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Free Knitting Pattern: Hooded Baby Poncho

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Lion Brand® Nature's Choice Organic® Cotton
Pattern #: 70357AD
Rating: *****4.7 (based on 7 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size
3-6 months (18 months, 3 years)
Finished Width 14 1/2 (16 1/2, 18 1/2) in. (37 (42, 47) cm)
Finished Length 11 1/2 (12 1/2, 14 1/2) in. (29 (32, 37) cm)


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Nature's Choice Organic® Cotton

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 480-106: Nature's Choice Organic Cotton Yarn: Blueberry
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Nature's Choice Organic® Cotton
Almond Strawberry Blueberry Khaki Pecan Spice Espresso Mustard
Pistachio Olive
*Nature's Choice Organic Cotton (Article #480). 100% Organically Grown Cotton; package size: Solids: 3 oz. (85 g), 103 yd. (94 m)
Prints: 2.75 oz. (78 g), 94 yd. (86 m)

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•  480-106 Nature's Choice Organic Cotton Yarn: Blueberry
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2 snap closures (optional)

Hooded Baby Poncho

Lion Brand® Nature's Choice Organic® Cotton


16 sts + 21 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


Poncho is knit in one piece, beginning at lower front edge, up over shoulders and down to lower back edge.

Cast on 46 (50, 58) sts.
Rows 1-5: Knit.
Row 6 (WS): K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 7 (Inc Row): K4, inc in next st, k across row to last 5 sts, inc in next st, k4 - 48 (52, 60) sts.
Rep last 2 rows 5 (7, 7) more times - 58 (66, 74) sts.
Continue to work in St st (k on RS, p on WS), keeping first and last 4 sts in Garter st (k every row) until front measures 9 1/2 (10 1/2, 12 1/2) in. (24 (26.5, 32) cm) from beg, end with a RS row.
Next Row (WS): K4, p18 (20, 24), k14 (18, 18), p18 (20, 24), k4.
Next Row: Knit.
Rep last WS row once more.
Shape Neck
Row 1 (RS):
K22 (24, 28), join new ball of yarn and bind off 14 (18, 18) sts, k22 (24, 28).
Continue to work each side at same time with separate balls of yarn, keeping 4 sts at each side edge in Garter st. Dec 1 st at each neck edge every other row twice - 20 (22, 26) sts each side.
Work even for 3 rows.
Next Row (RS - cast-on back neck): K20 (22, 26), cut second ball of yarn and continue with one ball to join each side, cast on 18 (22, 22) sts, k20 (22, 26) - 58 (66, 74) sts.
Next Row: K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.
Next Row: Knit.
Continue to rep last 2 rows until piece measures 9 1/2 (10 1/2, 12 1/2) in. (24 (26.5, 32) cm) from back neck edge.
Next Row (RS - Dec Row): K4, k2tog, knit to last 6 sts, k2tog, k4 - 56 (64, 72) sts.
Next Row: K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.
Rep last 2 rows 5 (7, 7) more times - 46 (50, 58) sts. Knit 5 rows. Bind off.

With RS facing, join yarn at right front neck edge.
Row 1 (RS): Pick up and k11 sts from right side of front neck, 18 (22, 22) sts across back neck, 11 sts from left front neck edge - 40 (44, 44) sts. Center bound-off front neck sts are left unworked.
Row 2: K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 3: K across, inc 12 (12, 16) sts evenly spaced - 52 (56, 60) sts.
Work in St st, keeping first and last 4 sts in Garter st until Hood measures 7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2) in. (19 (20.5, 21.5) cm) from beg. Bind off.

Cast on 12 (16, 16) sts.
Rows 1-5: Knit.
Row 6: K4, purl to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 7 (Inc Row): K4, inc in next st, knit to last 5 sts, inc in next st, k4 - 14 (18, 18) sts. Rep last 2 rows 3 more times - 20 (24, 24) sts.
Work even until Pocket measures 4 in. (10 cm), end with a WS row.
Knit 5 rows. Bind off.

Fold Hood in half along bound-off edge and sew closed. Position pocket on center of front with longest straight edge on top; sew pocket to front along sides and lower edge. If desired, sew snaps on each side for armholes. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.7 (based on 7 reviews)
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Hooded Baby Poncho Reviewed by Gail Lennox on 2014-02-26 *****
I made this for my grandson, the yarn was so easy to work with. The pattern was easy to follow. I am making second one for a gift. I added ties on the sides to keep poncho together and did make the hood a little bigger. So cute!

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