These stylish modern ponchos are quicker and easier ways to add a warm layer to your wardrobe for use year-round. Many are just one or two knit pieces seamed together. Updated 5/26/23
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1 Piece Broken Cables Poncho
Poncho knit flat in 1 piece in a 16 row cable pattern with just 2 cable rows on stockinette. Sizes S/M (L/XL, 1X/2X). Rated easy by the designer. DK weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
Lynne Vogel’s Denizen is an asymmetrical poncho with a lace panel flanked by sideways knitted stockinette panels and finished with crochet. She provides instructions for “crocheting” with knitting needles. .
Leaf Lace Poncho
Poncho knit flat in 2 pieces in a 14 row lace pattern and seamed. DK weight yarn. Designed by Melissa Leapman. This pattern was featured in Season 10 of Knit and Crochet Now! and is free with registration at Annie’s
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Cable Poncho With Tassels
Pullover poncho knit in the round with a 10 row cable and finished with luxurious fringe. The pattern looks easy to me. Designed by Lea Petäjä for Novita. Aran weight yarn.
Chatsworth Cable Poncho
Pullover poncho with an 8 row cable on one half and ribbing on the other half, finished with ribbed turtleneck. Designed by Vladimir Teriokhin for Lion Brand. Aran weight yarn.
Easy Boat Neck Poncho
Easy poncho pattern is knit sideways in a 2-row 4-stitch repeat that looks great in multi-color yarn. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. 5 sizes from small to xx-large. Designed by Michele Maks for Red Heart.
Cabled capelet with ribbed cowl neck. Designed by Berroco Design Team
Cascade Topper Poncho
Love the color blocking in this poncho that is knit as two rectangles that are sewn together with stitches picked up for the color. Designed by Brian Smith
Lorna Miser’s easy poncho features double moss stitch, a ribbed cowl collar, and two pockets. Quick knit in Super Bulky Yarn.
Julie Farmer’s lightweight poncho with lace panel is knit in just one piece and then joined at one shoulder while binding off. Pictured project by the designer. The project on the pattern page is in variegated yarn but I thought the solid showed off the lace better.
Blanket Poncho and Bag
This poncho from Patons features cables and turtleneck, and comes with a matching pattern for a purse.
More Free Patterns
This poncho from Purl Soho features a woven slip stitch texture with overlapping front, turtleneck and arm holes.
Reversible Brioche Poncho
Stunning turtleneck poncho by ABC Knitting Patterns. SIZE: S/M, L/XL, 2X/3X
This easy fringed poncho from Lana Grossa features a mitered pattern formed by 2 decrease stitches in the center.
Fair Isle Poncho & Arm Warmers
Matching set of poncho and mitts by Diane Moyer
Easy and fast poncho knits up quickly in jumbo yarn on size 15 needles. The garter lace pattern is a simple 4 stitch 1 row repeat in Cathy Payson’s design.
Berroco designed this split cowl neck poncho that is knit in two pieces.
Cabled and Collared Poncho
A quick project knit with two strands of yarn together on big needles. Some knitters at Ravelry changed the collar to a turtleneck or left the collar off completely.
This ethereal poncho by Emily Nora O’Neil for Berroco uses three alternating yarns to create a soft and beautiful, lace fabric.
Boat Neck Poncho
This easy beginner pattern by Cathy Payson for Red Heart features super bulky yarn, a simple shape and easy stitch pattern to make a quick fashion statement.
On the Prowl Poncho
This fun fur poncho from Universal Yarn features a ribbed collar. Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Cozy Up Poncho
Rectangular poncho with buttoned sides is knit in a 2 row repeat broken rib stitch. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.
Tri-Color Lace Poncho
The Summer Poncho is designed by Susan Whitmore
Patterns for Purchase
Cabled poncho knit flat in 1 piece with a no-purl option. Worked in mainly stockinette with a dramatic cabled border, knit-in fringe and a cozy collar that can button up as a cowl. Written instructions or charts. Worsted weight. Designed by Carol Sunday
High Plains Poncho
Poncho knit in 2 pieces with zigzag eyelet pattern. 2 sizes available S/M and L/XL with finished measurements laid flat: 32(34)”/81(86.25)cm at widest point, 22(24)”/56(60)cm from neckline to hem. Worsted weight. Designed by Melissa Schaschwary
One piece poncho with an overall texture and celtic cable and other cables along edge. This poncho is knit flat as a long rectangle with one side finished with an i-cord, then folded, sides sewn together and neck trim added. Instructions are written and charted. DK weight. Designed by Paulina Popiolek
Knotted Chain Poncho
This classic poncho with innovate 3-D detail is knit bottom-up in a single rectangular piece with no provisional cast-on, no cable needle, no grafting and no sewing. DK weight. Designed by Ronnie Eldridge
Versatile poncho is a quick knit in super bulky yarn.
Lace Sampler Poncho
Customizable sampler stitch poncho.
El Matador Cape
Can be worn loose like a poncho but also has buttons to create sleeves.
Scarlet Sage Poncho
With its slipped stitches and lace work, this poncho is made simply by knitting a rectangle and seaming a portion of one side.
Easy beginner level poncho pattern with cowl neck and two front pockets. To fit: S (M, L). Recommended yarn on pattern page.
Toasty Asymmetrical Knitted Poncho With Cowl Collar
This poncho features a firm, dense and luxuriously deep texture stitch that never sags out of shape. There is a crocheted edge but you could probably replace it with a knit edge.