Fairy Tale Poncho

The Fairy Tale Poncho is my first adult garment design! It’s easier to make than it looks, and with it’s asymmetrical hem and mitered stitching, it’s designed to flatter larger bodies as well as smaller ones – and look as good with jeans and boots as it does with a crown and glass slippers!

Fairy Tale Poncho: free #crochet pattern in sizes Small -5X!

The Fairy Tale Poncho is made in four “rectangl-ish” shapes that are sewn together. It could be made seamlessly, but I chose to use these 4 seams specifically to add structure to the garment. The seams are made using the Mattress Stitch in the tops of stitches, not the sides, so you’ll have the whole thing sewn up as fast as can be. The rectangles are reversible, but the sides are slightly different, so use the photo below to help you lay it out. If you find you prefer the look of the other side of the fabric, switch the As and Bs.

Fairy Tale Poncho: free #crochet pattern in sizes Small -5X!

Fairy Tale Poncho

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  • US – M/N, 9.00mm hook
  • 1250 – 1500 yds Worsted or Aran weight yarn (Lion Brand Heartland in Redwood shown)
  • 1 button
  • 3 stitch markers
  • tapestry/yarn needle
  • Gauge (laid flat – will hang larger): 7 rows x 10 sts = 4″ in pattern
  • Sizes: Small/Medium (Large/XL, 2X/3X, 4X/5X)
  • Video tutorial: Seamless Join; Mattress Stitch

MAKE TWO OF EACH RECTANGLE

Fairy Tale Poncho: free #crochet pattern in sizes Small -5X!RECTANGLE A: (Tip: Add a stitch marker to each of these pieces to help you remember which ones are A vs B)

Row 1: Ch 104 (106, 108, 110), sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Sc in the next 55 (57, 59, 61) ch, sc2tog skipping 1 st in the middle, place marker in the sc2tog. Sc in the remaining 44 sts. Turn. (101 (103, 105, 107) sts)

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in the 1st 43 sts. Dc2tog skipping the marked st in the middle (move marker to dc2tog, continue to move up into decrease of each new row), dc in the remaining 55 (57, 59, 61) sts. Turn. (99 (101, 103, 105) sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the 1st 54 (56, 58, 60) sts, sc2tog skipping 1 st in the middle, sc in the remaining 42 sts. Turn. (97 (99, 101, 103) sts)

Row 4: Ch 2, dc in the 1st 41 sts. Dc2tog skipping 1 st in the middle, dc in the remaining 53 (55, 57, 59) sts. Turn. (95 (97, 99, 101) sts)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in the 1st 52 (54, 56, 58) sts, sc2tog skipping 1 st in the middle, sc in the remaining 40 sts. Turn. (93 (95, 97, 99) sts)

Row 6 – 44: Continue in established pattern, reducing by 2 sts total on each row, until you are left with 15 (17, 19, 21) dc sts in the last row. Turn.

Row 45: Ch 1, sc in the 1st 13 (15, 17, 19) sts. Skip the marked “middle” st, break yarn and seamless join to last st.

RECTANGLE B:

Row 1: Ch 104 (106, 108, 110), sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Sc in the next 43 ch, sc2tog skipping 1 st in the middle, sc in the remaining 56 (58, 60, 62) sts. Turn. (101 (103, 105, 107) sts)

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in the 1st 55 (57, 59, 61) sts. Dc2tog skipping 1 st in the middle, dc in the remaining 43 sts. Turn. (99 (101, 103, 105) sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the 1st 42 sts, sc2tog skipping 1 st in the middle, sc in the remaining 54 (56, 58, 60) sts. Turn. (97 (99, 101, 103) sts)

Row 4: Ch 2, dc in the 1st 53 (55, 57, 59) sts. Dc2tog skipping 1 st in the middle, dc in the remaining 41 sts. Turn. (95 (97, 99, 101) sts)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in the 1st 40 sts, sc2tog skipping 1 st in the middle, sc in the remaining 52 (54, 56, 58) sts. Turn. (93 (95, 97, 99) sts)

Row 6 – 44: Continue in established pattern, reducing by 2 sts total on each row, until you are left with 15 (17, 19, 21) dc sts in the last row. Turn.

Row 45 (45, 47, 47): Do not ch. Skip the first st and the marked st, sc in the remaining 13 (15, 17, 19) sts. Break yarn and finish off.

ASSEMBLY:

Lay out the rectangles as shown below (note that these are NOT perfect rectangles, but they have a wobbly winged shape – don’t panic!). Make sure the first row of each rectangle is pointing toward the center. The two furthest away will be the back of the poncho, and the ones closest to you will be the front.

Fairy Tale Poncho: free #crochet pattern in sizes Small -5X!

Seam 1: Use the mattress stitch to sew the center seam of the A and B furthest away to create one piece for the back of the poncho.

Seam 2: Use the mattress stitch to sew the center seam of front set, EXCEPT for the top 13 sts (approx 6″).

Seam 3: Use the mattress stitch to sew the shoulder seams, leaving 16 (16, 20, 20) sts in the center unsewn for the neck. (Note that this is 16 or 20 sts TOTAL – so 8 or 10 per half.)

How to assemble the Fairy Tale Poncho

Fairy Tale Poncho: free #crochet pattern in sizes Small -5X!COLLAR AND BUTTON LOOP:

Row 1: From RS join to left side (as worn) of top neck opening with sl st. Ch 1 and sc around the top (leave the V of the opening unworked). Turn. (32 (32, 40, 40) sts)

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in each st across. Turn. (32 (32, 40, 40) sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (32 (32, 40, 40) sts)

Row 4: Ch 2, dc in 1st 15 (15, 19, 19) sts, [2dc in the next st] twice, dc in the remaining 15 (15, 19, 19) sts. Turn. (34 (34, 42, 42) sts)

Neck edging and Button loop: Ch 1, sc in each st across top, work 3 sc into the corner, sc along the left (as worn) edge of the V, and then up along the right (as worn) side of the V, creating a ch button loop big enough to go around the button of your choice, opposite where you want the button to be located. (See photos). Continue to sc to the first sc of the neck edging, break yarn and seamless join.

