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37 Free Crochet Poncho Patterns and Capelets

Learn how to crochet a poncho you'll fall in love with.

By: Julia Litz, Editor,
Free Crochet Poncho Patterns

Wrap up in one of these free crochet poncho patterns or homemade capelets and stay warm all year long. The projects featured are pretty, delicate and sweet.

A crochet poncho pattern is perfect for the warmer summer months - you never know when the air conditioning will be on full blast or a cold breeze will sweep through. When that happens, you can rest assured that you'll remain comfortable and happy - all you need is a poncho or capelet. These are also great crafts to make and give as gifts. Best of all, you can easily adjust a poncho so it fits an adult, child, or someone in between.

Luckily, ponchos come in so many different styles, so you don't have to stick with one kind of pattern if you choose to make a bunch. Your favorite crochet capelets may be light and lacy or bulky and heavy - there's no one right or wrong way to make a crochet capelet or poncho. Learn how to crochet a poncho that's extra eye-catching and memorable - it'll become a wardrobe staple all year long.

Beginner Crochet Poncho Patterns

Start with the basics! These beginner friendly patterns don't require intricate stitch work like some of the lacy or bulky patterns below. Here you'll learn how to make a basic granny stitch poncho, or a totally plain poncho that looks lovely while still being easy to make.

Free Crochet Poncho Patterns

Ponchos aren't just meant for the rain. Throw one on over a casual outfit and show off your fashion sense or wear it with a more formal look for a touch of class. No matter what, a free crochet poncho pattern is always a smart choice. Best of all, you don't have to worry about leaving it behind when you get up from the table at dinner.

Lacy Crochet Poncho Patterns

If you adore lightweight accessories, look no further than this selection of lacy ponchos! Create breatheable garments that layer nicely over your clothes any time of year.

Chunky Crochet Poncho Patterns

Make a poncho using bulky or super bulky yarn! These patterns work up more quickly with a thicker yarn, and they'll be extra cozy for the winter months. If you haven't played with chunky yarn, you're in for a treat! Finish a project in no time at all with this lovely roundup.

Free Crochet Poncho Patterns for Children

Discover some of our favorite crochet poncho patterns for toddlers and older kids as well below! Here you have the freedom of colorplay when you crochet for kids.

Crochet Capelet Patterns

Crochet capelets toe the line between a shawl and a poncho. They often drape over your head like a poncho, but they're shorter, so they feel more like a shawl in terms of coverage. A cape crochet pattern can be a stunning addition to a formal outfit during winter, and they also look lovely as an accessory year round. Browse the collection of lovely capelets below.

Which do you prefer: shawls or ponchos?

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