Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hooded Poncho

We've talked scarves and shawls...how about trying to knit a poncho! Depending on the yarn, it could be a beach cover-up or an autumn chill chaser. Remember to check your gauge! SIZE
Width 43" [109 cm] edge to edge Length 23" [58.5 cm]


• LION BRAND Wool-Ease Thick & Quick 3 balls #143 Claret (A)
3 balls #135 Spice (B)
1 ball #131 Grass (C) or colors of your choice
• Size 15 [10 mm] knitting needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
• Size 13 [9 mm] knitting needles
• Size 13 [9 mm] 16” [40 cm] circular needle
• stitch holders
• large-eyed, blunt needle

8.5 sts + 12 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st (k on RS, p on WS) on larger needles. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

With smaller needles and A, cast on 92 sts. Work in garter st (knit every row) for 6 rows. Changing to larger needles, work first and last 5 sts in garter st and center sts in St st. Work even until piece measures 12” [30.5 cm] from beg. Change to C and work even for 10 rows. Change to B and work even until piece measures 23” [58.5 cm]. Placing center 20 sts on holder, bind off remaining sts.

Work as for Back until piece measures 20 1/2” [52 cm], ending with a WS row.
Next row (RS) Work 40 sts, place center 12 sts on holder, join 2nd ball of yarn and work even to end – 40 sts each side.
Cont to work both sides at same time, bind off 2 sts from each neck edge twice – 36 sts each side. Work even until piece measures same length as Back. Bind off all sts.

Sew shoulder seams. With RS facing, circular needle, and B, and starting at left shoulder, pick up and knit 24 sts around Front neck, including 12 sts from holder, and 20 sts from Back neck holder – 44 sts. Join to work in rounds.
Rnd 1 Purl.
Rnd 2 Knit.
Rnd 3 Purl.
Bind off all sts loosely in knit.

HOOD (optional)
With RS facing, smaller needles, and B, and beginning at right shoulder edge, pick up and knit 40 sts along Back neck (2 sts in each stitch).
Row 1 (WS) K 5, p 30, k 5.
Change to larger needles.
Row 2 (RS) Knit.
Work even as established, working first and last 5 sts in garter st and center sts in St st until piece measures 14” [35.5 cm]. Bind off.

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