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Easy Kids' Knit Poncho

Stay cozy and warm with this free knitted poncho pattern for child!

Easy Kids Knit Poncho Pattern
Easy Kids Knit Poncho Pattern
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This easy kids knit poncho from Bernat Yarns can be adjusted to fit one year to eight year olds, making it a great pattern for toddlers and gradeschoolers alike! So if you need a free baby poncho knitting pattern, look no further than right here.

Kids will love this fun and fashionable accessory, and it will keep them warm throughout the winter. Let your child pick his or her favorite color for the piece and make it for them before winter arrives. This is a great boys or girls poncho knitting pattern.

Save this poncho knitting pattern and make a new one every few years. They'll never miss out on a chance to stay warm and look good. The soft yarn and easy-to-follow instructions make this an ideal winter wearable.If you're wondering how to knit a poncho for a child, this is the pattern for you.


To fit chest measurement:
12 mos: 18" [45.5 cm]
18 mos: 19" [48 cm]
2/4 yrs: 23" [58.5 cm]
6/8 yrs: 26 1/2" [67 cm]

Finished Length (neck to point):
12 mos: 11 1/2" [29 cm]
18 mos: 13" [33 cm]
2/4 yrs: 15 1/2" [39.5 cm]
6/8 yrs 17½ ins 44.5 cm


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge15 sts and 22 rows = 4" 1[0 cm] in stocking st.

Materials List

  • Yarn: Bernat Baby Bouclé (100 g/3.5 oz) 36921 (Water Slide) Sizes 12 mos–1 ball; 18 mos–2 balls; 2/4 yrs–2 balls; 6/8 yrs–3 balls
  • Knitting Needes: Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) or size needed to obtain gauge.


The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

  1. Make 2 pieces alike.

  2. Cast on 65 (73-85-97) sts.

  3. 1st row: (WS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.

  4. Rep last row of seed st pat twice more.

  5. Next row: (RS). K2. K2tog. Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2.

  6. Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in stocking st.

  7. Rep last 4 rows 10 times more. 43 (51-63-75) sts.

  8. Next row: (RS). K2. K2tog. Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2.

  9. Next row: Purl.

  10. Rep last 2 rows 5 (9-14-19) times more. 31 (31-33-35) sts. Cast off knitwise.


Sew center Front and center Back seams.

Did you know?

The poncho is a popular outerwear item that has gone in and out of style in contemporary fashion, but traditionally the article of clothing was more than just a fashion statement. The poncho originated in Native American tribes, most typically in Peru. The garment, at its most basic form, is a sheet with a hole in the center where the head went through. Some had hoods while others were made of waterproof material. Its essential purpose was for warmth and was usually made out of breathable and light material that was more convenient and comfortable for workers. Ponchos became an integral dress in Mexican culture and were usually worn by soldiers as uniforms. There are even intricate designs on ponchos that are worn by entertainers. This simple outdoor attire is more than just a fashion statement or an extra layer to keep warm with. It is an article of clothing that tells the history of a culture.

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do you have a pattern for this for adults?

Hi there! The closest matches we have for the adult ponchos are the ones listed below the pattern. I hope you find one you love!

I don't understand sew center front and back seams. please explain thanks so much

The poncho is made in two pieces, to put it together you must sew the two pieces together at the front and the back. They provide no information on how much room to leave for the head, so it does make it difficult to determine for each size.

I would like to make this poncho for the 6-8 yrs size but would like it to be 21 inches finished length rather than 17.5 inches. Can you tell me how I can modify the pattern, and whether I would need additional yarn?

I'm confused when I get to this line Rep last 4 rows 10 times more. 43 (51-63-75) sts. First line says it's WS but I'm at the RS?

Hi Kristyn! I checked with our resident knitting expert, and it looks like you should be repeating the last four rows, not the last four lines of the pattern. If you just repeat the following, you should end up on the RS of the pattern: Next row: (RS). K2. K2tog. Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2. Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in stocking st. I hope that helps! -Editors of FaveCrafts

That Helps! Thank you so much for your quick response )

You are so welcome! Enjoy!!!

Is there another yarn I can substitute for this one. Thankyou

Hi there! I found a helpful link here that lists a ton of alternatives to the discontinued baby boucle yarn. I hope this helps! -Editors of FaveCrafts

Thank you! )

Instead of two parts, could this be knitted on circular needles?

@hbstump 7589677 This might work, but we do not have a pattern for this unfortunately. Thanks! -Kaylee, Editor of

Where are the instructions? I registered, verified and set up a file. All I get is the picture with the description. Click on 'pattern' and it goes back to same page. URGH!! How can I include a rating when I cannot even get the instructions!!??

Hi there, the instructions for this pattern are located underneat the heading "Instructions" (just below the 8 Favorite Free Shawl and Poncho Knitting Patterns feature in the middle of the page). - Julia from FaveCrafts

Can this pattern be adapted to make a poncho for an adult?

Hi there, We don't have exact instructions to make this poncho for adults, but we do have a ton of great adult poncho patterns. Simply select Knit Sweaters from the left column of the page (click on Knitting) to see the patterns. - Julia from FaveCrafts

Are there supposed to be more instructions after the "1st row"?

there is, two more paragraphs after the first row.

Absolutely amazing. I love it!!!! Thanks for sharing. C visit me at

Absolutely amazing. I love it!!!! Thanks for sharing. C visit me at

Has this pattern been corrected? Thanks

Aug.18, 2013, has the current pattern been corrected ? Carol

I would love to receive the corrected pattern for this poncho. Thanks. Carolyn

I would love to receive the corrected pattern for this poncho. Thanks. Carolyn

looks really good

i believe there is at least one mistake or something missing from the directions/pattern for the poncho...between this: 1st row: (WS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row. AND Rep last row of seed st pat twice more. There may also be more that needs correcting.

Could someone convert this pattern to adult women sizes.


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