Lion Brand« Amazing®
16 sts + 20 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS). 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
To pick up sts evenly spaced along an edge, place pins or short lengths of contrast color yarn to divide the edge into smaller segments. For example, to pick up 98 sts evenly spaced around the neck opening, divide the neck opening into 4 equal-size segments. Pick up 25 sts across first segment, 24 sts across second, 25 sts across third, and 24 sts across the fourth segment.
With longer circular needle and A, cast on 88 sts.
Working in back and forth on circular needle, as if working on straight needles, knit 4 rows.
Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures 2 in. (5 cm) from beg. Change to B, and work in St st for 2 in. (5 cm).
Change to A, and work in St st for 2 in. (5 cm).
Change to B, and work in St st for 2 in. (5 cm).
Continue to work in St st, changing color every 2 in. (5 cm), until 12 stripes with B have been completed.
Change to A, and work in St st until piece measures about 49 1/2 in. (125.5 cm) from beg.
With A, knit 4 rows.
Fold piece in half lengthwise, bringing cast-on edge to meet bound-off edge. The folded piece should measure about 22 x 25 in. (56 x 63.5 cm). Beg at a corner and following diagram, sew side edges together for 13 in. (33 cm), leaving 12 in. (30.5 cm) unsewn for neck opening.
From RS, with shorter circular needle and A, pick up and knit 98 sts evenly spaced around neck opening. Place marker for beg of rnd. Join for knitting in the rnd by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle.
Next Rnd: Knit.
Work in St st worked in the rnd (K every rnd) and Stripe pattern as on Poncho until cowl measures 7 1/2 in. (19 cm).
Work in Garter st worked in the rnd (p1 rnd, k1 rnd) for 4 rnds.
From RS, with longer circular needle and A, pick up and knit 196 sts evenly spaced across lower edge (the 50 in. (127 cm) edge that does not already have a Garter st border).
Working back and forth in rows, as if working on straight needles, knit 3 rows.
Weave in ends.