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Tranquil Dusk Poncho

By: Lisa Richardson for knitrowan.com
Tranquil Dusk Poncho

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.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm

Yarn Weight(0) Lace (33-40 stitches to 4 inches). Includes crochet thread.

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Kidsilk Haze Stripe yarn - 200g
  • 1 pair 3 3/4 mm (no 9) (US 5) needles
  • Stitch markers

 

Sizes:

To Fit Bust

S-M: 81-97 cm / 32-38 in

L-XXL: 102-127 cm / 40-50 in

 

Abbreviations:

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.

 

Instructions

 

SIDES (both alike - knitted sideways)

Using 3 3/4mm (US 5) needles cast on 105 [125] 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 [54] cm, ending with RS facing for next row.

 

Shape neck

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 [9] foll 4th rows, ending with WS facing for next row. 96 [114] sts.

 

Shape shoulder

Row 1 (WS): Patt to last 9 [12] 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 [23] sts, wrap next st and turn.

Row 4: K to last 4 sts, K2tog, K2.

Row 5: Patt to last 29 [34] sts, wrap next st and turn.

Row 6: Knit.

Row 7: Patt to last 38 [45] sts, wrap next st and turn.

Row 8: As row 4.

Row 9: Patt to last 47 [56] sts, wrap next st and turn.

Row 10: Knit.

Row 11: Patt to last 56 [67] sts, wrap next st and turn.

Row 12: As row 4.

Row 13: Patt to last 65 [78] sts, wrap next st and turn.

Row 14: Knit.

Row 15: Patt to last 74 [89] sts, wrap next st and turn.

Row 16: As row 4.

Row 17: Patt to last 83 [100] sts, wrap next st and turn.

Row 18: Knit.

Row 19: Patt to end. 92 [110] 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 [114] 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 [9] foll 4th rows, then on foll 0 [1] alt row. 105 [125] 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 [53] 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 [143] sts loosely.

Beg with a K row, work in st st for 6 cm, ending with RS facing for next row.

Cast off loosely.

 

MAKING UP

Press.

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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I am almost done with the first panel and I am truly a beginner. When I know the second panel, it seems like I will have to adjust the pattern to make it backwards, so that the neck edge will be on the correct side. But how do I do this?

Easy? I don't think so. I think this pattern is confusing. I would appreciate a diagram to see how the pieces fit together. I have read it over a few times and I am still confused. It is a beautiful poncho. I would like to make it but I don't know where all the pieces fit in.

I agree, I think someone needs more than just basic knitting skills to make this pattern. I'm not a big fan of making the center panels and then having to seam the side pieces to them. Why not just pick up stitches from a side edge and knit the center panel from that, would make less seams to sew.

I am about halfway through this project and have been looking ahead to the make up and find that it is not very clear is there any diagrams of the pieces and how they fit together, really need help with this, thank you

having trouble with the wrap and stitch part. when you do row 3 of the shaping shoulders part, do you count from the end of the row, or from when you wrap and turn on row 1. I'm frustrated with this pattern. The yarn is gorgeous, but I cannot figure out this part. Any help would be so much appreciated. Thanks so much.

You are always counting from where you finished on a row, so row 3 would be, knit 20 (23) stitches, wrap and turn, turn means to start knitting back to where you started previous row, work to last 4 sts k2tog. K2. follow directions exactly as specified, this what is called short row shaping, its actually easier to do than explain.

Please can someone tell me how many balls of yarn will need to complete this poncho?

200 g of kidsilk haze stripe yarn would be 4 balls.

Having difficulty with the neck shaping "dec 1 st at neck edge of next row" (understand this) but then it goes on to say "and 7 9 foll 4th row" . Please help! What does this last part mean? Thanks, Michele

Following fourth row decrease seven stitches, then nine stitches on next right side row.

Seven stitch dec is for first size, nine stitch dec is for next size.

