Extremely Easy Kids’ Crochet Poncho with Tear Drop Corner Pattern

This poncho is made on granny square base, instead of starting with small circle inside I started with large, empty square of 20 x 20 (80 all together) chains which turned out a bit too big for my two year old but she is growing so fast it will be just right in no time…

crochet square poncho free pattern


  • couple of colours of double knitting yarn (I used 5 colours: beige, kiwi green, lilac, rose pink and chocolate brown) – about 350 g – 400 g all together
  • 2 handmade pom poms


  • crochet hooks (I used 4.00 mm one to crochet and 5.00 mm to make frills)

easy crochet poncho pattern


Please note that names of the stitches in UK & US vary, this is UK pattern, click through for crochet stitches conversion chart.

stitches used: chain (ch), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), triple crochet (tr), slip stitch (ss)


  • multiply of 4 ch + 1 ch (I stared with 80 ch + 1 ch base)
  • connect two ends of the chain with  ss

easy crochet poncho for spring


  • This is the most important part, counting stitches is crucial, otherwise poncho won’t be even. The beginning will be place where all rows will be connected, therefore we need to start half way in between corners, not on the edge.
  • Work 3 ch instead of first tr and then continue with 9 more tr into each chain of the base.
  • Then work 4 ch to create the corner and 20 tr into each chain of the base.
  • Again 4 ch for the corner and then 20 tr.
  • One more 4 ch corner, 20 tr and 4 ch for the last corner.
  • Work last 10 tr and finish the row with ss into 3rd ch of the first tr.



  • Start with a new colour the same way like in the previous row, starting with 3 ch for the first tr and then continue with tr in between stitches from the previous row.
  • Once you will reach the corner chains work 2 tr into the chains of the base, 4 extra ch to create a new corner and again 2 tr into the chain base.
  • Continue like this for as many rounds as it is needed to make poncho long enough.

girls poncho cape with pom poms and tear drop corners

LAST ROUND (the most time consuming)

  • Start the round with colour you will be using for frills.
  • Work 2 ch for first htr and then htr all the way around poncho, even the corners.
  • Cut pieces of the yarn and tie into each dc stitch, I tied 3 pieces of yarn into each of them – use larger crochet hook to pull the yarn through the holes.

DIY pom poms scallop neck finish


Using the same colour as frills I finished the poncho with scallop pattern around the neck and then chain with pom-poms as this is child poncho and I needed possibility of adjusting the size.

  • First row: work 2 ch and then htr around the neck without creating the corners again.
  • Second row: work 1 dc 2 htr 1 dc into every second stitch to create the scallops.

Make chain long enough to be tied into bow, thread it into the scalloped neck finish.

Create two pom-poms and attach them to the ends of the chain.


If you are making poncho from one colour you can decorate it with some flowers or other little embellishments.

It is much easier to use two or three colours only, then you don’t have to cut and tie yarn all the time. I started working on second, two tone poncho for my older daughter… I will add more photos once it is finished.

More crochet poncho patterns.

With thanks to my husband who was helping me to tie the frills… it took us 3 evenings :)

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Your thoughts…

  1. Could you please let me know what yarn you got exactly?

  2. I used standard DK yarn, not sure of the brand now, I had it at home for a very long time…

  3. Adorable! I am autistic and have difficulty with abbreviations: does “tr” mean “triple crochet?” It is not listed as a stitch used, but the first 9 stitches of the foundation row call for it as well as the corners of consecutive rows. Thanks for your help!

  4. Hi Karen, yes, it is triple crochet, I have added it to the list of stitches… thank you for noticing!!!

  5. Hi! Thanks for this pattern, could you please tell me the reason for having to do 9 triple crochets at the start of the first round? Thanks!


  7. Thank you for the comments :)


    I did not want the connecting point to be at the corner where the tear drops are so started with 9 made a corner and continued with trebles until next corner. This way the connection point in each row turned out to be somewhere in the middle between the corners… hope it explains.


    Yes, sure, this poncho can be made with DK instead of TR but the tear drops will be a bit smaller.

  8. I’m relatively new to crochet – I’m a visual learner, and everything I’ve done has been from videos. :) So I’m not sure I’m reading the pattern correctly. I understand the chain of 80 (or a multiple of 4 until it is beg enough). But in the first round, do you mean I do 9 tc into EACH chain? Meaning there would be 720 TC (9 tc times 80 chains)? It just doesn’t look like that, so I feel like I’m misunderstanding. Thanks for any help you can offer! I’m making this for my daughter for Christmas, so I have time to learn it right. :)

  9. Beautiful poncho, I chose this one to make for my daughter. I am on the first round and now understand some of the questions. The pattern has the first 9 stitches as a TR, but the remaining, aside from the corner chains, are listed as DC.Round two works with DC until the corners, which uses TR. I’m not sure if that is intentional. I’m going to wing it and see how this goes. It’s my first attempt for something like this!

  10. Hi Karen, apologies, it was mistake in the pattern, the poncho is mainly made out of trebles (tr), the scallop neck finish is made with dk… please, take a look at the image with stitches drawn on the top of the picture.

  11. Margot, thanks for the reply! I did inspect the photos after my comment, and realized that I could derive the stitches from there :-) So far I’m on round 2 and my only problems have been a break in the skein of yarn I’m using and somehow I had an extra chain stitch when I got near the end of round 1. I tried to decrease but it didn’t really work for me with the TR, so I instead just skipped the stitch in the middle of the final TRs of the round. I probably should have torn it all out, but I couldn’t bear to do it ;-) Thanks for the pattern, I love it!!

  12. I’m curious how you figure out the size. My granddaughter is 7 so I need one a little bigger but don’t know how to figure that out. Unless I just missed that somehow. Beautiful poncho!

  13. Hi Margot,
    I just want to clarify the pattern and sizing – triple crochet, not double on round 2?
    Also, my daughter is 7. Do I just need to make sure that it fits over her head? At 80 chain stitches, it fits over MY head, so I’m thinking I’m making my stitches too big. I’m using a G hook (4.25MM). Thanks for your help.

  14. @Beth This poncho has quite big opening and adjusts around the neck with the chain tie with pom poms so the only questions is the length. Just continue until it is long enough… Hope it helps.

    @Rebecca Yes, the poncho is made mostly of triple crochet stitches.

  15. What weight yarn did you use?
    I have a light weight 3 that I would love to use to make this for my granddaughter. Do you know what size needle I would use if the weight is different?
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  16. I’m a bit confused. For the chains at the beginning, how many chains of 80 + 1 an I suppose to make?

  17. I’m doing this poncho for a 10 year old, how many chains would you suggest I start off with? I’m new to crocheting but I’m determined to create this poncho.

  18. Do you know how to add a hood to this poncho?

  19. Rita Coard says:

    I have quite a lot of Chunky Wool if I could use this what size hook also how many chain would I need.I am new to crochet. Thank-you

  20. I have never made a poncho and I want to make one for my 8 year old granddaughter. Will this pattern work?

  21. I’d like to do 3 colors. Can you tell me how many rows you did?

  22. Lisa Sargent says:

    I would like to make for bigger child . I new at crocheting not sure how to increase pattern. Thank you for placing pattern out for others to use.

  23. Yes it will work for an 8 year old. I just finished one for one of my kiddos and looks great. Also easy to resize.

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