A poncho is a garment designed to slip over your head and cloak your body to keep it warm. Originally created from a single sheet of fabric with an opening for the head, the instructions below will tell you how to make a knitted poncho by joining two panels created on a knitting loom. This pattern is sized to fit a child, but could be made larger by following the same steps with a larger loom.
Cast on to the 36 pegs. Casting on is done by wrapping the yarn around the pegs. Begin with peg 1 and wrap the yarn around the peg one time in circular manner, forming a cursive letter "e." Move clockwise around the loom, but wrap the yarn counterclockwise. Move on to the neighbouring peg until all of the pegs have an "e" loop on them.
Repeat this wrapping process so that each peg has two strands of yarn on it.
Knit the first row by placing the loom pick under the bottom loop of yarn and pulling it up over the top of the peg. Moving clockwise around the ring, repeat this step at each peg until every peg has only a single strand of yarn on it.
Wrap each peg again, and repeat step 2 to create the second row of knitting.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have reached the desired panel length, approximately 100 rows.
Bind off and make a second panel. To bind off, beginning with peg 1, pull up the loop with a crochet hook. Then place the loop from the next peg onto the crochet hook as well. Wrap yarn from the skein over the top of the hook, creating a third loop in front of the other two. Pull the yarn through both of the loops on the hook, leaving a single loop remaining on the hook. Repeat until you reach the last loop.
When you reach the final loop, cut about 8 inches of yarn from the skein and pull it through the remaining loop. Then weave the tail into the panel.
Rotate one panel 180 degrees and using the yarn needle or crochet hook, connect the two panels at the shoulders, leaving an opening for the head. Add fringe to the bottom if desired.
Looms work best with bulky yarn, so try to choose yarn types that are labelled for size 11 to 17 knitting needle.