Rocking Cute Poncho – Free Pattern!

For the last 3 weeks I’ve been working on a921efa80b5181416dd9219b8e2fbe49a poncho, it’s going to be a gift for a special lady (you can never start on your Christmas gifts too early). I saw this great poncho (I may not be very fashionable myself, but I do follow some designers work), and I thought this would be perfect for this lady I know. Since I don’t crochet, I had to come up with a knitting design (although I will be trying to crochet a few flowers to sew on). Like my last post, this is knitted with crochet yarn I was given =).
It took a week longer to make, because I had to undo a big portion of it (it didn’t sit right when I tried it on, so I had to unravel about 10cm at the end and beginning of the first part of the poncho).
The poncho is not finished, as I have yet to decorate it. But that is going to take a little while, since I’m not an expert in embroidery and such. So I thought I would share the pattern before all the details were done, since you can decorate however you want to at this point. You can download the PDF at the bottom, there are charts =).

 

Rocking Cute Poncho – young adult size

Needle size: 3mm, circular needles
Gauge: 30sts = 10cm
Measuring tips: measure while holding the piece up, it will stretch because of the weight.
Yarn: Solberg crochet yarn, 200g
Skeins: 3
Other material: yarn for fringes, beads, embroidery thread/yarn, scraps of yarn.

This poncho is worked back and forth on circular needles.

Explanations:
 *knit 2sts together in back loop* = you can either knit them together in the back loop of the stitches, or you can slip on stitch to the right needle, knit 1st and slip the slipped stitch over the stitch you just knitted.
*knit 3sts together* = slip 1st to the right needle, knit 2sts together, slip the slipped stitch over the stitch you just knitted.

 

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Cast on 285sts, purl first row. First and last stitch are edge stitches (they are included in the pattern chart, not in the written pattern), and is knitted on both sides. Knit pattern.

Pattern 1:
1.row: Knit 1st. knit 2sts together in back loop, 1 yarn over, *knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 3sts together, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 3sts together, 1 yarn over*. Repeat *..* 33times. Finish last 8sts by knitting 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 3sts together, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts together, knit 1st.

2.row: Purl all sts. Edge stitches are knitted on both sides.

3.row: Knit 1st, knit 2sts together in back loop, *knit 5sts, 1 yarn over, knit 3sts together, 1 yarn over*. Repeat *..* till last 8sts. Knit 5sts, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts together, knit 1st.

4.row: Purl all sts.

5.row: Repeat 3.row.

6.row: Purl all sts.

7.row: Knit 3sts, *1 yarn over, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 1st, knit 2sts together, 1 yarn over, knit 3sts*. Repeat *..* till last 8sts, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 1st, knit 2sts together, 1 yarn over, knit 3sts.

8.row: Purl all sts.

Work these 8 rows 18 times in height total (approx.36cm when holding it up).

 

Neck:
Split the piece in 2, and work the first 142stsIMG_20150505_214203 with pattern. End rows on knit side like this (5 last stitches):
1.row: 1 yarn over, knit 3sts together, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts, continue with pattern.
2.row: Purl
3.row: Repeat 1.row
4.row: Purl
5.row: Repeat 1.row
6.row: Purl
7.row: Knit last 5sts
8.row: Purl

Work pattern in height on first half 13 times, start on the 14th repeat, and knit the first 7 rows. Put it aside and start on the second half. Cast off first stitch (in the neck opening). Knit the 5 first stitches like this (reverse of first half of the split):
1.row: knit 2sts, 1 yarn over, knit 3sts together, 1 yarn over, continue with pattern.
2.row: Purl
3.row: Repeat 1.row
4.row: Purl
5.row: Repeat 1.row
6.row: Purl
7.row: Knit first 5sts.
8.row: Purl

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Continue with pattern. Knit till same length as the first half. Join together on the 8.row of the pattern on the 14th by placing cast off edge part 1 right alongside part 2 (knit side to knit side), and cast off on purl side.

 

 

Edge – pattern 2:
Pick up 312sts on cast on row, 2sts in the firstIMG_20150516_132348 corner, 280sts along the long side, and 2sts in the last corner on circular needles and purl first row. Place a marker in the 2sts in the corners. On every row increase 1st on each side of the marker (4sts increase on every round), include the new stitches in the pattern the second time you knit them. Knit confetti pattern over all stitches (not the corners) for XX rounds.

1.row: *1 yarn over, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 3sts together*. Repeat *..* until you are at the corner, increase 1st, purl 2sts, increase 1st. Continue with pattern until next corner, increase 1st, purl 2sts, increase 1st.

