Casablanca Summer Poncho Crochet Pattern

Often times we consider knit and crochet to be winter activities, but some of my all time favorite projects have happened in the summer time! This simple crocheted poncho was so fun to make as it worked up very quickly and it’s going to be perfect for warm summer days.  The style reminds me of vacation time and it pretty much makes me want to take a trip abroad to some exotic country….aww one can dream. I made a summer poncho (here) last year , and I thought it would be nice to make a different one this year.  It’s perfect to throw over a t-shirt or tank, or you can even use it as a swim suit cover-up.   Like most of my patterns, the construction method is very easy as it’s essentially two rectangles that are seamed together to form a pretty poncho.  The stitch pattern is simple enough for someone who is still fairly new to crochet, and I think you’ll be pleased with how relatively fast you can crochet this piece. It was a thrill to see that Lion Brand created the kit for this pattern with several different color options, which I LOVE! You can see the kit and all of the gorgeous colors here (it’s also on sale for a limited time).  Next time, it’d be fun to make this in the “Pinnacles” color. (Scroll down for the full, free pattern below or you may choose to purchase the ad-free printable pattern from my Etsy Shop here)

For this crochet pattern, I used Lion Brand Heartland (here) which has a wonderful drape and is very soft which was necessary since this is worn close to the skin.  The yarn’s 100% acrylic, so it’s washable and it holds the color and shape really well. It’s also really affordable and I find that one skein goes a long ways which is always a plus.  You might remember the Smoky Mountains Triangle Wrap which was made with a few different colors of Heartland.

By the way, I am SOOOO excited for warm days and summer time! Lately, even as I blog, I’m able to have my windows wide open with the sun streaming into my home.  What a welcome time of year!  

It was so satisfying to work the section of open stitching on my Light Alpaca Poncho Pattern this last winter, so it was super enjoyable to make this Casablanca Poncho almost entirely with open stitching!

Ready for this easy poncho pattern? Here we go….

Scroll down for the free pattern below, or you may choose to purchase the ad-free printable version from my Etsy shop HERE, or the kit from Lion Brand Yarn here.  🙂

Casablanca Summer Poncho Crochet Pattern

This light and airy poncho is sure to be a favorite piece in your summer wardrobe. Elegant, yet casual, it can be worn over a t-shirt, tank, or even over a swimsuit for a day at the beach.

Skill Level:

Easy +


US Size L 8.0 mm crochet hook

4 Skeins Lion Brand Heartland Yarn in Acadia (142 g/skein) Pattern uses approximately 530 g

Tapestry Needle




Just over 10 stitches & 4 ½ rows per 4” X 4” (main stitch pattern, alternating one row of triple crochet and one row of double crochet stitch work)


One Size Fits Most

Bust: Approximately 62” circumference

Width: Approximately 31”

Length: Approximately 34”

Abbreviations & Skills:

ch – chain

st – stitch

dc – double crochet

sk st – skip stitch

tr – triple crochet

ch sp – chain space


This poncho is crocheted as two rectangular pieces then seamed to finish. There are two ways to assemble the poncho in order to create different styles (see assembly section below).  The majority of the pattern is worked by alternating a row of triple crochet with a row of double crochet and chain spaces.  You may make the poncho wider than indicated by adding more rows to each panel while following the main pattern repeat (rows 4 & 5). Be sure to keep yarn needs in mind if you modify the pattern. Each panel is worked lengthwise.   You may make the poncho longer or shorter by adjusting the initial chain, but keep an odd stitch count.

**ALSO – See my tips below for practicing the stitch pattern on a small swatch before attempting the entire poncho! It’s a great way to ensure you’re doing it correctly before you start your project.

Crochet Pattern

Ch 169

First Edge:

Row 1 Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch st across the row (167)

Row 2 Ch 4 (counts as dc stitch & ch 1), turn, sk st, dc in 3rd st of foundation row, *ch 1, sk st, dc in next st. Repeat from * across the row working the final dc into the top of the turn ch from the previous row. (167)

Row 3 Ch 4 (counts as dc stitch & ch 1), turn, sk the ch sp, dc in the next dc, (this is the 3rd st of the row), *ch 1, sk ch sp, dc in next dc. Repeat from * across the row working the final dc into the turn ch from the previous row. (167)

Main Pattern Repeat Center:

Row 4 Ch 4 (counts as tr stitch), turn, tr in first ch 1 sp of row, *tr in next st, tr in next ch 1 sp. Repeat from * across the row, working the final tr stitch into the turn ch of previous row. (167) –note the turn ch 4 from previous row counts as a ch 1 sp and dc stitch

Row 5 Ch 4 (counts as dc stitch & ch 1), turn, sk st, dc in 3rd st of row, *ch 1, sk st, dc in next st. Repeat from * across the row working the final dc into the turn ch from the previous row. (167)

Row 6 Repeat row 4

Row 7 Repeat row 5

Row 8 – 17 Continue the pattern repeat by working row 4, followed by row 5, ending with row 5.

Second Edge:

Row 18 Repeat row 3

Row 19 Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, dc in first ch sp, *dc in next st, dc in next ch sp. Repeat from * across the row making your final dc in turn ch of previous row.

Tie off and weave in ends.

Repeat above pattern to make second panel of poncho.



Option 1 – Open Front Poncho:

Above: Place two panels evenly side by side on a flat surface. Measure the length of the poncho to find the mid-point.  Using your tapestry needle and length of yarn, whip stitch or use your preferred seaming method to seam the two panels together. Work from the bottom up, ending approximately 3” before the mid-point. Tie off and weave in ends. 

