Quick Crochet Poncho Free Pattern: the Chunky Clamshell Lace Poncho

So at the risk of being made fun of, I am ALWAYS cold. I could wear leggings and long sleeves in 85 degree weather. (I may or may not be doing that today… What can I say? I’m an island girl.) And I’m still cold! So, I decided to make a quick crochet poncho pattern to share with you all!

Quick Crochet Poncho Pattern

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I love a quick project, so I decided to remix my Clamshell Lace pattern from my Waterfall Vest and Lace Corset Belt into a giant, cozy, textured ruana style poncho. One of these days, I’ll make a tutorial for the stitches used!

Quick Crochet Poncho Free Pattern

Guys, I don’t want to brag too much, but I think I nailed it! I’m so warm and cozy! The super soft boucle style yarn makes it feel like you’re wearing a cloud of lace. I got mine at Michael’s, and they have the yarn (Loops and Threads Country Loom) on sale right now! The open lace pattern allows it to breathe, so I wasn’t too hot, even while shooting these photos outdoors in 80 plus degree weather.

Quick Crochet Poncho Free Pattern

What’s better? This quick crochet poncho pattern uses a gigantic Q crochet hook. At 16mm, you’ll absolutely fly through this crochet pattern! Instant gratification.

You can wear it like an open front cardigan if you like, and it looks great just as is, or belted to accentuate your waist. If you’re walking on the beach, you can wrap one of the sides around your neck and shoulders to keep it in place a bit better. I love that it’s so versatile! My kids even stole it on the car ride home from the beach to use as a blanket.

Quick Crochet Poncho Free Pattern

Materials to Crochet this Quick Crochet Poncho Pattern

Q/16 mm Hook

6 balls Loops & Threads Country Loom (Approx. 600  yds Chunky (6) weight yarn)

Optional stitch markers, to mark the beginning of the lace section


Yarn Needle- make sure you can fit chunky yarn through it! These Susan Bates finishing Needles are perfect.


Ch- Chain

Dc – double crochet

Dc5tog – double crochet 5 together

Lp – loop

Sk – skip

Yo- yarn over

Special Stitches

5dc shell: 5 Double crochet shell. Make 5 DC into the same stitch or chain space.

Dc5tog: Double crochet 5 together. Yo, draw up lp. Yo, pull through 2 loops. *Yo, insert hook into next st/sp, draw up a lp. Yo, pull through next 2 lps.* Repeat three more times. Yo, pull through all 6 lps on hook. Stitch completed.

Gauge / Finished Size

4 Stitches x 3.5 Rows in 4” square (worked in DC)

Approximately 45” wide by 70” from front hem to back hem.


This is a one-size fits most pattern. It’s meant to be a super oversized and quick crochet poncho, but you can adjust the length by adding or subtracting multiples of 12, and the width by increasing or decreasing the number of repeats- just be aware this will affect your yardage needed!

Chunky Clamshell Lace Quick Crochet Poncho Pattern

Solid Double Crochet Edging

Row 1: FDC 73. (Alternatively, ch 75, Dc in 3rd ch and across.) [73]

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Dc across. [73]

Row 3: Repeat Row 2.


Begin Clamshell Lace Pattern

Row 4: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7. *Ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2, dc. Sk 2, 5dc shell in center ch sp. Sk 2, dc.* until 7 stitches remain, Dc 7.

Row 5: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7. *(Ch 1, sk 1, Dc) 3 times. Dc, sk 1, 5dc shell in ch sp, sk 3.* Dc 7.

Row 6: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7. *(Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 3 times. Ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2, dc.* Dc 7.

Row 7: Ch 2, Turn. Dc7. *Sk 1, 5dc shell, sk 3. Dc, ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2.* Dc 7.

Row 8:  Ch 2, turn. Dc 7. *Sk 1, 5dc shell, sk 3, dc. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 3 times.* Dc 7.

Row 9: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7. *Ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2, Dc. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 3 times.* Dc 7.

Row 10-12: Repeat Rows 4-6.

