I knitted a poncho for myself last year and just love it! I think the poncho is the best in-between season apparel. This year for Christmas I decided to make a couple of girl ponchos – one for Stella (per a request) and one for my niece. There are so many patterns out there, but since these are for children – I decided to do simple ones – since realistically they may be worn for 2 years tops. I tend to collect yarn – I see some on sale and I buy it, see some that I like – I buy it, see some that may be good for a future project not yet decided – I buy it!! Needless to say I have a great selection of yarns in the house. This pattern I knew I needed two skeins so to the treasure chest of yarns I went and found 2 skeins in purple, of course, that were a washable blend.
Child Knitted Poncho
2 skeins of yarn
Size 8 circular needles
Gauge: 15 stitches and 22 rows = 4″
I made the poncho in the 2/4 year size, which is bolded, but this can be made in 12 mos, 18 mos and 6/8 years.
12 mos = 18″ chest measurement, 11 1/2″ finished length (neck to point) 1 skein yarn
18 mos = 19″ chest measurement, 13″ finished length (neck to point) 2 skein yarn
2/4 years = 23″ chest measurement, 15 1/2″ finished length (neck to point) 2 skein yarn
6/8 years = 26 1/2″ chest measurement, 17 1/2″ finished length (neck to point) 3 skein yarn
Sl1 = slip 1 stitch from the left needle to the right needle as you would to knit
PSSO = pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch, decrease by 1
K2tog = Knit two stitches together
Make 2 pieces alike.
Cast on 65 (73, 85, 97)
Rows 1 – 3: K1, *P1, K1 – repeat from * to end of row
Repeat rows 4 – 7, ten more times. (43, 51, 63, 75 stitches) – I use a counter to keep track of repeated rows.
Next Row: (right side) K2, K2tog, knit to last 4 stitches, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K2
Next Row: Purl
Repeat these two rows 5 (9, 14, 19) more times. You will have 31 (31, 33, 35) stitches left.
Cast off knitwise
Finishing: Sew center Front and center Back seams together. Weave in all ends.
You can also put fringe on the finished poncho. Since this is a smaller size than Stella, I could not use her as my model – so I found a large stuffie!