Crochet Poncho – free mandala yarn pattern

free crochet yarn cake poncho patternOf course I always feel like my current project is my favorite but this crochet poncho really is! My husband is a big romantic and surprised me with a marriage vows renewal at the beach for Valentine’s day. What a wonderful coincidence that I had just fallen head over heels for the mandala yarn cakes and was in the middle of crocheting this Poncho. I quickly finished and got to wear it for my beach re-wedding! This makes me especially happy to share the free pattern here with you. Keep reading for the free crochet yarn cake poncho pattern!

Update! You can now download the PDF of this pattern along with a photo tutorial of the flower stitch following this link for a small fee!

Materials needed to make the mandala yarn crochet poncho

2 dk weight yarn cakes of your choice. I used mandala yarn in Spirit, they come in 150 gram cakes. If this brand is not available to you, check out Caron cakes or Ice yarn cakes! Note: Caron cakes are worsted so you can either reduce your rows (make sure to consoder the flowers – see below under “size”)or get an extra cake.  I’ve seen some readers use Caron cakes and they come out pretty! Read this post on how to make your own diy yarn cake in case you are feeling adventurous.

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A 6mm / US size J hook (I love my Tulip Etimo hook set. For a comprehensive hook review, read this post!)

A yarn needle

Stitch markers

Size

This is a one size fits all adult woman poncho. Length from tip to collar is 27” and at it’s widest it’s 34” wide. To add or subtract make sure you consider one flower is made over 12 stitches!

Stitches / Abbreviations used

ch … chain stitch

Yo … yarn over

hk … hook

st … stitch

lp … loop

sk … skip

sc … single crochet

dc … double crochet

fdcdec … fake double crochet decrease

= work this like you would work a double crochet decrease but instead of crocheting two stitches together, work into one stitch. Yo, insert hk into st, yo, pull through two lps, yo, insert hk into st, yo, pull through two lps, pull through remaining lps.

PS … Pattern Stitch

= this is the Flower stitch. See this post for a video and written tutorial!

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Free Crochet Yarn cake Poncho Pattern

Collar:

ch 62, join with slst to first st, ch 1

Rnd 1: fdcdec in each st around, join with a slst to first st, ch 1

Rnd 2: sc in first 30, sc 3 in next st, sc in next 30 st, 3 sc in last st, join with a slst to first st, ch 1

Body:

Rnd 3: [(dc, ch 1) in same st, sk next st] 15 times,( dc, ch 1, dc,  ch1) in next 3 st,  [(dc, ch 1) in same st, sk next st] 15 times,      (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1) in next 3 st, join with a sl st into first ch 1 space, ch 3 (this will count as your first dc, ch 1)

Rnd 4: [(dc, ch 1) in next ch sp, sk next st] 17 times, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1) in next ch sp, Mark the middle ch st!  [(dc, ch 1) in next ch sp, sk next st] 20 times, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1) in next ch sp, Mark the middle ch st!  [(dc, ch 1) in next ch sp, sk next st] three times more, join with a sl st into first ch 1 space, ch 3 (this will count as your first dc, ch 1)

Rnd 5: [(dc, ch 1) in next sp, sk next st] till you are one ch st away from the marked st, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1) in next 3 ch spaces,  Mark the middle ch sp [(dc, ch 1) in next sp, sk next st] till you are on ch st away from the marked st, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1) in next 3 ch spaces, Mark the middle ch sp, [(dc, ch 1) in next ch sp, sk next st] to end, join with a sl st into first ch 1 space, ch 3

Rnd 6: [(dc, ch 1) in next sp, sk next st] till you reach the marked st,  (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1) in marked ch sp, Mark the middle ch st! [(dc, ch 1) in next ch sp, sk next st] until you reach the marked st, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1) in marked ch sp, Mark the middle ch st! [(dc, ch 1) in next ch sp, sk next st] to end, join with a sl st into first ch 1 space, ch 3

Repeat Rnd 5 and 6 five more times.

Rnd 17: Repeat Rnd 6 but end with a ch 2

Rnd 18: (hdc in next dc, hdc in next ch sp) until you are one ch away from the marked st, (2hdc in next ch sp, hdc in next dc) 3 times, Mark your middle hdc st! hdc in next ch sp,  (hdc in next dc, hdc in next ch sp) repeat until you are one ch away from the marked st, (2hdc in next ch sp, hdc in next dc) 3 times, Mark your middle hdc st!  hdc in next ch sp,  (hdc in next dc, hdc in next ch sp) to end, join with a slst to top of ch 2, ch 2

Rnd 19: (hdc until you are one st away from marker, 2 hdc in next 4 st) twice out of your 8 increase st (from 2hdc over 4 st), mark your 5th both times, hdc to end, join with a slst to first hdc. fasten off.

Rnd 20: make PS starting one st after your stitch marker (find tutorial here!) except that you will increase as follows: instead of sk 5 between first petals you will sk 2, (instead of sk 5 between next petals you will sk 3) twice, now follow PS until there are 11 st  between your last petal and the next marker, increase as follows: (instead of sk 5 between petals you will sk 3) twice, (instead of sk 5 between petals you will sk 2) twice, (instead of sk 5 between petals you will sk 3) twice, continue PS until there are 11 st between your last and first petal,  increase as follows: (instead of sk 5 between petals you will sk 3) twice, instead of sk 5 between petals you will sk 2

Rnd 21: make second Rnd of PS to complete your flowers

Rnd 22: ch1, sc in same st as joining, (ch 6, sc in next petal tip) 19 times, ch 6 marking 3rd & 4th ch, sc in next petal tip, (ch 6, sc in next petal tip) 19 times marking last sc, ch 6, join with a slst to first sc.

