This classic cable-bordered cover-up provides the perfect additional layer of warmth on a wintry afternoon.
Woman’s small (large) Instructions are given for smaller size, with larger size in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to both sizes.
Bottom circumference: 49 (72) inches Neck circumference: 20 (221/2) inches Length to neckline: 16 (18) inches (measured at side)
• Noro Silk Garden (worsted weight; 45% silk/45% mohair/10% wool; 110 yds/50g per skein): 5 (7) skeins rust, brown, natural #426 • Size 8 (5mm) 16- and 32-inch circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge • Cable needle • Stitch markers
15 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st (blocked). 19 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in cable pat (blocked). 131/2 sts and 26 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in garter st (blocked). To save time, take time to check gauge.
Slip marker (sm): Slip marker from LH needle to RH needle. 2 over 2 Left Cross (2/2 LC): Sl 2 to cn and hold in front; k2, k2 from cn. Cable Decrease Left (CDL): Sl 2 to cn and hold in front; insert RH needle into first st on cn and first st on LH needle then k2tog; insert RH needle into 2nd st on cn and 2nd st on LH needle, then k2tog—2 sts dec. Wrap and Turn (W&T): Slip next st pwise to RH needle. Bring yarn between needles to opposite side of fabric, then slip same st back to LH needle. Turn, leaving rem sts unworked, then beg working back in the other direction. Note: There is no need to hide wraps on subsequent rows.
Note: Charts are provided for those preferring to work pat sts from charts. Cable Pat (multiple of 6 sts) Rnd 1: *2/2 LC, p2; rep from * to marker. Rnds 2–4: *K4, p2; rep from * to marker.
Rep Rnds 1–4 for pat. Cable Dec Pat (multiple of 8 sts, dec to multiple of 6 sts) Rnd 1: [2/2 LC, p4] 4 times—32 sts. Rnds 2–4: [K4, p4] 4 times. Rnd 5: [2/2 LC, p2tog, p2] 4 times—28 sts. Rnds 6–8: [K4, p3] 4 times. Rnd 9: [2/2 LC, p2tog, p1] 4 times—24 sts. Rnds 10–12: [K4, p2] 4 times.
Poncho is worked from the bottom up from a cabled border that’s shaped in front using decreases. Front shaping continues above the border using short rows. Circular yoke is decreased to the cowl, which is shaped to create drape.
Make all length measurements at beginning of round (side edge).
Cable Border Using stretchy cast-on of your choice, loosely cast on 68 (104) sts, pm; 24 sts, pm; 68 (104) sts; pm for beg of rnd and join without twisting—160 (232) sts. Inc rnd: Slipping markers, *kfb, kfb, p2; rep from * to marker; [kfb, kfb, p4] 4 times; *kfb, kfb, p2; rep from * to end— 236 (344) sts. Next rnd: *K4, p2; rep from * to marker; [k4, p4] 4 times; **k4, p2; rep from ** to end. Set-up rnd: *Work 6-st Cable pat; rep from * to marker; work Cable Dec pat to marker; **work 6-st Cable Pat; rep from ** to end. Rnds 2–12: Work in established pats, completing 3 reps of 4-rnd Cable pat and 1 rep of 12-rnd Cable Dec pat— 228 (336) sts. Dec rnd: *CDL, p2; rep from * around—152 (224) sts. Next rnd: Purl. Shape Front Short-row set 1 (RS): Knit to first marker, sm, k12, W&T; (WS): k8, W&T. Short-row set 2 (RS): Knit to 3 sts past last wrapped st, W&T; (WS): knit to 3 sts past last wrapped st, W&T.
Rep [Short-row set 2] 6 times. Next row (RS): Knit to end of rnd.
Continuing in rnds and removing first and 2nd markers, work in garter st (purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd) until piece measures 10 (111/4) inches.
Change to St st; work even until piece measures 13 (141/4) inches. Mark last rnd worked. Yoke Note: Change to shorter circular needle when needed. Dec rnd: *K6 (5), k2tog; rep from * around—133 (192) sts.
Work even until yoke measures 2 inches from marked rnd and dec 1 (0) st in last rnd—132 (192) sts. Dec rnd: *K2 (4), k2tog; rep from * around—100 (160) sts.
Work even until yoke measures 3 inches. Dec rnd: *K2, k2tog; rep from * around—75 (120) sts. Size Large Only Knit 2 rnds. Dec rnd: *K2, k2tog; rep from * around—90 sts.
Knit 1 rnd. Dec rnd: *K13, k2tog; rep from * around—84 sts. Cowl Set-up rnd: K19 (21), pm; k38 (43), pm; knit to end.
Beg with a purl rnd, work 5 rnds in garter st. Inc rnd: [Knit to 2 sts before marker, kfb, k1, sm, kfb] twice, knit to end— 79 (88) sts.
Continuing in garter st, rep Inc rnd [every 6 rnds] 4 times—95 (104) sts.
Work even until cowl measures 51/2 inches.
Bind off all sts loosely.
Weave in ends. Wet-block to measurements.