Lace Panel Knit Poncho

Lace Panel Knit Poncho
Lace Panel Knit Poncho

The Lace Panel Knit Poncho is a quick and easy way to spice up your wardrobe without much effort. This knit poncho is simply two rectangles with an easy, lace stitch center section for visual interest. Knitters of all skill levels will surely love working up this stylish and visually striking design from start to finish.

Choose either a vivid or subtle shade and bring your poncho to life with ease. This is the perfect layering piece on chilly days when you don't want to wear a jacket. Once you complete this free knitted poncho pattern, you'll quickly come to appreciate the versatility of this wardrobe addition.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge16 sts = 4" [10 cm]; 32 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Garter stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Materials List

  • RED HEARTĀ® UnforgettableĀ®: 5 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8) balls 1975 Gossamer
  • Susan BatesĀ® Circular Knitting Needle: 5.5mm [US 9], 32" [81cm] long
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle


Directions are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X and 3X are in parentheses.

Finished Width: 40 (42, 44, 46, 48, 50)" [101.5 (106.5, 112, 117, 122, 127) cm]
Finished Length: 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25)" [51 (53.5, 56, 58.5, 61, 63.5) cm]


Poncho is knit from bottom edge to top edge. Front and Back are worked the same. Pieces are worked back and forth in rows. Circular needle is used to accommodate large number of stitches

Pattern Stitches

Lace Stitch (worked over 41 stitches)
Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7 (Right Side): [(Ssk, yo) 4 times, k8] twice, (ssk, yo) 4 times, k1.
Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8: K1, (p7, k9) twice, p7, k1.
Rows 9, 11, 13, and 15: K1, [k8, (yo, k2tog) 4 times)] twice, k8.
Rows 10, 12, 14, and 16: (K9, p7) twice, k9.
Repeat Rows 1-16 for Lace st.

Special Abbreviations

ssk: (1 st decrease) Slip next two stitches knitwise to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop.

Back and Front (Make 2)

Cast on 161 (169, 177, 185, 193, 201) sts. Work 8 rows in Garter Stitch (knit every row).
Next Row (Right Side): K60 (64, 68, 72, 76, 80), place marker, beginning with Row 1, work Lace st over next 41 sts, place marker, k60 (64, 68, 72, 76, 80) sts.
Next Row: Knit to first marker, slip marker, work Row 2 of Lace st, slip marker, knit to end.
Keeping side panels in Garter st and center 41 sts in Lace st, work until piece measures 19 (20, 21, 22, 23, 24)" [48 (51, 53.5, 56, 58.5, 61) cm] from beginning, end with Row 8 or Row 16 of Lace st.
Work 8 rows in Garter Stitch.
Bind off loosely


Sew Front and Back pieces together along top edge, leaving center 12" [30.5 cm] open for neck.
Measures and mark 12 (13, 14, 15, 16, 17)" [30.5 (33, 35.5, 38, 40.5, 43) cm] down from top edge along each side edge for armholes. Mark 4" [10 cm] up from bottom edge along each side edge. Sew remaining 4" [10 cm] between markers closed for sides. Weave in ends.

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yarn over
work directions in brackets the number of times specified
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work directions in parenthesis the number of times specified

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I really hate sewing anything in knitting and despise seams in ponchos, so I am going to make it in one piece by casting off the 12" open for head and then casting the stitches back on with the next row.

I had just thought it might be kind of neat to do a poncho with some fan and feather stitch and then I found this pattern. It's not a true fan and feather but it has that same visual effect. I can't wait to get it cast!

Even a beginning learner could do this pattern. And it is a good way to introduce yourself to lace knitting. I have made tops with the center in a lace pattern and they look lovely. I receive lots of compliments. You could also be adventurous and use a different color for the center panels. With such a simple, basic pattern you really can experiment and as long as you keep count of your basic stitches you should be OK. I don't think the top photo really shows off the poncho but it is a free pattern and does give an idea of how it will look when finished. Thank you.


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