I made this poncho wrap for my friend’s daughter. Knitting for kids is fun and quick. I like it also because I can test some of the new techniques and see how they will turn out. This poncho turned out to be so soft and comfortable! You can button up a collar and wear it tall (like a turtle neck) or make it more open. She was wearing it all evening and didn’t want to take it off. It has a crochet edging and a crochet flower ornament (thought it was a good addition and girls like it). You can use a brooch instead. Here is a free pattern that I am sharing with you.
Size: 3-4 yrs old. Chest circumference – about 21.5”
Gage: 14 st x 21 row = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette
Yarn: Loops & Threads, Ring Spun in gray, 2 balls.
Needles: size 6 mm circular needles or the size to obtain the gauge.
Cast on 40 sts.
Setting up for a double seed (moss) stitch.
Row 1, 2: *k1, p1, rep from * till the end of the row.
Row 3, 4: *p1, k1, rep from * till the end of row.
Rep rows 1-4 one more time.
Next row: k35, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1.
Next row: p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, p35.
Next row: k35, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Next row: k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p35.
Rep last 4 rows till the piece measures 20.5” (52 cm).
Make one more identical piece.
Join 2 pieces together as follows.
Piece measurements: The width of knitted rectangular is about 11 1/4″ (28.5 cm), the length – 20.5″ (52 cm).
Pick up an odd number of stitches along the neck line so that collar sides will overlap each other slightly. I picked up 63 stitches.
Row 1: *K1, p1, rep from * till last st, k1. Turn.
Row 2: *P1, k1, rep from * till last st, p1. Turn.
Rep rows 1-2 six more times.
Row 13: (button hole) K1, p1, bind off the next 2 stitches, *k1, p1, rep from * till last st, k1. Turn.
Row 14: *P1, k1, rep from * till the last 3 st, p1, cast on 2 st, k1, p1. Turn.
Row 15: Knit like row 1.
Bind off loosely in rib pattern.
Crochet Edging (optional):
With a hook size 5 mm slip stitch in the corner of the poncho.
Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 2), * skeep 2 border st, dc in the next one, ch 2, rep from * till the end, sl st into the 2nd ch. You should have an even number of 2ch-sp.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc), 5 dc in the same 2ch-sp, (the first shell is formed), sc in the next 2ch-sp, * 6 dc in next 2ch-sp, sc in next 2ch-sp, rep from * till the end, sl st into the 2nd ch. Fasten off. Weave in the ends.
Crochet Flower (optional):
Ch 3, sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (count as hdc), 9 hdc in the ring, sl st into the ch 2.
Rnd 2: *Ch 2, dc4tog in the next hdc, ch 2, sl st into the next hdc (first petal is formed), rep from * till the end. Last sl st is worked into the same hdc as the first ch 2. Total of 5 petals.
Rnd 3: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc into the same st, * 2 hdc into the back ridge of the next round 1 hdc, rep from * till the end of round, sl st into beg ch 2.
Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc4tog in the front loop of the next hdc, ch 2, * sl st in the front loop of the next hdc, ch 2, dc4tog in the front loop of the next hdc, ch 2, rep from *9 times, ending with a sl st in the stitch under beginning ch 2. Total 10 petals.
Pop up petals if needed.
Rows 1-4 are corrected to be a double seed (moss) stitch. Updated Nov 26, 2014
Specified rectangle dimentions under the poncho joining image. Updated Nov 26, 2014
Collar section – specified the number of stitches to pick up along the neck line. Updated Nov 26, 2014