This easy tweed crochet poncho pattern is so fun to make with a fantastic unique woven appearance!
I love throw on and go fashion! This poncho is the perfect Fall and Winter fashion accessory – you can look so put together and stylish by just throwing on this tweed poncho. And stay warm at the same time!
The Mountain Trail Tweed Poncho is made from three rectangles seamed together – two identical panels for the main poncho with a third rectangle which is folded and seamed to the neck opening creating the split cowl. Adding the fringe along the bottom edge adds a touch of flirty fun.
I decided to use a variation of the stitch I used for my Just Peachy Hat pattern and I absolutely love how it turned out. The Interlocking Arched Columns Stitch is an easy to remember stitch repeat that creates fabulous texture and a unique woven look. I have a complete photo and video tutorial to help you with this stitch. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notified whenever I post a new video.
I used Lion Brand’s Mandala Tweed Stripes yarn* for my poncho. The tweedy, self-striping effect in combination with the Interlocking Arched Columns Stitch really is amazing! Poncho is worked by alternating colors from two Mandala Tweed Stripes yarn cakes, switching colors every second row. The yarn cakes can be worked either from the outside in or the inside out as long as the 2nd cake you pull in to your work is a different color than what you are currently working with. This enmeshes the colors even more creating a fabulous look!
If you love Lion Brand’s Mandala yarn line you are going to love the Mandala Tweed Stripes yarn. These color combinations are created from twisting two strands of Mandala together. Such an interesting and unique yarn made from the Mandala colors you already love. The Tweed Stripes yarn is slightly heavier weight than Mandala so if you decide to substitute and use Mandala instead it will work up a little smaller than the Tweed Stripes.
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And, because I hate weaving in ends, I just dropped my yarn at a color change and pulled it back up into my work at the next color change. The yarn jogs or floats were covered up at the end with either the seams at the shoulder or by the fringe at the bottom. I love using color work without a ton of ends – score!
This is the perfect sit on the couch and binge watch movies crochet project! Easy to remember stitch pattern creates 2 identical large panels and the only sewing is done at the shoulders and attaching the split cowl at the neck. That makes this poncho a fantastic piece for the beginning crocheter!
You could also choose to seam the sides of your poncho and create arm holes if you wish. Another great option if you prefer the sides of your poncho closed.
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Easy Crochet Tweed Poncho – Mountain Trail Poncho free pattern
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
Lion Brand Mandala Tweed Stripes, color Wish Bone, Weight 4/Medium – 6 (7, 8) 2200 (2500, 3000 yards)
Crochet hook size H/8 (5.0 mm)
Approximate finished size:
XS/M = 36” width x 29” length
L/1X = 38” width x 32” length
2X/5X = 40” width x 35” length
Gauge: 8 dc rows x 14 dc st = 4” x 4”
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet
sk = skip(ped)
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
- Poncho is worked by alternating colors from two yarn cakes, switching colors every second row. The yarn cakes can be worked either from the outside in or the inside out as long as the 2nd cake you pull in to your work is a different color than what you are currently working with.
- Do not cut yarn when changing between yarn cakes – gently pull dropped yarn into your work. Yarn will be covered during seaming process.
- Chain 4 at beginning of a row counts as first dc + ch 1 throughout.
- Stitch counts are listed according to size (XS-M, L-1X, 2X-5X)
- Rows with even numbers are RS, odd numbers are WS.
- Poncho panels are worked in rows and then seamed together
- Collar is sewn to poncho at the end.
- To adjust length of poncho, chain foundation chain in multiples of 2 + 5.
