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Home : Patterns : Playful Poncho

Free Knitting Pattern: Playful Poncho

Lion Brand® Vanna's Choice® - Vanna's Choice® Baby
Pattern #: 90030AD
Rating: *****4.7 (based on 6 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size
Finished Length About 14 in. (35.5 cm), not including fringe
Finished Circumference (at widest point) About 50 in. (127 cm)


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We held two strands of yarn together and worked it as one, changing out one color at a time for fun gradient stripes.
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Angel White Bluebell Cheery Cherry Pink Poodle Berrylicious Mint Sweet Pea
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Fisherman Linen White Pink Aqua Pink Grapefruit Silver Blue Aquamarine
Sapphire Dusty Blue Colonial Blue Navy Sky Blue Raspberry Scarlet Beige
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Obsidian Graphite Patchwork Grey Twilight Plum Jam Oceania
*Vanna's Choice® (Article #860). 100% Premium Acrylic
400, 401, 403: 92% Acrylic, 8% Rayon
402: 96% Acrylic, 4% Rayon; package size: Solids: 3.5 oz (100 g), 170 yards (156 m)
Prints, Tweeds, & Heathers: 3 ozs (85 g) , 145 yards (133 meters)
Twists: 2.5 oz (70 g), 121 yards (111 meters)
*Vanna's Choice® Baby (Article #840). 100% Premium Acrylic; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (170yds/156m) pull skeins

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•  860-145 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Eggplant
$ 4.39  
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•  860-144 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Magenta
$ 4.39  
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•  860-123 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Beige
$ 4.39  
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•  840-108 Vanna's Choice Baby Yarn: Bluebell
$ 8.78  
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Lion Brand Knitting Needles Size 11 [8 mm]   $ 5.95  
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size J-10 (6 mm)   $ 2.45  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Brittany Birchwood Double Pointed Needles - Size 11   $ 6.95  

Playful Poncho

Lion Brand® Vanna's Choice® - Vanna's Choice® Baby


11 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in Stockinette st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) with 1 strand each of A and B held tog. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between the needles and placing it onto left needle. Knit this new stitch through the front loop.

*With 1 strand each of A and B held tog knit 8 rnds, with 1 strand each of B and D held tog knit 8 rnds, with 1 strand each of C and D held tog knit 8 rnds*, with 1 strand each of A and C held tog knit 8 rnds; rep from * to * once more for Stripe Sequence.

With double pointed needles and 1 strand each of A and B held tog, cast on 62 sts. Divide sts evenly onto 4 needles and join being careful not to twist. Place marker for beginning of rnd.
Rnd 1: K15, place marker, k31, place marker, k16.
Rnd 2: Knit to first marker, M1, slip marker, k1, M1, knit to next marker, M1, slip marker, k1, M1, knit to end of rnd.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rep Rnds 2 and 3, changing colors following Stripe Sequence, and changing to circular needle when sts have been sufficiently increased.
Bind off as if to purl.

From RS with crochet hook, join 1 strand each of C and D held tog, anywhere along lower edge of Poncho. Slip st evenly around edge. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Cut 9 1/2 in. (24 cm) strands of A, B, C and D. Hold 3 strands, in colors as desired, tog and fold in half. Use crochet hook to draw fold through edge of Poncho, forming a loop. Pull strands through loop to tighten. Make 88 Fringe evenly spaced around lower edge of Poncho. Trim Fringe ends evenly.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
sl st = slip stitch st(s) = stitch(es)

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.7 (based on 6 reviews)
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Playful Poncho Reviewed by Wendy French on 2014-08-30 *****
After reading all the reviews, i decided to purchase two skeins of each color but one, and I followed the directions exactly. The poncho is perfect for my five year old granddaughter, and she will be able to use it for several years. One caution: the materials list is need a circular needle, not a straight one. I used a 24" and it was just enough...a 30" might be better.

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