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Free Child Crochet Poncho Pattern, Sea Breeze Poncho

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This free child crochet poncho pattern is the mini version of my popular woman’s poncho, the Sunset Poncho. 

 

Free Child Crochet Poncho Pattern in Blue Colorway

I used Caron Big Cakes yarn in color Afternoon Tea for the kid’s crochet poncho pictured. You can now make a Mommy and Me pair.

 

I was thinking it is going to be a cakewalk designing the child-size poncho as I had already made the woman’s size pattern, but I struggled with the neck sizing.

 

Free Mommy and Me Crochet Poncho Pattern

 

I had to finally dust my seamstress’s brain and do some real math to figure out a sizing method that would work. I also added a tie around the neck to keep the neckline from stretching on your kiddos.

 

There are 6 sizes included in this free child crochet poncho pattern and you can make one for every girl in your family. How cool is that?

 

Free child crochet poncho closeup

 

Free Child Crochet Poncho Pattern

You can work from the free pattern below or purchase an ad-free PDF for $3.99 here. You will receive a download link once you make payment and click “Return to Merchant”.

You can pin it for later here.

 

Materials

1. Caron Big Cakes (size 4) yarn in color Afternoon Tea. It is a self-striping yarn.

2. Hook I(5.5mm)

3. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.

 

Finished Size

Age Measurement from base of neck to hem (inches)
2 Years 15 1/2
3-4 Years 18
5-6 Years 18 1/2
7-9 Years 20 1/2
10-12 Years 20 1/2
14- 16 Years 21

 

Yardage

Note: Each skein of Caron Big Cakes yarn includes 603 yards. The smallest size takes only 1 cake and all the bigger ones will take 2. If you want to substitute it with any other yarn, the approximate yards required are given below.

 

Age Yards Required
2 Years 600
3-4 Years 750
5-6 Years 820
7-9 Years 1000
10-12 Years 1100
14-16 Years 1200

 

Stitch Abbreviations

The pattern is written in US terms.

ch- chain

sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet

sk- skip

fpsc- front post single crochet

YO- yarn over

 

Gauge

5 pattern repeats= 4 inches

 

Stitch Explanations

Front Post Single Crochet (fpsc): A fpsc is worked as a regular sc except for the way you insert your hook. Insert hook from front to back and to front again around the vertical post (upright part) of the specified dc st and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops on hook to complete the fpsc.

 

For a fpsc, the hook is inserted in the same way as working a front post double crochet. See my tutorial on front post double crochet here: Front Post Double Crochet Tutorial

 

CROCHET PATTERN

Notes

1. The poncho is worked in one big ‘L’ shape and seamed at the back.

 

2. Stitch counts for bigger sizes are given in the order  2 Yrs(3-4 Yrs, 5-6 Yrs, 7-9 Yrs, 10-12 Yrs, 14-16 Yrs). I am making the alternate stitch counts bold so it will be easy for you to figure out the one for your size.

 

3. If there was an abrupt color change in the middle of a dc row, I unraveled it and joined the new color at the beginning of the row. If the color change is in a sc row (Repeat of Row 3), you don’t have to do this as it won’t be visible on your poncho. Again, this is a matter of personal choice and you can choose to let the self-striping yarn do its job of changing colors.

 

4. When you have to join a new skein, make sure you keep the color sequence the same as your first cake of yarn.

CHILD CROCHET PONCHO-FRONT PANEL

Ch 98(110, 118, 126, 130, 138)

 

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook, *(Ch 3, sk next 3 chs, 1 sc in next), repeat from * across to end, turn.———24(27, 29, 31, 32, 34)ch-3 loops

 

Row 2: Ch 3 ( counts as a dc here and throughout), 1 dc in same st as beginning ch-3, sk next ch-3 loop, *(3 dc in next sc, sk next ch-3 loop), repeat from * across and after you skip the last ch-3 loop, 2 dc in last sc, turn. ———23(26, 28, 30, 31, 33)  3dc groups with 2 dc on each end

 

Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in same st as beginning ch 1, *(ch 3, 1 fpsc around the middle dc of the next 3dc group), repeat from * across until you work a fpsc in the last 3dc group, ch 3, 1 sc in last dc, turn.——24(27, 29, 31, 32, 34)ch-3 loops

 

Row 4: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st as beginning ch-3, sk next ch-3 loop, *(3 dc in next fpsc, sk next ch-3 loop), repeat from * across and after you skip the last ch-3 loop, 2 dc in last sc, turn. ———23(26, 28, 30, 31, 33)  3dc groups with 2 dc on each end

 

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until your work measures approximately 11(12.5, 13, 14.5, 14.5, 15) inches wide and you end in Row 4. Do not fasten off. Your rectangle will be 19.5(22, 23, 25, 26, 27)inches long.

 

ADDING THE BACK PANEL

Note: The back panel will be worked as a continuation of the front panel to form an ‘L’ shape.

