Game Day Knit Poncho

Game Day Knit Poncho
Game Day Knit Poncho

Get game day ready with this black and white striped poncho. The Game Day Knit Poncho is the perfect piece to throw on when you're going to watch a football game or simply running errands around town. The chic knitted poncho pattern is sure to make a statement. The graphic stripes and fringed bottom make this piece a real stunner. This cozy rib-neck pattern is perfect for days when you want to look put together without much effort. The self-striping yarn makes this pattern fun and easy to work up. Show your team spirit or simply sport a fashionable topper by knitting this poncho today.

NotesGAUGE: 15 sts = 4” (10 cm); 24 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Ridge pattern. 22 sts = 4” (10 cm) in 1x1 Rib, unstretched. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Directions are for size Small/Medium. Changes for sizes Large/X-Large and XXLarge/XXX-Large are in parentheses.

To Fit Bust: 32-38 (40-46, 48-54)” [81.5-96.5
(101.5-117, 122-137) cm]
Finished Neck Circumference: 18 (19½,
21)” [45.5 (49.5, 53.5) cm], unstretched
Finished Lower Edge Circumference: 76
(80, 84)” [193 (203, 213.5) cm]
Finished Length: 27 (29, 30½)” [68.5 (73.5,
77.5) cm], not including ribbed neck or fringe.

1. Poncho is made from two identical pieces: Back and Front.
2. Each piece is worked in a Ridge pattern from the lower edge up to the neck edge. The neck is then worked in 1x1 Rib. One stitch at the beginning and end of each row is worked in Stockinette stitch (knit
on right side, purl on wrong side) to make seaming the pieces easier.
3. Side edges are seamed to complete Poncho.
4. Circular needle is used to accommodate large number of stitches. Work back and forth on circular needle as if working with straight needles.

Special Stitch
ssk (slip, slip, knit) = Slip next 2 stitches, one at a time as if to knit, to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of stitches, knit these sts together through back loop – 1 st decreased.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Team Spirit™: 5 (6, 6) skeins 942 Black/Gray
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5.5mm [US 9] 32” (80 cm) circular needle
  • Stitch marker, yarn needle



Cast on 142 (150, 158) sts.
Set-Up Row (wrong side): K71 (75, 79), place marker on needle, k71 (75, 79).
Decrease Row (right side): K1 (edge stitch), k2tog, knit to 3 sts before marker, ssk, k1, slip marker, k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 (edge stitch)—138 (146, 154) sts.
Next Row: P1, knit to last st, p1.

Begin Ridge Pattern and Shape Sides

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: P1, knit to last st, p1.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: Repeat Decrease Row—134 (142, 150) sts.
Row 8: P1, knit to last st, p1.
Rows 9–136 (144, 152): Repeat last 8 rows 16 (17, 18) more times—70 (74, 78) sts remain.

Ribbed Neck

Row 1 (right side): Knit.
Row 2 (neck decrease row): P0 (1, 3), [p2, p2tog, p1, p2tog] 10 times, p0 (3, 5)—50 (54, 58) sts.
Row 3: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end of row. Repeat Row 3 for 1x1 Rib until piece measures about 6” (15 cm) from neck decrease row.
Bind off loosely.


Make same as Back.


Sew side seams of Front and Back together. Fringe (optional)
Cut 5 strands, each 13” (33 cm) long. Fold strands in half to form a loop. Insert crochet hook from wrong side through lower edge. Place fold on hook and draw fold through, forming a loop. Thread ends of strands through loop and pull to tighten. Repeat to attach fringe evenly spaced along lower edge. Trim ends evenly.
Weave in ends.


knit next 2 sts together
work direction in brackets the number of times specified
repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

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I would like to know what P0 (1,3 ) means when you are working in Row 2 (neck decrease row)

It means P=purl, 0=0 for that size, purl 0 stitches for that size.

Love the fringe bottom which gives this game day poncho a very retro look. It will be that time of the year again very soon. Cool nights, football games, and ponchos all go together for Fall. This pattern is also available in a variety of sizes and is very easy to make with your team colors.

I would like to make this as a cape or shoulder coz(e)y but this is taking ages to load. The poncho would be far too long for me at 5'2". A soft, tweedy, variegated? or short striped yarn could work. The pattern has not yet been loaded. I'll write it out as I am low-tec. This computer is getting old but I am finding your website is slower these days. I use Chrome - any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thank you. Unable to enc a photo. C

This is a cute and simple poncho pattern. I think it has two drawbacks, though. One is that you need to use a self striping yarn in order to get the stripes. The other is that the stripes are not the same width exactly on the front and back pieces, so when you seam them together the stripes don't match up.

Such a cute knit! I love how easy it looks. Perfect for a Christmas gift! Would it be easy to knit this in the round, or would it mess up the look in the picture too much?

I am not sure, but I would try to do it in the round, if for no other reason than the problem in matching stripes as the post above mentions. I do like the way it looks and I agree that it would make a great gift, if it works out right in the round.

It won't work, it will not stripe out as it does in the photo, it would come out variegated not striped.


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