No-sew Granny Square Poncho Tutorial

2 Materials
10 Minutes

Here, I’m going to be taking a granny-style knitted square blanket and transforming it into a piece of clothing without any sewing.

So, if you spy a lovely granny square blanket at the thrift shop, you can make one of these yourself with nothing but a pair of scissors.

Let’s get to work with this DIY no-sew poncho!

Tools and materials:

  • Knitted square blanket
  • Scissors
Granny square blanket

1. Find the right size blanket

Find yourself a blanket that, when it's folded in half lengthwise, it’s roughly the right shape for a poncho or a sweater.

Finding the middle square

2. Find the middle square

Find the middle square by folding it in half again so that it is double-folded.

Alternatively, you could just count the squares to find the middle square. 


Cutting out the middle square

3. Cut out the middle square

Find the yarn that is attaching that square to the one next to it. Then chop off the connecting yarn of the center square on all of the sides, effectively removing the square. 

Removing yarn

4. Remove the rest of the yarn

Then remove the excess bits of yarn. You can keep that square and use it for something else, such as a trivet or a coaster.

Once you’ve removed all of the yarn, you will have your finished head hole, and it definitely will stretch wide enough to get on and off of your head. Then you’re done!


There is the option of turning the poncho into a top. All you’d need to do is create two seams at the sides to close the sides up. You can easily just stitch a line on the outside with some yarn and a simple running stitch. 

Completed granny square poncho

Granny square poncho

How adorable did this granny square crochet poncho come out? It is super-duper cozy and warm.

It is an unconventional material, and I just love it. I’ve styled it with an all-black outfit so that the color can really pop.

I found this granny blanket in a thrift store, and I can tell that it was made with a lot of love and took a lot of time and I’m glad I was able to give it a new lease of life.

This is a great no-sew project and I hope you’ll give it a try!

For more upcycling content, check out my post on How to Make a Cute Tunic Out of an Old Bedsheet & a Scarf.

Suggested materials:
  • Knitted square blanket
  • Scissors

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