2.row: knit all sts until you are at the corner, increase 1st, purl 2sts, increase 1st in both corners.

3.row: *knit 3sts together, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, 1 yarn over. Repeat *..* until you are at the corner, increase 1st, purl 2sts, increase 1st. Continue with pattern, and increase in nest corner.

4.row: knit all sts, increase in corner and purl 2sts.

Knit 18 rounds with pattern 2 (9 patterns in height).
Knit 4 rounds garter stitching (start with purl), cast off on 4th row. Sew in ends.

Add fringes.
Decorate the poncho as you please with beads or flowers, anything you want =).

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DOWNLOAD PATTERN HERE

 

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Summer Jacket – Free Pattern!

A couple of years ago I was given a full bag of crochet yarn, and for a while it just sat there collecting dust. I avoid crocheting if I can! Usually when I knit, I’ll watch something on my TV, and my hands automatically do what they’re supposed to do. Not foreign films though. I don’t have the skill to count stitches in my head AND read subtitles at the same time.

Last Spring I figured I would do somethingIMG_20150506_133033 about all that yarn, and the first thing I knitted was this short Summer jacket. It’s a fairly simple jacket to make, only trouble I had with it was the chafing on my index finger from the yarn (I might have been holding the yarn a little too tight). I thought I would share the simple pattern I made for this one, at the bottom of the post you can download the pdf with knitting chart =). Bare in mind that the pattern may be a little off. I knitted this a year ago, without writing down what I did. I had to retrace my steps. I did my best!

Summer jacket

Needle size: 3mmIMG_20150427_133215
Gauge: 30sts = 10cm
Measuring tip: measure the jacket laying down.
Yarn: Sesia 52 beige, 50g
Skeins: 6-7
Other material:  10 buttons

The jacket measures 37cm from the neck down. The arms measures (from the inside) 10cm, and from neck line to the end of the arm is 25cm.

This jacket is worked back and forth from bottom to top on circular needles.

Explanations:
*knit 2sts together in back loop* = you can either knit them together in the back loop of the stitches, or you can slip on stitch to the right needle, knit 1st and slip the slipped stitch over the stitch you just knitted.
*knit 3sts together* = slip 1st to the right needle, knit 2sts together, slip the slipped stitch over the stitch you just knitted.
*Raglan: knit till 3sts before marker, *knit 2sts together in back loop, purl 1st, knit 2sts, knit 2sts together*. Decrease every second round.

 

Cast on 252sts (first and last stitch are edge stitches, and is not a part of the pattern. Knit edge stitches on both sides). Purl first row, the next 16 rows knit ribbed, *knit 2sts, purl 2sts* over all sts, the 2 first and 2 last stitches are knitted (do not include edge stitches).

 

Pattern (diamond pattern):
1.row: knit 4sts, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1 IMG_20150427_133249yarn over, *knit 1 st, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 5sts, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over*. Repeat *..* 18 more time. On the last 8sts (not including edge stitch) knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 4sts.

2.row: purl all sts.

3.row: knit 3sts, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, *knit 2sts, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 3sts, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1yarn over, knit 1st*. Repeat *..* until the last 8sts. Knit 2sts, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 3sts.

4.row: purl all sts.

5.row: knit 2sts, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts, *knit 3sts, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 1st, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts*. Repeat *..* until the last 8sts, knit 3sts, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 2sts.

6.row: purl all sts.

7.row: knit 1st, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 3sts, *knit 4sts, 1 yarn over, knit 3sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 3sts*. Repeat *..* until the last 8sts, knit 4sts, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 1st.

8.row: purl all sts.

9.row: knit 2sts, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 2sts, *knit 3sts, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 2sts*. Repeat *..* until the last 8sts, knit 3sts, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts.

10.row: purl all sts.

11.row: knit 3sts, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 1st, *knit 2sts, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 3sts, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, knit 2sts together in back loop, knit 1st*. Repeat *..* until last 8sts, knit 2sts, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts.

12.row: purl all sts.

13.row: knit 4sts, 1 yarn over, knit 1st, knit 2sts together in back loop, *knit 1st, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 5sts, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts together in back loop*. Repeat *..* until last 8sts, knit 1st, knit 2sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 4sts.

14.row: purl all sts.

15.ro: knit 5sts, 1 yarn over, *knit 3sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 7sts, 1 yarn over, knit 1st*. Repeat *..* until last 8sts, knit 3sts together, knit 1st, 1 yarn over, knit 5sts.

16.row: purl all sts.

Repeat pattern 4,5 more times (about 21cm long), or as long as you want your jacket to be. On row 88 cast off for armholes by knitting the first 57sts (in pattern), cast off 12sts, knit 114sts, cast off 12sts, knit the remaining 57sts. Put piece aside and start on the arms.

