|Poncho knitted from two rectangles|
The same thing would happen to a small baby. If the width would be 10" and length would be 20", then by calculation the opening for the head would be 20". I can just see a baby running around playground and poncho slipping of the shoulders to her/his hips or knees.
So, I arrived at the conclusion that the "best" (hopefully) measurements are perhaps combination of the length from the neck to the wrist (or up to knuckles on a hand) plus the circumference of a head + a little bit more just to be on the safe side. That makes sense right? I think that first the poncho has to cover the arms, and second has to go over the head, BUT this opening for a person's head cannot be too big (because a poncho would be slipping of one's shoulders) nor too small so the person can pull the poncho comfortably over the head.
I think I will experiment with this formula I thought of so hard:
(Note: I didn't put it into a use yet, so be careful when using my "formula" - it is not completely checked out by me yet)
Width of a poncho = measurement from a neck area to a wrist (arm length)
Length of a poncho = measurement from a neck area to a wrist + 1/2 of a head circumference + 1 or 2 extra inches (depending on a person's upper body size around the neck and shoulder area)
|Diagram Of "How To Assemble A Poncho"|
In the meantime see my free written pattern (below) for a poncho for 10" width & 16" head circumference - most likely to fit a year old baby.
Also, I made videos:
- how to knit this beautiful, simple and easy (woven) stitch - RIGHTIES CLICK HERE, and LEFTIES CLICK HERE
- how to assemble the poncho and how to crochet around the edges - RIGHTIES CLICK HERE, and LEFTIES CLICK HERE
|Baby poncho from variegated yarn|
Yarn - worsted #4 thickness, 220 yds/200m, 100g/3.5oz, (I used Cascade Yarns, Casablanca - wool/silk/mohair) - buy more yarn if fringe or tassels are desired
Knitting needles - US size #8 (5.0 mm)
Hook - size F (3.75mm) and G (4.0 mm)
4"x4" = 18 sts x 24 rows (stockinette stitch with 4.5mm needles)
about 12-18 months old
CO - cast on
st(s) - stitch, (stitches)
K - knit
P - purl
sl st - slip st
SSP - slip stitch purlwise from left needle onto right needle without knitting
sc - single crochet
BO - bind off
Make 2 identical rectangles
CO any number of odd stitches that you need per your measurements (Note: for my project I casted on 41 sts = 10 inches)
Row 1 *[K1, SSP]* - repeat from * to *, K last st
Row 2 P all sts; (Note: I usually knit first st)
Row 3 K2, *[SSP, K1]* - repeat from * to *, K last st
Row 4 P all sts; (Note: I usually knit first st)
Repeat Row 1 & Row 2 until desired length (Note: for my project I knitted 16" long panel)
BO all stitches and after you assemble your poncho (see image above). Crochet or knit around the edges and/or add some fringe or tassels. Weave in all ends.
If you find any errors, please, let me know. Thank you.
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