Cozy Kiddo Poncho

Cozy Kiddo Poncho
Cozy Kiddo Poncho

The Cozy Kiddo Poncho is an easy knit project perfect for your little one to jump around in. The stripes add interest to this free knitting pattern. Since ponchos are such a popular item of clothing these days, your child will be right on trend. The bright colors are incredibly playful and the poncho is short enough so your little one won't need to worry about restricted movement. This knit children's poncho pattern includes instructions for multiple sizes, so go ahead and choose the size that works best for you and get those needles ready. You're going to love the finished result.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge19 sts = 4" (10 cm); 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizePoncho fits child sizes 4, 6-6X, and 8-10. Finished poncho length: 10 (11, 12)” [25 (28, 30) cm]

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Super Saver Stripes™: 1 (1, 2) skein(s) 4966 Flamenco Stripe
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 5mm [US 8] 16" (41 cm)
  • Stitch marker, yarn needle


Directions are for child size 4; changes for sizes 6-6X and 8-10 are in parentheses.

M1 = Make 1 stitch. Insert the left needle from front to back under the horizontal strand that runs between the st on the right needle and the st on the left needle. Insert the right needle under this strand through the back loop. Knit through the back of the strand to twist the new st and prevent a hole–1 st inc.


Cast on 80 sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts, and place marker for beginning of round.
Knit 5 rounds.
Round 1: *K2tog, YO; repeat from * around.
Rounds 2-3: Knit around.
Round 4: K1, *K2tog, YO; repeat from * to last st, K1.
Rounds 5-7: Knit around.
Round 8: *K8, M1; repeat from * around—90 sts.
Round 9: Knit around.
Rounds 10-16: Repeat Rounds 1-7.
Round 17: *K9, M1; repeat from * around—100 sts.
Round 18: Knit around.

Sizes 6-6X and 8-10 only
Rounds 19-25: Repeat Rounds 1-7.
Round 26: *K10, M1; repeat from * around—110 sts.
Round 27: Knit around.

Size 8-10 only
Rounds 28-34: Repeat Rounds 1-7.
Round 35: *K11, M1; repeat from * around—120 sts.
Round 36: Knit around.
Rounds 37-43: Repeat Rounds 1-7.
Round 44: *K12, M1; repeat from * around—130 sts.
Round 45: Knit around.

All sizes
Round 46: *K2tog, YO; repeat from * around.
Rounds 47-48: Knit around.
Round 49: K1, *K2tog, YO; repeat from * to last st, K1.
Rounds 50-54: Knit around.
Repeat Rounds 46-54 until work measures 10 (11, 12)” [25 (28, 30) cm] from cast on edge.
Bind off all sts.


With yarn needle, weave in loose ends. Block lightly to shape.


knit next 2 sts together
yarn over needle
repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

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It looks to me, the instant the child lifts her arms this becomes a cowl. Am I missing something?

This is a really sweet poncho or wrap pattern for kids! The only changes I would make would be to the bottom and top edges. The pattern has them all knit rows (stockinette stitch), which tends to curl on the edges of things, so I would make those rows in seed stitch (alternate knit and purl stitches) instead.


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