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Magical Hooded Poncho - free knit pattern by Jessie At Home

Magical Hooded Poncho
Knit Pattern
Intermediate Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

You’ll feel like a woodland princess in this stunning poncho made of Red Heart Boutique Magical yarn. The larger needles make the poncho drape and move with grace, and the oversized turtleneck top can be worn as a cowl or a hood. This pattern is listed as intermediate because of the provisional cast on, but a tutorial is linked, and if you don’t want to do the provisional cast on, there is a suggestion for how to complete the cowl using a traditional cast on.

Ravelry Link

S (M, L, 1-2x, 3x, 4-5x)

Red Heart Boutique Magical Yarn 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins

US-15/10mm 25″ circulars

11 sts x 18 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in stockinette

Other supplies:
yarn needle
1 large st marker**

Stitches and Abbreviations:
inc – increase
k – knit
p – purl
pco – provisional cast on
sp(s) ~ space(s)
st(s) ~ stitch(es)

Getting Started/Notes:
To determine your size, measure around the widest part of the wearer’s chest over the arms (the poncho will not fit if you do not measure the arms with the chest). The measurements for the sizes are as follows:
S (M, L, 1-2x, 3x, 4-5x)
40 (46, 54, 60, 68, 76)
The actual garment measurements are 4″ wider than the measurements listed, the extra 4″ is for movement.

You can find a tutorial for the provisional cast on here. However, if you still do not want to use the provisional cast on, you can use a traditional cast on of your choice, and whip stitch the cast on edge to the round 3″ into the hood where the provisional cast on would have been joined.
For the increase sts, use the increase st of your choice.
**If you do not have a st marker large enough to go around your needles, you can use a scrap piece of contrasting yarn and tie it into a loop that will go around the needles.


Pco 60 (60, 70, 70, 80, 80)

Hood Edge
Rnd 1: K to end.
Repeat round 1 until piece measures 4″ from cast on edge.
Fold cast on edge up to needles so that the knit side is on the outside and the purl side is inside the fold.
Joining rnd: *Slip 1 from pco to left needle, k2tog, repeat from * to end.

Rnd 1: K to end.
Repeat round 1 until piece measures 17″ long

Rnds 1-3: (K1, p1) to end.
Continue with increases section, being sure to start at the proper round for your size.

Not all sizes start with round 1, be sure to start at the proper round
Rnd 1: (Sizes S (M) ONLY) K3, inc1 [k3, inc1] 9 times, k4. – {70 sts}
Rnd 2: K to end.
Rnd 3: (Sizes S (M, L, 1-2x) ONLY) [K9, inc1] 10 times. – {80 sts}
Rnd 4: K to end.
Rnd 5: (ALL SIZES) K4, inc1 [k8, inc1] 9 times, k4. – {90 sts}
Rnd 6 and all even rnds: K to end.
Rnd 7: [K9, inc1] 10 times. – {100 sts}
Rnd 9: K5, inc1 [k10, inc1] 9 times, k5. – {110 sts}
Rnd 11: [K11, inc1] 10 times. – {120 sts} 44″
Size small move onto Body.
Rnd 13: K6, inc1 [k12, inc1] 9 times, k6. – {130 sts}
Rnd 15: [K13, inc1] 10 times. – {140 sts} 51″
Size medium move onto Body.
Rnd 17: K7, inc1 [k14, inc1] 9 times, k7. – {150 sts}
Rnd 19: [K15, inc1] 10 times. – {160 sts} 58″
Size large move onto Body.
Rnd 21: K8, inc1 [k16, inc1] 9 times, k8. – {170 sts}
Rnd 23: [K17, inc1] 10 times. – {180 sts} 65″
Size 1-2XL move onto Body.
Rnd 25: K9, inc1 [k18, inc1] 9 times, k9. – {190 sts}
Rnd 27: [K19, inc1] 10 times. – {200 sts} 72″
Size 3X move onto Body.
Rnd 29: K10, inc1 [k20, inc1] 9 times, k10. – {210 sts}
Rnd 31: [K21, inc1] 10 times. – {220 sts} 80″
Size 4-5X move onto Body.

Rnd 1:
K to end.
Repeat round 1 to desired length. ***If you are working until you have just enough to bind off, be sure to leave enough for the draw string and tassels as well! The bind off takes enough yarn for 3 rounds, each round takes as much yarn as about 3 times the circumference of the round.

Bind Off: (i-cord bind off)
Cast on 3 sts in the following manner: [insert right needle between first 2 sts on the left needle, wrap yarn around the right needle and pull it through, place this loop on the left needle] 3 times.
*K2, k2tog, slip last 3 sts from right needle to left needle without twisting sts, repeat from * until there are only 3 sts left, cut yarn, run it through all 3 loops, and use end to seam the bind off start and end together.

Draw String: (optional)
Make a crochet chain or a knit i-cord long enough to string through round 2 of neck and with enough to tie a bow. Thread draw string through round 2 of neck, under the knits and over the purls. Add tassels to the ends of the draw strings. Find a tutorial for tassels here.

Wear or give and enjoy!

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13 Comments on Magical Hooded Poncho – Free Knit Pattern

  1. Emily
    June 1, 2016 at 11:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Is it alright if I don’t do the hood edge? Thank you!

    • Jessie
      June 2, 2016 at 7:09 am (2 years ago)

      The knit police will not come for you. It is made from the top down, though; so keep that in mind when you figure out your alterations. – wait, you just mean to remove the edge from the hood, not the whole hood? You can do that, but the edge will roll. You will need to block it well.

  2. Janet Dietrich
    July 22, 2016 at 5:46 pm (2 years ago)

    In the very beginning rnd 1 (Hood) can I ASSUME that the stitches are being connected in a circle? Based on the next statement to continue “knitting” until pieces measures 4″ or is this worked as a “flat piece” = KNIT – TURN – PURL – TURN ETC. I have been knitting for 40 plus years have to admit the beginning is a little confusing.

    • Jessie
      July 22, 2016 at 9:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Because it is written in rounds, not rows, yes, you do work in the round, not in rows.

      • Janet Dietrich
        July 22, 2016 at 9:34 pm (2 years ago)

        Tks, btw love the “short cut Pco”.

  3. Abbra
    August 9, 2016 at 4:42 pm (2 years ago)

    What type of yarn would you recommend for someone who wants to make this in a solid color?

    • Jessie
      August 10, 2016 at 8:41 am (2 years ago)

      There is not a solid color that changes textures like this – that I know of. So I would say whatever moves nicely and gives you the correct gauge.

    • Janet Dietrich
      August 10, 2016 at 10:49 pm (2 years ago)

      I used a “Red Heart” Black but it did have ‘speckles’ of color and looks gorgeous even if I say so myself. But any color would work.

  4. judy
    October 9, 2016 at 12:25 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi thank you for the pattern. Do you join the pco? Or do you join the first round after the pco. beginner here! Not too bright!

    • Jessie
      October 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm (1 year ago)

      You join the PCO. 🙂

      • judy
        October 9, 2016 at 4:41 pm (1 year ago)

        yea thank you

  5. Debora
    April 7, 2017 at 12:19 am (11 months ago)

    Do you have instruction on how to join PCO?

    • Jessie
      April 7, 2017 at 7:47 am (11 months ago)

      just keep going in the round, same as any other stitch when you start to work in the round


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