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free knit poncho pattern from Crystal Palace Yarns

This asymmetrical knit poncho can be worn in several ways (see below)

Another look for the poncho with
point turned to back.

Glam is a lustrous soft rayon/wool blend tape yarn.

Above is a close up
of the laced shoulder join.


New Fall '04:
A collection of 7 styles of ponchos
with sample designs knit in Crystal Palace Yarns  is now available from
Ann Norling Designs:
Ultimate Cover-Ups #63
See photos here.


GLAM Knit Poncho - easy poncho to knit

Uses only
5 balls Glam: 2 ea-50 gr. balls MC#2139-ebony black, 1 ea-50 gr ball each of 3 colors: A#9356-fern glow, B#9409-lapis, C#9355-ruby slipper.
[Many other color combinations are possible, too.]
Size 13 Circular 26" CPY Bamboo needle

Gauge: 10 sts = 4 inches (2.5 sts/inch) in garter st.

Your finished rectangle should be approximately 16" wide x 47". But exact measurement is not important.

[Check your gauge, if you knit Continental style you may find you get this gauge on size 11 needles.]

Poncho is knit in garter st (knit all rows)

Note: If you plan to lace the shoulder of the poncho as shown in the photo, roll off approximately 3 yards of each of the 4 colors of Glam in advance and put them aside so you will have the yarn left when you complete the knitting of the rectangle for lacing and adding streamers.

Make one rectangle as follows:
Cast on 115 stitches with main color, MC (here #2139-ebony black).
Knit 5-6 rows.
Change to color A and knit 6-8 rows.
[When changing colors, if streamers are desired, cut about 8" of yarn and tie knot with MC so that 2 ends of about 8" each stream loosely.]
Change back to MC and knit 4-5 rows.
Change to color B and knit 4-6 rows.
Continue to put MC between bands of 3 accent colors as seen in photo. Bands should be random widths to use up all the yarn (see note above about extra for lacing at shoulder.)
End with final band of MC.
Bind off loosely.

Lay your rectangle out flat and if you left streamers of Glam ends when changing colors, tie a knot at the end of each streamer to keep it from unraveling.

You may assemble in different ways.
If you wish to have loose streamers of yarn and a laced shoulder you will do a X-lacing joining the end of the rectangle to the side as shown in the illustration below.

If you wish a cleaner edged poncho with no streamers, then sew the bottom edge to the side neatly with no loose ends using black Glam.

Seeing the diagram below, sew the 16" end to the side as shown at X and Z. Leave a 3" space at the end as shown for a little loose edge when worn. For a snugger fit around neck and shoulders, instead of leaving 3" at the end, increase to 6".






above: Diagram of sewing position


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Designed and Knit by Susan Druding

copyright 2004 Susan Druding & Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this  pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CP Yarns are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.


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Last revision of this page February 07, 2012