Rnd 23: hdc 6 in each ch sp to first 2 markers, hdc 10 in ch sp with markers, mark your middle 2 hdc, hdc 6 in each ch sp to next maker, 4 hdc in marked sc,  mark your middle 2 hdc, hdc 6 in each ch sp to end, join with a slst to first hdc

Rnd 24: ch1, (hdc till you are one st away from marker, 2 hdc in next 4 st) twice, mark your middle 2 hdc both times, join with slst in first hdc

Rnd 25: ch2, [(ch1, sk next st, dc in next st) until you are by the marker, (ch1, dc) twice in space between marked st, mark your middle ch st] twice, (ch1, sk next st, dc in next st) to end, join with a slst into ch1 sp

Rnd 26 – 39: repeat Rnd 5 & 6

Rnd 40: ch1, hdc in each st and ch sp around

fasten off, weave in ends

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You can now download the PDF of this pattern along with a photo tutorial of the flower stitch following this link for a small fee!

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Happy crocheting!

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35 comments

      1. I made an ad free, printable PDF with a picture tutorial of the flower stitch. You can find it either in my Etsy or Ravelry store. You can also bookmark this pattern site and return to the free instructions anytime you’d like! Thanks for understanding!

  1. I wanted to copy this and paste it to a Word doc to ref for making it but that function has been disabled and it won’t let me print this .. to bad I would’ve liked to try to crochet this.

    1. Thank you for your interest! I have a lovely fellow crocheter re testing the pattern. As soon as she is done I will provide an ad free printable pdf wich will also include the flower stitch tutorial for a small fee. You could also bookmark the page in your browser for reference. Thanks for understanding!

  2. For Poncho: This look so much better modeled; the beauty doesn’t translate nearly as well hanging on a hanger. Any information on size or finished dimensions > any multiples after the collar completion you can give us? Thanks for sharing this; it’s so pretty.

  3. Hi there! I love this pattern and it fits perfectly with some yarn I just received! I had one question on round 24, are the sets of eight suppose to be off center?

    1. I’m glad you like the pattern! You would repeat everything in parentheses. So hdc till you are one st away from marker and 2hdc over the next 4st. Then hdc to one st away from second marker and 2hdc in next 4st.
      I hope this clears it up! Let me know, thanks!

    1. Hi Kris!
      Thank you for your input!
      You can always bookmark the site and keep it that way for reference. You can also access it with an e – reader any time for free.
      I’ve put a lot of work and effort into the pattern and the PDF actually comes with the picture tutorial of the flower stitch. I wanted to keep the price just under a cup of coffee, thanks for understanding!

  4. Hi,
    I need help with:
    Rnd 19: (hdc until you are one st away from marker, 2 hdc in next 4 st) twice out of your 8 increase st (from 2hdc over 4 st), mark your 5th both times, hdc to end, join with a slst to first hdc. fasten off.

    What is the highlighted means ?
    Start from ‘twice out of your 8 increase st (from 2 hdc over 4 st), mark your 5th both times,

    Thank you.

  5. Hi,
    For rnd 19:
    One st before the marked st, make 2hdc. In the next 3 st make 3hdc, 2hdc and 3hdc. Marked the 5 st.
    This is what I understand. Is this correct ? Thank you.

    1. You will make 2hdc in the stitch before your marked st, 2hdc in your marked st, 2hdc in the st after your marked st and 2hdc in the next st. That will make 8 hdc where you had 4 hdc in the last round. Mark st #5 (that’s the first hdc after your marked st from rnd 18!) repeat on the other side of the poncho again.

  6. Hi,
    I need help again.
    Rnd 23: hdc 6 in each ch sp to first 2 markers, hdc 10 in ch sp with markers, mark your middle 2 hdc, hdc 6 in each ch sp to next maker, 4 hdc in marked sc, mark your middle 2 hdc, hdc 6 in each ch sp to end, join with a slst to first hdc

    I did hdc 6 for 19 times, hdc 10 for one time, then I got stuck.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi! Since there are an uneven number of flowers your increases on one tip will be made into the chain space (instead of 6hdc you make 10hdc) and on the other tip your increase will be made into the sc (4hdc). Skip all other sc and only hdc into the ch space. I hope this helps!

  7. Hi on round 20 I skipped two stitches then I skipped three twice then you say follow PS,do you mean at this point skip 5 like in video?

  8. Has anyone made this pattern bigger? I’m interested in making this a bit bigger and need help with the st counts. Ty

    1. If you want to make it larger, just remember to increase by increments of 12 st. You can also make it longer by repeating rnds 5& 6. Let me know!

  9. I just want to make sure I am on the right track. At the end of row 19 I have 200 HDCs. Is that correct? I’m hesitant to start next round because it’s not a multiple of 12…

    1. You are supposed to have 200 stitches. When you make your flowers you will have increases at the two corners of the poncho, skipping only 3, 3, 2, 2, 3, 3 instead of 5!

  10. Beautiful pattern! Just wondering why we need to fasten off at the end of round 19. Could we start the PS from there rather than at the tip? Just increase like we do at the other end of the poncho?

    Thanks!

    1. You should be at 200 St after round 19. I hope this helps. This part of the pattern is very forgiving, if you are a few stitches off you can simply skip one more or less in between petals, especially around the tips!

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