Beach Poncho – Free Knitting Pattern

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This beach poncho is just what you need for a trip to the beach!

This knitted top is a good length to wear over your swimwear and shorts, with enough holes to let the air through so you can dry off and stay cool.

I wore this top recently to the beach over my bikini and denim shorts and it was comfortable to relax in, as it has plenty of slouch.

Inspired by the cool blues of summer that I see around the Greek island of Corfu, the colours inspired me to make a poncho in that vibrant Greek blue.

I wanted to make and share a really easy beach poncho pattern that would be perfect for any beginner knitters.

This simple knit beach cover-up pattern is super easy, made with Lion Brand Fast Track Yarn and knit on size 15mm (US 19) straight needles.

If you need help with any of the instructions in the pattern, please visit my ‘learn how to knit’ page, which has video tutorials to help you.

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You can scroll down to see the free pattern below or you may choose to purchase the printable ad-free pdf version from my shop.

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Summer Poncho Knitting Pattern

Materials >

Note: Each summer poncho side is worked from side to side, then sewn together. To make this easier you may want to work on circular needles. 

15mm (US 19) knitting needles (straight or 24″ circulars)

2 x Lion Brand Fast Track yarn in the colour ‘Bicycle Blue (109)

Darning needle/Tape measure/Scissors/Stitch Markers

With 15mm (US 19) knitting needles cast on 62 (for 36-38 bust) (

To make the top larger – cast on 66 (bust – 40-42), 70 (bust 44-46), 74 (bust -48-50) sts. If you want a smaller size (bust – 32-34 cast on 58 sts)

1st row: Knit

2nd row: K1 edge, *YF, K2, pass increased stitch over knitted sts*, rep from * to * to last st, K1

3rd row: Purl all sts.

The last 2 rows form the pattern, rep until the piece measures 23″ from the cast on edge.

If you need help with the bamboo stitch – please see the video tutorial below >

Making up >

Sew in all loose ends (weave along the seams).

Pick up and sew sts on either side of the top that measures 10″ on either side – this is for the shoulder seams. Weave your needle in between the V stitches on either side. The shoulder seams should measure 10″ each side.

Stitch the lower corners together to form the open sleeve on either side.

Abbreviations >

K – knit

P – Purl

Rep – repeat

St(s) – stitches

YF – Yarn forward


I hope that you have enjoyed this post and that you will feel the need to make your own beach poncho.

*All photographs were taken in Ipsos, Corfu, Greece*

Let me know what you think in the comments and as ever happy making! xoxo

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