Beginner's Knitted Poncho

Fayla Reiss demonstrates her design for a poncho with beautiful texture and variety — and a stitch pattern that a beginner can master in no time.

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This beginner poncho pattern by Fayla Reiss is knit as a long rectangle and then folded, leaving an opening for the head. The piece is knit in stockinette stitch, with every few stitches dropped to allow for a looser fit and more open look for the overall piece. This poncho can be turned in all directions, depending on where you want the extra fabric.

Materials and Tools:

8 balls Trendsetter Charm (Ocean Sky)
2 Lane Borgosesia Toreador #141 (Teal)
spool Hanah Silk Forest Shadow
spool Hanah Silk Cooper Patina
US size #9 knitting needles
US size G crochet hook

Note: Remember that many yarns are seasonal and could be discontinued. If the specific yarn called for is not available, purchase a substitution yarn that comes closest to the specified gauge in your pattern. And be sure to make that all-important swatch to see whether the yarn works for your particular pattern.

Steps:

With size #9 needles and Toreador and Charm, cast on 83 stitches. Work as follows:

First Row: *K4, K2-together, Yo*. Repeat *to* ending, K5 (83 stitches should remain on needle).

Next Row: Purl entire row

Continue in pattern [*K4, K2-together, Yo*. Repeat *to* ending K5; purl back] until 56" from the beginning, ending with a knit row.

Work as follows to create the drop stitch:

*K5, drop 1 stitch off needle*. Repeat to ending, K5.

Poncho Finishing:

Pull the drop stitch back to the very beginning, which should be a Yo from the first row.

Stretch piece to open up the knitting.

Optional Finishing:

Lightly steam rectangle with a damp cloth. Using Hanah Silk and crochet hook, work 1 row of crochet, * 1 single crochet, 1 chain.* Repeat around three sides of poncho.

Fold in half and sew one side of the poncho, beginning at the bottom and leaving a 12" opening for the head.

Single-crochet with ribbon around the neck opening.

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