Free Knitting Pattern for the Sylvia Poncho Wrap

  • 01 of 05

    Knit an Asymmetrical Poncho Wrap

    Wrap yourself in warmth and style with this free poncho knitting pattern. Designed to look like it's part shawl or wrap and part poncho, this pattern is easy to knit and assemble. It's a knit accessory that's both cute and useful!

    By working with a lace rib stitch pattern (formed with yarn overs, K2tog, and SSK stitches), you get rows of faux-cable that fool the untrained eye. Instead of constructing a complicated shape with increases or decreases, all you need to do is knit a large rectangle and then seam one partial edge.

    You'll end up with a lacy poncho that drapes beautifully and still keeps you warm. Choose your favorite fingering or 4-ply weight yarn and get ready to cast on the Sylvia Poncho Wrap.

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  • 02 of 05

    Materials, Gauge, and Abbreviations

    4-Ply Blacker Yarns by Lyonesse
    Mollie Johanson/The Spruce


    • 6 skeins of Blacker Yarns Lyonesse 4-Ply (shown in colorway Serpentine)
      1100 yards of fingering weight yarn
    • US#4/3.5mm circular needle (32in/80cm long)—or size needed to achieve gauge 
    • Tapestry needle for weaving and seaming
    • Safety pins


    24 stitches and 32 rows = 4in/10cm in pattern measured flat after wet blocking.

    Finished Size

    Approximately 24in x 24in (61cm x 61cm) when flat.

    Fits a ladies size medium, but can be adjusted. See the adjusting section below.

    Abbreviations and Stitches Used

    • CO = cast on
    • K = knit
    • P = purl
    • K2Tog = knit two together
    • YO = yarn over
    • SSK = slip, slip, knit
    • BO = bind off
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  • 03 of 05

    Sylvia Poncho Wrap Pattern

    Knitting the poncho wrap in lace rib
    Mollie Johanson/The Spruce

    Picot Cast-On

    Use the cable cast-on method.

    CO6, BO2, *CO9, BO2*, Repeat between * until you have 144 stitches, CO2 (146 stitches total)

    Main Pattern

    Row 1: (WS) K1, P1, K3, *P3, K4*, Repeat between * to the last 8 stitches, P3, K3, P1, K1

    Row 2: (RS) K1, P4, *K3, P4*, Repeat between * to the last stitch, K1

    Row 3: Repeat row 1

    Row 4: K1, P4, *K2Tog, YO, K1, P4*, Repeat between * to the last stitch, K1

    Row 5: Repeat row 1

    Row 6: Repeat row 2

    Row 7: Repeat row 1

    Row 8: K1, P4, *K1, YO, SSK, P4*, Repeat between * to the last stitch, K1

    Repeat rows 1–8 until the piece measures 48in (122cm) long.

    Repeat rows 1-3.

    Note: Since this is a lace ribbing, the knitting will look tight and much narrower than the finished size. As long as you work in gauge, the size will be correct after blocking.

    Bind Off

    Bind off using a stretchy bind off method.

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  • 04 of 05

    Finishing the Sylvia Poncho Wrap

    Seaming one edge together
    Mollie Johanson/The Spruce

    Blocking and Weaving

    Wet block the poncho wrap as you would block lace. Pin the edges so it measures 24in x 48in (61cm x 122cm). Pin the picots so they extend beyond the straight edge.

    After blocking, weave in all the ends.

    Sewing the Seam

    Fold the poncho wrap in half with the right sides together. Choose on which side of your body you want the picot edge to hang. On that side, measure 12in (30cm) from the cast-on edge and place a pin to mark the measured point. 

    Cut a 48in (122cm) piece of yarn and thread your tapestry needle. Secure the end of the yarn at the corner and then whip stitch the two edges until you reach the marked point. Secure and weave in the end.

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  • 05 of 05

    Styling and Adjusting the Poncho Wrap

    Woman wearing the Sylvia poncho wrap
    Mollie Johanson/The Spruce

    Wear your poncho with jeans and a long-sleeved tee, over a maxi-dress, or with a pencil skirt and top. Add a long necklace for an extra pop!

    To adjust the size, use a multiple of 7 + 6 stitches. Use the gauge guide to determine the final width of the rectangle and double that measurement to determine the length.

    To make the poncho wrap reversible, skip the picot cast-on and use a standard cast-on.