Tranquil Dusk Poncho
By: Lisa Richardson for knitrowan.com
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Get ready to look boho-chic with this Tranquil Dusk Poncho. This easy poncho pattern uses self-striping yarn to achieve a design that looks like the sky as the sun dips beneath the horizon. The pattern is simple enough that even a beginner can manage it, and the kidsilk yarn is so soft that you're not going to want to take it off. We love this poncho for the summertime, as the yarn is light and delicate, but it looks just as lovely atop a long-sleeved shirt or sweater for the autumn and winter.
Knitting Needle Size: 5 or 3.75 mm
Yarn Weight: (0) Lace (33-40 stitches to 4 inches). Includes crochet thread.
- Kidsilk Haze Stripe yarn - 200g
- 1 pair 3 3/4 mm (no 9) (US 5) needles
- Stitch markers
To Fit Bust
S-M: 81-97 cm / 32-38 in
L-XXL: 102-127 cm / 40-50 in
st(s) = stitch(es)
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
K = knit
P = purl
g st = garter stitch (knit every row)
st st = stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row)
Cont = continue
Meas = measure(s)
Tog = together
Rem = remain(ing)
Dec = decrease
Patt = pattern
Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows to 10 cm measured over st st using 3 3/4mm (US 5) needles.
SIDES (both alike - knitted sideways)
Using 3 3/4mm (US 5) needles cast on 105  sts loosely.
Work in g st for a further 4 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.
Next row (RS): Knit.
Next row: P to last 3 sts, K3.
These 2 rows set the sts - side edge 3 sts still in g st with all other sts now in st st.
Cont as set until work meas 50  cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Place marker at beg of last row to denote base of neck shaping.
Next row (RS): K to last 4 sts, K2tog, K2.
Next row: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3.
These 2 rows set the sts - 3 sts in g st at both ends of rows and rem sts in st st.
Working all neck shaping as set by first of last 2 rows and keeping sts correct as set, cont as folls:
Dec 1 st at neck edge of 3rd [next] and 7  foll 4th rows, ending with WS facing for next row. 96  sts.
Row 1 (WS): Patt to last 9  sts, wrap next st (by slipping next st from left needle onto right needle, taking yarn to opposite side of work between needles and then slipping same st back onto left needle - when working back across wrapped sts work the wrapped st and the wrapping loop tog as one st) and turn.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: Patt to last 20  sts, wrap next st and turn.
Row 4: K to last 4 sts, K2tog, K2.
Row 5: Patt to last 29  sts, wrap next st and turn.
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: Patt to last 38  sts, wrap next st and turn.
Row 8: As row 4.
Row 9: Patt to last 47  sts, wrap next st and turn.
Row 10: Knit.
Row 11: Patt to last 56  sts, wrap next st and turn.
Row 12: As row 4.
Row 13: Patt to last 65  sts, wrap next st and turn.
Row 14: Knit.
Row 15: Patt to last 74  sts, wrap next st and turn.
Row 16: As row 4.
Row 17: Patt to last 83  sts, wrap next st and turn.
Row 18: Knit.
Row 19: Patt to end. 92  sts. Place markers at both ends of last row to denote shoulder line.
Row 20: Knit.
Row 21: As row 17.
Row 22: Knit.
Row 23: As row 15.
Row 24: K to last 3 sts, M1 (for neck inc), K3.
Row 25: As row 13.
Row 26: Knit.
Row 27: As row 11.
Row 28: As row 24.
Row 29: As row 9.
Row 30: Knit.
Row 31: As row 7.
Row 32: As row 24.
Row 33: As row 5.
Row 34: Knit.
Row 35: As row 3.
Row 36: As row 24.
Row 37: As row 1.
Row 38: Knit.
Row 39: Patt to end. 96  sts.
These 39 rows complete shoulder shaping.
Now working across all sts and working neck increases as set, cont as folls:
Inc 1 st at neck edge of next and 8  foll 4th rows, then on foll 0  alt row. 105  sts.
Neck shaping is now complete - place marker at end of last row to denote base of neck shaping.
Next row (WS): P to last 3 sts, K3.
Next row: Knit.
These 2 rows set the sts for rest of section.
Cont as now set until work meas 49  cm from last marker, ending with RS facing for next row.
Work in g st for 4 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.
Cast off loosely.
CENTRE BANDS (make 2)
Using 3 3/4mm (US 5) needles cast on 133  sts loosely.
Beg with a K row, work in st st for 6 cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Cast off loosely.
Place a marker at centre of cast-on edge of one centre band. Run gathering threads along one row-end edge of a side piece between marker at base of neck shaping and cast-on edge, then pull up gathers to fit cast-on edge of centre band from marker to row-end edge. Matching centre band marker to marker at base of neck shaping and with RS together, sew centre band to one side piece.
In same way, attach other (cast-off) edge of centre band to appropriate edge of other side piece. Fold band over to inside - fold will be between markers at base of neck opening - and neatly sew in place. Attach other centre band to rem edges of sides in same way.
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