Baby/toddler Poncho

How many stitches do cast on for a almost 4 yr old? (petit 4 yr old)

I’m very new to knitting and my little girl wants a poncho.

Thank you.

welcome, i am new here as well.

I do know part of the answer to your question. How many stitches to cast on depends on what size needles you are using as different size needles are going to give you a different gauge, i.e. different amount of stitches per inch.

what size needles are you using?

also what kind of yarn did you buy? The yarn label should have the recommended needle size to use as well as the gauge.

You can figure out how many inches long you want your poncho (i.e. 36 inches) to be and use the guage to help you cast on your stitches…

I have size 9 needles. I haven’t worked with any other size yet. But I have size 11 and 13. So if I knit on the biger needles does it make it faster work? Told you I was new. I just learned to purl last week.

Sorry, I didn’t finish answering your questions. I bought Caron one pound. And I don’t know how to do a gauge.

Hopefully a more experienced knitter will step in and answer your questions as I am a very eager learner but have only been knitting for a month or so and just finished my first projects that were given to my mom and mother-in-law for mother’s day…

Size 9 needles are good. Yes, larger size needles will get your project done quicker because bigger needles yield bigger stitches (more stitches per inch)

However, you said you have a petite 4 year old. You might not want a poncho that has big chunky stitches as it might not look quite right on her tiny frame. Size 9 needles would be good.

Regarding your 1 lb of Caron, on the yarn label the gauge should be provided for you. Most yarn labels will have like an box with needles in it that says the recommended needle size and guage of x stitches per 4 inches. Or instead of a picture, it might just be written.

You need to find the gauge and needle recommendation on your yarn label. It can be very challenging to knit thicker yarns on smaller needles. I did this and the project took much longer because my yarn was a bit too tight and it was difficult to maneuver the needle (the project looks great though1) You also could get big loopy holes if you knit a thin yarn on very thick needles. To me it is best when you are knitting the yarn on the appropriate needles. Then the tension is perfect.

Thank you. This makes sense now. I will look on my lable. The only things I have finished is two baby bibs that is on the home page of this site. I did them with the same kind of yarn but in different colors. And the 9 needles worked well with it. That’s why I was hoping I could still use the 9 needles, they are comfortable for me. But I guess I will need to venture out and use something different someday. Thanks for all your help.

No problem, once you check the gauge on your label, I think you could do this:
Find how how many inches you want to make the poncho (i.e. 36")
Divide by the INCHES gauge given (15 stitches = 4 inches)

Then you would get 9

Then you would take the 9 and multiply it by 15 STITCHES to find out how many stitches to cast on = 135

I do not know for sure if this is right. Please let another more experienced knitter post a reply, too.

Oh my, I didn’t know all this. I haven’t taken a class. My SIL knows how to knit stitch and she showed me how. I learned to purl for a video on a CD rom I bought and this site helped a lot too. I think I may be over my head. So is this a formula? I will take advise from anyone who want’s to jump in. How did you learn to knit?


I haven’t taken any classes either.

I learned to knit from the Klutz Knitting Book. You know, those kid kits for arts n’ crafts. The book actually was great and had tons of great close up pictures. It came with size 8 needles, a tapastry needle, a crochet hook, and a couple of buttons, and some varigated blue acrylic yarn.

I was able to cast one but when I tried to knit somehow I ended up with double the stitches so a co-worker helped me do the knit stitch and I learned the purl stitch (after much much much practice) from the video on this site :slight_smile: I was surprised that only 1 person on my staff knew how to knit. I guess I figured since my mom and grandma knit that everyone else did too. I never asked my mom to teach me to knit but I don’t remember my mom knitting tons, but she did make baby blankets for friends and co-workers.

I have no idea if my formula is right. I teach math, so it just seemed to make sense to me. But perhaps I am a bad math teacher if someone corrects me and tells me my “formula” is crazy :oops:

Another very very very fabulous book I have is, ‘how to teach yourself to knit visually.’ After flipping through so many instructional knitting books I felt this was the best one that goes from beginner instruction to intermediate instruction. Excellent explanations and tons and tons of pictures of real hands holding yarn and stuff. the back of the book also has some patterns orgazined by beginner and intermediate projects.

The book that inspired me to begin knitting as a hobby/passion was ‘the yarn harlot’ by stephanie mcphee. I wasn’t even a knitter yet but I kept seeing that book everywhere I went so I finally picked it up and by the time I had finished it I had bought the Klutz Kit and some yucky acryclic yarn at Michael’s. (I hadn’t discovered my amazing local yarn store yet)

Ah, so that is the story. I haven’t knitted in several days but I am content that I know how. I am fixing to knit a pillow cover for my dogchild Benjamin. It will be a birthday present :slight_smile:

The math is right, though I usually look at stitches per inch vs. per four inches–I’m NOT a math teacher. :rofling:

If you know the width you want to make your poncho, and you know how many stitches per inch you get with your yarn and needes by knitting a swatch, then you can multiply inches by stitches per inch and find out how many to cast on.

If you’d like to find a pattern, though, has tons of free patterns and you might find an easy poncho that has all the math and shaping figured in for you.

Okay, Bethie and Ingrid, I feed really dumb. I looked at my lable and didn’t understand it. It had a box with two knitting needles in it making an X and 4 x 4 on the outside of it and a crochet needle with a 9 under it. Do you know what that means. I measured my daughter last night and I think maybe 30 inches would be big enough for the first rectangle but maybe I could do the 36 inches and make sure she has room to grow in it. I am going to be spending a lot of time on this I don’t want it to be too small.
Thanks for your replies.

4" =16 stitches on size 8 needles. Suggested crochet hook: I9. No dyelot solids. Machine wash and dry.

This is information I found on Caron One Pound. So it looks like your gauge on size 8 needles is 4 st per inch. About. People knit at different tensions, but this should give you an idea. It’s a worsted weight yarn.

another little gem of advice here: sometimes you just go for it and start knitting, and it turns out the wrong size, but you learned a lot, and practiced your skills. If you check your guage, as a beginner your stitching style and tightness is likely to evolve, and the guage will be different anyway.

I made 1 sweater that turned out too little, gave it away, and knitted the same pattern again to the right size by adjusting. My 2nd one fit my daughter just fine, and I did it a lot better the 2nd time around. I almost always do each pattern more than once, cause things can go haywire in one way or another, and I like to try again. And I’m usually too excited to start, to check the gauge, I just knit and hope. That’s probably bad advice. :wink: