Basic Summer Poncho Pattern


Basic Summer Poncho Pattern

This free poncho knitting pattern includes a simple two-row lace stitch that is as easy as it is stunning!

Basic Summer Poncho
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. To assemble your poncho, knit two rectangles and seam together as shown in the diagram below.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

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

Gauge18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stockinette st.

Materials List

  • Bernat Satin yarn: XS/M (L/2XL-3/5XL) (Solids: 100 g / 3.5 oz) 4 (5-6) balls OR (Ombres: 80 g / 2.8 oz) 5 (7-8) balls
  • Wide ribbon 50 ins [127 cm] long for Drawstring (optional).
  • Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge. ½ inch [1.5 cm]



XS/M 28-38 ins [71-96.5 cm]
L/2XL 40-50 ins [101.5 -127 cm]
3/5XL 52-62 ins [132-157.5 cm]
Finished length between neck edge and point
XS/M 22 ins [56 cm]
L/2XL 25 ins [63.5 cm]
3/5XL 30½ ins [77.5 cm]


(Make 2 pieces alike).
Cast on 62 (70-86) sts.
Knit 4 rows, noting that first row is WS.
Proceed as follows:
1st row: (WS). K3. Purl to last 3 sts. K3.
2nd row: K2. *K2. yfwd. K2tog. K2. Sl1. K1. psso. yfwd. Rep from * to last 4 sts. K4.
Rep last 2 rows until work from beg measures 27 (29-33) ins [68.5 (73.5-84) cm], ending with WS facing for next row. Knit 4 rows. Cast off.


Sew cast off edge of one piece to the side
of other piece as shown in Diagram.

Ribbon Drawstring
(optional): Starting at center front, thread ribbon along neck edge. Tie into a bow at center.

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I tried to knit this poncho. Unfortunately pattern instruction is not same as the image in the picture. I will appreciate if you please post the adject pattern as in picture. Thank you!

Hi rameshgoswami, we checked the pattern here against the source pattern and concluded that it is, in fact, the same pattern as the image. If you are having specific trouble knitting this poncho, we recommend contacting Yarnspirations directly about the 'Bernat Poncho.' Happy knitting! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Are there any garter or stockinette rows after knitting four rows of pattern?

No, this is a two row repeat with 4 knit rows at the beginning and end of each piece.

I was so excited to knit this poncho. I used a 99% acrylic/1% metallic medium 4 yarn. Its so pretty but I cannot get it to not curl. So disappointing. A lot of time down the drain. Any suggestions other than rip it out? I crocheted a row around it with no success.

Stockinette stitch always curls, it is a natural occurrence with that stitch pattern, blocking it aggressively should help.

I love the yellow yarn that was chosen to make this poncho. It reminds me of Spring and Easter all in one piece. It is much too warm where I live to have this as a basic summer accessory, but right now is the perfect time of the year for us to have / wear one of these beautiful ponchos.

What is yfwd?

Hello igmacdonald 087848 7, "yfwd" stands for "yarn forward." Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

and yarn forward is just another way to say yarn over (YO).

This poncho is really cute. As popular as ponchos are, I wish i could find some different patterns. This one will be really nice for spring and summer. I can't wait to start it!

What a great offer. It's easy, fast and you have offered it in so many sizes! I have many friends I wish to make things like this for and not all of us are in the slim sizes. This is going to be used a lot for presents. It's light weight and as I live in Florida we can use it all year long. Thank you so much.

Could you please explain how the stiches between the asterisks are supposed to add up to 8 stiches? K2. yfwd. K2tog. K2. Sl1. K1. psso. yfwd. Rep from From what I can tell it will be 2 (K2) 2 (yfwd K2tog) 2 (K2) 1 (Sl1 K1 psso) ? (yfwd) = 7ish?

It does come out to 8. K2=2 sts, yfwd = 1 sts, K2tog = 1 sts, K2=2sts, sl1 K1 Psso= 1 sts, yfwd= 1 sts. 211211= 8 sts. It can be confusing because your increases and decreases on the same row cancel each other out. Hope this helps someone.

could you please explain what does 1 st row i have not knitted the poncho yet but could you please explain was does WS row mea

WS means "wrong side" of work, RS means the "right side" of work- the side you see when you wear it.

Well, AllFreeKnitting, you did it again. I had been hoping, for several months, to find a summer poncho pattern. My near 90 y/o mother will have no problem puting on or taking off this poncho! She enjoys sitting outside, and this poncho is the perfect item for her to have.

What does WS mean

wrong side.

I am having a problem with pattern, it keeps coming out on an angle, I have tried different yarn and it still is the same. Hope you can help me.

So, Is yarn forward the same as if you were doing a yarn over before a purl stitch?

Yfwd is just an ordinary yarn over.

Accidentally hit "no" on helpful (screen jump). SORRY! This was quite helpful!!

Hi everyone! PSSO means 'pass slipped stitch over'. So if you slip one stitch, then knit one, you are going to pass the slipped stitch back over the knit one. In regards to yfwd, it's like a backwards yarn over. When making a knit stitch, bring the yarn to the opposite side of your needles but knit into the stitch like you normally would. Hope this helps! editors of AllFreeKnitting

what does 'psso' mean?

I would like to know what WS and yfwd means in this pattern. I do not know these terms?

Wrong side & right side

ws = wrong side and yfwd = yarn forward (bring it to the side of the knitting closest to you as you would when making a purl stitch.

I like this pattern, but I wish it listed how many yards/meters of yarn are needed, instead of only listing ounces/grams.

Any time I see a pattern that doesn't list how much yarn you need, I look up the brand and it will usually tell you how many yards comes with a skein of that brand. For this pattern, it is 200 yds per skein for solids and 160 yds for ombre :) Alltogether, at least 800 yards.

I still dont have an answer as to why I cant print any of your patterns.I would like to knit some of these patterns but not without a printed pattern. Please give me a reason.

Do you know how to copy and paste? Copy the pattern and paste it onto a Word document. Works for me!

What happens if you right click? When I right click I get options, including PRINT. I'm using Microsoft XP. Mittybel

why cant I print any of these patterns?

easy, quick and can look different depending on the yarn used...good for beginners...that is me!

Great for too cold places!

How can I just save the pattern?

log in and on the top hit save....if you do not have an account, it's easy to get signed up..then you can save whatever...


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