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My step-daughter requested this poncho and picked out the yarn and colors herself. Only after it was completed did I realize how closely the colors resembled same ones hunters use: green camouflage with bright orange detail.

This generously sized poncho is designed to fit everyone: the overall pattern is based on the wearer's arm and shoulder length. Two garter st panels are interlaced with asymmetrical lines of contrasting eyelash yarn and are joined with three-needle bind-off. Sts are then picked up around the neckline and the yoke is knit up, in the round, to desired length. The entire garment is constructed only with knit sts and works up quickly.

model: Brooke Sturgeon photo: Jo Anne Tracy

SIZE
One.
 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

See Figure 1.

Arm length = _____ inches. [measure top of shoulder, where arm meets shoulder, to wrist]

Shoulder to neck length = _____ inches [measure from top of shoulder to base of neck]

 

MATERIALS

[MC] Koigu Kersti [100% Merino wool; 114 yd/50g skein]; color: K519; 11 [12, 14] skeins for arm length up to 19 [23, 26] inches.
[CC] Splash [100% polyester eyelash; 85 yds/100 gram ball]; color: 9216 Orange Crush; 3 [4, 5] skeins for arm length up to 19 [23, 26] inches.

2 sets US #9/5.5 mm straight needles
1 24" US #9/5.5 mm circular needles
OR
1 set US #9/5.5 mm straight needles
2 24" US #9/5.5 mm circular needles

Optional:
H/5.5 mm crochet hook
Safety pins
Stitch markers
Long stitch holders

 

 

GAUGE

16 sts/28 rows = 4" in garter st with MC

 
STITCH PATTERNS

Picking Up Sts Along the Selvedge Edge:

Working in the selvage sts at the end of the row, pick up sts by pulling loops through the back loop of each selvage st. The number of sts to be picked up will probably be more than the number of selvage sts available, so distribute the extra sts evenly throughout by periodically knitting an extra st through the front loop of the selvedge.

 
MEASUREMENT WORKSHEET

panel width = (arm length minus 1) = _____ inches

A (# of panel sts)
(_____) inches (panel width) multiplied by 4= _____ sts

B (panel length)
(_____) inches (panel width) multiplied by 2 = _____ inches

Y (yoke length)
shoulder to neck = _____ inches

 
DIRECTIONS

The main panels are worked in garter st. At the beginning of every row, sl 1st st, with yarn in front, as if to purl. Move yarn to back, knit to the end of the row. This will create a nice selvedge (which will be helpful for picking up sts for the yoke). Do this for both MC and CC rows.

Panel #1

With MC and straight needles, CO _____ (A) sts.

Beg with a RS row, work even for 5 inches, ending with RS facing.

*Change to CC, work even for 4 rows.

Change to MC, work even for 8 inches, ending with RS facing.

Change to CC, work even for 4 rows.

Change to MC, work even for 1 inch, ending with RS facing.

Change to CC, work even for 4 rows.

Change to MC, work even for 2 inches, ending with RS facing.

Change to CC, work even for 4 rows.

Change to MC, work in pattern for 3 inches.

Change to CC, work in pattern for 4 rows.

Change to MC, work even for 5 inches, ending with RS facing.*

Rep from * to * until piece measures ______ (B) inches from beg. End with RS facing, using MC.

Change to CC and work 2 more rows. Do not BO or break yarn. Put sts on st holder and set aside.

Panel #2

With MC and straight needles, CO _____ (A) sts.

Beg with a RS row, work even for 1 inch, ending with RS facing.

**Change to CC, work even for 4 rows.

Change to MC, work even for 2 inches, ending with RS facing.

Change to CC, work even for 4 rows.

Change to MC, work even for 3 inches, ending with RS facing.

Change to CC, work even for 4 rows.

Change to MC, work even for 5 inches, ending with RS facing.

Change to CC, work even for 4 rows.

Change to MC, work even for 8 inches, ending with RS facing.

Change to CC, work even for 4 rows.

Change to MC, work even for 1 inch, ending with RS facing.**

Repeat from ** to ** until piece measures ______ (B) inches. End with RS facing, using MC.

Change to CC and work 2 more rows. Do not BO or break yarn.

Weave in loose ends for both panels.

Join Panels

Use safety pin to mark half-way point along left side of Panel #1.

With CC, straight needles and RS facing, pick up _____(A) sts along the lower left side of Panel #1, beginning at bottom (row 1) and ending half-way up the panel (safety pin).

Place safety pin at the end of this row (to mark center of poncho for later).

Holding WSs together, match up the newly picked-up sts in Panel #1 with the live sts on the end of Panel #2, as shown in Figure 2. Hold needles parallel, with Panel #1 in back and Panel #2 in front. Work a 3 Needle BO. Break yarn and secure.

Alternatively, BO with a crochet hook instead of a 3rd needle. Insert hook into first st on front needle, and then into first st on back needle. Pick up yarn, pull through both loops, and drop loops off both needles. *Repeat with next st on each needle. Pull second st through 1st st on hook. Repeat from * until there is only one st left on the hook. Break yarn and secure.

Repeat by picking up sts on bottom half of Panel #2 and binding off with live sts on Panel #1.

Yoke

With RS facing, use MC to pick up sts along neckline, beg at one of the two safety pins placed when joining panels. Pick up one st in the corner, then continue to pick up one st in the back loop of each selvage st (1 st for every 2 rows) for that panel. At the next corner (marked by second safety pin), pick up st in the corner and cont as for previous half.

The number of sts picked up should be approximately [(B _____ inches multiplied by (gauge) 7 rows/inch, divided by 2) minus 2].

Round 1: K around, placing markers 1/3 and 2/3 across both the first and the second panel (4 markers placed).

Round 2: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, K2tog, slip marker, knit to next marker, slip marker, SSK, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 3 & 4: Work even in St st.

Round 5: Repeat round 2.

Repeat rounds 3-5 until yoke is (Y) _____ inches from pick up.

Work 1 inch even in St st. Change to CC. Work even in St st for 3 inches. Change to MC. Knit 2 rounds. BO loosely.

 
FINISHING


Weave in loose ends and go find some puppies!