2 Rectangles, 2 Seams and You're DONE!

Want a FAST, keep-'em-warm-and-fashionable project? A basic poncho offers so many possibilities!
  • Fast knitting
  • Perfect Fit - your length and neck opening size
  • Any machine
  • Any Yarn
  • Any Stitch pattern
Think of your poncho as a blank canvas for your creativity!
No matter where you are on your machine knitting journey, YOU CAN KNIT A PONCHO!
In the sections below are the pattern, tips, tricks, videos, stitch pattern suggestions and more ... all gathered here to help you along.

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Hot Cakes Striped Poncho Kit

Knit this beautiful, colorful poncho on your machine
Knit two separate rectangles to create this eye-catching poncho kit!
Fall in love with this bold and easy-to-knit poncho!

Although the HK pattern is knit in garter stitch, it would be equally beautiful in stockinette.

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Mid-gauge or bulky machine
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Use the Knit it Now Perfect Fit™ pattern so the poncho isn't hanging off your shoulders!

Want help in knitting this on the machine? Want to create your own Poncho?

Get Inspired

Because of the simplicity of this design, the sky is the limit! Get inspired by other knitters who have used this shape.

Remember, with the Knit it Now Perfect Fit™ pattern
  • Use ANY machine
  • ANY technique
  • ANY stitch pattern
  • ANY yarn!

The pattern - Design your own Perfect Fit™ Poncho!

Basic Poncho

NO MATH! Get Knitting!

18" Doll - Child - Adult Sizes - Custom fit for you!
  • How wide do you want the neck?
  • How long do you want the front?
  • What's YOUR gauge?

Basic Poncho

Free Pattern
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Tutorials: What skills do you need to know?

If you can cast on, bind off and knit, you can knit this poncho!
Need a refresher or practice? Check the videos below for the basics.

Accurate Gauge Measurement

E-Wrap Cast On

Favorite Bind off

Seaming Stitches to Rows


Expand your Horizons: Stitch Pattern Suggestions

Try a new-to-you stitch pattern. (Don't forget - swatching is NOT optional)

Knitweave with Pick Up

DAK File
Stitch Painter
Punchard & Diagram

Knitweave with Pick Up

Stitch Pattern

Slip Stitch

KIN 406 Slip
Stitch Painter File
DAK File

Multi Color Slip

KIN 820 Multi Slip
DAK File
Stitch Painter File

Make your poncho EXTRA WARM - Add a Hood

Adding a hood to any sweater pattern isn't hard.

There are a few things to consider when designing a hood ... especially for machine knitters.

This overview will give you confidence to create your own custom poncho with a hood!


Use the Knit it Now Hood Tool to calculate the math



Create a simple hood shape for any pattern. Enter the dimensions of your finished neck opening and the desired hood depth. The tool will generate a hood pattern based on your stitch and row gauge.
Enter your information and create your personalized knitting instructions.

eBook: Learn to Draft your own hoods

Add a Hood to ANY Knitting Pattern Ebook
Adding a hood adds a practical, designer touch to any sweater. You don't need to search for a machine knitting pattern with a hood ... create your own!

  • 8 hood styles
  • Perfect for kids and adults
  • Workbook style fill-in-the blanks format
  • 36 pages
Ready for Immediate Download

Finish the edges

Finish your poncho with a beautiful edge. Crochet is traditional, but why not try an i-Cord edge all the way around?


Add Fringe

Fringe adds a classic touch to your poncho.

Add Fringe to your Knitting

Fringe on the machine


Share Your Work

We would love to see what you have created.
Share your poncho - Inspire the Knit it Now community.
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Make your poncho the way YOU want it
PLUS use ANY machine, ANY yarn and ANY stitch pattern!

  • Fast Knitting - Creative Canvas - Useful project!
  • Not too short, not too long ... just right length.
  • Off the shoulder or neck close warmth.

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