Chic Cowl Neck Poncho

Chic Cowl Neck Poncho
Chic Cowl Neck Poncho

This bulky crochet poncho pattern is the perfect transitional piece, great for a chilly and breezy spring. Quick and easy to work up, this piece will look great over any tee or tank and will keep you warm until the summer sun starts shining. The work begins at the cowl neck and is then worked back and forth in rows. The crochet cowl edges are then seamed to form a tube. Stitches are worked along one edge of the tube to begin the body of the poncho and is then worked in joined rounds down to the lower edge.


Crochet HookN/15 or 10 mm hook

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge10 sts = 4½” (11.5 cm); 8 rows = 7” (18 cm) in half double crochet worked in back loops only. 3 shells = 7” (18 cm); 4 shell rows = 5” (12.5 cm) in shell pattern of Poncho body.

Finished SizeFinished Circumference (at widest): 42 (51½, 60½)” (106.5 (131, 153.5) cm) Finished Length: 15 (17½, 20)” (38 (44.5, 51) cm), not including cowl neck Finished Cowl Neck Circumference: 30 (37, 44)” (76 (94, 112) cm) Finished Cowl Neck Height: 9 (9, 9)” (23

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Medley™: 4 (6, 8) balls 930 Garden
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 10mm [US N-15] 
  • Yarn needle


Poncho - Cowl Neck

  1. Ch 21. 

  2. Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook (skipped ch does not count as a st) and in each ch across—20 hdc.

  3. Rows 2–34 (42, 50): Ch 1 (does not count as a st), turn, working in back loops only, hdc in each st across.

  4. Joining Row: Fold piece, bringing first row and last row together with sts matching, working through both thicknesses and into both loops of sts in first row and back loops only of sts in last row, slip st in each st across to join first and last row. Do not fasten off.


  1. Round 1 (right side): With seam of cowl neck facing the outside (right side), working into ends of rows across edge of cowl, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in seam, [ch 2, 2 dc in end of next row] 17 (21, 25) times; join with slip st in top of beginning ch-3—18 (22, 26) 2-dc groups and 18 (22, 26) ch-2 spaces.

  2. Round 2: Slip st in next dc, slip st in first ch-2 space, ch 1 (does not count as a st), shell in same ch-2 space, *ch 1, shell in next ch-2 space; repeat from * around, ch 1; join with slip st in first dc (of first shell)—18 (22, 26) shells and 18 (22, 26) ch-1 spaces.

  3. Rounds 3–12 (14, 16): Slip st in next dc, slip st in ch-2 space of first shell, ch 1 (does not count as a st), shell in same ch-2 space, *ch 1, skip next ch-1 space, shell in ch-2 space of next shell; repeat from * around to last ch-1 space, ch 1, skip last ch-1 space; join with slip st in first dc.

  4. Round 13 (15, 17): Slip st in next dc, slip st in ch-2 space of first shell, ch 1 (does not count as a st), (2 sc, picot, 2 sc) in same ch-2 space, ch 2, sc in next ch-1 space, *ch 2, (2 sc, picot, 2 sc) in ch-2 space of next shell, ch 2, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, ch 2; join with slip st in first sc—18 (22, 26) picots and 90 (110, 130) sc.

  5. Fasten off. 


  1. Weave in ends. 


Ch 3, slip st in 3rd ch from hook
(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in indicated stitch or space

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I see that the material list has options for more or less balls of material. I assume that more balls mean that the project will be in a larger size. I read the directions but could not make that determination. Anyone have any idea on the sizes?

This is a switch. Applying a cowl neck to a poncho will get a lot of attention from onlookers. It is showing as an easy pattern and by the look at the open weave that is achieved here I am going to go out on a limb and say it will not take all that long to make.

I don't think I have ever seen a poncho made with a cowl neck. Most are done in a vee or oval. That makes this one totally different. I have an idea of making the cowl a solid color to match one of the colors in the ombr style yarn. It would really stand out.

Ponchos are such a retro wardrobe accessory, but the cowl neck on this poncho gives it a more updated look and brings it into the 2000s. The colors are also awesome as they lend to it a boho look with the natural and neutral colors. This poncho also is more fitted than the traditional poncho.

I had a brand new cake of Caron Cakes Cookies and Cream on hand, and I thought id take a chance at making this, not realizing that I needed a bulkier yarn. SO, as it turned out, by following the largest pattern given, and the Caron Cakes, the poncho came out quite a perfect size for a young girl! I don't have a young girl.

Having just purchased all the wool and hook, I also have found your pattern is incorrect. Row 2 is the same as Row 1. Not very happy (

Hi Irje, The round repetition was an error on our end. The pattern is now updated to reflect a proper round 1 and round 2. Enjoy - and sorry for any inconvenience. Julia, editor for AllFreeCrochet

row 1 and row 2 are the same instructions in the body. may i please have the correction. thanks

Love this cowl- the color, design and the look. I want to make this for my own use. Good that the pattern is just right on the front page. i've pinned this poncho for future reference.


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