Coastal Cover Up

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This pretty lace poncho is a casual alternative to a summer cardigan – and much easier to knit than a sweater! It features different lace combinations broken up by rows of stockinette stitch. Cover-up for the beach or wear as a poncho for summer errands.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Small (Medium, Large) to fit bust 32 (44, 56)”

Shown in size Medium (50” around arms at bust, including recommended positive ease.)

Gauge: 14 sts and 22 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st, after steam blocking

Materials

Yarn:

lace weight yarn Handmaiden Fine Yarns Lino (65% silk, 35% linen; 874 yards [800 meters]/100 grams): Polar Sea, 2 (2, 3) skeins, held double throughout.
Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm): 20” and 32” circular, two US size 6 (4.0 mm) DPNs.

Notions: 4 stitch markers (one must be unique to denote start of round).

Abbreviations

DPNs: double pointed needles

inc: increase

k2tog: knit next two stitches together (decreases by one st)

k3tog: knit next three stitches together (decreases by two sts)

PM: place marker

SM: slip marker

ssk: slip two stitches knitwise onto right needle, slip both back onto left needle, knit these two stitches together (decreases by one st)

St st: stockinette stitch (in the round, knit all sts)

sts: stitches

yo: yarn over

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round from the top down.
This poncho features a stockinette stitch rolled edge at the collar and hem.
In the lace sections, slip the markers when you come to them, but do not remove them unless stated otherwise.
Switch to the 32” long circular needless when you get uncomfortable on the 20”.

Pattern

CO 80 (84, 132) sts, being careful not to twist the sts, join to knit in the round.
Rnd 1: Place the unique marker for start of round, knit all sts.

Rnds 2-18: Knit.

Shoulder Shaping

Small only

Rnd 19 (Rnd 1 of Chart A): *Ssk, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 20 and all even rows in chart: Knit.

Rnds 21 and 23: Same as Rnd 19.

Rnds 25, 27, 29 and 31: *Yo, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd – 80 sts.

Rnds 32-40: Knit.

Medium and Large only

Rnd 19 (Rnd 1 of Chart A): (Ssk, yo) 10 (16) times, pm, (k1, yo) twice, (ssk, yo) 20 (32) times, (k1, yo) twice, pm, (ssk, yo) 10 (16) times – 88 (136) sts.

Rnd 20 and all even chart rnds: Knit

Rnd 21: Work (ssk, yo) to marker, sm, (k1, yo) twice, work (ssk, yo) to 2 sts before next marker, (k1, yo) twice, sm, work (ssk, yo) to end of rnd – 92 (140) sts.

Rnd 23: Repeat Rnd 21 – 96 (144) sts.

Rnd 25: *Yo, k2tog; rep from * to marker, sm, (k1, yo) twice, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to 2 sts before next marker, (k1, yo) twice, sm, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd – 100 (148) sts.

Rnd 27: Repeat Rnd 25 – 104 (152) sts.
Rnd 29: Repeat Rnd 25 – 108 (156) sts.

Rnd 31: Repeat Rnd 25 – 112 (160) sts.

Rnds 32-40: Knit all rnds, removing all markers except start of rnd marker.
Body Shaping

All Sizes

Section 1 – Arrow Lace

Rnd 1: *K3, yo, k3, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 2 and all even rows: Knit.

Rnd 3: *K2, yo, k3tog, yo, k3; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 5: *K1, yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 7: *Yo, k2tog, k3, ssk, yo, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 9: Same as Rnd 3.

Rnd 11: Same as Rnd 5.

Rnd 13: Same as Rnd 7.

Rnd 14: Knit.

Section 2 – Stockinette with increases and setting up markers

Rnd 1 (Inc Rnd): Remove marker for start of round, k4 (12, 20) sts, replace marker for start of round (this is the new start of round), yo, k1, yo, k30 (30, 38), yo, k1, yo, pm, k8 (24, 40), pm, yo, k1, yo, k30 (30, 38), yo, k1, yo, pm, k8 (24, 40) – 88 (120, 168) sts.

Rnd 2 and all even rows: Knit

Rnd 3: SM, yo, k1, yo, knit to one st before next marker, yo, k1, yo, sm, k to next marker, sm, yo, k1, yo, knit to 1 st before next marker, yo, k1, yo, sm, k to next marker – 96 (128, 176) sts.
Rnd 5: Same as Rnd 3 – 104 (136, 184) sts.
Rnd 7: Same as Rnd 3 – 112 (144, 192) sts.
Rnd 8: Knit.

Section 3 – Mesh Lace

Rnd 1: *Ssk, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 2 and all even rows: Knit.

Rnds 3 and 5: Same as Rnd 1.

Rnd 7: *Yo, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 9, 11, and 13: Same as Rnd 7.

Rnd 14: Knit.

Section 4 – Stockinette with increases

Rnd 1 (Inc Rnd): SM, yo, k1, yo, knit to 1 st before next marker, yo, k1, yo, sm, k to next marker, sm, yo, k1, yo, knit to 1 st before next marker, yo, k1, yo, sm, k to next marker – 120 (152, 200) sts.

Rnd 2 and all even rows: Knit.

Rnds 3, 5, and 7: Same as Rnd 1 – 144 (176, 224) sts.
Rnd 8: Knit.

Section 5 – Circle Lace

Rnd 1: *K5, yo, k3tog, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 2 and all even rows: Knit.

Rnd 3: *k1, yo, k3tog, yo, k4; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 5 and 7: *Ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k3; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 9: *Yo, k3, yo, ssk, k, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.

Note: On the rnd, the stitch marker is being moved over one stitch. At the end of the rnd, work the last k2tog with the yo at the beginning of the round.

Rnd 11: Same as Rnd 1.

Rnd 12: Knit.

Section 6 – Stockinette with increases

Repeat Section 4 – 176 (208, 256) sts.

Section 7 – Mesh Lace

Repeat Section 3.

Section 8 – Stockinette with increases

Repeat Section 4 – 208 (240, 288) sts.

Section 9 – Arrow Lace

Repeat Section 1.

Section 10 – Stockinette with increases

Repeat Section 4 – 240 (272, 320) sts.

Section 11 – Mesh Lace

Repeat Section 3.

Hem

Knit 12 rnds.
Bind off loosely.

I-Cord Belt

CO 4 sts onto a DPN.

Rnd 1: With second DPN, k all sts, slide the opposite end of the needle.

Rnd 2: Without turning, k all sts, slide to the opposite end of the needle.

Repeat Rnd 2 until cord measures 45 (60, 75)” long.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Steam block.

The i-cord will be your belt. Pull the i-cord through the lace holes at the back and the front of Section 6. When wearing the poncho, tie the belt to keep the poncho in place.yarn ball

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