The drape and texture of this poncho are easy to achieve with a 4-row stitch pattern and some luscious hand-dyed yarn.
Design by Charles Voth
19 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches/10cm in
Faux Cable Rib st (unblocked) 19 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches/10cm
in Faux Cable Rib st (blocked) To save time, take time to check
Cluster Right (Cl-R): K1, yo, k1; pass these 3 sts back to LH needle; insert RH needle into 4th st on LH needle and pull it over the first 3; slip the 3 sts back to RH needle. Cluster Left (Cl-L): Sl 1, k1, yo, k1; pass slipped st over first 3 sts on RH needle.
Note: A chart is provided for those
preferring to work pat st from a chart. Faux Cable Rib (multiple of 29 sts
+ 14) Row 1 (RS): *[K2, k1-tbl, p1] 3 times, k1-tbl, k1, k1-tbl, p1, k3, p2, k3, p1, k1-tbl, k1, k1-tbl, p1; rep from * across to last 14 sts, [k2, k1-tbl, p1] 3 times, k2. Row 2: P2, [k1, p3] 3 times, *[k1, p3] twice, k1, [k1, p3] 5 times; rep from * across. Row 3: *[K2, k1-tbl, p1] 3 times, k1-tbl, k1, k1-tbl, p1, Cl-R, p2, Cl-L, p1, k1-tbl, k1, k1-tbl, p1; rep from * across to last 14 sts, [k2, k1-tbl, p1] 3 times, k2. Row 4: [K3, p1] 3 times, k2, *[k1, p3] twice, k1, [k1, p3] twice, k1, p1, [k3, p1] twice, k2; rep from * across. Rep Rows 1–4 for pat.
A circular needle is used to accommodate large number of stitches; do not join. When working a Cl-R, be sure not to reknit the stitches from the LH needle after you have passed the 4th stitch over them. Just slip them back to the RH needle. Row gauge changes dramatically after
the fabric is blocked.
Panel Make 2 Cast on 101 (130) sts. Work 4-row Faux Cable Rib pat until panel measures approx 29 (34) inches, ending with a Row 2 of pat. Bind off loosely. Finishing Block each panel to finished measurements, stretching length to 361/4 (421/2) inches. Referring to assembly diagram, sew ends A and B to corresponding sides of adjacent rectangle. Neck Edging Note: If not familiar with sl st, sc st or sl st join, refer to Crochet Class on page 112.