How do I knit a child's poncho?

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How do I knit a child's poncho?
Decorate the edge of a child's knitted poncho with pom-poms or fringe. (HeikeRau/iStock/Getty Images)

Whether you're a seasoned knitter or a beginner, children's patterns are fast and easy to work on. Because they are small by design, you can finish a child's poncho in a weekend. You don't need many supplies except circular knitting needles. You may even be able to use up a skein of wool that you already have tucked away in the cupboard.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 set of No. 5 circular needles, 72.5 cm (29 inches) in length
  • 1 set of No. 9 circular needles, 30 to 40 cm (12 to 16 inches) in length
  • 227 g (8 oz) medium (worsted) weight wool
  • Stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cast 84 stitches onto No. 5 needles. Place the stitch marker at the end of the 84 stitches.

  2. 2

    Knit 20 stitches, and then increase two stitches by knitting one stitch, purling one stitch and knitting one stitch all in the next (twenty-first) stitch. Continue the first row in this manner, knitting 20 stitches, and then increasing two stitches until you reach the stitch marker. You should have 92 stitches at the end of the first row.

  3. 3

    Knit 21 stitches. Increase two stitches by knitting one stitch, purling one stitch and knitting one stitch all in the twenty-second stitch. Knit 22 stitches, and then increase two stitches by repeating the knit one, purl one, knit one pattern. Continue the second row in this manner, knitting 22 stitches, and then increasing two stitches until you reach the stitch marker. You will have 100 stitches at the end of the second row.

  4. 4

    Knit the rest of the poncho by following the established pattern, working the increase in the centre stitch of the previous row's increase. Continue knitting until the poncho measures 37.5 cm (15 inches) from the neck to one of the corners.

  5. 5

    Knit an edge onto the poncho before binding off. Knit six more rows without making increases. You will knit one, purl one across the row for the next six rows, creating a ribbed edge.

  6. 6

    Bind off the stitches and cut the wool, leaving a 5 cm (2 inch) tail. Weave the loose end back into the edge of the poncho, using the tapestry needle.

  7. 7

    Pick up 80 stitches around the neck edge of the poncho, using the No. 9 circular needles. Place a stitch marker at the end of the 80 stitches.

  8. 8

    Knit across the row and continue knitting rows until the neck measures 7.5 cm (3 inches).

  9. 9

    Bind off the stitches and cut the yarn, leaving a 5 cm (2 inch) tail. Weave the loose end back into the edge of the neck, using the tapestry needle.

Tips and warnings

  • Fringe or pom-poms can be attached to the edge of the poncho to decorate it.
  • This pattern is versatile. You can knit it in all one colour, with several colours to give it a striped look, or with a skein of variegated wool to create a different look all together. You can also knit it as long or short as you need, depending on the size of the child.
  • When knitting the neck edge, you can knit more than 7.5 cm (3 inches) to create a poloneck for cooler weather.

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