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Free Knitting Pattern: Hooded Baby Poncho

Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease®
Pattern #: 60549A
Ponchos are marvelously practical for the little ones. Pop this one on and off with no struggling. Mom will love the easy-care yarn.
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: 3-6 mos, 18 mos, Child 3
Finished Width 13½ (15, 18) in. [34.5 (38, 45.5) cm]
Finished Length
11 (12, 13) in. [28 (30.5, 33) cm]
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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Taupe Hazelnut Cactus
*Cotton-Ease (Article #830). 50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (207yds/188m) pull skeins

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Additional Materials
  1. 2 sets of snap closures
  2. Sewing needle and matching thread

Hooded Baby Poncho

Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease®


16 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. [10 cm] in St st (k on RS, p on WS). 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

Cast on 42 (48, 54) sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Rows 2-7: Knit.
Row 8: K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 9 (increase): K4, inc in next st, k across row to last 5 sts, inc in next st, k4 – 44 (50, 56) sts.
Rows 10-12: K4, work in St st across to last 4 sts, k4.
Repeat last 4 rows until there are 54 (60, 72) sts. Continue to work in St st, keeping first and last 4 sts in garter st (k every row) until Back measures 11 (12, 13) in. [28 (30.5, 33) cm] from beg. Bind off.

Work same as Back until piece measures 8 (9, 10) in. [20.5 (23, 25.5) cm] from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Neck
Row 1 (RS):
Row 2: K4, p14 (17, 23), k18, p14 (17, 23), k4.
Repeat last 2 rows once more.
Next Row: Knit.
Next Row: K4, p14 (17, 23), bind off center 18 sts for neck, join second ball of yarn and p14 (17, 23), k4.
Working both sides at same time, continue to work even on both sides of Front until same length as Back. Bind off.

Cast on 16 sts.
Rows 1-6: Knit.
Row 7 (RS - increase): K4, inc in next st, k across row to last 5 sts, inc in next st, k4 – 18 sts.
Rows 8-10: K4, work in St st across to last 4 sts, k4.
Repeat last 4 rows until there are 24 sts. Continue to work in St st, keeping first and last 4 sts in garter st until pocket measures 3¼ in. [8.5 cm], end with WS row. Knit 5 rows. Bind off.

Sew shoulders. Position pocket on center of Front with longest straight edge on top; sew pocket to Front along sides and lower edge.

With RS facing, join yarn at right front neck edge and pick up and k 14 sts from right side of front neck, 20 sts across back neck, 14 sts from left front neck edge – 48 sts.
Next Row: K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.
Next Row (increase): K across, inc 4 (8, 12) sts evenly spaced – 52 (56, 60) sts. Work even as established keeping first and last 4 sts in garter st until hood measures 7½ (8, 8½) in. [19 (20.5, 21.5) cm] from beg. Bind off. Fold hood in half and sew together along top edge.

Weave in ends. If desired, sew snaps on each side for armholes.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit p = purl
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.1 (based on 11 reviews)
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Hooded Baby Poncho on 2012-08-07 *****
This is my first time working this pattern. Enjoyed it very much! Easy to read and work. Used an aqua color for either a boy or girl. Only changed 1 thing. Made 2 pockets instead of one big one.

Worked out very well.


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