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Cozy Shoulders Poncho Pattern

This gorgeous, easy knit poncho can be worn around your shoulders or as a cowl!

Cozy Shoulders Poncho
Cozy Shoulders Poncho
This image courtesy of redheart.com

Have you ever seen a poncho pattern that can also be worn as a cowl? Now, you have! This Cozy Shoulders Poncho Pattern isn't just classic and simple, it's also versatile. With this pattern, learn how to knit a poncho that can do what little others can and transform itself into the perfect cold weather accessory. You can wear this poncho in the spring and summer as a topper to your tank top, and then in the fall and winter as a chill-chaser on your neck. This two-in-one poncho is a real life-saver!

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge14 sts = 4" [10 cm]; 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Welt stitch.

Finished Size45" [114 cm] circumference x 16.5" [42 cm] long.

Materials List

  • RED HEART® With Love® Stripes™: 2 balls 1975 Sandbar Stripe
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needle: 6.5mm [US 10 1/2], 24" [60cm] long
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

Welt Stitch (worked in the round):

Rounds 1-3: Knit.
Rounds 4-6: Purl.

Repeat Rounds 1-6 for Welt st.

Poncho

Cast on 156 sts. Join to work in rounds, taking care not to twist sts. Place marker for beginning of round.

Beginning with Round 1, repeat Rounds 1-6 for Welt st until piece measures 8" [20.5 cm] from beginning, ending with Round 6.

  1. Shape Shoulders:

    Decrease Round: (K2, k2tog) around – 117 sts.

    Continue in Welt st until piece measures 12" [30.5 cm] from beginning, ending with Round 6.

    Decrease Round: (K1, k2tog) around – 78 sts.

    Continue in Welt st until piece measures 16 1/2" [42 cm] from beginning, ending with Round 3.

  2. Stretchy Bind-Off:

    Bind off Row: K2, *insert left needle into front of 2 sts on right needle (from the left), k2tog through the back loop, k1; repeat from * around until all sts have been bound off. Fasten off last stitch.
     

Finishing

Weave in ends. Block lightly, if desired.

Abbreviations

cm
centimeters
k
knit
k2tog
knit 2 together
mm
millimeters
st
stitch(es)
tog
together
( )
work directions in parentheses the number of times specified
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This such an easy pattern, yet it looks so elegant. I like it because you can add it to any outfit, even to a coat and it will look nice. An extra layer in the winter is always welcome. It can be worn in and outdoors. It also can be done in several colors, a good stash buster. Thank you.

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