ESC Cowl Poncho

ESC Cowl Poncho ~ FREE Crochet Pattern
ESC Cowl Poncho ~ FREE Crochet Pattern

Winter is almost over; at least that’s what I’m hoping for. And that means we can get rid of our big winter jackets and get into something a bit lighter when going out. You can opt for a spring jacket, or wear this poncho over a long-sleeved shirt to keep you warm. It has a nice cowl to keep your neck and shoulders nice and cozy. And it’s nice and long at the front and back, but opens nicely at the arms to give you more room to move around.

Or, wear it in the house too if you like. I bet it’ll be a comfy accessory while curling up on the couch.

The crocheted poncho pattern is available in four adult sizes; and in a multiple of 8, you can crochet this to basically any size that you need.

Pattern information:

Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft #4 – 3, (3, 4, 4) 6oz/170.1g – 315yds/288m skeins.
Crochet Hook: H/8-5.00mm, or any hook needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 5″ over 10 stitch repeats (esc, ch 1)

Finished Size: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large


Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
Esc = Extended Single Crochet
Fsc = Foundation Single Crochet
Rep = Repeat
Sk = Skip
Sl St = Slip Stitch
St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches

Notes & Special Stitch Instructions:

Instructions are given for X-Small. Sizes for Small, Medium, & Large are given in parenthesis.

Mark the middle two stitches at each increase point to ensure increases are made in the correct stitches.

Extended Single Crochet (ESC): Insert hook in stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through one loop, yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.

Pattern Instructions:

Rnd 1: FSC 72, (80, 88, 96), or any multiple of 8 to fit loosely around the neck.; join with sl st in first fsc being careful not to twist.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, (esc, ch 1) in same st as join, *sk next st, (esc, ch 1) in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first esc. [36, (40, 44, 48) sts].

Rnds 3-22: Ch 1, (esc, ch 1) in same st as join and into each esc around; join with sl st in first esc. [36, (40, 44, 48) sts].

Lay the cowl flat with seam at one side. Then mark off the center 2 esc stitches on both the front and back. With stitches marked, you should have 16, (18, 20, 22) esc stitches in between stitch markers.


Marked stitches will become your increase points. You should have one increase point at both the front and back. Continue to move markers up at each rnd placing them at the center two stitches. (See Images Below)

Rnd 23: Ch 1, (esc, ch 1) in same st as join, *(esc, ch 1) into next esc and into each esc up to marked sts; (esc, ch 1) twice in each of the two marked sts (Move Markers Up, see images below); rep from * once, then (esc, ch 1) into each esc to end of rnd; join with sl st in first esc. [40, (44, 48, 52) sts].


Rnds 24-66 (68, 70, 72): Rep Rnd 23 until you have reached a desired length for your poncho. Fasten Off at last rnd.

Want more poncho patterns to choose from? Why not check out the collection happening over at CPB: FREE Poncho Crochet Patterns

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