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Home : Patterns : Hooded Baby Poncho

Free Knitting Pattern: Hooded Baby Poncho

Lion Brand® Terryspun
Pattern #: kts-hood
Rating: *****5.0 (based on 2 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: 3-6 mos, 18 mos, Child 3
Finished measurements:
Length: 12 (13, 15)";
Width: 15 (17, 19)".
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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*Terryspun (Article #970). 100% Acrylic; package size: Note: Because of the nature of this yarn, we only give length, not not weight of the product, as the number of ounces can vary due to the textures of the skein.

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Snaps: 2 (optional).

Hooded Baby Poncho

Lion Brand® Terryspun


2 sts = 1" in St st. 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.

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3-needle bind off: Put half of sts on spare needle, place 2 needles holding sts together, right sides together (wrong side will face out). Knit together one st from each needle; *knit together one st from each needle, pass first st worked over second to bind off*; rep from * to * across to last st. Cut working yarn and pull through last st to secure.

PONCHO: Cast on 23 (25, 29) sts. K 4 rows for garter st (= 2 garter st ridges). Keep first 2 and last 2 sts in garter st and rem sts in St st; AT THE SAME TIME, beg with the 3rd row inc 1 st at each end of every other row 3 (4, 4) times as foll: (k 2, k into front and back of next st, k across to 3rd st from end, k into front and back of next st, k 2) -- 29 (33, 37) sts. Keeping first 2 and last 2 sts in each row in garter st and rem sts in St st, work until Poncho meas 10 (11, 13)" from beg, ending with a WS row.
Next row (RS): K 11 (12, 14) sts, attach new skein of yarn and bind off center 7 (9, 9) sts loosely, k rem sts -- 11 (12, 14) sts each side. Working both sides at the same time with separate skeins of yarn, work one row even.
Next row: Dec 1 st (k2tog) at each neck edge. Work 2 rows even.
Next row (WS): Work even.
Next row: K 10 (11, 13) sts, cast on 9 (11, 11) sts (backward loop cast on) across back neck, k 10 (11, 13) sts dropping 2nd skein of yarn -- 29 (33, 37) sts.
(Note: You will now be working in one piece with one skein of yarn.) Keeping first 2 and last 2 sts of each row in garter st and rem sts in St st, work until back of Poncho matches front to lower edge shaping. Dec 1 st (k2tog just inside 2 st garter st edge) every other row 3 (4, 4) times -- 23 (25, 29) sts. Work 2 garter st ridges. Bind off across last row.

Hood: With RS facing, pick up approx 20 (22, 22) sts around neck edge, starting at right side of center front bound-off sts, up right neck edge, across back, down left neck edge, ending at left side of center front bound-off sts.
Next row (WS): K first 2 sts, p to last 2 sts, k last 2 sts.
Next row: K, inc 6 (6, 8) sts evenly spaced across row -- 26 (28, 30) sts. Keeping first 2 and last 2 sts in garter st and rem sts in St st, work until hood meas 7˝ (8, 8˝)" from pick-up row. Put half of sts on spare needle and work 3-needle bind off.

POCKET: Cast on 6 (8, 8) sts. Work one garter st ridge. Inc 1 st every other row twice. Keeping first 2 and last 2 sts in garter st and rem sts in St st, work until piece meas 3 (4, 4)" from beg. Work one garter st ridge. Bind off. Place pocket on center Front of Poncho and sew neatly in place. If desired, position snaps for armholes (one on each side, approx 4 ˝" down from top, or as desired.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) bet = between
BO = bind off ch(s) = chain(s)
CO = cast on cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) foll = follow(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
meas = measure(s) ndl(s) = needle(s)
opp = opposite p = purl
pat = pattern rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rev = revers(e)(ing) RS = right side
sc = single crochet sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 2 reviews)
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Hooded Baby Poncho Reviewed by DARLENE ARMSTRONG on 2010-09-07 *****
I tried this while Terry Spun was still available and like it much better in other yarns. It is a simple pattern and easy to take with me. I see that there are now instructions for this in different weights of yarn. I have checked my gauge with different needle sizes and different yarn weights--like doubling worsted weight with 13 needles or Homespun with size 10 needles. I even made one out of a double strand of varigated cotton and it is nice weight for cool nights. I can't count all of these I have made!

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