You will decrease 1 stitch at the neck on the following row then decrease either 7 or 9 stitches (depends which size you are making) at the neck edge on the following 4th row. You'll have either 96 sts for small or 114 for the larger size after you complete the shaping for neck. I know it's late, hope it helps someone.

I understamd the wrap and turn stitch but I am having trouble when I turn the work I never go back to the wrapped stitch. Could you please help

The way the pattern reads you're not supposed to, you are working two sets of shaping at the same time.

Maria

Hi. I'm venturing out of my comfort zone (beginner). Can you elaborate on "side edge three stitches" part? I would be very grateful. Thank you.

I assume this is what you are having trouble with? "side edge 3 sts still in g st with all other sts now in st st" If so, that means to keep the side edges (or the first and last of each row) three stitches in garter stitch, then to change to stockinette stitch for the body.

I meant first and last stitches of each row, if that helps. )

I wear ponchos all the time, but I don't like how constricted a turtleneck feels. This light shawl with a v-neck looks like a perfect alternative, and I love the colors. With such a fine yarn, though, I'm worried that it would take forever to knit. Has anyone made this? How long did it take you?

I have quite a bit of Super fine yarn which I would like to use. What size needle would you recommend instead?

so pleased to find this pattern - have a black dress woven from all sorts of surprising things, all vegetable, from sweet potato leaves to I forget what called goddess fabric. I bought with it a jacket of the same fabric - they drape amazingly - in shades of purple. Somehow the jacket has been misplaced (sob) - but this delicate and colorful poncho is going to save the evening. THANK YOU

Hello. I am knitting this poncho as a Small. Is this poncho finished shorter than it appears in the photo? Could someone measure it on them where it falls on the shoulder down to where it falls below your waist?

sewing the poncho is not as hard as it sounds read the instructions slowly, then read them again as you go through the actual finishing, a dry run as it were. When you are comfortable, go ahead and stitch it up. It is not as difficult as it seems or as you think. Trust me.

I cannot figure out how to stitch it up. Please help

I could not work out what is meant by 'pattern/patt' ... I guess it means repeat something ... but what? )

For everyone who won't spend 2 minutes of their life looking up the yarn. Name Kidsilk Haze Stripe Brand Rowan Availability available in Flag of Canada Canada and 4 more... Weight Lace / 2 ply ? Wraps per inch Meterage 460 yards (421 meters) Unit weight 50 grams (1.76 ounces) Gauge 18.0 to 25.0 sts = 4 inches Needle size US 3 - 8 or 3.25 - 5mm Fibers 70% Mohair 30% Silk Texture plied, fuzzy

I have done the knitting but there is no way I can figure out how to sew it up. Better instructions please or would you do it for me ??? Makes no sense to me at all. gailw@tbaytel.net

which side is the neck side? the one with the garter stitch side all the way down or the one where the garter stitch was started at the marker for the neck

The neck side occurs usually about midway through the pattern.

Unless I've missed it, I don't see the number of balls of Kidsilk Haze Stripe yarn needed for the sizes shown. What number of balls does 200 g equal? Also, is Kidsilk the manufacturer (like Paton's, Bernat, etc.) ? Is it available in Canada? Thank you.

Kidsilk haze is a Rowan yarn and you need 4 skeins (460 yards per skein) to make the poncho. The color they used is called "Cool- 202". You can check the Rowan website for availability.

When it says wrap and turn I am confused , I understand the wrap(explained) but what does it mean when it says turn? I am new to knitting so could you please explain it to me in the easiest way to understand. Thanks.

Turn just means turn your work and start on the other side. Look up some videos for wrap and turn or short rows and you'll see.

How many yards is needed for this pattern?

It would depend on how big the 10 year old is...but it looks like the difference between a small and an XL is 20 stitches. I'd start by deducting 20 stitches from a small, knitting a swatch, and seeing how wide it was on the child.

Any ideas how to make this smaller to fit a 10 yr old??

It must be 200 g (about 1400 yd) not 2,000 (14,000 yd).

Is the amount of yarn 2,000 grams correct? if so, that is one expensive pattern to make.

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