Instructions for a Knit Poncho

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Things You'll Need

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Straight knitting needles, size 10
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Yarn needle

Ponchos appear and reappear frequently in fashion trends; this loose-fitting, flowing garment makes a satisfying project for those who enjoy knitting. You can make the poncho from chunky weight wool to fight off cold weather, or from a shimmery lace-weight yarn for a light and airy version, perfect for dressy occasions. The difficulty level depends on the stitches used, making this garment a good choice for any level of knitter.


Cast on 30 stitches.

Knit 10 stitches. Then yarn over and knit the next two stitches together. Repeat the last two stitches -- yarn over and knit two together or k2tog -- four more times. Knit the final 10 stitches, then turn.

Knit every stitch across.

Repeat the previous two rows until your knitted piece is approximately 5 feet long, or until desired length, and bind off.

Lay your knitting flat, with one long side facing toward you. Grab the lower left-hand corner and the upper right-hand corner (these are on opposite diagonal ends of the knitting) and slide together so they meet. Do not twist your knitting as you do this. Pin the two corners together.

Start at the pinned-together corners and straighten out the short bound-off edge that is now in the center of the poncho's neck hole, so that it lies flat against the long side next to it. Pin every few inches to hold the two edges together. The poncho now features a rounded neck and lower hem on one side, and has a v-neck and a single point on the other side, which will hang down when worn.

Stitch these two edges together using the yarn needle and a length of yarn, being sure to stitch it so that it lies flat. Tie off loose ends and trim any yarn tails.


  • If you desire a poncho that hangs lower all the way around, increase the number of stitches worked. You can add stitches to either the garter stitch (all stitches knitted) sections, or to the yarn over section in the middle. If adding to the yarn over section, be sure to keep the final stitch count an even number.

    Before binding off, you may want to pin the poncho together and try it on, to determine if it has the desired looseness and drape. If necessary, you can add or subtract from the 5 foot length of the knitted piece to make it larger or smaller.