I’ve been working on this “denim” poncho and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you today! It’s SO comfortable. It’s SO easy. It’s also pretty unique and people won’t believe that YOU made it. 😉 My favorite feature about this poncho is that it’s shorter than most. It’s long enough to provide some coverage, but not so long that you get tangled in it when you sit down. I have one poncho in my closet that is super stylish, but it’s somewhat cumbersome to wear because it’s so long. This one just slips right over your head and is quite light and breezy which is nice for this time of year. As usual, I’m sharing the free pattern below, or you can also purchase the entire kit from Lion Brand Yarn! (I’m always honored to get to work with Lion Brand in this way) If you haven’t already guessed, it’s made with their new “Jeans” yarn and if you haven’t tried it, it’s a dream to work with. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who liked the yarn as it has been sold out for a while, but it’s now back in stock. Happy dance!
Do you remember when I recently shared my Boxy Knit Jeans T Shirt? That top was also made with the “Faded” color Jeans yarn, but this poncho is done with a variety of colors. It’s entirely made with the v stitch which is just a series of double crochet stitches. I have a full tutorial for the v-stitch here. If you’ve never tried the v-stitch but feel good about your double crochet skills, I think you will love how easily this stitch works up.
My neighbor who is taller than I am (I’m 5’6″) tried this on and it looked awesome on her too!
Here we go!
Azul v-Mesh poncho
Comfortably Cropped Poncho
This beautiful ombre poncho is sure to compliment a variety of casual outfits. The pattern is super simple as it’s created with two rectangles that are seamed together. Because it’s not as long as a typical poncho, it’s comfortable and practical for everyday wear and serves the same purpose as a wrap. It’s also light and easy to tote around or pack in a suitcase for vacation! Since it’s made entirely with the v-stitch, the pattern makes for a perfect project to throw in your beach bag or crochet while watching your fave shows. Using a slightly larger crochet hook than what is typically used for worsted weight yarn lends to the open “meshy” feel of the poncho. Add the fringe for a boho flair, or leave it without for a clean, modern look.
As I often do, you can find an inexpensive ad-free version, printable PDF version of this pattern in my Etsy shop HERE. Otherwise, please scroll down to see the pattern for free!
You will need:
Size J, 6.0 mm crochet hook
4 skeins total of Lion Brand Yarn “Jeans” Worsted weight yarn 100 g 246 yards/skein including 2 skeins Stonewash, 1 skein Classic, 1 skein Brand New (Uses approximately 200g of Stonewash, 92 g of Classic, 72 g of Brand New) ( You may also choose to purchase the kit from Lion Brand HERE )
Tapestry Needle to weave in ends
*You should know how to make color changes
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
Approximation: Just under 2.5 stitches per inch and just under 2 rows per inch.
One size fits all
Poncho measures approximately 31” inches across and 18” inches from top to bottom when placed flat on the floor. When worn, the v-neck opens to create a wider fit and the fabric hangs downward at the arms.
Sizing Notes & Suggestions: For best sizing results, check your gauge before beginning and measure after you’ve worked several rows of the pattern. Your piece should be close to 36” inches across to obtain a fit as pictured and to measure 18” from to bottom of poncho once folded and seamed. You can adjust gauge by changing hook sizes or adjusting your tension. The other option is to add more stitches, but be sure to keep an odd stitch count. Blocking at the end may also help with any slight differences in sizing.
This pattern uses the v-stitch which is created with double crochet stitches. If you need assistance with learning the v-stitch, you can find a full picture tutorial on the Mama In A Stitch blog at http://www.mamainastitch.com/how-to-crochet-v-stitch-tutorial/
Chain 91 with Stonewash
Row 1 2 dc in 5th ch from hook, *skip 1 ch, 2 dc in next ch. Repeat from * across the row. 1 dc in last stitch, ch 3, turn. (88 stitches)
Row 2 Make 2 dc in space below 5th ch from hook (this is the space between the first v shape formed by 2 dc stitches). Make 2 dc in the middle of each dc group across the row. At the end of the row, make 1 dc in the last stitch, which is the turning chain from the previous row. Ch 3, turn. (88 stitches)
Repeat row 2 until your piece measures approximately 9.5” inches tall or you use the entire skein of yarn.
Change color to Classic
Repeat row 2 for 7 rows
Change color to Brand New
Repeat row 2 for 5 rows or until your entire piece (including all other colors) measures approximately 15.5” inches tall. Tie off and weave in ends.
Repeat this pattern one more time in order to make two panels for your poncho. Block if desired or necessary to improve stitch definition. Once you’ve completed two panels move onto the assembly instructions.
Place both rectangles side by side, with the Brand New color, or darker color on the inside (these were the final rows). With a whip stitch or slip stitch seam, sew the center front panels together from the bottom up and top down, evenly for approximately 11.5” inches. This will leave an opening for your head and neck. The seams may be adjusted to your taste if you’d like to make the head and neck opening larger or smaller.
Above: Two identical rectangles are complete. You will seam evenly from the bottom up and down the center leaving an opening for the head and neck.
Next, fold in half and attach fringe (see how to attach fringe below)
Above: Poncho is seamed and folded in half. Fringe has been added. See instructions on optional fringe below.
Once folded, poncho measures approximately 18” inches from top to bottom
Attaching Fringe Instructions (optional):
With the Classic and Brand New yarn, you will now create fringe for your poncho. For each tassel or set of fringe begin by cutting two strands of yarn approximately 22” inches long. Holding the strands together, fold them in half so the halved sections measure 11” inches. You will begin by placing fringe approximately 3” inches down from the top of the poncho along the color change rows. Place the folded half through the fabric of the poncho and draw the ends through the folded half, pulling tightly to secure. Repeat this, placing fringe along the upper edges of the color change sections of the poncho as pictured. There are approximately 11 sets of Classic color fringe placed along the color change row of the Classic section on each side. The Brand New fringe is placed along the color change row of the Brand New section and then placed inward below the neckline to create a point. Attach fringe equally to each side of the front of your poncho. Trim as needed.
Above: Fringe is added and Brand New color fringe is tapered into the center (following the measuring tape) to create a point.
I hope that you enjoy your new poncho! Happy crocheting!
Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own of course. 🙂