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Reversible Ribbed Knit Poncho

Reversible Ribbed Knit Poncho
Reversible Ribbed Knit Poncho
This image courtesy of yarnspirations.com

The Reversible Ribbed Knit Poncho is the perfect layering piece for practically any outfit in your wardrobe. Made with classic worsted weight yarn, the directional ribbing adds a dynamic flair to this basic design. Whether you wear it over a dress shirt, leather jacket, loose top, or anything in between, this free knit poncho pattern will keep you warm and stylish all day long. The navy color used for this free knitting pattern is a great neutral you can mix and match however you please. Plus, instructions are provided for multiple sizes in order to accommodate all body types. Work up this reversible beauty and you'll have the perfect layer for any outfit imaginable.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge20 sts and 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.

Finished SizeTo fit bust measurement: Extra-Small/Small/Medium 28-38" [71-96.5 cm], Large/XL/2XL 40-48" [101.5-122 cm], 3/4/5 X-Large 54-62" [137-157.5 cm]

Materials List

  • Patons® Classic Wool Worsted™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 210 yds /192 m) - Navy (77110) - XS/S/M (10 balls), L/XL/2XL (11 balls), 3/4/5XL (12 balls)
  • Size U.S. 6 (4 mm) circular knitting needle 24" [61 cm] and 40" [101.5 cm] long
  • Size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) circular knitting needle 40" [101.5 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Spare needle
  • Stitch marker

Instructions

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size(s) the instructions will be written thus ( ). Numbers for each size are shown in the same color throughout the pattern. When only one number is given in black, it applies to all sizes.

Note: Poncho can be worn with either Piece A or Piece B as Front or Back.

Piece A

Note: Piece A is worked side to side.
With smaller, longer needle, cast on 109 (125-133) sts. Do not join. Working back and forth across needle in rows, proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: P1. *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows twice more.

Change to larger needle and proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). (K1. P1) twice. K1. P3. *K5. P3. Rep from * to last 5 sts. K1. (P1. K1) twice.
2nd row: (P1. K1) twice. P1. K3. *P5. K3. Rep from * to last 5 sts. P1. (K1. P1) twice.
Rep last 2 rows for pat until work from beg measures approx 25 (27-28" [63.5 (68.5-71) cm], ending on a WS row.

Shape left neck:
1st row: (RS). Cast off 4 sts. Pat to end of row.
2nd row: Work even in pat.
3rd row: K2tog. Pat to end of row.
4th row: Work even in pat.
Rep 3rd and 4th rows 5 times more. 99 (115-123) sts.
Cont even in pat until work from beg measures approx 30 (32-33" [76 (81.5-84) cm], ending on a WS row.

Proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). P2. K5. *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
2nd row: (P1. K1) twice. P5. *K3. P5. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.
Rep last 2 rows until work from beg measures approx 33 (35-36" [84 (89-91.5) cm] ending on a WS row.

Shape right neck:
1st row: (RS). Inc 1 st in first st. P2. K5. *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
2nd row: (P1. K1) twice. P5. *K3. P5 Rep from * to last 3 sts. K3.
3rd row: Inc 1 st in first st. *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
4th row: (P1. K1) twice. *P5. K3. Rep from * to last st. P1.
5th row: Inc 1 st in first st. K1. *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
6th row: (P1. K1) twice. *P5. K3. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P2.
7th row: Inc 1 st in first st. K2. *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
8th row: (P1. K1) twice. *P5. K3. Rep from * to last 3 sts. P3.
9th row: Inc 1 st in first st. K3. *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
10th row: (P1. K1) twice. *P5. K3. Rep from * to last 4 sts. P4.
11th row: Inc 1 st in first st. K4. *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
12th row: (P1. K1) twice. P5. *K3. P5. Rep from * to end of row.
13th row: Cast on 4 sts. K5. *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
14th row: (P1. K1) twice. P5. *K3. P5. Rep from * to last 4 sts. (K1. P1) twice.
15th row: (K1. P1) twice. K5. *P3. K5. Rep from * to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
Rep last 2 rows until work from beg measures approx 59 (63-65)" [150 (160-165) cm], ending on a WS row.

Change to smaller needles and proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: P1. *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows twice more.
Cast off in ribbing.

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Piece B

Note: Piece B is worked from bottom up.

With smaller, longer needle, cast on 291 (311-321) sts. Do not join. Working back and forth across needles in rows, proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: P1. *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows twice more.

Change to larger needle and proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). (K1. P1) twice. K5. P3. *K7. P3. Rep from * to last 9 sts. K5. (P1. K1) twice.
2nd row: (P1. K1) twice. P5. K3. *P7. K3. Rep from * to last 9 sts. P5. (K1. P1) twice.
Rep last 2 rows for pat until work from beg measures approx 11 (12½- 23¼" [28 (32-59) cm], ending on a WS row.

Proceed as follow:
1st row: (RS). (K1. P1) twice. P3. *K7. P3. Rep from * to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice.
2nd row: (P1. K1) twice. K3. *P7. K3. Rep from * to last 4 sts. (K1. P1) twice.
Rep last 2 rows for pat until work from beg measures 20 (23-24½)" [51 (58.5-62) cm], ending on a WS row.

Divide for neck: Next row: (RS).
Pat across 130 (140-145) sts and leave on spare needle. Cast off 31 sts. Pat to end of row.
Shape Right neck: Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at neck edge on next 10 rows. 120 (130-135) sts rem.
Cont even in pat until Piece B measures same length as Piece A, ending on a WS row.
Cast off.

Shape left neck: With WS facing, rejoin yarn to rem 130 (140-145) sts on spare needle.
Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at neck edge on next 10 rows. 120 (130- 135) sts rem.

Cont even in pat until Piece B measures same length as Piece A, ending on a WS row.
Cast off.

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Finishing

Block Pieces A and B to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth leaving cloth to dry.

Place markers at top edge of Pieces 4" [10 cm] and 14" [35.5 cm] in from each side edge. With WS facing each other, sew Pieces tog at top edge leaving areas between markers open.

Neckband: With RS facing, smaller, shorter circular needle and beg at left shoulder seam, pick up and knit 120 sts evenly around neck edge. Join in rnd, placing marker at first st.
1st rnd: *K2. P2. Rep from * around. Rep last rnd (K2. P2) ribbing for 2" [5 cm]. Cast off in ribbing.

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Abbreviations

Beg
Begin(ning)
Cont
Continue(ity)
Dec
Decrease(ing)
K2tog
Knit next 2 stitches together
Pat
Pattern
Rem
Remain(ing)
RS
Right side
St(s)
Stitch(es)
Tog
Together
WS
Wrong side

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I like the look of this poncho. It has some nice detail to it. However I would be careful with the yarn you pick. Since there are so many stitches, I would be careful that the yarn knits up with a nice drape to it or else it may be too bulky. I does use smaller needles but some yarn may just be too heavy. Otherwise it is a lovely poncho and I bet you friends will want one too,

Trish, I am having a hard time visualizing how this poncho is put together. Piece A seems to me to be piece B and VIs versa. Also is it possible that knitting 59 inches for a small is wrong? Could you help with more definition. The diagram given appears to look like both pieces are the same size, but how can that be when one piece has 109 stitches and the other has 291. Thanks for any help you can give. Mary

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