The Comfy Poncho Pattern

Comfy Poncho


The Comfy Poncho is knit using a cotton and nylon blend yarn making it light, drapey and comfortable to wear for those cool summer evenings, overly air conditioned places or rainy days. This poncho is child size but can easily be customized to smaller or larger sizes by increasing or decreasing the number of cast-on stitches and also by increasing or decreasing the length of the knitted pieces.

For the Comfy Poncho pattern, two identical pieces are knit flat using the seed stich pattern. These 2 knitted pieces are then joined using the zig zag crochet method. Next, the stitches are picked up for the neckband collar and knit in the garter stitch pattern. Lastly, a crocheted shell stitch border is added to the bottom edge of the Comfy Poncho.

Yarn: Crème Cotton™ Yarn by Loops & Threads™ in the Pastel Pink colorway (2 skeins or 648 yards needed for this pattern size)
Knitting Needles: US #7, US #9 (for cast on and bind off) and US #6 circular knitting needles for the neckband collar
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Gauge: 4.25 stitches / 8 rows per inch in seed stitch pattern with US #7 knitting needles
Crochet hook: US size H8 or 5.0 mm crochet hook
Abbreviations:
K: Knit
P: Purl
RS: right side
WS: wrong side
pm: place marker
rm: remove marker
sm: slip marker
K2tog: Knit the two stitches on the left needle together
BOR marker: beginning of round marker
[…]: stitch pattern repeats
wyif S1: bring working yarn to the front before slipping the next stitch purlwise

The Comfy Poncho Pattern (text and images for personal use only)

Knitted Piece 1:
With US #9 knitting needles cast on 51 stitches.
With US #7 circular or straight needles knit the following:
Row 1 (RS): K1, pm, K1, [P1, K1] repeat […] till 1 stitch before last, pm, wyif S1
Row 2 (WS): K1, sm, K1, [P1, K1] repeat […] till the stitch marker, sm, wyif S1
Repeat Row 2 – 200 more times ending with the wrong side row.
Bind-off Row (RS row): Bind off in seed stitch pattern using US #9 knitting needles removing markers

Knitted Piece 2:
Knit another piece (Piece 2) similar to Piece 1. The Comfy Poncho knitted pieces measured 12 inches in width and a little over 25 inches in length.

Joining the 2 pieces together:
With the 2 pieces facing the right side and US size H8 crochet hook, join the cast on edge of Piece 1 to the slipped edge stitches on the left side of the cast on edge of Piece 2 using the zig zag crochet method (several tutorials on the zig zag crochet join are available on YouTube).

Join the bind off edge of Piece 2 to the slipped stitches on the right side below the bind off edge of Piece 1 using the crochet zig zag method (see image below).

Knitting the Neckband Collar:
With US #6 circular knitting needles pick up and knit 108 stitches, place a BOR stitch marker and join the round (see the image above).
Round 1: Purl all stitches, slip BOR marker
Round 2: K2, [K2tog, K19, K2tog, K4] repeat […] 2 more times, K2tog, K19, K2tog, K2, slip BOR marker – 100 stitches left on the needle
Round 3: Purl all stitches, slip BOR marker
Round 4: K8, [K2tog, K6, K2tog, K15] repeat […] 2 more times, K2tog, K6, K2tog, K7, slip BOR marker – 92 stitches left on the needle
Round 5: Purl all stitches, slip BOR marker
Round 6: K5, [K2tog, K9, K2tog, K10] repeat […] 2 more times, K2tog, K9, K2tog, K5, slip BOR marker – 84 stitches left on the needle
Round 7: Purl all stitches, slip BOR marker
Round 8: K2, [K2tog, K13, K2tog, K4] repeat […] 2 more times, K2tog, K13, K2tog, K2, slip BOR marker – 76 stitches left on the needle
Round 9: Purl all stitches, slip BOR marker
Round 10*: Bind off using the stretchy bind off method
(*Optional: Add more rounds with 8 stitch decreases as needed for a custom fit before the bind off round)

The Crochet Shell Stitch Border:
Starting at the beginning of the zig zag crochet method on the front side of the joined poncho (see image above), pick up and single crochet with US H8 crochet hook all the slipped edge stitches, cast on and bind off edge stitches at the bottom of the poncho.
At the 2 corners, do 4 single crochets in the same corner edge stitch
Next round (shell/scallop stitch border): Single crochet 5 times in the same stitch, skip 2 stitches then single crochet 5 times in the next stitch. Repeat this all throughout the bottom edge of the poncho. At the 2 corners do 7 single crochets in the same corner edge stitch. Slip stitch to the beginning stitch of the round.
Weave in the ends, wash and air dry the Comfy Poncho.