Row 13: Ch 2, turn. Dc 43. *Sk 1, 5dc shell, sk 3. Dc, ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2.* Dc 7. [73]


Split for the Neck

Row 14: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7. *Sk 1, 5dc shell, sk 3, dc. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 3 times.* Repeat once more, and make one last Dc, leaving 42 Dc unworked. [31]

Row 15: Ch 2, turn, Dc *Ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2, Dc. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 3 times.* Dc 7. [31]

Row 16: Ch 2, turn, Dc 7. *Ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2, dc. Sk 2, 5dc shell in center ch sp. Sk 2, dc.* FDC 42. [73]


Finish with a second lace panel

Row 17: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7. *(Ch 1, sk 1, Dc) 3 times. Dc, Sk 2, 5Dc shell, sk 2.* Repeat twice more. *(Ch 1, sk 1, Dc) 3 times. Dc, sk 1, 5dc shell in ch sp, sk 3.* Repeat across until 7 stitches remain, Dc 7. [73]

Row 18-21: Repeat Rows 6-9.

Row 22-26: Repeat Rows 4-8.

Finish with more Solid Double Crochet Edging.

Row 27-29: Repeat Row 2.


Break yarn and weave in ends.


Solid Neck Edging

Attach yarn at bottom inside corner with a standing Dc.

C-1: Dc up first panel. Place 3dc in both edges of the short rows. Dc back down the other panel. [90]

C-2: Ch 2, turn. Dc across. [90]

Break yarn and weave in ends.

Shawl Collar – optional but I recommend it!

Count 20 stitches up the inside of both front panels, and mark with a stitch marker (or scrap yarn).

S-1: Sc in 21st st, and next 9. Hdc 5. Dc 20. Hdc 5, sc 10.

S-2 and S-3: Ch 1, turn. Sc 10, Hdc 5, Dc 20, Hdc 5, sc 10.

Quick Crochet Poncho Pattern


Break yarn, and weave in all ends.

That’s it! You’re ready to drape yourself in luxuriously soft lace. Throw an end over your shoulder, or add your favorite belt to hold it in place, and you’re ready to rock it!

Quick Crochet Poncho Pattern

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32 thoughts on “Quick Crochet Poncho Free Pattern: the Chunky Clamshell Lace Poncho

  1. Hi! It’s beautiful, but I’m getting really confused on the counts for the clamshell design. Have you had time to make a chart for it yet? I think I’m putting the stitches in the wrong places. 🙁 Thanks hon!

    1. Hi Kathy!
      I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the Clamshell Lace Pattern! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to digitize my chart yet, but I can email you the hand drawn version if you think that’d be helpful! We’ll get you sorted out and crocheting this again really quick!

      1. I am also having some trouble with the counts. I’m stuck on row 5 – things just aren’t adding up. Either a charter or a close up where I can see the stitches on the wrap would be super helpful. It’s a beautiful wrap and I really want to finish it!

        1. Hi Sarah! I am working on the chart, but having trouble digitizing it. I’m happy to email you a hand-drawn copy if you still need it- just let me know either through comment or email.

  2. Hiya!
    I really love your pattern, but I can’t understand Row 5. After the shell, should it be symmetrical to before the shell, ie. 5dc Shell, sk 1, 2 dc, then repeat to (ch 1 sk 1, dc) x 3 etc?

    If you could let me know, or
    please email me the chart, that would be fantastic! Thanks so much! Susie

    1. Hi Susie!

      Thanks for commenting! I’m still battling my graphics program for the chart, but it is in the works! For now, I hope I can help you by talking it out.

      So for row 5, it’s not strictly symmetrical. Instead, there are two sections in the pattern repeat: first, some simple dc mesh, an extra dc to separate the sections, and a 5dc shell.

      You won’t have two dc next to each other, but you’ll have a shell, next to a dc, some mesh, then a shell, next to a dc and more mesh.

      I trust that helps! If not, hang in there, I hope to complete the chart before April! And of course, if you have another specific question, I’m happy to help you with my patterns anytime.


  3. I to could use some pictures or something as I don’t think my stitches are lining up right and it’s difficult to tell for sure with this type yarn. Also, does the chain 2 before you turn count as a double crochet or not? Thank you so much, I really want to make this!!

    1. Hi, Brandi!

      I am working on a stitch chart and possibly a video for this! I hope to have them done soon, but time has gotten away from me this last week or two. Hang in there!

      For now, the ch2 does not count as a stitch. If you can ask a more specific question, I would be happy to help answer, but I am not quite sure how best to help you with the few details you’ve given.


      1. I’ll try it again and see how it goes. It seemed good until row 5 and it just didn’t feel like the stitches were lining up right. Thanks!

