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Free Knitting Pattern: Colorwaves Poncho

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Lion Brand® Color Waves
Pattern #: 30286
Rating: *****4.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size
Finished measurements:
Width 40 inches
25 inches

CORRECTIONS: (applied Apr 8, 2003)
Pattern on label specifies that 5 skeins are needed when the correct number is 7

On the Right Shoulder, Row 11 is missing. It should read:
Row 11 Knit
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
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Color Waves

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 940-307: Color Waves Yarn: Caribbean
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Color Waves
Sorry, product is discontinued; no colors are available.
*Color Waves (Article #940). 83% Acrylic/17% Polyester; package size: 3.00oz/85.00 gr. (125yds/118m) pull skeins

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•  940-307 Color Waves Yarn: Caribbean
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Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
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Additional Materials
Size 10 (6.00 mm) 16-inch circular needles
Size 10 (6.00 mm) 24-inch circular needles or size to obtain gauge

Colorwaves Poncho

Lion Brand® Color Waves


12 sts + 20 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in St st (k on right side, p on wrong side). 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


ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and k them tog.


With longer needle, cast on 120 sts. Work even in Garter st (k every row) for 5 inches (50 rows = 25 ridges).

Next Row Work 15 Garter sts, 90 sts St st, 15 Garter sts.

Repeat last row until piece measures 16 inches from beg.

Shape Shoulders

Garter trim dec Ssk, work remaining Garter sts, work 90 St sts, work until 2 Garter sts remain, k2tog. Work Garter trim dec row every other row a total of 15 times – 90 St sts remain.

St st dec Row 1 (RS) K 2 sts, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k 2.

St st dec Row 2 P 2 sts, p2tog, p to last 4 sts, p2tog, p2.

Repeat St st dec rows until 46 sts remain.

Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 6 rows. Bind off remaining 28 neck sts.


Work same as Back until 64 sts remain on needle, ending with a RS row.

Neck Shaping

Divide for shoulders P 2, p2tog, p 18, bind off center 20 sts, p to last 4 sts, p2tog, p 2.

Left Shoulder

Row 1 (RS) K 2, ssk, k 13, k2tog, k 2.

Row 2 P to last 4 sts, p2tog, p 2.

Row 3 K 2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k 2.

Rows 4-7 Repeat Rows 2-3 twice.

Row 8 P to last 4 sts, p2tog, p 2.

Row 9 Bind off 3 sts, k to end of row.

Row 10 Purl.

Rows 11-12 Repeat Rows 9-10.

Row 13 Bind off remaining 3 sts.

Right Shoulder

With RS facing, join yarn to neck edge.

Row 1 (RS) K 2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k 2.

Row 2 P 2, p2tog, p to end of row.

Row 3-6 Repeat Rows 1-2 twice.

Row 7 Repeat Row 1.

Row 8 Bind off 3 sts, p to last 4 sts, p2tog, p 2.

Row 9 Knit.

Row 10 Bind off 3 sts, p to end of row.

Row 11 Knit.

Row 12 Bind off remaining 3 sts.


Sew shoulder seams.

With RS facing and shorter needle, beg at left shoulder seam, pick up and knit 60 sts evenly around neck. Place marker and join. Work in rounds for¾ inches in Garter St (p 1 round, k 1 round). Bind off all sts loosely using larger needle.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit p = purl
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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Colorwaves Poncho Reviewed by elisabeth petruskie on 2014-01-22 *****
This is a great pattern. Made it in dark blue and trimmed the bottom with fun fur. Lots of compliments! Very easy. Thanks Lion Brand!

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