Soft and Sophisticated Poncho


Soft and Sophisticated Poncho

Say hello to your new autumn go-to. 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. This beautiful free knitting pattern is a versatile knit that's great for layering over t's, sweaters, and more. Treat yourself to this gorgeous autumn knit and wait for the compliments to pour in.


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)


  • Simply Soft Paints (113 g/4. oz;190 m/208 yds)
    Main Color (MC) Sticks Stones (0009)
    Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL - 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 balls
  • Size US 10.5 (6.5 mm) circular needle, 30"/76 cm long or size to obtain gauge
  • Size US 10.5 (6.5 mm), 24"/60 cm long
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Yarn needle


GAUGE = In Eyelet Stockinette 14 sts and 20 rows = 4"/10cm



XS    32" (81.5 cm)
S    34" (86.5 cm)
M    36" (91.5 cm)
L    38" (96.5 cm)
XL    40" (101.5 cm)
2XL    42" 106.5 cm)

XS    20" (51 cm)
S    21" (53.5 cm)
M    22" (56 cm)
L    23" (58.5 cm)
XL    24" (61 cm)
2XL    25" (63.5 cm)


co = cast on
K = knit
|P = purl
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side





Eyelet Stockinette Stitch (even number)
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 & all WS rows: Purl.
Row 3: K1, (yo, k2tog) across, end k1.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: Purl. 
Rep Rows 1-6 for Eyelet Stockinette st.

Garment is knit in once piece beginning with lower back, working up and over the shoulders and down the front.
Garment is knit back and forth on long circular needle to accommodate the large number of sts.

Soft and Sophisticated Poncho Chart



Using longer circular needle, CO 112 (120, 126, 134, 140, 148) sts. Knit 4 rows.
Next row (RS): K6, place marker, work in Eyelet Stockinette St to last 6 sts, place marker, k6.
Continue working in pattern, keeping 6 sts at each end in knit every row. Work even until back measures 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25)” / 51 (53.5, 56, 58.5, 61, 63.5)cm, ending with a WS row.

Shape Neck
Next row (RS): Work in pattern across 40 (44, 47, 51, 54, 58) sts, join second ball of yarn and BO center 32 sts for back neck, continue across rem 40 (44, 47, 51, 54, 58) sts with second ball of yarn. Working both sides at the same time with separate balls of yarn, continue in pattern and CO 2 sts at each neck edge 4 times—48 (52, 55, 59, 62, 66) sts.
Next row (RS): Work in pattern across to center, CO 16 sts for back edge, then continue across all sts with same ball of yarn; cut second ball—112 (120, 126, 134, 140, 148) sts.



Work even in pattern until front measures .75” /2cm less than back. Knit 4 rows. BO loosely

Neck Edging
With right side face, using shorter circular needle, join yarn to back neck edge, then pick up and k32 sts across back neck, pick up and k10 sts along side front neck edge, 16 sts across center front neck edge and 10 sts along side front neck edge—68 sts. Place marker for beg of rnd. (Purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd) twice. BO loosely.



Using yarn needle, weave in ends.
Side seams
Fold garment in half at shoulder, even with back neck edge.
Measure 7 (7, 7, 6.5, 5,5, 4.5)” /18 (18, 18, 16.5, 14, 11.5)cm from side edges. Sew two seams 12”/30.5 cm up from lower edge.

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This looks like a simple poncho to make. I like the detail in it and I also like that it is not too long. Sometimes the bigger ponchos are just too heavy. I like something that I can layer over my clothes. This would be a good stash buster because you can mix the colors up. This should knit up quickly. Thank you.

I appreciate all of the comments below to help before I start the pattern. I am wondering what kinds of yarn everyone used? Cottons, wools, variegated, plain. I am having a hard time deciding what I want to do and would take some advice. Thank you in advance!

The yarn specified for the project is an acrylic, whenever possible you should always use the yarn specified in a pattern. I know it can be exciting to find a new project and imagine all the great yarns that you could make it in, but the pitfall with that is that not all yarns are created equal and changing the fibre content can alter the project entirely, due to loss of drape and shrinkage afterwards.

What a great poncho! I especially love that of the six rows of pattern, only the 3rd needs attention for the K1, (yo, k2tog) across, end k1. The others are knit on the right side and purl on the wrong side! I think this poncho is perfect for spring that is right round the corner!

I have just unpicked my first attempt at this. I had 16 sts to 4" on the sample using 5mm needles. When I checked the width after 5" because it looked very wide, I found it measured 50" on XL size. I am about to make another attempt!

I made two of these and I changed the pattern thru my eyes Row 1 (RS) Knit Row 2 (WS) Purl Row 3 Knit - Knit 1, YO across row - end Knit 1 Row 4 (WS) Knit across to make pattern RIDGE Row 5 (RS) Knit Row 6 (WS) Purl Rows 3,4,5 Are all knitted Here is my take on this - I just completed 2 of these Row 1 (RS) KnitRow 4

How did your K1, yo work? What I'm wondering is how it worked out, because k1, yo would almost double the stitches for the next row, doing K2tog, yo keeps the stitch count consistent, so how did you reduce back down to the correct amount of stitches on the needles?

Love your patterns, but it would be nice if the photos showed just a bit more like not just a partial view of the front. Also how can I measure a length to knit to when the pattern only says "knit to 42" BLOCKED"? I cant measure the blocked size until Its finished and blocked, by then its too late. Thanks.

When you see "blocked" gauge in pattern, what this means is that you block your gauge swatch and measure it after it is dry to determine the knit gauge after blocking, this will actually give a much more precise indication of the finished product size. I know this is really late, hope it helps someone, happy knitting.

So what's Row 4 for Soft Sophisticated Poncho's stockinette stitch? Anybody know? Rating? Great pattern. 1 row 4?! Eyelet Stockinette Stitch (even number) Row 1 (RS) Knit. Row 2 all WS rows Purl. Row 3 K1, (yo, k2tog) across, end k1. Row 5 Knit. Row 6 Purl. Rep Rows 1-6 for Eyelet Stockinette st. Read more at http// == d-Sophisticated-Poncho-from-CaronKLBbciBiFRujMF6I. == 99

Hi there, wendyjlang! All wrong side rows are purled, according to the very section of the pattern you just referenced. That includes row 4. I hope this helps! Happy knitting! -The Editors of AllFreeKnitting


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