Short poncho knitting patterns to keep your neck and shoulders warm. Many of the patterns are free. Updated 10/4/22
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Level 2 Poncho
Quick poncho capelet knit in the round with easy textures. Rated easy by Ravelrers. 2 Sizes. Quick knit in Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand Yarn.
Top-down poncho capelet that’s knit in the round with a cowl neck. 5 Sizes Lower Edge – 49 (52, 55½, 59, 62¾)". Designed by Berroco Design Team. Bulky weight yarn.
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Color Blocked Shoulder Cozy
Cropped poncho with cables for a cozy high neckline, a little lace in the bodice, and stripes. The pattern provides you both written and charted instructions. Designed by Kathy Owens. Aran weight yarn.
Cowgirl Blues Poncho
Cropped poncho shrug knit in stockinette with a 2 row repeat rib variation that looks like it might be mistake rib. Designed as Outlander Shrug by cowgirlblues. DK weight yarn.
Slipped Stitch Cape
Easy cropped poncho knit in stockinette with a 4 row repeat slipped stitch texture. Designed by Elizabeth Fallone for Estelle Yarns. Chunky weight yarn.
Just Enough Cape
Easy cropped poncho with ribbed collar knit in the round from the bottom up. No picking up stitches. Designed by Kimberly K. McAlindin. Aran weight yarn.
Into The Woods Ponchette
Buttoned cropped poncho with cabled trees and forest streams. This versatile cape can be worn with trees or streams in front for different looks. Designed by Nicky Epstein for Cascade Yarns. Worsted weight yarn.
Short poncho or shoulder cozy with a cable band at the bottom and ribbed turtleneck. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Sizes XS/L, XL/5XL. Designed by Patons. Bulky weight yarn.
More Free Patterns
Sophia Leaf Capelet
Buttoned poncho with a leaf lace on front. Designed by Emma Wright for West Yorkshire Spinners. DK weight yarn.
Poncho with with diamond cable and lace panel. Knit in the round from the top down so length can be extended. Sizes S (M) L (XL) Designed by Rachel Søgaard for Filcolana. Super Bulky weight yarn.
Braided Cable Hug
Cabled capelet or shoulder cozy worked flat sideways with a ribbed neckline. Designed by Jami Brynildson. Bulky weight yarn.
Hug Sneed Poncho
Cropped poncho with a generous cowl neck that can be pulled up over your head as a hood. Features an 8 round repeat lace pattern at bottom. Sizes M/L (L/XL) Designed by Shannon Dunbabin for Cascade Yarns. Fingering weight yarn.
Route 66 Poncho
Poncho is worked from the top down with a funnel neck and a striking yet easy slip-stitch border! Sizes S/M, L/XL Designed by The Noble Thread. Super Bulky weight yarn.
Winter's Dream Poncho
Cropped poncho with a cowl neck and an 8 round repeat lace pattern at bottom and sides. Sizes S (M, L, XL) Designed by Kelly Forster for Cascade Yarns. Aran weight yarn.
Poncho is worked from the top down with a turtleneck and yoke knit in simple but bold geometric stranded patterns. Designed by Dianna Walla. DK weight yarn.
Cabled capelet with ribbed cowl neck. Designed by Berroco Design Team
Designed by Luise Bjerre, this lace cape or poncho drapes beautifully. S (M) L (XL)
Patterns for Purchase
No longer free. Cropped poncho or shoulder cozy with chevron texture pattern. Designed by Debbie Bliss. Super Bulky weight yarn.
Cable and lace poncho knit from the bottom, flat, with a single seam, or could be modified to knit in the round if desired. Sizes 28-32, 34-38, 40-44, 46-50. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Carol Sunday.
Poncho shoulder cozy with dramatic lengthwise cables and cable bordered hood. 3 Sizes. Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by tiny owl knits.
Cropped poncho or shoulder knit with a lace motif bordered by moss stitch. Designed by Debbie Bliss. Super Bulky weight yarn.
Graceful pullover capelet in cables and lace. Designed by Monika Sirna
The Royal Wave
Lace shoulder hug capelet or short poncho, with only one increase round, knit in the round. Designed by Belinda Harris-Reid. Fingering weight yarn.
Sophisticated, cropped poncho knit from the neck down with an attached neckband with a twist. Designed by Amy Christoffers for Berroco.
Zoe Lace Poncho
Versatile lace poncho with a lace pattern inspired by the beautiful white strap dress Zoe wears at the end of the movie Serenity. There are 2 sizes, which are more about the amount of drapiness you like rather than fit. The pattern includes full written instructions and charts. Designed by Kimberly Golynskiy.
Cropped poncho reaches just to the shoulders, with some gorgeous cable details and cosy rolled neck. Sizes To Fit Bust: 82-86cm to 102-107cm. DK weight yarn. Designed by Debbie Bliss.