = 4" [10 cm]; 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Welt stitch.

Finished Size45" [114 cm] circumference x 16.5" [42 cm] long.

Materials List

  • RED HEART® With Love® Stripes™: 2 balls 1975 Sandbar Stripe
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needle: 6.5mm [US 10 1/2], 24" [60cm] long
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle


Welt Stitch (worked in the round):

Rounds 1-3: Knit.
Rounds 4-6: Purl.

Repeat Rounds 1-6 for Welt st.


Cast on 156 sts. Join to work in rounds, taking care not to twist sts. Place marker for beginning of round.

Beginning with Round 1, repeat Rounds 1-6 for Welt st until piece measures 8" [20.5 cm] from beginning, ending with Round 6.

  1. Shape Shoulders:

    Decrease Round: (K2, k2tog) around – 117 sts.

    Continue in Welt st until piece measures 12" [30.5 cm] from beginning, ending with Round 6.

    Decrease Round: (K1, k2tog) around – 78 sts.

    Continue in Welt st until piece measures 16 1/2" [42 cm] from beginning, ending with Round 3.

  2. Stretchy Bind-Off:

    Bind off Row: K2, *insert left needle into front of 2 sts on right needle (from the left), k2tog through the back loop, k1; repeat from * around until all sts have been bound off. Fasten off last stitch.


Weave in ends. Block lightly, if desired.


knit 2 together
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work directions in parentheses the number of times specified
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This such an easy pattern, yet it looks so elegant. I like it because you can add it to any outfit, even to a coat and it will look nice. An extra layer in the winter is always welcome. It can be worn in and outdoors. It also can be done in several colors, a good stash buster. Thank you.


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