Here is a crochet granny stitch square poncho pattern to help keep you comfy in the upcoming spring and summer weather. Between the cotton and open stitch pattern, this crocheted poncho allows for a nice breeze to prevent you from overheating in the warmer weather, while adding a nice touch of warmth.
Best of all, this free crochet pattern is mindless once you get past the first few rounds. The stitches are worked into the chain two spaces, which allows for easy stitch placement. Hence, it’s the perfect pattern to work on while watching TV.
You can wear this granny poncho over a long-sleeved shirt or even a jacket to keep you warm in the spring. And in the summer, it makes for a lovely beach cover, or a cozy wrap for the cooler summer evenings. And it’s lightweight, so it’s easy to pack without taking up all that much space.
This crochet poncho is like a cozy blanket that you wear over the shoulders. Really, it’s just a big granny square blanket with an opening for pulling over your head. And the four corners give it a luxurious flare at the bottom. It’s simple, yet elegant and perfect for any occasion!
As for color choices, I did mine in a solid color, but the granny stitch is beautiful if worked in many different colors. You have the choice of changing colors after each round, or whether you want to work it in blocks of colors. Colors are easy to change at the joining slip stitch of each round. You have the choice to fasten off, or you can carry your yarn up at each round.
Regardless of what you choose, I’m sure the poncho will come out looking great!
The Stitch Pattern for the Granny Poncho
For this crochet pattern, I used the granny stitch, but with a few chains in between the double crochets to give you a nice open lace for the summer, or for any season. The poncho is started at the neckline and worked down, making it super easy to crochet this to any length that you like.
The first round is worked with single crochet stitches. Then the granny stitch is worked with three double crochet stitches and a chain two throughout the pattern. The poncho is increased at each corner to maintain a nice square shape. Then for the final round, another round of single crochets are worked.
The entire pattern is worked from the right, so you have a nice clean fabric on the right side.
Instructions are given for one size, adult small-medium. But basic instructions are provided on how to modify the neckline for a custom fit by increasing or decreasing the starting chains. As for the length, you simply continue to crochet until you have reached a desired length from child to adult.
Choose DK Cotton Yarn for a Summer Poncho
I used a DK weight yarn called Nurture by Euro Baby with a 4 mm hook size. It’s a soft textured cotton, and results in a beautiful drape for the poncho. It is perfect for summer projects, baby projects and just about anything you have in mind. I purchased mine here at YarnCandyBargains.
The yarn works well with a 4 mm crochet hook. And yarn that works with the hook, or gives you a similar gauge should work to substitute.
With that said, you could probably substitute with just about any yarn as the poncho is easy to adjust to accommodate a different yarn. For the winter, choose an acrylic or even a wool material to help keep you warmer.
Just remember that you want to have a nice drape for the poncho, so keep that in mind if you make substitutions.
Blocking the Crocheted Simple Granny Square Poncho
You will definitely want to block this poncho to bring out the pretty stitches. Not only that, blocking also helps to improve the drape!
To block this, I wet mine down and then laid it flat on the floor on a blanket and let it dry. You can use pins to hold it in place as it dries. It’s a big square project, so you need a lot of space in the middle or off to the side of the room to give you enough space for blocking.
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Crochet Granny Stitch Square Poncho Pattern
- Yarn: Nurture by Euro Baby (100% Cotton Yarn (DK #3) 3.52oz/100g – 219yds/200m) – 5 skeins
- Crochet Hook: G 4.00mm
- Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.
- Gauge: 8 sc = 2".
- Finished Size: Neck circumference is approximately 25". From neckline down is about 19". The poncho is worked in the round like a square blanket with a hole (neck opening) in the middle. Each side measures approximately 45" after blocking.
- This poncho pattern is easy to adjust in size from neckline to the final length.
- The neckline is adjusted in a multiple of 20. Then make necessary adjustments in Rnd 2 for the corners to be evenly spaced out.
- Ch 100 (or any multiple of 20) join with sl st in back bump of first ch making sure there are no twists in ch.
- Rnd 1: Ch 1, working into back bumps, sc in same ch as join and into each ch around; join with sl st in first sc. [100 sts]
- Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does not count as st, now and throughout pattern), (3 dc, ch 2) twice in same st as join (first corner made), *[sk next 4 sts, (3 dc, ch 2) in next st] 4 times; sk next 4 sts**, (3 dc, ch 2) twice in next st; rep from * around ending last rep at **; join with sl st in first dc. [72 dc and 24 ch-2 sps]
- Rnd 3: Sl st into next 2 sts and into ch-2 sp, ch 2, [3 dc, ch 2,] twice in same ch-2 sp, *[3 dc, ch 2] in next ch-2 sp and into each sp up to corner ch-2 sp**; [3 dc, ch 2] twice in next corner ch-2 sp; rep from * around ending last rep at **; join with sl st in first dc. [84 dc and 28 ch-2 sps]
- Rnds 4-32: Rep Rnd 3 until you have reached a desired length.
- Rnd 33: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and into next 2 sts, *3 sc in corner ch-2 sp, [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in ch-2 sp] rep up to corner; then rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc. [724 sc] Fasten Off.
- Block to dimensions below. To block, simply wet the poncho down and stretch it out over a blocking mat, a big blanket, or even a few towels. Pin the edges in place with rust-proof pins and allow to dry completely.
- So there you have it. If you need it longer, you can always continue to do more rounds until it's the desired length.