Playtime Toddler Poncho Easy + 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 getting them to wear that extra layer of warmth in the cooler months is most important.

This poncho crochet pattern features Red Heart Yarn Collage-a #7 jumbo yarn that works up fast in these double crochet stitches. With these colorful yarns I find that usually the basic stitches look better than a stitch pattern.

If you don’t have any #7 jumbo yarn, you can substitute two strands of another yarn weight. I recommend trying it with two strands of #5 bulky weight yarn. It may also work with #6 super bulky yarn. Make a gauge swatch and see how close you are first!

Blue and purple poncho laid flat on table.

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I picked this chunky 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 easy crochet pattern to have a little flair. I added a row of single crochet and chains to increase on the last round that gives the poncho just enough flounce to make it fun show her unique style.

Toddler with colorful poncho looking out from front porch.

Since this is made with jumbo yarn it makes a pretty dense fabric. So I kept the length short. I didn’t want anything too heavy on my little one, but I did want the extra warmth.

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!

This is a great project that works up quickly if you’re not sure what to make with that jumbo yarn.

Toddler standing on porch looking at rain wearing crochet poncho.

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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.

Skill Level



ch – chain

dc – double crochet

fdc – foundation double crochet

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet


2” x 2” = 3 dc x 1.5 rows of dc


Fits 18 mos – 3 yrs

Finished Dimensions

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


If you would like to try adjusting this pattern to fit larger sizes you may need to start with more stitches for the foundation chain. You’ll need enough to fit over the head. Then you would continue in pattern but increasing for even more rounds to fit the body.

Making the poncho longer is a simple matter of adding more rows. You could also transform this poncho into a cushiony cowl by making it shorter and not increasing.

Toddler with poncho on porch looking out.

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Toddler standing on porch looking at rain wearing crochet poncho.

How to Crochet Toddler Poncho

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15

Learn how to crochet a simple poncho in jumbo yarn for toddler size.


  • 2 balls Red Heart Collage yarn in color way Forget-Me-Not, or 110 yds #7 Jumbo yarn


  • 15mm (P) hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors


  1. Rnd 1. Fdc 27, join and continue to Rnd 2 below. Or if you’re unfamiliar with foundation stitches, Ch 27, join to first ch with sl st being careful not to twist chain, ch 3 (counts), dc in each ch around, sl st to top of 3rd ch to join. ( 27 sts)
  2. Rnd 2. Ch 3, dc in each dc around, sl st to first to join. (27)
  3. Rnd 3. Rep round 2.
  4. Rnd 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, sl st to first to join. (36)
  5. Rnd 5. Ch 3, dc in each dc around, sl st to join. (36)
  6. Rnd 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, sl st to first to join. (48) To maker a larger size continue increase rounds like this one, adding one more dc in between increase for each extra round, i.e. “dc in each of next 3, 2 dc” then “dc in each next 4, 2 dc”, etc.
  7. Rnd 7. Ch 3, dc in each dc around, sl st 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. Rnd 8. Ch 1, sc in the same, ch 1, *{sc in the next st, ch 1} rep around, sl st to first st to join.
  9. Cut yarn and weave in ends.


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