Happy Knitting!
~coffeeteaknits

Goes with Everything Earwarmer

Goes with Everything Earwarmer

     This month has been quite overwhelming in terms of snow and icy temperatures. I’ve spent most of the month staying indoors bundled up in sweaters and other knitwear for warmth and of course keeping busy with knitting, weaving or crocheting. I had some of Malabrigo Rios yarn left over from knitting the “Goes with Everything Cowl” last month. There was just enough yarn leftover (about 27 – 28 grams) to knit the Goes with Everything Earwarmer.

            The earwarmers I’ve knit in the past have been knit in the round. I wear them but I’ve found that they tend to curl up in the back when my hair is tied up in a ponytail or a bun. To avoid the earwarmer from curling up in the back, I knit Goes with Everything Earwarmer flat from one side to the other with a series of increases and decreases.

It is first knit in garter stitch pattern for a couple of inches, then increased by 2 stitches every other row for another inch or so (customizable) in seed stitch pattern. The earwarmer is knit straight in seed stitch pattern with no increases or decreases for a specific (customizable) length, and then decreased every other row to the original number of stitches. It is knit again in garter stitch for a couple of inches and then bound off. The two garter stitch sides are joined using the zig zag crochet method.

Goes with Everything Earwarmer Pattern**

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn – Rios in the RIO877 (Queguay) colorway
Knitting Needles: US #6 and #7 for knitting the earwarmer. US #8 for casting on and binding off.
Crochet hook: US size 7 or 4.5 mm crochet hook
Gauge: 16 stitches/ 4 inches (this pattern is generic so gauge not so critical)
Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • Kfb: Knit front and back (knit one stitch first in the front and then knit the same stitch in the back before slipping it off the left needle – 1 stitch increase)
  • K2tog: Knit the first two stitches together on the left needle (1 stitch decrease)
  • pm: place marker
  • rm: remove marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • wyif S1: with yarn in front slip 1 stitch purlwise
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side

The seed stitch pattern:
Row 1 (RS): *K1, P1*; repeat from *…* to end of the row
Row 2 (WS): *P1, K1*; repeat  from *…* to end of the row
*Knit in seed stitch pattern: Knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches

With a size US #8 knitting needle cast on 9 stitches start knitting with US #6 knitting needle the following garter stitch pattern:

  • Row1 – Setup row (RS): K1, pm, K7, pm, wyif S1
  • Row2 (WS): K1, sm, K7, sm, wyif S1

Repeat Row 2 – 18 more times (about 2 inches in length)

Increase section (2 stitches increased every other row):
With US #7 needles knit this section in seed stitch pattern

  • Row 1 (RS): K1, sm, Kfb, *knit in seed stitch pattern till 1 stitch before marker, Kfb, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 2 (WS): K1, sm, K1, *knit in seed stitch pattern till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm, wyif S1

Repeat these two rows 5 more times for a total of 19 stitches (customize to your size by adding or subtracting these row repeats to the length that will cover your ears)

Straight knitting with no increases or decreases section (customize to your size by measuring the number of stitches from one ear to the other and knit about 2 to 4 inches less for negative ease):
Continue in knitting with US #7 knitting needle and seed stitch pattern

  • Row 1 (RS): K1, sm, *K1, P1*; repeat from *…* to 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 2 (WS): K1, sm, K1, *P1, K1*; repeat from *…* till marker, sm, wyif S1

Repeat these two rows till the knitted piece measures about 15 inches from cast on edge (add or subtract row repeats to your specific size)

Decrease section (2 stitches decreased every other row):
With US #7 knitting needle and seed stitch pattern

  • Row 1 (RS): K1, sm, K2tog, *knit in seed stitch pattern till 1 stitch before marker, K2tog, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 2 (WS): K1, sm, K1, *knit in seed stitch pattern till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm, wyif S1

Repeat these two rows 5 more times decreasing the number of stitches to 9 (if your stitch count was more or less than 19 stitches, add or subtract these row repeats till 9 stitches)

With US #6 knitting needle knit the following garter stitch pattern:

  • Row1(RS): K1, sm, K7, sm, wyif S1
  • Row2 (WS): K1, sm, K7, sm, wyif S1

Repeat these two rows 9 more times (about 2 inches in length). Bind off with US #8 knitting needle and hold the remaining stitch with a removable stitch marker.

Crochet join (optional):

Insert a size 7 or 4.5 mm crochet hook in the remaining stitch, chain one, and align the two sides facing RS of the knitted piece together on the RS. Use the zig zag slip stitch crochet join method to join the two sides together (several online video tutorials are available on YouTube for this crochet join method).

Alternately, the two sides can be joined with any other join method of choice.

Weave in the ends, wash and block the earwarmer.


** text and images for personal use only

Stay warm
~coffeeteaknits