Free knitting patterns for cape style ponchos with open fronts. Many of the patterns are free.
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Wrap knit as a rectangle of 2 row repeat Fisherman's Rib and then fastened in front to make a capelet. Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Berroco Design Team.
Collared capelet poncho with folded over collar and lace ruffle knit sideways in garter stitch and shaped with short rows. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Tracey Withanee.
Versatile cape knit with a 6 row repeat lace pattern. Button in front to make a poncho or button to make sleeves to create a shrug. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Monica Russel.
Poncho opened at front and sides knit with an 8 row repeat Herringbone Lace Rib. DK, Aran weight yarn. Designed by Noro.
Top-Down Raglan Capelet
Cape poncho with collar buttoned at the yoke with eyelet lace panels and ridged eyelet trim in contrasting colors. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Patricia Oakley.
Aran Wrap Poncho
Cabled buttoned front ruana style poncho with collar buttoned in front with Ensign Braid Cables, Puff Stitch on a 4 row texture background. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Nazanin Fard for Red Heart.
Top Down Button Front Capelet
Cape style poncho with collar buttoned in front. Sizes To Fit Bust: 71cm/28in to 157cm/62in. Bulky yarn. Designed by Bernat.
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Cape style poncho knit flat with a color that is picked up and fastened with ties. I would use I-cord for the ties instead of the crochet in the in instructions. Bulky yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
Cape style poncho knit top-down construction, with a four-button front closure, an expanding garter stitch section framed by traveling twisted-stitch cables showcasing the center back, and twisted-stitch ribbing at the hem. Sizes 38.5 (41, 44.5, 47, 50.5)”. DK yarn. Designed by Bonnie Dean.
Easy button front cape style poncho knit with a 2 row repeat slip stitch rib. Sizes X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and 1X/2X. Aran yarn. Designed by Berroco Design Team.
Button front cardigan style poncho with a 6 row repeat cable and rib pattern, double breasted front with shawl collar. 2 sizes. Worsted yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
Quick Knit Capelet
Button front cape style poncho knit flat in garter rib with a collar. No picking up stitches. Quick knit in Super Bulky yarn. Designed by Heather Lodinsky.
This poncho from Purl Soho features a woven slip stitch texture with overlapping front, turtleneck and arm holes.
This swingy poncho features armholes, fringe, and an open front that’s tied off at the neck with seed stitch bands. From the Berroco Design Team. Shoulder circumference – 43½(48-52½- 57)”
Patterns for Purchase
Wynter Chill Hooded Cape
Buttoned front poncho cape with generous hood and a unique feature -- the optional inside cowl that is very easily knitted into the garment. Providing additional warmth, the inner cowl is buttoned on the side which allows a smooth seamless appearance. 5 Sizes. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by WomanOnTheWater
Cape or Poncho with T-Rex inspired short sleeves knit with a combination of two-color brioche and garter stitch adds another texture and color dimension to the pattern. 5 Sizes. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Susanne Sommer. Available in English and German
No longer free. Cardigan style poncho with zigzag stepped stripes and open front. Seam sides for cardigan style or leave sides open for a ruana style wrpa. Size Small - 2XL. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Mary Maxim. A kit is also available
Buttoned front poncho with collar that looks like it's a 2 row repeat. Sizes Size Small/Medium, Large/X-large. Great showcase for self-striping yarn. DK weight yarn. Designed by Mary Maxim
Weekend Cocoon Jacket
Poncho Cape worked in a textured stitch pattern and wide braided cables along the front/neck opening. Constructed of three rectangles seamed together. SizesX-Small (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX- Large). Great showcase for multicolored yarn. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Sandi Prosser
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El Matador Cape
Can be worn loose like a poncho but also has buttons to create sleeves.