  4. Hi! I also love your patern, but unfortunately I am also having diffuculties with row 5… I would love to receive your handwritten chart… I already sent an email, so I hope you can help me out!

    1. Hi Marieke- So sorry it took me a few days to see this! I am emailing you that handwritten chart right now. Hopefully it helps you, and I’m still planning to get this charted soon.

  5. Hi Katie,
    I love this pattern, I am so lost when I came to row 5. I read the above comments, so I understand the chain 2 does not count as a stitch , but my stitch count is not working out at all. I really want to make this , but at this point I think I need to see a visual if you could email me something please. I would be happy to purchase the pattern on Ravelry but not if its the exact same as what i’m confused on with the free pattern. Help please and Thank you.

    1. Hi Karen!

      Thanks so much for commenting. I’ve gone ahead and emailed you the stitch chart I’ve drawn. The Ravelry PDF does NOT include it so far, but I’ll be updating it in the next month or so with a digital PDF, and I’ll update this post when I do.

      Hope the chart helps you, and thanks again for reaching out!

  6. Hi Katie, –
    I just found you and this pattern – it is exactly what I have been looking for. Could you please e-mail me the cart, unless it had been updated on Ravelry – if it has been updated just say so as I am happy to pay the small fee for your work.
    And thank yo so much that your site uses sans sarif fonts like Arial – so many things are done in Times New Roman (a HORRIBLE font for dyslexics). It makes it much easier to read.

    1. Hi Mary!

      Thank you so much for the sweet message! I truly appreciate it, and it’s made my day. Since you asked, I’ll place a button for you to purchase the pattern on Ravelry below, but your encouraging words are ample payment!

      I’m happy to hear my blog design makes it easier for dyslexics to read! I’ll be sure to take note of that if I ever change up the look.


    1. Email sent! I apologize that it took me a week to see with family visiting. Summer has me spending less time than usual on the computer, I’m afraid.

      Good luck, and feel free to reach out if you have more questions!

  7. Hi, Kate! I go by Kate too! Everyone seems to get stuck on row 5, but I didn’t even make it that far. I was starting on row 3 and thinking “this seems big, I better measure”. I got 60” across!! Isn’t this the back hem? Your measurements say 45”. My swatch seems small if anything. Any idea what I’m doing wrong before I frog it all?

    1. Hi Kate! I see you figured it out earlier, but just to confirm, the piece is worked from side to side, so you’re going to have a longer edge first. Hope that helps!

  8. ok, I finally got my head turned around and realized this was worked shoulder to shoulder instead of back hem forward. And now…. I got to row five… Can I have that scan please? I ordered the ravelry copy hoping you’d included it in there, but no luck. My yarn is so soft. I wish you could feel it. I can’t wait to wear this shawl. Thanks for all the help.

    1. Hey Kate! I’m more than happy to email you that handwritten chart, hopefully it helps! Glad you figured out that it’s worked side to side! Can’t wait to see your finished shawl!

  9. Hi Katie, love the pattern, but am having the 5th row issue as well. Was wondering if I could get a hold of the handwritten chart as well, I really want to get this finished before Christmas.

    1. Hi Paula!
      I’ve just sent you an email with that chart. Thanks so much for the lovely comment and your patience as I found it! (My family has been under the weather this week!)

      Happy crocheting!!

  10. Good morning, I have fallen in love with your design. I just purchased off Ravelry but would REALLY appreciate a copy of hand-drawn chart.

    Thank you very much! Look forward to getting this on my hook!

  11. Hi there! I love love love the look of this, unfortunately I too am stuck on row 5! Are we counting the chain 2’s on row 4 as stitches when sk 1 and dc on row 5?? And top of a cluster is 1 stitch?

    1. Hi Marga,

      You’re exactly right- we do count the chains each as a stitch when you’re skipping one. And the top of the cluster counts as one stitch.

      Here’s how I visualized it- you want the “top shell” of 5dc in the same chain to look like it joins to the “bottom shell” dc5tog decrease. To do that, you don’t want to work into the top of the cluster, because it’ll look a bit more crooked. SO instead, you work into the chain on the side of it, where it looks like a point.

      Hope that helps! I know this pattern is tricky at first, but trust your gut! You’ve got this!

      Leave me a comment or email if you need any more help- and I hope to work up a chart, tutorial and video for this sometime soon to help.


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