 

Row 1: Ch 1, 1 sc in same st as beginning ch 1, 1 sc in the next 32(35, 38, 38, 41, 44) dc sts, you will now be in the middle st of a 3dc group, *(ch 3, 1 fpsc around the middle dc of the next 3dc group), repeat from * across until you work a fpsc in the last 3dc group, ch 3, 1 sc in last dc, turn.———13(15, 16, 18, 18, 19) ch-3 loops

 

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc here and throughout), 1 dc in the same st as ch 3, sk next 3 sts, *(3 dc in next fpsc, sk next ch-3 loop), repeat from * across and after you skip the last ch-3 loop, 2 dc in next sc, leave the remaining sc sts unworked and turn. ———12(14, 15, 17, 17, 18) 3dc groups with 2 dc on each end

 

Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in same st as beginning ch 1, *(ch 3, 1 fpsc around the middle dc of the next 3dc group), repeat from * across until you work a fpsc in the last 3dc group, ch 3, 1 sc in the last dc, turn.——13(15, 16, 18, 18, 19) ch-3 loops

 

Row 4: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st as beginning ch-3, sk next ch-3 loop, *(3 dc in next fpsc, sk next ch-3 loop), repeat from * across and after you skip the last ch-3 loop, 2 dc in last sc, turn. ———12(14, 15, 17, 17, 18) 3dc groups with 2 dc on each end

 

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until the back extension measures 19.5(22, 23, 25, 26, 27)inches long and you end in Row 4.

 

SEAMING THE PONCHO

 

Note: In case you get confused, the front panel is the one in which the lines running across the stitch pattern are longer.

 

Lay your poncho flat in an ‘L’ shape with the wrong side( with no ribbing or lines) facing up. Using a slip stitch, join the front piece to the long side of the back extension as shown in the picture. Take care not to stretch the fabric while seaming.

 

FINISHING THE NECK

 

One side of your neck already has a row of single crochet. Work a row of sc on the other raw edge of the neck, sl st to the base of the “V’ at the back, fasten off.

 

ADDING A BORDER TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CROCHET PONCHO

 

Notes

1. The left edge of your poncho will already have a scalloped edge from the foundation chain. So we will now add the same to its right edge as shown by the arrow. We will first add a sc row to straighten out the rolled edge.

 

2. I used blue color yarn for the edging. You can use any of the colors left from your skein.

 

Row 1: Sl st to the right corner of your poncho, work a row of sc along the right edge as shown in pic above. I worked 1 sc at the end of each ridge and 2 sc between each pair of ridges.

 

Row 2: Turn and ch 1, 1 sc in the first st, *(ch 3, sk 2 sts, 1 sc in next), repeat from * to end of the side, fasten off.

 

ADDING THE TIES TO YOUR CROCHET PONCHO

Note: Adding a tie around the neck will make the neck adjustable and keep it from slipping off your kid’s shoulder.

 

Make a long chain of length 42( 44, 45, 46, 48, 49)inches and fasten off.

 

Lace the chain around the neck, going in and out a little below the sc row.

 

Make 2 pom-poms and tie it onto the edges of the chain tie. Trim the remaining tail to match the length of the pom pom strands.

 

 

 

 

You might also like my Uptown Crochet Poncho pattern and my Kalisha Poncho pattern.

 

You can also more such poncho patterns featured on Allfreecrochet.com.

 

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GG

Saturday 20th of November 2021

Love this poncho! I made one in shades of purple for my granddaughter's fifth birthday. Thank you so much!

Michelle Benton

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

I need help. Mine is coming out bigger than it should and I keep going down in needle size but it isn’t much smaller. I completed it but it came out wonky. I’m trying to make for my grand baby who is two and the yarn I am using is yarn bee warm and cozy, it is a 4 weight yarn.

Elizabeth Casterline

Thursday 21st of January 2021

Thank you for a beautiful pattern. I believe I have enough yarn left over for a hat. Any chance you have a pattern for one that would match the poncho? Thanks!

Madhavi Hegde

Monday 30th of November 2020

Hi Shehnaaz, I made a toddler (age 2) sized poncho and am extremely happy with the result. The seaming took a couple tries since I didn;t figure that the back extension's length was calculated without the front panel's height added to it, until I seamed and unravelled a couple times. But after the second try, I understood how it should work and it turned out beautiful! I used Yarn Bee Simply Soft yarn and used almost 3 skeins for the body, and about a half a skein of a matching color to make some elaborately scalloped edging all over, including the neck. Thanks for the pattern!

Shehnaaz

Thursday 10th of December 2020

I am so happy to hear this. Thank you for sharing!

Karin Lewis

Saturday 14th of November 2020

Hello, I by mistake asked a question in the adult size version. I am making the child size for my granddaughter and would like to make it long enough for her. She is 5’3” tall and is 10 years old and thin. How do I make this poncho longer but not wider? I appreciate your help. Thank you, Karin

Shehnaaz

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

My guess is that making it longer without wider will make the neck deeper. The neck hole is the difference between the width and length of the rectangles. You can add length and if the neck turns out too big, crochet around the nexk to make it smaller. Adjusting the sizing for this pattern is a bit tricky.