One size to fit: UK size 8-18
Length to shoulder approx: 70cm (27 1/2in)
Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.
YOU WILL NEED
Wendy Aspire Chunky 80% wool, 20% alpaca (approx 140m per 100g)
8 x 100g balls 3248 Mallard
1 pair 6.5mm needles
1 circular 7mm needle 60cm long
1 circular 6mm needle 40cm long
Stitch markers (optional)
Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.
16 sts and 22 rows to 10cm over patt.
14 sts and 20 rows to 10cm over st st.
Both using 6.5mm needle and measured after steaming.
Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.
LT = Left Twist: knit into back of second st on left hand needle, knit into front of first st and drop both sts off needle
RT = Right Twist: purl into second st on left hand needle, purl into first st then slip both sts off needle
C10F = Slip next 5 sts to cn and hold at front of work, k5, then k5 from cn
C10B = Slip next 5 sts to cn and hold at back of work, k5 then k5 from cn
C8F = Slip next 4 sts to cn and hold at front of work, k4, then k4 from cn
C8B = Slip next 4 sts to cn and hold at back of work, k4 then k4 from cn
C6F = Slip next 3 sts to cn and hold at front of work, k3, then k3 from cn
C6B = Slip next 3 sts to cn and hold at back of work, k3 then k3 from cn
s2k3po = slip 2 stitches, knit 3 together, pass slipped stitches over
When working side seam shaping through lace panels, ensure that you have enough stitches to work both yarn overs to offset the sk2po decrease. For half a repeat, work k2tog before the yo when shaping the first side seam and ssk after the yo when shaping the second. Stitches in the lace panel that cannot form part of a pattern repeat should be knitted in stocking stitch until they are taken into the seam shaping.
Slip stitches knitwise, one at a time, when working s2k3po.
You may prefer an elastic cast off for stitches across the central cable when shaping the neckline.
BACK AND FRONT (both alike)
With 6.5mm needles cast on 118 sts.
Knit 8 rows in g st ending with a WS row.
Next row (RS): K2, p2, yo, k4, sk2po, k4, yo, p2, *LT, p2, k4, (kfb) 5 times, k1, p2, LT, p2, yo, k4, sk2po, k4, yo, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 (133 sts).
Next row (WS): K4, p11, k2, (RT, k2, p15, k2, RT, k2, p11, k2) to last 2 sts, k2.
This row sets placement of cable panels, lace panels and rickrack pattern.
Work in patt from row 1 of Chart A until all 24 rows have been completed, ending with a WS row.
Next row (RS) (dec): K2, p2, k3, yo, s2k3po, yo, k3, p2, *LT, p2, k3, k2tog, slip next 5 sts on to cn and leave at front of work, k3, k2tog, then k2tog, k3 from cn, p2, LT, p2, k3, yo, s2k3po, yo, k3, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 (116 sts).
Next row (WS): K4, p9, k2, (RT, k2, p12, k2, RT, k2, p9, k2) to last 2 sts, k2.
Work in patt from Chart B, working rows 1 to 24 twice, then rows 1 to 20 again, ending with a WS row.
Next row (RS) (dec): K2, p2, k2, yo, s2k3po, yo, k2, p2, *LT, p2, k2, k2tog, slip next 4 sts onto cn and leave at front of work, k2, k2tog, then k2tog, k2 from cn, p2, LT, p2, k2, yo, s2k3po, yo, k2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 (99 sts).
Next row (WS): K4, p7, k2, (RT, k2, p9, k2, RT, k2, p7, k2) to last 2 sts, k2.
Work in patt from Chart C for rem of poncho as folls:
Cont straight until work meas approx 60cm (23 1/2in) (should be approx 1 rep of Chart C), ending with a WS row.
Begin shaping side seam
Next row (RS): K2, p1, p2tog, patt to last 5 sts, ssp, p1, k2 (97 sts).
This row sets side seam decs on RS of work. You may wish to place markers 5 sts in from each end of row to help you place decs. Work 3 rows as now set.
Next row (RS): K2, p1, p2tog, patt to last 5 sts, ssp, p1, k2 (95 sts).
Work 3 rows as now set, ending with a WS row.
Divide for and shape neck
Next row (RS): K2, p1, p2tog, patt until there are 41 sts on right-hand needle and turn, leave rem sts on holder or length of scrap yarn.
Now work neck shaping as foils, keeping patt correct throughout (see Pattern Notes).
NB: Neck shaping is worked on edge sts of rows.
Row 1 (WS): Dec 1 st at neck edge of next row (40 sts).
Row 2 (RS): Dec 1 st as set at side seam and 1 st at neck edge (38 sts).
Row 3: As row 1 (37 sts).
Row 4: As row 2 (35 sts).
Row 5: Patt to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3 (34 sts).
Row 6: As row 2 (32 sts).
Row 7: As row 5 (31 sts).
Row 8: Cast off 2 sts at side seam/shoulder edge and dec 1 st at neck edge (28 sts).
Row 9: Work as now set without shaping.
Row 10: As row 8 (25 sts).
Row 11: As row 9.
Row 12: Cast off 4 sts at shoulder edge and dec 1 st at neck edge (20 sts).
Row 13: As row 9.
Row 14: Cast off 8 sts at shoulder edge (see Pattern Notes), patt to end (12 sts).
Row 15: As row 9.
Row 16: Cast off rem 12 sts.
With RS facing slip rem sts back on to left-hand needle, rejoin yarn, cast off centre 11 sts, patt to last 5 sts, ssp, p1, k2 (41 sts).
Complete to match first side of neck, reversing shaping at side seam by working ssp, p1, k2 on RS rows and k3, ssk on WS rows, and casting off for the shoulder on WS of work instead of on RS.
ROLL NECK COLLAR
All rounds are RS facing. With 7mm circular needle cast on 102 sts and join in the round, taking care not to twist stitches.
Rnd 1: (K3, p3) around.
This round forms rib.
Cont in rib until Collar meas 13cm (5 1/4in).
Next rnd: (K1, k2tog, p1, p2tog) around (68 sts).
Change to 6mm circular needle.
Next rnd: (K2, p2) around.
Cont in rib as set for a further 8cm (3in).
Cast off in rib, ensuring cast-off edge is loose enough to allow ribbed sts to stretch.
Steam (do NOT press) all pieces gently.
Pin both sides of poncho together and try on, marking position of arm openings to suit you. Sew side and shoulder seams closed either side of these markers.
Neatly sew collar to neck edge of poncho, easing in any fullness.
Design by NATALIE WARNER