Watercolor Poncho Knitting Pattern

free poncho knitting pattern

A free poncho knitting pattern – my Watercolor Poncho is a new free knitting pattern here on the blog! Read about my inspiration and the easy construction, or scroll on down for the free pattern and photo tutorial.

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Easy Poncho Knitting Pattern FREE - Watercolor Poncho

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The signature wardrobe piece you didn’t know you were missing

Every wardrobe needs a signature piece like this cozy knit poncho. It features trendy stripes and an oversized tassel belt, so you’ll look great on the outside, and feel like you’re cozied up in a blanket on the inside.

free poncho knitting pattern

With its loose oversized fit and open front, it will pair with almost any top in your closet. The light texture and bold colors make it the perfect piece for everything from a photoshoot to cozying up at a bonfire.

Made of two rectangles sewn together, it’s a great starter pattern for knitters looking to get into garment-making. The detailed step-by-step tutorial will walk you through this free poncho knitting pattern with ease.

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Before You Start

Size

The watercolor poncho is 80 cm / 31.5” long. The width is 100 cm / 39.25”. You can easily adjust the size by adjusting the position of the belt to your liking.

Materials

  • 5 mm/ US 8 knitting needles.  I use my circular needles for convenience but you can use straight needles for this pattern. Confused about all these types of knitting needles? Here’s a complete overview that will answer all your questions.
  • Worsted weight wool yarn: Royal Zeeman yarn (100% acrylic, 100g, 241m / 264 yd)
    • 1 skein in light pink
    • 1 skein in burgundy
    • 1 skein in blue
    • 2 skein in yellow
    • 3 skeins in green
    • 3 skeins in variegated white and grey (referred to as grey in the pattern)
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.

Because the yarn I used is not available everywhere, and I know how painful it is to try to find equivalent yarn which will give you the same effect I have selected a few equivalent yarns for you.

Gauge

The gauge for this pattern, in garter stitch on 5mm / US 8 needles, is 16.5 st by 28 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).

Abbreviations & Instructions

  • st = stitch
  • k = knit
  • p = purl
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Notes

Work instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row.

The Actual Poncho Knitting Pattern

Make 2 panels.

With your 5 mm / US – 8 needles and green color yarn, cast on 83 st.

Row 1: [k20, p1] 3 times, k20.

Row 2: knit across

Tip: Place a stitch marker before each purl stitch. This will help you know when to purl and avoid counting stitches for every row.

use stitch markers to help you avoid counting for this watercolor poncho knitting pattern

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 12 cm / 4.75”

Always switch colors on the right side, after a Row 1.

Switch to grey color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3.5 cm / 1.25”.

Switch to yellow color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 10 cm / 4”.

Switch to grey color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3.5 cm / 1.25”.

Switch to pink color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 5 cm / 2”.

Switch to grey color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3.5 cm / 1.25”.

Switch to blue color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 8 cm / 3.25”.

Switch to grey color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3.5 cm / 1.25”.

Switch to yellow color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 10 cm / 4”.

Switch to grey color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3.5 cm / 1.25”.

Switch to red color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 6.5 cm / 2.5”.

Switch to grey color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3.5 cm / 1.25”.

Switch to green color yarn

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 12 cm / 4.75”.

Switch to grey color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3.5 cm / 1.25”.

Switch to yellow color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 10 cm / 4”.

free poncho knitting pattern in progress

Switch to grey color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3.5 cm / 1.25”.

Switch to pink color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 5 cm / 2”.

Switch to grey color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3.5 cm / 1.25”.

Switch to blue color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 8 cm / 3.25”.

Switch to grey color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3.5 cm / 1.25”.

Switch to yellow color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 10 cm / 4”.

Switch to grey color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3.5 cm / 1.25”

Switch to red color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 6.5 cm / 2.5”.

Switch to grey color yarn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 3.5 cm / 1.25”

Switch to green color yarn

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 12 cm / 4.75”

free poncho knitting pattern

Block and Assemble

Before assembling the poncho, carefully block the panels.

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

Place both panels next to each-other. Starting at the end of the panels, sew them together up to the start of the 2nd green section.

Finishing Touches

Cut three 2m long strands of yarn. Make a simple braid.

Put the belt in place by slipping it in between stitches. Place it at waist height about 10 cm / 4” from your body.

attaching the belt to the free poncho knitting pattern

To secure the belt in place, and add a bit of fun, add a big tassel at each end. I made mine 15 cm / 6” long.

oversized tassels on the watercolor poncho knitting pattern

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