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Free Knitting Pattern: Baby Poncho

Lion Brand® Jiffy®
Pattern #: 758
Rating: ***2.3 (based on 6 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner + (Level 2)

SIZE: 3-6 mos, 12 mos, 18 mos, 24 months (2 yrs), Child 3
Finished garment measures 12 (13, 14, 17, 18) inches without border across shoulders; 12 (13, 14, 16, 17) inches in length.
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.


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Knit this adorable baby poncho so that even the littlest member of your family can be warm in style!
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 450-111: Jiffy Yarn: Heather Blue
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*Jiffy (Article #450). 100% Acrylic; package size: Solids (except 151 Dusty Grey): 3 oz./85g; 135 yd/123m balls
Multi (plus 151 Dusty Grey): 2.5 oz./70g; 115 yd/103m balls

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•  450-111 Jiffy Yarn: Heather Blue
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Baby Poncho

Lion Brand® Jiffy®


11 sts = 4.25"; 18 rows = 4" on Size 11 needles. 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


Count sts at end of Rows 2 and 4.
Row 1 (RS):
K into front and back of each st across (doubling amount of sts).
Row 2: K2tog, *p2tog, k2tog; rep from * across.
Row 3: Rep Row 1.
Row 4: P2tog, *k2tog, p2tog; rep from * across. Rep Rows 1-4 for pat st.


To inc on RS row: K into front and back of first st, then M2 in the strand between the last st on RH needle and the next st (k into back, then front of that strand); cont to k into front and back of each st across row to last st; M2 in next strand between last st and next st, then k into front and back of last st. At end of next RS row, there will be 2 more sts.



Beg at bottom edge, holding two Size 11 needles tog (this allows for a loose cast on), cast on 25 (29, 33, 37, 41) sts. Work Rows 1 and 2 of pat st, then keeping to pat, inc 1 st each end on every RS row 4 (4, 4, 5, 6) times -- 33 (37, 41, 47, 53) sts. Mark last row. Work even in pat st until piece meas 10 (11, 12, 14, 15)", ending with Row 1 or 3. Shape neck: Next row (WS): Work 11 (12, 13, 15, 17) sts, very loosely bind off center 11 (13, 15, 17, 19) sts, work rem 11 (12, 13, 15, 17) sts. Working both sides at the same time with separate balls of yarn, on next RS row dec 1 st at each neck edge -- 10 (11, 12, 14, 16) sts each side. Work even until front meas 11 (12, 13, 15, 16)" from beg, ending on a WS row.


Next row (WS): Work 10 (11, 12, 14, 16) sts, loosely cast on 13 (15, 17, 19, 21) sts, cont with first ball of yarn (dropping second ball) work rem 10 (11, 12, 14, 16) sts -- 33 (37, 41, 47, 53) sts. Cont in pat st until back meas same as front to marker (before bottom incs). Dec 1 st at each end every RS row 4 (4, 4, 5, 6) times. When back meas same length as front, bind off rem 25 (29, 33, 37, 41) sts.


Holding two Size 11 needles tog, cast on 15 (17, 19, 23, 25) sts. Work in pat st for 15 (16, 17, 18, 19)", ending with pat Row 1 or 3. Bind off in pat as for Row 2 or 4.


With RS facing, using circular needles size 9, pick up and k approx 289 (319, 349, 394, 424) sts (making sure to have a multiple of 3 sts plus 1) around outer edge of Poncho beg at the shoulder seam, along side edge, across corner, along lower edge, across corner, along opp edge, across corner, along lower edge, across corner, along opp side edge. Do not join. Working back and forth on circular needles, work border pat: Row 1 (WS): K 1, *yo, k 2, pass yo over the 2 k sts, k 1; rep from *. Row 2 (RS): P 1, *k 2, p 1; rep from * across. Rep Row 1. Bind off as for Row 2. Sew border seam.


Hood: Sew seam. With RS facing, using straight knitting needle Size 9, pick up and k approx 61 (64, 67, 70, 73) sts along long edge. Work as for Poncho border. Bind off in pat as for Row 2. Sew hood to Poncho, leaving center 11 (13, 15, 17, 19) sts free at front neck edge. Position the snaps for armholes, one on each side, approx 4˝ inches down from top, or as desired.

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approx = approximately beg = begin(s)(ning)
cont = continu(e)(s)(ing) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
M2 = make two meas = measure(s)
opp = opposite p = purl
pat = pattern rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RH = right hand
RS = right side st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together WS = wrong side
yo = yarn over  

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Pattern Average Rating: ***2.3 (based on 6 reviews)
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Baby Poncho Reviewed by Lorraine White on 2011-08-06 *****
I make this poncho every time a new grandchild is born. It knits up quickly and is easy to make. Its warm and much easier to dress an infant in than trying to use a sweater.

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