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Lakelyn Horizon Poncho

Give a simple rectangular poncho some drama and it becomes rippling waters at sunset at your favorite lake. Shifting twisted stitches in a flattering hourglass shape form the borders of the colorful center panel that’s knit in a gradient yarn alternately striped with the main color. A beautiful border, knit at the same time as the poncho, and a generous cowl complete this stunning poncho.

Time: Three Week Project

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: S/M (L/XL, 2X/3X)

Finished measurements

Chest: 72 (79, 86)”

Length at center back: 24 (26.5, 29)”

Shown in size S-M.

Gauge: 18 sts and 25 rows = 4” [10 cm] Berroco Ultra® Wool in St st

Materials

Yarn:

Medium weight yarnBerroco Ultra® Wool (100% Fine Highland Wool, 370 yards [338 meters] 150 grams: #3361 Kale (MC, 6 (7, 8) skeins)

Lang Frida (100% Virgin Wool, 240 yards [220 meters] 100 grams: #1078.0005 (CC, 1 (1, 2) skeins)

 

Needles:

US size 8 (5 mm) 40” (100 cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge

US size 8 (5 mm) 24” (60 cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions:

Stitch markers, removable stitch markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle, scissors

Abbreviations

Left lifted increase (LLI): Lift the left leg of the stitch 2 rows below the stitch on right-hand needle onto left-hand needle and knit it through the back loop. (1 stitch increased).

Right lifted increase (RLI): Lift right leg of the stitch below the next stitch on the left-hand needle onto the left-hand needle and knit it. (1 stitch increased).

Special Stitches

Borders

This poncho has an 8-stitch border on side edges.

Right Border (right side): Sl1k, Sl1p, K4, Sl1p, P1

Left Border (right side): P1, Sl1p, K4, Sl1p, P1

Right Border (wrong side): Sl1k, P1, K4, P1, K1

Left Border (wrong side): K1, P1, K4, P2

Three-Needle Bind Off

Hold both pieces of knitting with right sides together.

Insert needle into first st on front needle and first stitch on back needle, and knit them together. *Repeat this for the next st on the front and back needles. Draw the first st worked over the second st.*

Repeat from * to * until all sts have been bound off. Break yarn and draw through remaining st.

Pattern Notes

The poncho is worked in the intarsia method, back and forth on a circular needle.

Use separate skeins of yarn for each section of color.

Interlock yarns at intarsia joins by bringing the working yarn under the resting yarn.

Carry contrasting color up rather than cutting.

The number of stitches remains the same until bind off for necklines. There are two increases and two decreases on right side rows.

Pattern

With MC, CO 162 (178, 194) sts with German Twisted cast on or another stretchy cast on.

Back

Ribbing

Row 1 (RS):  With MC, Right border (see special stitches, above), pm, *K2, P2, repeat from * to last 10 sts, K2, pm, Left border.

Row 2 (WS): Right border, sl marker, *P2, K2, repeat from * to last 10 sts, P2, sl marker, Left border.

Rows 3-4: Rep Rows 1-2.

Row 5: Rep Row 1.

Row 6 (WS): Right border, sl marker, (P2, K2) 7 (8, 9) times, P2, pm, K2, P2, K2, pm, (P2, K2) 18 (20, 22) times, P2, pm, K2, P2, K2, pm, (P2, K2) 7 (8, 9) times, P2, Sl marker, Left border.

Lower Back

Row 1 (RS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, K to marker, LLI, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, SSK, K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, RLI, K to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 2 (WS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 3 (RS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, K to marker, LLI, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker. With CC, SSK, K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog, sl marker. With MC, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, RLI, K to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 4 (WS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, sl marker. With CC, P to marker, sl marker. With MC, K2, P2, K2, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Rows 5 – 68 (76, 84): Rep Rows 1-4 (another 16 (18, 20) more times.

Transition Rows

Row 69 (77, 85) (RS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, K to marker, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, K to marker, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, K to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 70 (78, 86): Rep Row 2.

Upper Back

Row 71 (79, 87) (RS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker. With CC, RLI, K to 2 sts before marker, LLI, sl marker. With MC, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, SSK, K to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 72 (80, 88) (WS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, sl marker. With CC, P to marker, sl marker. With MC, K2, P2, K2, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 73 (81, 89) (RS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, K to marker, K2tog, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, RLI, K to 2 sts before marker, LLI, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, SSK, K to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 74 (82, 90) (WS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Rows 75 (83, 91) – 138 (154, 170): Rep previous 4 Rows another 16 (18, 20) more times.

Row 139 (155, 171): Rep Row 71 (79, 87).

Row 140 (156, 172): Rep Row 72 (80, 88).

Row 141 (157, 173) (RS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, K to marker, K2tog, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, RLI, K15 (17, 19). Transfer stiches just worked to stitch holder. Continuing with stitches on needle, BO 44 (48, 56) sts. K15 (17, 19), LLI, Sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, Sl marker, SSK, K to marker, Sl marker, Left border.

Shape Left Neckline

Still working with 2 skeins of MC and 1 skein of CC.

Row 142 (158, 174) (WS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, sl marker, P to end.

