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Is it knit? Or is Crochet? I love this finished project so much that I may just have to make one in Plus Size Adult after the holiday rush, for myself!!!! Great free pattern for a light weight child size poncho with a cowl neck for cold winter days or chilly spring mornings. This poncho is a breeze to whip up and the DK weight yarn and simple stitches gives it very clean lines. You can customize it with your choice of colors, doing the hem, collar and sides in a different color than the body would give you a totally different look. Want buttons on the sides? Just add button holes when you do the trim and add a little dimension to your finished piece. I think every girl that gets one of these will love wearing it for a long time.
All of my patterns are created with the beginner in mind, however this one might be on the high end of beginner skill level, not because of the stitches, but due to the assembly and Right Side/Wrong Side and Front Loop/Back Loop. I will be making a video soon on how to assemble as well as all these other little details, but for now, there are lots of great crochet video tutorials out there to help you. As always, you’re welcome to send messages through the Facebook page, email me or comment on this post with any questions you may have about the pattern.
The affordable Ad Free Printable PDF of this pattern is available in the Etsy Shop. As an added bonus, you get both the doll size and the girl size when you purchase the pattern.
The Free Doll Poncho Pattern can be found here.
We are quite literally only a couple of weeks away from Christmas right now, but if you’ve got an evening or afternoon available, the Doll Size Poncho can be whipped up in just a couple of hours and would make a great gift for the girl that has everything. The girl size might take most of a weekend, but hey, it’s chilly out here and crocheting a gift is always a great excuse for cozy blankets, comfy chairs and some binge watching your favorite shows.
DK/3 yarn – about 800 yds
Hook – I/5.25mm
CH – Chain
ST – Stich
SK – Skip
SC – Single Crochet
SCBLO – Single Crochet in Back Loop Only
SCFLO – Single Crochet in Front Loop Only
HDC – Half Double Crochet
WS – Wrong Side (inside of piece)
RS – Right Side (outside or side that will be seen)
NOTE ABOUT YARN:
I chose to use a DK/3 yarn for a couple of reasons. First being that there is a smaller version of this for a doll and to get the details of the ribbed bottom and the edging on the sides, you need to work with a smaller yarn and hook. I also just love this YarnBee Soft n Sleek yarn from Hobby Lobby and it comes in such pretty colors. I wanted to use this yarn for the girl sized poncho also, so that it is lighter weight and can be worn more often, both indoors and out. It does take more time to create the girl size poncho, but the end result is worth it!
This pattern was made for a girl that wears a 12/14, you can easily adjust the pattern for other sizes by adding or subtracting rows of the bottom hem and rows up for the length.
To figure out the size of your finished product so that it fits nicely, you’ll measure the person that will be wearing this in a few places. Standing with arms out, you measure elbow to elbow to give you your width (starting ribbed hem rows will vary here), subtract 2” from that for your width (*the additional 2” will be added when you add your trim along the sides in the last step. Then measure from shoulder to below the waist, where you’d like the poncho to land when finished. That will give you your height of each panel and your rows up of the body may change from this written pattern. To get a good loose collar, you’ll measure ear to ear across and add 1” for some breathing room. Then when you go to sew the panels together, you’ll leave that amount of space in the middle to attach the collar. In this pattern, my model was 9” ear to ear, so I made the collar about 18” long before sewing the ends together to round it out, left a 10” opening in the center and pinned the collar across the panels before attaching it. The best part about this yarn, the stretch is amazing and even the top of the panels has a little give so if you make your opening a bit too small, it should still slip easily over the head.
This project is made in 3 pieces; the front, back and neck, then sewn together and trim is added last.
It is very beginner friendly and I have a video to help with assembly if needed.
Front and back are worked from bottom up, making the ribbed edging first, then rows across the top of the ribbing and up to create front and back panels.
If you choose to use a worsted/4 yarn and larger hook, you will need to use measurements to gauge your starting chains and rows, as well as where to stitch the pieces together.
PANEL 1 & 2
Creating the ribbing of the bottom hem first.
ROW 1- SC in the 2nd back loop from the hook and every ST to the end (15 ST) CH 1 and turn
ROW 2 – 120 – SCBLO in every ST (15) CH1 and turn (CH 1 does not count as a ST)
(At the end of row 120, you’re going to turn your work and start crocheting along the edge or top of the ribbed hem, length wise, so that you can add the body of the front or back panel now.)
ROW 1 of panel body
SC along the edge, going down a ST (see photo), 118 evenly spaced SINGLE CROCHET across
ROW 2 – Turn, CH 2, SC in 4th ST from Hook, CH1, SK ST, (SC, CH 1, SK), doing this to the end. SC in last ST.
ROW 3-88 – Turn, CH 2, SC in first CH Space made by CH 2 of previous row, CH 1, SK, SC in next CH Space and repeat to the end. (SC in CH Space, CH 1, SK, repeat)
Leave a tail long enough to sew panel at the top and cut and pull through.
You will repeat this for panel 2.
ROW 1- Turn and SC in the 2nd back loop from the hook and every ST to the end (30 ST) CH 1 & Turn
ROW 2 – 106 – SCBLO in every ST (30) CH 1 & turn (CH 1 does not count as ST)
At the end of row 106, you can leave a tail and whip stitch Row 1 to row 106 or do a Slip Stitch across to join and form the collar. Cut and leave a tail to attach collar to the panels.
NOW TO ASSEMBLE AND TRIM
Lay panel 1 with WS facing down, lay panel 2 on top of panel 1, with WS facing up, so both RS are touching. (you choose, but with this stitch, both sides of the panels should look very similar)
Using the tails left on the tops of the panels, stitch the pieces together, about 4 ½ inches on either side, leaving the middle open for the collar. Now lay the collar flat with WS out inside (between the panels) opening left at the top of the panels. You can use stitch markers or safety pins to place the collar evenly inside the opening before stitching. Using the tail from the collar, attach to the panels. Once these pieces are all assembled you will crochet on your side trim. To do this you will turn your piece RS facing out and starting at the bottom corner and working your way up panel 1 and across panel 2 (hem corner to hem corner), HDC along the edge evenly spaced as possible (about 185 stitches on mine). Turn at the end, CH 2, HDC back in the BACK LOOP ONLY all the way across. Then CH 1 and turn and SC in the FRONT LOOP ONLY to finish off your side trim. Doing this on both sides of the poncho, always starting with WS facing in. You can choose to add small buttons which will fit inside HDC stitches without needing a button hole. Then cut and weave in all your ends.
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