EDGING

Time to try it on! If you’re busty and the front is too short for your preference, now is the time to add some length in front by working a few rows of dc and sc across the front hem before adding the edging. To add the final edge, sc all around bottom/arm opening. Weave in all ends.

And that’s all there is to it! I think the Fairy Tale Poncho would look amazing in an emerald green, deep blue, winter white – any color really! Change it up by adding a hood in place of the collar, cinching it in with a skinny belt, or adding a fancy edging around the hem – I can’t wait to see what you make of this pattern!

Fairy Tale Poncho: free #crochet pattern in sizes Small -5X!Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2013. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit the About page for details.

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  1. 6

    Kelly says

    I love love love this pattern! I just told my husband I need a jacket poncho or something. In Texas we have Sumer, spring, fall and winter all in one week or day! So this will cover all of above thank you for the share! You are so talented!

  2. 10

    Amy Davis says

    Love this! Is rectangle A numbered wrong or did row 4 get omitted accidentally? Thanks, can’t wait to make this!

  3. 12

    Melissa says

    Love this! And since I work for our local school district I am on a fabulous 17 day Christmas break with my kids!! Buying yarn today to make myself a little Christmas gift!! And one for my sis too!!

  4. 13

    Beth Smarr says

    I can’t wait to try this pattern, but I am interested in doing it as one piece. I will tyr to figure that out, but I am interested in how you did it.

    • 16

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Mardi! Neck to hem it’s about 20 inches long laid flat, a bit longer worn (due to gravity). I’m a 3X and it’s about 2-3 inches below my natural waist, but I’m not very busty. I would definitely recommend trying it on after assembly and before you do the edging to see if you need to add more length as described in the pattern.

    • 17

      Lacey says

      Hi. I just finished up my pieces and am seaming them together. I am a 3x and am going to have to add another 8 inches or so to the front and back of the poncho to make it long enough for my taste. I may end up adding a bit more than that simply because I want it to be somewhere around my hips instead of just below my waist. So, I’ve noticed that I’m going to have to buy more yarn to finish it. I’ve used 2 of the Big skeins of Michael’s Impeccable yarn and will probably need at least one small skein to finish. All in all I”m really happy with the way the poncho has turned out, and will be glad to get it finished so I can wear it.

  5. 18

    Vilmøy gaustad says

    I’ve been scrolling over your plage the last week, and i’ve found so much i want to crochet! Im just a beginner, only ever made hats, but im now wanting to more on to bigger projects. I also just found the page im enclosing, emmaoclothing. Have you seen those beautiful dresses? I would love to make one like that, and im guessing im not the only one. Maybe you can take a look and see if you can make a simular pattern?

    http://shop.textalk.se/en/shop.php?id=21273

    • 19

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you Vilmoy! Those dresses are say Russian crochet to me – check out some Russian crochet sites, I think you’ll find what you’re looking for! :)

  6. 20

    Linda D. says

    Hi Tamara,

    I found you via a link on another website and I can’t wait to make this poncho for myself. It is so refreshing to see someone who designs a pattern for full size women. I’m signing up for weekly newsletter and look forwarding to trying your patterns.

  7. 23

    Kathy s says

    Hi Tamara, First let me say that I love this poncho! I can’t wait to finish it and try it on. I am stuck on the collar and button loop. I don’t think that the instructions are complete for the collar part. At least they are not making sense to me. Could you look that over please? I have enjoyed making several of your patterns and love your posts. Thank you for all that you share with us.

    • 24

      Tamara Kelly says

      Oh my gosh, you’re right! Some weird publishing snafu there. I’ll get on that right away, should be fixed very soon!

  8. 28

    Rebecca says

    I was wondering if there was anyway to add like a flowey hood to it, like Little Red Riding hood? And if so could you tell me how to make it please? i am a beginner crocheter. :]

    • 31

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Jane! The mattress stitch is the same as the hand sewing stitch. :) There is a tutorial video linked in the pattern.

  9. 33

    Nina Gambrel says

    Can you explain how to do the sc2tog skipping 1 st in the middle? I know how to sc2tog but Im confused on the skipping 1st In the middle.

    • 34

      Tamara Kelly says

      I can try! Ok, so when you have a sc2tog, you could say that there are two “legs” – one goes into the first stitch, and the other goes into the next stitch, and then you yo and pull through to pull them together into one stitch. Follow me so far? So to skip 1 in the middle, you put the first leg in the first stitch, as usual, then instead of putting the second leg in the next stitch, you skip that stitch and go into the stitch after that. Then yo and pull through to finish as usual. Does that help?

  10. 36

    Jodi says

    I couldn’t figure out the stitches so I used your pattern as a guide. I also constructed a hood. I had wanted to put a pic on here so you could see it. Please email me for the pic. Thank you for the awesome pattern

  11. 40

    Farah hani says

    If I may ask does crochet hook size 2.5mm and 2.55mm make difference in crocheting? Because I left my crochet hook size 2.55 mm in school and at home the only closest size I have is 2.5 mm. Can I use my 2.5 mm to continue with my project that was done by 2.55 mm crochet hook?

    • 41

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Farah! That’s a tiny difference, but it’s also a very small hook… it may make a difference, but you might be able to “correct” for it with tension, by working ever so slightly looser. But .05mm is not a huge difference, so I think it might just be doable. :)

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