 

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Arms:
Cast on 90sts (first and last are edge stitches). If you want to knit in a round on dpn, only cast on 88sts. Knit ribbed (knit 2sts, purl 2sts) for 16rows. Knit pattern 2,5 times (40 rows, or how many rows you need to get approx. 10cm). Cast off 14sts if you’ve worked back and forth (the 7 first and 7 last sts), cast off 12sts if you’ve worked in round.
When both arms are done, slip them on to same circular needles as the body, where armholes were cast off. Insert 1 marker in all transitions between sleeves and body (4 markers). Continue to knit in pattern, at the same time decrease for raglan (see explanations). When you’ve knitted a total of 31cm/8,5 pattern repeats, start working an elevation in the back (you can either cast off stitches, or slip stitches to the right as if you were doing short rows).
Slip 2sts (or cast of 2sts) at both the beginning and at the end of every row while at the same time continuing with pattern and raglan. Do this 10 times (or however many times till the piece measures 33cm).

 

Neck:
If you’ve cast off stitches during the elevation in the back, pick up new stitches. Increase or decrease (depending on your size of course) to 120sts, and knit ribbed *knit 2sts, purl 2sts*. Remember first and last stitch are edge stitches. Knit ribbed until it measures 2cm, cast off.

 

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Right Band:
Pick up 124sts for band along the right side, first and last stitch are edge stitches. Knit ribbed *knit 2sts, purl 2sts* for 7 rows.
On 8th row, make buttonholes: Knit 7sts in rib, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts together, *knit 10sts in rib, 1 yarn over, knit 2sts together* 9 times, finish the last 7sts in rib.
Knit ribbed 6 more rows, cast off.

 

Left Band:
Pick up 124sts for band along the left side, knit ribbed *knit 2sts, purl 2sts* 14 rows. Remember first and last stitch are edge stitches. Cast off.

Sew in all end (sew arms together if you’ve knitted them back and forth), sew on buttons.

 

DOWNLOAD PATTERN HERE

 

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An Assortment of Hats!

I’m not really a girly girl, I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy. Most of my friends are of the male gender, and a lot of times I’m referred to as “one of the boys”. Don’t get me wrong, I have a closet filled with dresses, and when the occasion calls for it, I’ll even throw in some jewelry. And for gods sake, do not touch my chocolate! I just don’t spend hours in front of the mirror putting on make-up and other really girly stuff. That’s not my thing, it never really was. I’m also the kind of person who would rather throw on a beanie than do my hair (it’s just so much easier!), and I’ve always been told at dinner tables “it’s bad manners to wear hats at the table”. In my head I’ll do rude gestures to the person talking to me, on the outside I’ll just blame it on a bad hair day =).

So here’s a selection of the hats currently in my possession. Mr. Bob-Igor Fluffy does not exist any more, so my new model is my zombie cookie jar (he can be used for so many things, I LOVE it!).

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The piranha beanie I mentioned in my last post, and I’m very aware that a piranha is not striped. It’s called artistic freedom! For those of you too lazy to find the pattern in my other post, here it is one more time =).

 

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A simple beanie knitted with alpaca wool (the green), and boulcé yarn from this company. The yarn was a gift from one of my aunts a few years back.

 

 

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This little number says “Latescape”, and it’s just a very dorky way of saying “laziness”. Some of us Norwegian mortals do this thing where we mix the literal translation with the English word (and a little dorkiness), “laziness” in Norwegian is “latskap”. You do the math ;). Who would have thonked dorky translations could be so much fun!

 

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This beanie is actually a gift from my grandmother, so I did not knit this one. It’s still part of my collection, and it would have felt left out if I didn’t show it.

 

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These 2 beanies were knitted with leftover Lerke yarn I had laying around, and they are even comfortable during the Summer.

 

 

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This beanie is knitted with Verdi yarn, and I used this pattern. It comes with a cowl as well. This has been my favorite beanie for some time now. I got three skeins of Verdi, and those skeins are BIG. You can almost knit an entire wardrobe with one of those. At least that’s what it feels like =).

 

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If you’ve been here before, you’ve seen my 30 Rock hats. For those of you (that one 1 person) who’s here for the first time, here they are one more time. Oh, and here’s a link to the post they’re in =).

 

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And for good measure, just because it’s my favorite hat in the whole wide world. I bought this years ago, and my grandmother wondered why on earth I would buy such a hat. Because it’s a moose! King of the forest! And it’s just plain fun, and deadly warm!

 

 

 

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