I’m currently working on some new “features” for my blog, a logo and some new headers for my different categories. While we’re waiting, I thought I would add a free pattern for you. In 2013 I knitted this poncho, of course with leftover yarn from my then massive stash. Every Autumn I’ll buy a fashion magazine (when there’s a “trend bible” filled with knitwear), and look through and see if something tickles my fancy =) This poncho was such a project. I cannot for the love of knits find the picture that inspired me, I don’t remember which clothing designer made the poncho I liked. All I remember is that it was in white and different brown colors, striped and with a few different patterns for the different colors.
Anyway, here is the pattern. If you want to download the pattern and print it out, scroll down to the bottom of this post and hit the “download pattern” =).
Needle size: 9mm/US size 13 (the needle size should be bigger than what is recommended for the yarn, to make the sts look loose).
Gauge: 18sts approx. 20cm
Yarn: This poncho is knitted with leftover yarn from other projects. You can use any kind of yarn you want. This poncho is knitted with:
Lerke – the neck (single thread)
Falk -deep purple (single thread, very loose sts)
Fritidsgarn – dark blue (single thread)
Drops Alpaca – dark grey (triple thread)
Lima – medium grey (double thread)
Gjestal bomull sport – medium purple (double thread)
Hegre – light grey (single thread, very loose sts)
Boulcè yarn (single thread)
You’ll need approx. 9-11 skeins of yarn (depending on what type of yarn you choose), whatever is left is used for the fringes. The thinner threads are either doubled or tripled. If you double or triple your threads, remember to keep the “new” thread thinner than the needle size you’re using.
Measuring tips: Make all measurements when the piece is laying flat. The poncho measure approx. 92cm across, 104cm long.
This poncho is knitted in one piece with 3 easy patterns, and the poncho itself is a square. The 3 patterns are underlined. If you start a pattern on purl side, remember to purl instead of knit (and vice versa).
Cast on 80sts (first and last sts are edge stitches, and is knitted on both sides. Do not include them in the patterns).
Row 1: purl all stitches
*Row 2: *knit 2sts, knit 2sts together, yarn over 1st*, repeat *.* over all sts. last 2sts knit. (purl on purl side, knit on knit side)
Row 3: purl (purl on purl side, knit on knit side)
*Row 4: *knit 2sts together, yarn over 1st, Knit 2sts*, repeat *.* over all sts, last 4sts knit 2sts, knit 2sts together. (purl on purl side, knit on knit side)
Row 5: purl (purl on purl side, knit on knit side)
Row 6: repeat row 2
Row 7: purl
Row 8: repeat row 4
Row 9: *purl 1, knit 1* over all sts
Row 10: *knit 1, purl 1* over all sts
Repeat row 9 and 10 five more time.
Row 21: *purl 1, knit 1* over all sts
Row 22: knit all sts
*Row 23: *purl 2sts together, yarn over 1st*, repeat *.* over all sts. (purl on purl side, knit on knit side)
*Row 24: knit (purl on purl side, knit on knit side)
Repeat these 3 patterns in any kind of order you want, for a total of 59 rows. If you’ve ended a color on the purl side of the poncho, remember that the first row you knit has to be purled.
On this poncho the pattern order is:
3th color change: pattern 1 for 10 rows
4th color change: pattern 2 for 13 rows
5th color change: pattern 1 for 10 rows
**6th color change: pattern 1 for 2 rows
(**: neckline starts after these first 2 rows)
Row 60: knit 29sts in the pattern you’re doing, then cast off 22sts for the neck, knit the last 29sts
Row 61: knit 29sts in the pattern you’re doing, cast on 22sts, knit the last 29sts (now you have a neck hole).
Row 62-67: continue pattern 1 (a total of 10 rows with the 6th color change, 2 rows on one side, 2 rows for neckline/shoulders, 6 rows on the other side)
7th color change: pattern 2 for 4 rows
8th color change: pattern 1 for 12 rows
9th color change: pattern 2 for 11 rows
10th color change: pattern 3 for 8 rows
11th color change: pattern 3 for 3 rows
12th color change pattern 2 for 8 rows
13th and last color change: pattern 1 for 5 rows
Pick up 116sts around the neckline with circular needles/4dpn size 4 1/2mm (US size 7), and join (approx. 3sts on needle size 4 1/2mm for every sts needle size 9mm). *Knit 2, purl 2* around over all sts, until the neck measures approx. 14cm. Cast off. Sew in any ends.
All loose ends on the poncho are used as fringes, so don’t sew them in or anything like that. Add fringes with the yarn you have left. Cut them 40cm long, and loop them through the edge sts, all around the square.