Row 143 (159, 175) (RS): With CC, K1, SSK, K to marker, sl marker, LLI, sl marker. With MC, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, SSK, K to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 144 (160, 176) (WS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, sl marker. Cut second skein of MC leaving an 8” tail to weave in. With CC, P to end. Cut CC, leaving an 8” tail to weave in.

Row 145 (161, 177) (RS): With MC, K1, SSK, K to marker, sl marker, LLI, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, SSK, K to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 146 (162, 178) (WS): Rep Row 142. Cut MC, leaving an 8” tail to weave in.

Transfer stiches to stitch holder.

Shape Right Neckline

Transfer stiches from holder on right shoulder to needle with WS facing and reattach MC.

Working with 1 skein of MC and 1 skein of CC.

Row 142 (158, 174) (WS): With MC, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 143 (159, 175) (RS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker. With CC, RLI, K to 3 sts before end, K2tog, K1.

Row 144 (160, 176) (WS): With CC, P to marker, sl marker. With MC, K2, P2, K2, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 145 (161, 177) (RS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, RLI, K to 3 sts before end, K2tog, K1.

Row 146 (162, 178) (WS): Rep Row 142. Cut MC, leaving a 45” tail for three-needle bind off.

Transfer stiches to stitch holder.

Front

Work as for back through Row 74 (82, 90).

Rows 75 (83, 91)– 130 (142, 154): Rep previous 4 Rows another 14 (15,16) more times.

Row 131 (143, 155): Rep Row 71.

Row 132 (144, 156): Rep Row 72.

Row 133 (145, 157) (RS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, K to marker, K2tog, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, RLI, K13. Transfer stiches just worked to stitch holder. Continuing with stitches on needle, BO 36 (40, 44) sts. K13, LLI, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, SSK, K to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Shape Left Neckline

Still working with 2 skeins of MC and 1 skein of CC.

Row 134 (146, 158) (WS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, Sl marker, P to end.

Row 135 (147, 159) (RS): With CC, K1, SSK, K to marker, sl marker, LLI, sl marker. With MC, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, SSK, K to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 136 (148, 160) (WS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, Sl marker. With CC, P to end.

Row 137 (149, 161) (RS): With MC, K1, SSK, K to marker, sl marker, LLI, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, SSK, K to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Rows 138 (150, 162) – 141 (157, 173): Repeat Rows 134-137 another 1 (4, 6) more times.

Row 142 (158, 174) (WS): Repeat Row 134 (146, 158).

Row 143 (159, 175) (RS): Repeat Row 135 (147, 159).

Row 144 (160, 176) (WS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, sl marker. Cut second skein of MC leaving an 8” tail to weave in. With CC, P to end. Cut CC, leaving an 8” tail to weave in.

Row 145 (161, 177) (RS): Repeat Row 137 (149, 161).

Row 146 (162, 178) (WS): Repeat Row 134 (146, 158). Transfer stitches to a stitch holder. Cut MC, leaving an 8” tail to weave in.

Shape Right Neckline

Transfer stiches from holder on right shoulder to needle with WS facing and reattach MC.

Working with 1 skein of MC and 1 skein of CC.

Row 134 (146, 158) (WS): With MC, P to marker, sl marker, K2, P2, K2, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 135 (147, 159) (RS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker. With CC, RLI, K to 3 sts before end, K2tog, K1.

Row 136 (148, 160) (WS): With CC, P to marker, sl marker. With MC, K2, P2, K2, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 137 (149, 161) (RS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, RLI, K to 3 sts before end, K2tog, K1.

Rows 138 (150, 162) – 141 (157, 173): Repeat Rows 134-137 another 1 (4, 6) more times.

Row 142 (158, 174) (WS): Repeat Row 134 (146, 158).

Row 143 (159, 175) (RS): Repeat Row 135 (147, 159).

Row 144 (160, 176) (WS): With CC, P to marker, sl marker. Cut CC, leaving an 8” tail to weave in. With MC, K2, P2, K2, sl marker, P to marker, sl marker, Left border.

Row 145 (161, 177) (RS): With MC, Right border, sl marker, K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog, sl marker, P2, K2tbl, P2, sl marker, RLI, K to 3 sts before end, K2tog, K1.

Row 146 (162, 178) (WS): Repeat Row 134 (146, 158). Cut MC, leaving a 45” tail for three-needle bind off.

Attaching shoulders

Transfer shoulder stitches from holder back to needle. Use 3-needle bind off to join shoulder stitches.

Block poncho to 36 (40, 44)” w X 48 (53, 58)” h.

Cowl

With right side facing, using 24″ circular needle and MC, begin at left shoulder seam, pick up and knit 12 (18, 24) sts along left front neck edge, 2 sts at corner, 36 (40, 44) sts across front neck edge, 2 sts at corner, 12 (18, 24) sts along right front edge, 4 sts along right back edge, 44 (48, 56) sts across back neck edge, then 4 sts along left back edge – 116 (136, 160) sts. Pm and join for working in the round. Work even in K2, P2 ribbing for 12 (13, 14)”. Bind off loosely in pattern.

Finishing

Block cowl portion of poncho to 12 (14, 16)” w x 12 (13, 14)”.” h.

Weave in ends.

Place removable markers 11.5 (13, 14.5)” from top seam in purl ridge between border and body stitches on both front and back of poncho. Smooth poncho out (wrong sides facing), matching stitch markers at each side. Tack front to back at markers to create arm holes.

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