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Child's Poncho

The Child's Poncho modeled by an 11-month-old in the smallest size.

(c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

This Child's Poncho knitting pattern is a fun and funky scrap knitting project, allowing you to use up a bunch of bits of yarn in different, coordinating colors. Using two strands of different yarns held together, with one yarn changed at a time, the finished look has a lot more depth than single-strand knitting would allow.

The construction of the poncho is super-simple. It's two triangles worked from the tip up and joined at the shoulders with a three-needle bind off. The remaining stitches are joined in the round and worked with a novelty yarn thrown in to frame the face.

Sizes are given for six months up to 4 years, but because the shape is so simple you can easily customize it to whatever size you want (even for an adult). Instructions are below.


  • About 220 (230, 240, 250) yards of a variety of yarns of similar colors. I used mostly medium weight yarns in pink and purple, with two yarns held together throughout, except for the border, which was worked in a single strand of bulky weight yarn, which requires about 75 (78, 80, 83) yards. The collar area was worked with the bulky yarn and a novelty yarn held together; that requires about 20 yards for all sizes.
  • one pair size 10 US (6 mm) knitting needles, as well as a circular knitting needle (16 inches should work) or a set of double-pointed needles in the same size and one additional needle of size 10 or smaller for working 3-needle bind off
  • two stitch holders or lengths of contrasting yarn
  • scissors and yarn needle


14.5 stitches and 20 rows per 4 inches (about 3.5 stitches and 5 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch.


6-12 month (18 month, 2 years, 4 years); finished width is 12 (12.5, 13, 13.5) inches. Instructions are given in smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses.

Knitting the Poncho:

  1. Using one strand of bulky yarn (hereafter yarn A), cast on 3 stitches.
  2. Knit 1 row.
  3. K1, increase 1, K1, increase 1, K1. (I used the knit cast on.) 5 stitches.
  4. Knit 1 row.
  5. K1, increase 1, K3, increase 1, K1. 7 stitches.
  6. Knit 1 row.
  7. K1, increase 1, K2, join in a set of two yarns held together (hereafter yarn B), K1, join a second strand of your first yarn and K2, increase 1, K1. 9 stitches.
  8. K the edge stitches in yarn A and purl the stitch in yarn B, changing yarns when you come to the new strands. For the rest of the project, the edge stitches will be in Garter Stitch and the rest of the body in Stockinette.
  9. K 4 in A, switch to B, yarn over, K1, yarn over, K4 in A.
  10. On subsequent right side rows, K4 in A, switch to B, K1, yarn over, knit to 1 stitch from end of B, yarn over, K1, K4 in A. Change one strand of yarn in your yarn B configuration whenever you want or need to.
  11. Continue in this manner until you have 51 (53, 55, 57) stitches in B; 59 (61, 63, 65) stitches total.
  12. Slide stitches onto a stitch holder or piece of waste yarn.
  13. Make a second triangle in the same manner.

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