Interlocking Arched Columns Stitch Tutorial
Poncho Panels (make 2)
With Cake A, ch 107 (119, 131)
Row 1: dc in 5th ch from hook (sk chains count as 1st dc + ch 1), ch 1, *sk next ch, dc in next ch, ch 1* repeat between * * to last 2 chs, sk next ch, 1 dc in last ch. Turn. Do not fasten off. Switch to Cake B. (53 st + 52 ch 1 sp, 59 st + 58 ch 1 sp, 65 st, + 64 ch 1 sp)
Row 2 (RS): ch 1, sc in same st, *dc in sk ch from previous row (work dc in front of ch 1 from previous row), sc in next st (dc previous row),* repeat between * * to sk chains (row 1), dc in 4th ch, sk next ch, sc in next ch (top of ch 3). Turn. (105, 117, 129)
Row 3: ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch 1), sk next st, *dc in next st (sc previous row), ch 1, sk next st* repeat between * * to last 2 sts, sk next st, dc in last st. Turn. Do not fasten off. Switch to Cake A.
Row 4: ch 1, sc in same st, *dc in sk st from previous row (work dc behind ch 1 from previous row), sc in next st* repeat between * * to end, sc in last st (work sc in the dc of dc + 1). Turn.
Row 5: ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch 1), sk next st, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st* repeat between * * to last st, dc in last st. Turn. Do not fasten off. Switch to Cake B.
Row 6: ch 1, sc in same st, *dc in sk st from previous row (work dc in front of the ch 1 from the previous row), sc in next st (top of dc post from previous row),* repeat between * * to end. Turn.
Rows 7 – 116 (122, 128): repeat rows 3 – 6.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Block all pieces prior to joining, if desired.
Attaching panels together
Lay front poncho panel on top of back poncho panel. RS facing each other and WS of panels facing outwards and rows of panels vertical. Place a stitch marker at top right corner through both panels, measure from stitch marker towards center 13.5” (14.5”, 15”) and place another stitch marker. Repeat from top left corner of poncho. This will leave a neck opening of 9” (9”, 10”).
Upper right corner stitch marker, attach yarn and sl st evenly across top edge of poncho to next st marker. Fasten off.
Attach one strand of yarn at stitch marker after neck opening (leave neck opening unworked) and sl st evenly across top edge of poncho to st marker at top left corner of poncho.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Collar (make 1)
Ch 35 (all sizes).
Rows 1 – 6: repeat rows 1 – 6 of poncho panel.
Rows 7 – 68 (68, 74): repeat rows 3 – 6 of poncho panel. Finished length prior to fastening off will be approximately 21” (21”, 23”)
Fasten off, leaving approximately 40” end for sewing collar to poncho. Note: Cut long end of yarn on side of collar that has the yarn jogs from pulling yarn up for color changes – this is the end of the collar which will be seamed to the poncho.
Collar will be approximately 3” longer than the neck opening. With RS of poncho facing out and WS of collar facing out, fold collar ends together overlapping edges 3”. Pin collar to neck opening of poncho (overlapped collar edges to front of poncho. Using long length of yarn and tapestry needle, sew collar to neck opening of poncho. See photo below:
Note: Before adding fringe, if your poncho’s bottom edge has noticeable yarn jogs from changing colors between rows that will not be covered up by the fringe, I recommend working one row of single crochet stitches evenly across bottom edges of poncho panels.
Cut approximately 232 (248, 264) pieces of 8” fringe. With RS of poncho facing up, insert hook from the top down and grab four strands of fringe. Pull up loop, insert fingers through loop just made and pull fringe tails through the loop. Gently tighten.
Attach fringe approximately 1” apart along poncho bottom edge. Repeat on second poncho panel.
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I’m very nervous about switching colors so much. Would this work just as well with one color or one that variates color throughout?
Absolutely not necessary to change colors – completely up to you! I would recommend trying a more variegated style yarn and see how that works for you. It will end up looking different but I think still amazing. Let me know how it goes. 😊❤️
What size is shown?
Model is wearing size Large. Hope that helps!
Love this pattern. Out of curiosity, where can I find the brown boots with the heel in the picture? LOVE them!
Thank you so much – so glad you like it! I love those boots, too! I bought them a year ago I think from Amazon. I don’t know if they still have them in stock but they are Reneeze brand. Hope that helps! 😊