This multicolor poncho is worked in one piece, starting at the bottom edge. Fringe is added at the end to make it even more fabulous. It's a little girl's dream!
Fits 18-24 months
Length (including fringe): 16" (40.5cm)
What You'll Need
Yarn: Bulky weight multicolor yarn, about 286 yards (262m) yarn A; worsted weight solid-color yarn, about 200 yards (183m) yarn B
We used: Plymouth Encore Colorspin chunky (75% acrylic, 25% wool; 143 yards [131m] per 100g skein): #7124 (yarn A), 2 skeins; Plymouth Encore worsted (75% acrylic, 25% wool; 200 yards [183m] per 100g skein): #1382 (yarn B), 1 skein
Needles: US size 10 (6mm) circular, 24" (61cm) long
Notions: Open-ring stitch markers (2 colors); tapestry needle; size H/8 (5mm) crochet hook
14 stitches and 21 rounds=4" (10cm) in circular stockinette stitch (knit all rounds)
Make the Poncho
With yarn A, cast on 180 stitches. Place marker and join in round, taking care not to twist stitches.
Round 1: Purl.
Round 2: (Knit 2 stitches together, yarn over) to end of round.
Round 3: Purl.
Round 4: Knit.
Establish Places for Decreases
Remove end-of-round marker.
Round 5 (right side): Knit 1, work slip slip knit decrease, knit 84, knit 2 together, place marker, knit 2, work slip slip knit decrease, knit 84, knit 2 together, place marker, knit 1. (176 stitches)
Rounds 6 and 7: Knit, slipping markers from left to right needle as you meet them.
Round 8: Knit 1, work slip slip knit decrease, knit 82, knit 2 together, slip marker, knit 2, work slip slip knit decrease, knit 82, knit 2 together, slip 2 together, knit 1. (172 stitches)
Repeat rounds 6-8 decreasing 4 stitches every third round in established places until there is a total of 124 stitches and piece measures about 9" (23cm) from cast-on edge.
Split For the Neck Opening
Begin working back and forth in rows as follows:
Row 1 (right side): Knit 1, work slip slip knit decrease, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, knit 2 together, slip marker, knit 2, work slip slip knit decrease, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, knit 2 together, knit 1. Turn work. (120 stitches)
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 92 stitches remain and neck opening is about 3" (7.5cm) long. End with row 1.
Before turning work to begin row 2, place a stitch marker after stitch 23 (counting stitches from beginning of row) and another marker after stitch 69.
Note: To mark decreases for shoulder shaping, use a different color stitch marker than previously used.
Row 2: Purl, slipping all markers in place.
Next row (right side): Knit 1, work slip slip knit decrease, knit to 2 stitches before new marker, decrease 2 stitches using the vertical double decrease method as follows: Slip 2 stitches as if to knit them together, remove marker, knit 1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over the knit stitch, place marker, knit to 2 stitches before marker in the center of back, knit 2 together, knit 2, work slip slip knit decrease, knit to 2 stitches before second shoulder marker, decrease 2 stitches same as first shoulder, place marker, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, knit 2 together, knit 1. (84 stitches)
Next row: Purl.
Repeat these last 2 rows until 52 stitches remain, ending with knit (right-side) row.
Row 1: (wrong side): Knit.
Row 2: Knit 1, (knit 2 together, yarn over) to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1.
Row 3: Knit.
Bind off loosely. Weave in loose ends to wrong side of work.
Make the Fringe
For each fringe, cut one 10" (25.5cm) strand yarn A and two 10" (25.5cm) strands yarn B. (90 bunches, or 270 strands, total)
Place poncho flat on table. Insert the crochet hook from back to front into a hole in the bottom edging. Working with 1 strand yarn A and 2 strands yarn B at a time, fold them in half and hold cut ends together to create a loop. Place folded loop on hook and pull it halfway through the knitted piece. With hook still in place, pull cut ends of fringe through the loop to make knot. Pull fringe ends to tighten. Repeat making fringe around poncho.
Make the I-Cord
With yarn B cast on 3 stitches and knit I-cord about 28" (71cm) long. Thread I-cord through the holes in the neck edging.
Make the Tassels
Wrap yarn A around 5 fingers about 10 times, cut yarn. Cut a 6" (15cm) strand of yarn A, thread through the wrapped yarn, and tie both ends of the 6" (15cm) strand into a double knot. Thread both ends onto tapestry needle and stitch securely to end of I-cord; weave ends into center of I-cord to hide. Cut another 6" (15cm) strand of yarn A and wrap around yarn bunch about 1/2" (1.3cm) down from tassel top. Tie both ends of this strand into a double knot and allow remaining 2 ends to hang with the tassel strands. Cut through bottom loops of yarn bunch; trim ends to even length. Repeat for second tassel.
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Contributing designers: Lucie Sinkler, Helen Ralph, Kathy Perry, Beth Walker-O'Brien