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Perfect Poncho Patterns: 20+ Free Knitting Patterns to Keep You Cozy

These knit poncho patterns are incredibly versatile. Find the style that speaks to you!

By: Samantha McVeigh, Editor,
Updated February 08, 2018
Perfect Poncho Patterns

Creating a unique and fashionable style doesn't have to be difficult and you don't have to be a model to pull it off. Sweaters and jackets are the usual go-to garments when you want to stay warm in fall and spring, but knit poncho patterns are a fantastic choice for those who want to add a touch of pizzazz to their cooler weather wardrobe.

Perfect Poncho Patterns: 20+ Free Knitting Patterns to Keep You Cozy contains some of the best knitting patterns for anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to make a poncho. Whether you love easy knitting patternscable knitting, or are looking to make a stunning piece for any outfit, there are several patterns in this collection that you are going to love. The hardest part will be deciding which to create first.
Looking for something a little smaller than a full size poncho? No problem. We've included some of our favorite knitting patterns to teach you how to make a cape or capelet that will add a sense of elegance and mystery to your favorite outfit. Little touches such as a cape or poncho are what pull together any ensemble as they are perfect for both hanging out at home or going out on a Saturday night.

Be unique and catch everyone's eye when you wear these glamorous pieces, and when people compliment it, you'll win them over even more when you say you made it yourself. These knit poncho patterns are sure to impress.

Easy Knitting Patterns for Ponchos

You don't have to be an expert to create exquisite ponchos. These easy knitting patterns can be made by even the most novice of knitters and are sure to impress anyone you show them off to.

  • Basic Summer Poncho

    Get the hang of poncho knitting with this simple pattern that features a basic poncho shape. With lines of lace constructed from delicate yarn, this is one of those free easy knitting patterns that begs to be worn during the summer.

  • Hi-Lo Poncho

    If you love crisp, cool days but are tired of reaching for the same old sweaters, try a poncho for a fresh twist on the old classic. Free knitting patterns for ladies like the Hi-Lo Poncho make great additions to any autumn wardrobe.

  • Shimmering Jade Knit Poncho

    We think this knit poncho pattern is as pretty as those jade gemstones found in our jewelry collections, and we love that this easy knitting pattern allows us to channel such a gorgeous color into our clothing.

  • Tranquil Dusk Poncho

    This easy poncho pattern uses self-striping yarn to achieve a design that looks like the sky as the sun dips beneath the horizon. The pattern is simple enough for even a beginner to manage it, and the Kidsilk yarn is so soft you're not going to want to take it off.

  • Cozy Pocketed Knit Poncho

    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.

  • Rustic Stripes Poncho

    This gorgeous knit poncho pattern is a wonderful way to create a warm, functional garment without dealing with the hassles of a knit sweater pattern. A good knit poncho pattern will satisfy your craving for comfort while offering you a polished finish.

  • Stylish Stripes Poncho

    This sleek and chic knit poncho pattern is sure to satisfy your fashion craving while offering extreme comfort and warmth. With no sleeves and less shaping to deal with, knit poncho patterns are a relaxing and rewarding knit.

  • Turtleneck Knit Poncho

    The deep purple of this piece is flattering on just about anybody, and looks just as great with a pair of jeans as it does with leggings or stockings. Wouldn't it be nice to have a poncho that looks good no matter what the season? 

Cable Knit Ponchos

Cable knitting is a fantastic way to add elegant detail to any pattern. These poncho patterns all include beautiful cable embellishments throughout so that they look absolutely stunning when you wear them.

  • Cozy Artisan Poncho

    The Cozy Artisan Poncho is not only gorgeously designed, it's an effortlessly elegant way to stay warm and cozy come fall. With no sleeves and less shaping to deal with, knit poncho patterns are a relaxing and rewarding knit.

  • Cozy Cabled Poncho

    This wonderfully warm knit poncho pattern features a delightful diamond cable and bobble stitch design and a comfy, over-sized fit. Buttoned at the sides for a blanket-like feel, this orchid-colored beauty is sure to grace your year-round wardrobe on chilly days and breezy nights.

  • Cozy Hooded Poncho

    This knit poncho pattern features a charming cable knit shawl with a fuzzy lined hood. The cables add a classic touch, while the lining makes it the perfect finishing touch for a holiday outfit.

How to Make a Cape

If a full poncho isn't quite your style, take a look at these impeccable cape patterns. Ranging in lengths from just around your shoulders to right above your ankle, there is a pattern in here for everyone no matter what your style.

  • Log Fire Cape

    Knit poncho patterns are attractive outerwear options for when you want to mix up your look. The Log Fire Cape is a unique cold weather alternative that will keep you warm in style.

  • Midnight Rendezvous Capelet

    Tip-toe behind alleys and hide yourself in the cloak of darkness in this mysterious knit cape pattern. The Midnight Rendezvous Capelet is a gorgeous cropped cape pattern with a button down front.

  • Snow White's Knit Cape

    You'll feel like you're in a fairytale when you wear Snow White's Lace Cape. For the experienced knitter, this cape goes stunning with a dress or jeans. This pattern is a lot of work, but it will pay off big time.

  • Merlot Hooded Cape

    Let your sorcerous side shine through with the Merlot Hooded Cape. Bewitching and mysterious, this knit cape pattern is perfect outfit for a clandestine meeting or for swooping around town.

  • Mixed Greens Capelet

    This beautiful knit poncho pattern is perfect for a breezy spring day or a cool summer night. This adorable capelet is adorned with two charming buttons at the neck for added style.

  • Swirly Striped Cape

    We know ponchos are trendy and functional pieces to have in your fall wardrobe, but we love them because they're just so much fun to wear. Swoop down the street in the gorgeous Swirly Striped Cape.

  • Urban Fairytale Cape

    Forget going into the woods, you'll be able to take on the concrete jungle when you wear the Urban Fairytale Cape. This gorgeous free knitting pattern shows you how to make a cape using a woven slip stitch knitting technique.

Other Stunning Poncho Patterns

If you're looking for a bit of a challenge, then here are some of our favorite striking poncho patterns for you to try. With a bit of patience and a meticulous disposition, you can create an ethereal looking garment that you will always want to wear.

  • Favorite Fall Poncho

    This cozy knit poncho pattern is sure to become your go-to autumn garment. A simply constructed body with a functional hood and decorative tasseled-fringe, the Favorite Fall Poncho is a must-knit for a number of reasons.

  • Soft and Sophisticated Poncho

    The Soft and Sophisticated Poncho is the perfect combination of sleek style and cozy comfort. This delicious knit poncho pattern features warm earth tones and an interesting stitch design for a look that's both fashion-forward, yet elegantly understated.

  • Glamorous Statement Poncho

    It's easy for a knit poncho to look cozy and homey, but hard for one to look absolutely fabulous. This Glamorous Statement Poncho does just that. The bulky yarn's golden sheen gives it an air of sophistication unseen in most knitting patterns.

  • Game Day Knit Poncho

    Get game day ready with this black and white striped poncho. The Game Day Knit Poncho is the perfect piece to throw on when you're going to watch a football game or simply running errands around town. The chic knitted poncho pattern is sure to make a statement.

  • Winter Goddess Poncho

    Channel your inner snow bunny in the Winter Goddess Poncho. This elegant knit poncho pattern proves that just because the weather is dreary, it doesn't mean your outfit has to be.

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