I kept looking for a crochet poncho or cardigan for kids that I liked and I found so many great ones, but I loved creating this crochet belted poncho pattern of my own!
My daughter has been wanting to me to crochet something for her to wear. She gets chilly at school, so I wanted to give her something to keep her warmer, but that wouldn’t be heavy and bulky like a big sweater. So, I settled on an open poncho cardigan design, which I ended up adding a belt to and it worked out great.
She is able to use the belt to keep the front of the poncho together, but also allows for more draping if she wants it. This crochet poncho cardigan for kids is easy to work up and just uses two stitches.
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ch – chain
tc – treble crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
Crochet Belted Poncho for Kids Pattern
ch the width of the poncho size you want as long – make any multiple of 7 and add 4 for the total stitch count – then add 4 ch and turn
(for my 9 year old daughter, this was 28 inches wide)
Row 1 – Start in the 5th chain from hook, 1 tc in each chain to end, you should end with 4 tc in a row – chain 4, turn
Row 2 – Skip first stitch and then 1 tc into next 3 stitches. Chain 3, skip 3 stitches, 4 tc into next four stitches. Repeat across in a pattern of 4 tc, then 3 chain/skipped stitches. This creates a rectangle. At end of row, chain 4 and turn.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until your work is long enough to cover from the neck/shoulder down to where you want it to hang. Mine measured 19 inches.
Next row, only work half the row – in the middle, you will end with 2 tc, then ch 4 and turn. So, now you are just working half the front. Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach the same length as the back.
Go back up to the other half and insert your yarn and work the other half down. This leaves a split in the front middle.
Make as long as you need – mine measures 60 inches.
Ch 5, insert hook 1st ch from hook, sc in each stitch across (4 stitches), ch 1, turn and repeat until you reach the desired length.
Weave belt through holes in poncho and tie in front.