Land of the Rising Sun Poncho


Land of the Rising Sun Poncho


Land of the Rising Sun Poncho
Land of the Rising Sun Poncho

If standard knitted poncho patterns are too big and bulky for you, you'll love the delicate simplicity of this Land of the Rising Sun Poncho. It's shorter and thinner than most ponchos out there, which is perfect for warmer days or lighter layers. This knitted poncho is made using a ridiculously soft merino and alpaca yarn that will feel like butter on your fingers. You'll probably be sad this easy knit poncho is over, but at least you'll have a super soft accessory to bring with you everywhere!

NotesPoncho is knitted in the round. As the number of sts decreases you will need to change to a shorter circular needle.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge27 sts and 29 rows to 10 cm measured over rib

Materials List

  • Rowan Alpaca Merino DK in Thornton 113 - 8 skeins
  • Stitch markers



Using longest 4 1/2 mm (US 7) circular needle cast on 544 sts.

Taking care not to twist cast-on edge, work in rounds as folls:

Round 1 (RS): *P1, K1, rep from * to end.

This round forms rib.

Work in rib for a further 4 rounds.

Now place 8 markers around last round as folls: place first marker after last st of last round, then place rem 7 markers so that there are 68 sts between each marker.

Keeping rib correct, now shape each of the 8 sections between markers as folls:

Round 6: *P1, K1, P2tog, rib to within 3 sts of next marker, P2tog tbl, K1, slip marker onto right needle, rep from * 7 times more. 528 sts.
Round 7: *P1, K1, P1, rib to within 2 sts of next marker, P1, K1, slip marker onto right needle, rep from * 7 times more.
Rounds 8 to 10: As round 7.
Rep rounds 6 to 10, 6 times more. 432 sts.
Round 41: As round 6.
Rounds 42 to 44: As round 7.
Rep rounds 41 to 44, 19 times more. 112 sts.
Now rep round 7, twice more.

Cast off in rib.

Making Up

Block to the measurements of the diagram.


purl next 2 stitches together

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Thank you for the lovely poncho pattern. I am wondering, however, in looking at the pattern, it skips from Round 1 to Round 6. Where are rounds 2-5?

I've made this but it is much too long. Is there a way to reduce the length. Could I start from the top and increase instead of decreasing and make it to the length I want?

If your length is too long, you may have a gauge issue. Because of the way the pattern is written the only way to make it shorter would be to decrease every round, rather than every other to shorten the length.

Wanted to save it. Where's the "Save Button"?

It's above the picture.

What adjustments wuld I have to make to use medium weight yarn?

You would need to rewrite the entire pattern unless you use the same pattern and a bigger needle for a bigger poncho.

This is such a lovely pattern and the directions are straight forward. The hardest part will be in the beginning, casting all those stitches on. This is a nice addition to an outfit and is nice when it is a bit chilly. The color they used is gorgeous and very rich looking. Thank you.

please tell me how I can "save" this lovely pattern.

Hello 2day 0810178, scroll to the very bottom of the pattern (directly below the Abbreviations section) and you will see a white "Save Pattern" button. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Since I first saw this elegant and classy poncho I have wanted to try my hand in knit this beautiful project But I read through the pattern and the number of stitches we need to Cast On(544 sets) I was completely blown away. I think you may need to get a 48 or 60" circular cord to hold that many stitches.And be oh so careful to not have your stitches twisted Can someone tell me what size of circular cord you will need to knit this lovely poncho? Thank you for sharing this pattern with us all. Wishing you many days of Happy Knitting Sandra

To determine what size needles you need is simple math. Take the cast on of 544 divide by 27, which is 20.148 multiply this by 3.937 which is 79.182 centimetres so it is 31.17"-I cast this on a 32 inch circular a couple days ago and its working out quite well, if you go much bigger than that it will be difficult to join especially during the decrease sections. Hope this helps someone. Happy knitting.

I have looked at several poncho patterns and I like this one the best. It's simplicity makes it unique, and I appreciate that it is a shorter length. It would be a great pattern for a beginner who is still working on consistent stitch tension.

I think this pattern is delightful. I have been knitting for many years. Yarns have changed. I read through patterns several times to get the information I need. If all the information isn't in the blog I try different samples using scraps before buying my yarn. Usually if one reads carefully the information is here. If not just ask. Answers come readily. I appreciate those of you who take your time to post the FREE patterns for us.

Ok this is my pet peeve on some of your free patterns! Why cant you state what BRAND NAME yarns are is beyond me! Took me looking at the FINE PRINT IN LIGHT GREY TO SEE ITS USING ROWAN YARN! Please advise whomever copies these patterns we need all the information on the yarns as well as what fiber blends they are made of!

I can completely understand needing the brand name of the yarn, but to demand that they also list the fibre content just makes you sound lazy. Whichever device you are using to access this pattern can also be used to look up all relevant details of the yarn.

I am using a DK merino-silk blend. Can you tell me how many yards I will need?

Without knowing what Brand yarn was used you cant tell the yardage you will be using with a substitute yarn. Unfortunately I was thinking the same thing but will skip this pattern because no yardage was stated and no ounces/meters etc...

Rowan alpaca merino dk is 115 yds. per skein and you need 8, so that is 920 yds.

Can you please tell me how this same pattern differs from the one Updated October 06, 2016? Has there been any changes? Thx

Hello HART! Both versions of the pattern are the same. Hope this helps! - Editors of AllFreeKnitting

A picture of this poncho would be nice...

Hello julietpurcell 6513 984, There is a picture of the poncho at the top of this page. Are you not able to view it? -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Oh, this is gorgeous. I am saving this for my friend who is in love with all things poncho. Since she's learning how to knit, perhaps I can convince her to cast this beauty on.


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