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Thursday, September 16, 2004

Easy Baby Poncho (Free Pattern)

Started: 9/11/2004

Finished: 9/16/2004

Yarn: 2 skeins of Gedifra Serano (or Berocco Softy) -- love this yarn!
Some similarly colored smooth yarn for sewing seams.

Needles: 6.0 mm (#10) straight needles

Gauge: About 4.5 stitches per inch

Pattern: I made up this pattern as I went along. In a nutshell, you create a poncho by sewing together two rectangles laid on a diagonal:

  • Cast on 24 stitches. Knit in garter stitch until the rectangle measures 16 inches long. Bind off.
  • Knit a second, identical garter stitch rectangle.
  • Position one rectangle vertically. Position the other rectangle horizontally at the bottom right side of the first rectangle such that the bottom right corner of the first rectangle meets the bottom left corner of the second rectangle. Using a similarly colored smooth yarn, sew the two rectangles together where they meet so that you have a large "L" with a longer bottom (or horizontal side).
  • Note: In the the following step, the bottom left corner of the "L" will become the back bottom point of the finished poncho.
  • Turn your "L" over (so that the seam side is up) and clockwise so that your "L" now becomes a "V." Fold the left side of the "V" down so that its left side corner meets the bottom point of the V.
  • Fold the right side of the "V" down so that the right side corner meets the edge of the rectangle in the previous step. Sew the two "V" sides (rectangles) where they meet.
  • Weave in ends.

Thanks to Amy who has created a video demonstrating how to sew the rectangles together.

Here are some folks who knit this pattern. Be sure to check theirs out. (If you knit this pattern, please add a comment or send me an email! I'd love to hear and see how it turned out!)

Amy (Be sure to check out her video on how to construct the poncho!)
Lori (below) made a crochet version (see below) and added Fun Fur on the edge!

Bethany (below) used Bernat Soft BouclÈ and added crocheted edgings and tassels to each of the points.

Tracy (below) made two ponchos; on one she knit a little rose flower for a little extra detail, and the other was done with a multi-colour yarn a few little decorative flower buttons.

Laurie has made a dozen of these as gifts. Click here to see one. Below is another.
The one on the left was done on size 9 needles usigng Lion Brand Homespun. She casted on 32 stitches then worked in garter stitch for the first 3 and last 3 stitches of each row. The middle stitches were done in stockinette stitch.

Chris made the poncho below for her granddaughter.

She used Red Heart Baby Clouds and trimmed her poncho with Lion Brand Fun Fur; she made 8" by 18" rectangles to fit babies 12 to 18 months.

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