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Crochet Rectangle Poncho – Free Pattern by Stitch & Hound

A close up of a woman wearing a crochet poncho made from a rectangle.

The construction of this crochet poncho made from a rectangle could not be easier. You’ll love the delicate drape and cruise-control stitches. Find the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.

The construction of this crochet poncho made from a rectangle could not be easier. You'll love the delicate drape and cruise-control stitches.
Thanks to Lion Brand Yarns for supplying the yarn for this crochet rectangle poncho pattern. This post contains affiliate links.

Welcome back to the Make & Do Crew guest designer series where talented designers from across the internet share their free patterns with you, right here on Make & Do Crew.

Today Sarah from Stitch and Hound is here with her free crochet rectangle poncho pattern! You can see lots of of Sarah’s crochet patterns her blog, Stitch and Hound. And be sure to check her out on social media too: Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Sarah, take it away!

A close up of a woman wearing a crochet poncho made from a rectangle.

Why You’ll Love This Crochet Rectangle Poncho

My intent with the Brookside Poncho was to create a modern, functional garment from simple stitches and construction. The poncho is worked as one piece that needs only one small seam. This construction was intentional, the poncho is meant to be as stress-free to complete as possible.

This is a project you will want to work on while watching your favorite show, or listening to a podcast, because no brain power is needed!

Related: More free crochet garment patterns made from rectangles

Shot from behind: a woman wearing a crochet poncho made from a rectangle.

A Soft + Delicate Yarn

For the Brookside Poncho I chose to use Lion Brand’s Amazing Lace yarn. Amazing Lace is a lace weight (1) yarn that is so soft and delicate.

Lace weight yarns can be intimidating. However the Brookside Poncho is worked with two strands of Amazing Lace held together, so it works up quickly without losing the beautiful drape of a light weight yarn.

If you don’t have access to Amazing Lace, LB Collection Merino Camel would work well. (It’s thicker as a category 2 yarn, so you’ll only need to use one strand.) You can also check YarnSub.com alternative yarn ideas.

Lion Brand Amazing Lace yarn being crocheted into a rectangle poncho pattern.

The Beginner Crochet Skills You’ll Need

The Brookside Poncho is an easy pattern that can be completed by a beginner. The pattern uses simple stitches and easy construction. The only slightly tricky part of the pattern is the collar, which utilizes back loop only single crochet stitches.

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Two photos of a woman wearing a drapey crochet poncho made from an easy rectangle. Featuring Lion Brand Amazing Lace yarn.

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Brookside Crochet Rectangle Poncho
Free Pattern

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Explanation: Create your own modern poncho for the cooler months! Basic stitches combined with minimal seaming make the Brookside Poncho an ideal project for beginners, or anyone wanting a meditative project to relax with.

Supplies:
Lion Brand Amazing Lace (Weight: 1/superfine – 1017 Yds, 5.3 oz)
Doily White (#213-145) – 4 balls
U.S 7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook (This is not a common US size, so try an H (5mm) hook if necessary and just be sure to check your gauge.)
• Yarn needle
• Scissors

Sizes/Measurements:
Measurements in inches:
– 32” from base of neck to hem
– 44” across at widest point

Gauge:
• 17 sts x 12 rows in a 4” square

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch(s) – chain(s)
dc –double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
tch – turning chain
** – Repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed

Overall Pattern Notes:
• Ch 3 at the beginning of each row counts as a double crochet stitch.

• Ch 2 at the beginning of each row does not count as a half double crochet stitch.

• The entire pattern is worked with 2 strands of Lion Brand Amazing Lace held together. Amazing Lace is a super fine weight 1 yarn, and 2 strands held together is the approximate equivalent of a fine weight 2 yarn.

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PONCHO

With 2 strands of Amazing Lace yarn worked together and a 4.5mm hook, ch 226

Row 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 3, turn [224 sts]

Row 2 dc in each st across, ch 2, turn [224 sts]

Row 3 hdc in each st across, work last hdc st into top of tch, ch 3, turn [224 sts]

Rows 4 & 5 repeat rows 2 & 3

Row 6 *sk 1 st, dc in next st. dc in skipped stitch* rep across, dc in last st, ch 2, turn [224 sts]

Row 7 hdc in each st across, work last hdc st into top of tch, ch 3, turn [224 sts]

Rows 8 – 13 rep rows 6 – 7 [224 sts]

Rows 14 – 21 rep rows 2 -3 [224 sts]

Rows 22 – 29 rep rows 6 – 7 [224 sts]

Rows 30 – 37 rep rows 2 – 3 [224 sts]

Rows 38 – 45 rep rows 6 – 7 [224 sts]

Rows 46 – 53 rep rows 2 – 3 [224 sts]

Rows 54 – 61 rep rows 6 -7 [224 sts]

Rows 62 – 65 rep rows 2 – 3 [224 sts]

Row 66 dc in next 89 sts, ch 2, turn [90 sts]

Rows 67 – 69 rep rows 3, 2 & 3 [90 sts]

Rows 70 – 77 rep rows 6 – 7 [90 sts]

Rows 78 – 85 rep rows 2 – 3 [90 sts]

Rows 86 – 93 rep rows 6 – 7 [90 sts]

Rows 94 – 97 rep rows 2 – 3 [90 sts]

Fasten off, leaving approximately a 40” tail for seaming.

SEAMING

With wrong the right side of your work facing you, fold the long edge over until the edges meet.

Fold the short plane down, so that its edge meets the top edge of the long panel.

Use a mattress stitch to seam the edge of the short panel to the edge of the long panel.

A photo tutorial showing how to crochet a rectangle poncho, which is a good first crochet garment for beginners.

COLLAR

Join yarn anywhere on the back of the poncho’s neck opening. Chain 1, and pick up single crochet stitches around, sl st into the first single crochet st.

A photo tutorial showing how to add a turtleneck to a crochet rectangle poncho made with Lion Brand Amazing Lace yarn.

1. ch 26

2. sc in the 2nd ch from hook, and in each remaining ch (25 sts)

3. sl st into next 2 sts along the base of the collar

4. Turn your work to crochet back up the row of sc sts just made. Sc in the BLO of each st, sc through both loops of the last sc, ch 1, turn (25 sts)

5. sc through both loops of the 1st st, sc in the BLO of each remaining st (25 sts)

6. repeat steps 3 – 5 until you have worked a sl st into each st at the base of the collar. Use a whip stitch to seam the edges closed

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Thanks again to Sarah from Stitch and Hound for sharing this free crochet rectangle poncho pattern! Be sure to check out Sarah’s blog for lots more free modern crochet patterns!

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