I Love Ponchos

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

Items Needed

2 skeins of yarn
Size 8 circular needles
Darning needle

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

Row 4: (Right side) K2, K2tog, Knit to last 4 stitches, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K2
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: Purl

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!

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3 Responses to I Love Ponchos

  1. Candace Coffin says:

    I too love ponchos and years ago made them for gifts. The pattern I had had cables in it. I like this child’s poncho…simple and easy. I liked the way you modeled it too!! : )

  2. Jo says:

    I bet I could make this one! Really cute and so is the model. 🙂

  3. Mardi says:

    It was so pretty on my daughter. Thank you very much.
    Wish I had an aunt like you around when I was young Pamela. 😉

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