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This adorable garment is the mini version of our original Saunders Poncho, which means both you and your little one can now match! With cables and the textural goodness of moss stitch, it is the perfect classic throw-over for when the weather gets chilly. Recommended for children ages 4–10 years.

Small/Medium (S/M), suggested for ages 4–7 years
Width: 70cm (27 ½“)
Length: cropped–40cm (16”), or full length–50cm (20”)
Medium/Large (M/L), suggested for ages 7–10 years
Width: 100cm (40”)
Length: cropped–40cm (16”), or full length–50cm (20”)

To choose a size, measure across the back of the child’s shoulders to see how each width will fit, from one of the child’s arms to the other when they’re both raised and lowered. This can help to decide where you prefer the edges of the poncho to sit. To choose the length, measure from the top of the child’s shoulders down over their bust and stomach. Note that because of the poncho’s rectangular shape, there will end up being additional length where the corners fall when the arms are lowered.

Sample shown in S/M cropped version modelled on Jade and Juliet, twins age 4, and M/L full length version modelled on Ella, age 9. The poncho’s sizing is flexible and will last for many years with varied style.

Adagio Mills Alpaca 8ply (100% Alpaca; 95m {104yds}/50g), pictured in colourways Concerto (S/M sample) and Sonata (M/L sample)

S/M cropped version: 9 balls/450g– 855m/936yds
S/M full length version: 12 balls/600g– 1140m/1248yds
M/L cropped version: 13 balls/650g– 1235m/1352yds
M/L full length version: 16 balls/800g– 1520m/1664yds

For optimal results, the use of a non-superwash yarn is recommended. Please note that if you are substituting a different fibre to alpaca, your final measurements and fabric drape may differ.

3mm (US 2.5/3) and 3.5mm (US 4), at least 100cm (40”) length circular needles, or size to obtain gauge and a needle two sizes smaller
1 extra straight or circular 3.5mm (US 4) needle
3 lengths of waste yarn, or spare interchangeable needle cables
4 stitch markers
1 removable stitch marker/progress keeper
Cable needle
Tapestry needle
Tape measure
Row counter (optional)

23 stitches x 32 rows = 10cm (4”) in double moss stitch on larger (3.5mm {US 4}) needle, knit flat and relaxed after blocking.

-Long Tail Cast On Method
-Bind Off
-Three Needle Bind Off Method

This pattern has been professionally tech edited, and test knit. Instructions are provided in a fully written format, with charts also included where relevant.

Photography: Nadine Hulme

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