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Scarlett Spiral Crochet Poncho

By: Jennifer Uribe for
Scarlett Spiral Crochet Poncho
Scarlett Spiral Crochet Poncho
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The Scarlett Spiral Crochet Poncho is a lovely addition to anyone's crochet wardrobe. Light and airy, this free crochet poncho pattern is customizable to any size! It is worked in the round and as you crochet, a spiral pattern develops. Choose your favorite fall shade, or pick a trusty neutral, and get started on your next favorite fall piece. 

Ponchos are great because they are flattering on practically any body type, and this one is no different. You will look and feel like a million bucks every time you wear this Scarlett Spiral Crochet Poncho.

-Before you begin your poncho, you need to decide whether you would like it to hang off your shoulders or would like it to stay on top of both shoulders. I made this poncho for a friend, but when I made one for me, I measured the distance between my bra straps and doubled it to find my starting chain length. Starting chain should be a multiple of 8 + 1.
-* For the rows 2-8, the chain 2 does NOT count as an HDC. At the end of each of the first 8 rows, join to the top of the first stitch and continue in the round.


Crochet HookK/10.5 or 6.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials List

  • 2 skeins Red Heart with Love Yarn
  • K hook
  • Tapestry needle


  1. Chain 81, slip stitch to join. Be careful not to twist. Row 1: Chain 1, SC in the same stitch and in each stitch around, slip stitch to join in the top of the first SC. (80 SC)

  2. Row 2: Chain 2, HDC in same stitch and in each stitch around, slip stitch to join. (80 HDC)

  3. Row 3: Chain 2, 2 HDC in the same stitch, 1 HDC in each of the next 9 stitches. *2 HDC in the next stitch, 1 HDC in each of the next 9 stitches.* Repeat from * to * around. Slip stitch to join. (88 HDC)

  4. Row 4: Chain 2, 2 HDC in the same stitch, 1 HDC in each of the next 10 stitches. *2 HDC in the next stitch, 1 HDC in each of the next 10 stitches.* Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of first HDC. (96 HDC)

  5. Row 5: Chain 2, 2 HDC in the same stitch, 1 HDC in each of the next 11 stitches. *2 HDC in the next stitch, 1 HDC in each of the next 11 stitches.* Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of first HDC. (104 HDC)

  6. Row 6: Chain 2, 2 HDC in the same stitch, 1 HDC in each of the next 12 stitches. *2 HDC in the next stitch, 1 HDC in each of the next 12 stitches.* Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of first HDC. (112 HDC)

  7. Row 7-8: Chain 2, 1 HDC in each stitch around. (112 stitches) *Note this row MUST be a multiple of 8 stitches. If you see that you need to continue to increase, make sure that you only increase 8 stitches total per row.

  8. Begin the Trellis: The trellis is crocheted in the round, so when you come back to the first chain 3, you will continue the pattern into row 2 of the trellis.

  9. Trellis Row 1: *Chain 3, skip 2 stitches, SC in the next stitch, chain 3, skip 2 stitches, 3 DC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * around. The last set of stitches in the first row of the trellis will be a chain 3. You will still have two stitches between the last sc and the beginning chain 3. Continue the pattern by crocheting 3 DC in the beginning chain 3.

  10. From that point forward, continue with this pattern: *Chain 3, SC in the top of first DC in the next 3 DC cluster. Chain 3, 3 DC in the next chain 3 space. * Repeat from * to *.

  11. Continue the spiral trellis pattern until your piece has 20-24 rows of trellis. If you would like, you can continue longer than this, but 20-24 rows will result in a piece that ends just below your elbows. End with a SC in the top of the first DC of a 3 DC cluster and a slip stitch in the second DC. Fasten off and weave in ends.

  12. If you would like to use a different yarn or hook size, you will need to determine the correct number of chains to begin. To determine your number of starting chains, you will need to measure the distance from one shoulder to the other and double that distance. Your starting chain should be that length and follow the multiple of 8 + 1 rule for the beginning chain.

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I noticed the Red Heart with love comes in 5 and 7 ounce skeins. Which one do I need?

I'm in the process of making this, but I wonder if there is a nice way to increase the rounds? I love the look, but to me, a poncho should get wider as it goes, rather than being a tube.

Hi ladyseraphinaca 99 49608, as it is written, the pattern does start with 80 stitches and increases to 112 stitches, so it should get wider as it goes. If you would like a more dramatic increase, though, I would recommend repeating Row 6. I hope this helps! - Laura, editor of AllFreeCrochet

I not only love the pattern look of it but the color is great, too. And the pattern is so easy to follow, as well. I have been crocheting for years but still only do basic stitches, and easy projects so this one fits right into that catagory. I will be adding this to my collecting of patterns to make for gifts as well as for myself.

The off the shoulder option of this Scarlett Spiral Poncho is what gives it the edge for me. So elegant and a very pretty open work pattern too. I love shawls and ponchos and wraps and this one is just lovely. Having already started to crochet it I can confirm that the pattern is, indeed, Easy, even though it does not look it at all.

I am not a big fan of ponchos personally, but I know a lot of people who are and they seem to be a very popular accessorizing item as I see them almost everywhere and there are a lot of different patterns for ponchos out there. This poncho has a very classic looks and is made very easily with basic crochet stitches.

Loved this pattern and I have been looking for a light poncho to work up for spring. I only just learned to crochet last summer (Yay YouTube) and was able to knock this out in just about a week of evenings (with a little bit of car time on a weekend road trip) I did it in "eggshell" white, however, and I am just loving it.

This scarlet poncho is simply classic. It would most likely work up pretty quickly because of the open stitch used- requires just a couple skeins of yarn,too! I think it would be lovely off the shoulder and worn in the early spring, after a long, cold winter. Pair it with a lightweight tunic or a classic white button down. I'd like to give this a try!

Can you show or you tube so I can follow how to crochet Scarlett Crochet Poncho. I like it very simple.but its hard to follow the pattern. Thank you.

Here's the link to the pattern. I like to color of this poncho, it's a kind of subdued red. Not in my list of priority projects, though.

This is a beautiful light and airy poncho. I like the pattern that is very well written and I like the option of the neck or shoulder top. I can see if I make mine in purple, I'll have to do one in red and one in pink for my girls. This will be a perfect birthday gift. Thank you for this free Scarlett Spiral Crochet Poncho pattern.


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