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Playtime Toddler Poncho Free Crochet Pattern

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The Playtime Poncho is quick and easy to make and even quicker and easier to wear! If you’re the parent of a toddler you’ll know that is the most essential.

This simple design features Red Heart Yarn Collage-a #7 jumbo yarn that works up fast in these double crochet stitches.

Toddler sitting in chunky crochet poncho and staring out at rain.

I picked this yarn up from Joann and was delighted with the colorway for my little lady. She loves her pink, purple and blues and “Forget Me Not” is perfect.

She also likes to wear skirts and dresses that she can “spin around” in, so I wanted this simple design to have a little flair. I added a sc + ch 1 increase on the last round that gives the poncho just enough flounce to make it fun.

Toddler in chunky and colorful poncho standing on step.

Since this is made with jumbo yarn I kept the length pretty short. I didn’t want anything too heavy on my little one, but I did want warm.

I also wanted to keep her hands free, so keeping the length short made sense. If you want a longer poncho you just need more yarn and more rounds!

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  1. Poncho is worked in the round, top down.
  2. Ch 3 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative, here’s my favorite.
  3. The pattern can be started with a chain or the foundation double crochet st, you can find the foundation dc tutorial here.



dc-double crochet

ss-slip stitch

sc-single crochet


2”x 2” = 3 dc x 1.5 rows 


Fits 18mos-3yrs

Finished dimensions when laid flat: 9” across top neck opening, 10” long, 20” wide across ruffle bottom.

Toddler sitting on step in crochet poncho of blues and purples.


Fdc 27, join and continue to 2. below.


Ch 27, join to first ch with ss being careful not to twist chain.

  1. Ch 3, dc in each chain around, ss to first to join. (27)
  2. Ch 3, dc in each dc around, ss to first to join. (27) 
  3. Rep round 2. 
  4. Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in the next st, *{dc in each of the next 2, 2 dc in the next st} rep from * around, ss to first to join. (36)
  5. Ch 3, dc in each dc around, ss to join. (36)
  6. Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in the next st, *{dc in each of the next 2, 2 dc in the next st} rep from * around, ss to first to join. (48)
  7. Ch 3, dc in each dc around, ss to join. (48) *If you have more yarn and would like a longer poncho continue to add more dc rounds here until you’ve reached your desired length. 
  8. Ch 1, sc in the same, ch 1, *{sc in the next st, ch 1} rep around, ss to first st to join. Finish off 

 I’d love to see your #playtimeponcho tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic! Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love to see your work!

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Cheryl Heming

Friday 8th of March 2019

This little poncho is perfect for my two nieces!


Thursday 7th of March 2019

I think I need to make my daughter one of these! ItsI adorable!

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