Inspired by “That Seventies Poncho” from Stitch ‘N Bitch Nation, by Debbie Stoller, this retrofabulous accessory will make your Fruit Punch and Pow Wow Poncho girls totally jealous! Just a warning, though – while doll clothes are generally pretty quick to knit, by the time you get to the bottom of this one, it can be a bit exhausting (you might have around 160 stitches on the needles if you follow this pattern verbatim). Luckily, though, it’s STILL only a doll poncho, so it goes quicker than a human version, for sure – and the results are totally worth it. Try it in these fruity brights, or maybe greens-aquas-yellows-and-whites; or pinks-and-purples, for a super-girly look.
- Size 1-US needles (for knitting flat)
- One ball (you will need far less than a full ball) of size 10 crochet cotton in your choice of colors. Even a solid-colored poncho will not require a full ball.
- Used for example: Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Cotton (100% mercerized cotton, 350 yd/ball) in:
- 901 Pagoda Red
- 012 Black
- 493 French Rose
- 431 Pumpkin
- 001 White
- Small snap, hook and eye, hook and loop, or closure of your choice
- Scissors & darning needle
You will need to know:
- How to knit and purl
- How to m1
Gauge: 11 sts/per inch in stockinette stitch on size 1-US needles. To ensure accurate sizing, be sure to check your gauge.
CO 35 sts. K2 rows.
Next row (RS): k1, m1, k16, m1, pm, k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1.
P next and all subsequent WS rows.
Next and all subsequent RS rows: k1, m1, k to marker, m1, slip marker, k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1.
Repeat as established (working increase row every RS row and p all WS rows) until you have reached the length you want for your poncho.
The color pattern I used for my poncho, approximating the Stitch & Bitch version, is as follows:
4 rows red (including the first 2 knit rows), 2 rows black, 4 rows pink, 8 rows orange, 6 rows red, 4 rows white, 10 rows pink, 6 rows red, 6 rows orange, 4 rows black, 2 rows red, 4 rows pink, 2 rows white, 1 row red, and then BO in red.
Block. Using mattress stitch, close back seam about ¾ of the way up. Close the top with a hook and eye or snap.
I did not do a drawstring on my poncho. If you wanted to, add some evenly spaced eyelets (yo, k2tog) around row 3 and weave in a length of crochet chain stitch or braided thread. Also, in the original pattern, there are occasional rows of garter stitch; all you have to do to accomplish this is to knit the occasional WS row.