Option 2 – Closed Front Poncho:

Here’s how it looks if you seam the front closed (below):

Below: If you’d like to ensure your stitch counts will be accurate before you begin the poncho, you can practice by chaining an odd number of stitches (9 or 11 for example) and working the stitch pattern from rows 1-5. 

Below: Each panel will have this light & airy pattern. You can see the where the two edging sections of the pattern are worked as well as the main stitch pattern in the center.


Enjoy your new poncho and I’ve love to hear if you plan to make one! Who else is excited for summer?



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  1. I like the look of comfort and openness of the Casablanca Poncho . I believe I know2 a person whom would like to make one for herself so I am going to copy the pattern if she likes it I will let her have the pattern . If not I will work it to give to a woman Vet. at the V.A. center where I sit with people on their last leg in life . I make a lot of things for the Veterans in permanent living as they have no one to take care of them ; also for the elderly in nursing homes in my area .

  2. What a beautiful pattern. I have been recovering form knee surgery and needed some inspiration to get back into crocheting. I can’t wait to get started!
    I absolutely love summer and I’m trying to enjoy every minute of it.

    Thank you for the joy you bring.

  3. I have heartland yarn on hand and excited to get started! I’m concerned about the length getting too long. Does it stretch downward any making it longer when you wear it? Beautiful pattern once again!

  4. I see that you also modeled it as being open in the front. Can you tell me how it looks in the back?

  5. I started on this today. But I’m using denim brand cotton yarn in vintage blue and dark blue. I’m excited to finish it, hopefully tomorrow if I work steady. How do I post a picture of the finished project?

    1. Hello Jennifer – not sure how to post pictures here, but could you share how it turns out in cotton? I am curious as to the weight and texture. Thank you so much!

  6. I too would love to know how the cotton version would look. I’m 5’1” so when I make mine, I’ll have to go shorter. Knowing how this “weighs down” in both cotton and acrylic would be a huge help

    1. I chained the foundation chain 168 chains and it went a few inches passed my hip. So i added more to it because i wanted a little longer length than hers. It weighs down a lot! About 1ft and a half. Im done with the first panel and its down to my ankles. OOPS! I am also 5ft 4inches tall if that helps.
      Im using Lionsbrand yarns Heartland. 100% Acrylic

  7. I would love for you to post a video of your summer Casablanca poncho. I’m very much a visual learner.

  8. This is really pretty however I live in Iowa with very hot humid summers so I’m thinking of trying this with a cotton or linen yarn. A yarn I have in my stash that would provide enough yardage is shawl in a ball which is a light worsted almost dk. Do you think that yarn could work as a replacement? I suppose I could check gauge.

      1. I think if you use cotton it will shrink if you have to wash it and then you would have to pull it back into shape, hopefully. I would stick with an acrylic yarn.

        1. Good point Jeni. You’d have to be careful to wash in cold and possibly lay flat to dry.

  9. This is so lovely might have ago in 3ply alpaca wool I have but shall be waiting for the knit patterns as well

  10. Small wonder this poncho has received such great notice! I am so happy that with a “heavier” yarn one can achieve such a lovely lacy look. I am hooked on this pattern and cannot wait to pick up the yarn. I’m thinking cotton as well. Will send pics when complete.

  11. I just love this pattern, looks very easy to make with your directions. You are so kind to share your lovely patterns!

  12. How tall is the woman modeling this poncho? Im a short person yet when i made my foundation chain it seemed much shorter than the models. It came down a little past my hips.

    1. I am 5’6″ tall and am the one in the photos. There’s a chance that you crochet tighter than I do – it also of course will fit differently on different sizes as I typically wear a size small.

  13. Love the hairloom blanket. The Shaw’s are too sloppy. Gave mine to thrift store. Very disappointed. Usually love your patterns.

    1. Hi JoAnn! Can you let me know which shawl/shawls you weren’t happy with? If they were knit, I only make super loose, beginner friendly ones using large needles – so I’m wondering if it was those. So glad you liked the blanket!

  14. Hi Rebecca
    Love this pattern, thank you. Could Lion Brand do an English kit please? I have searched but cant find this pattern or the wool yet! Many thanks for your skill and for sharing with us – its inspirational. Sue xx

  15. I was so excited to start this poncho. I live in Dubai UAE so I ordered the kit from Lionbrand to make sure I had everything I needed. When it finally arrived (almost a month!) I started start away- but I was so disappointed when I realized the pattern of the poncho is not the one for the picture. The picture must be double the length- which means you need double the yarn- which is not what I got (and it’s why I ordered the kit- to make sure I got ALL I needed). In this COVID 19 time now I cannot order more because of all the restrictions, and even if I could, I cannot now match the dye lot number with the yarn I already have. I cannot express my disappointment. Even the write up talks about wearing it over a swim suit- who would wear a “cover up” that doesn’t even go below one’s waist?
    Why is the picture not reflecting the pattern? Either pair the pattern with the correct picture of the short poncho, or give the pattern of the longer poncho straight up (with the correct amount of yarn in the kit then as well). Please change this to avoid disappointment for other clients.

    1. Hi! I’m so sorry for the disappointment! I’m confused myself, as many folks have sent me photos of their completed ponchos and haven’t had this issue. Please feel free to email me and I can possibly help you in more detail to figure out what is going on or what happened.

      1. I’m using the right yarn and needle and its not as long as in the picture either? I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong?
        Its beautiful in the picture and I do appreciate the pattern!

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