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Home : Patterns : Ponchette / Capelet

Free Knitting Pattern: Ponchette / Capelet

Lion Brand® Homespun®
Pattern #: 40693
Rating: ****3.6 (based on 7 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: Medium, Large
Circumference 52 (56)" [132 (142) cm] at lower edge
Length 14 (15)" [35.5 (38) cm], without fringe
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.


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*Homespun® (Article #790). 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; package size: 6.00oz/170.00 gr. (185yds/169m) pull skeins

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Size 10 [6 mm] 24-inch [60 cm] circular needles or size to obtain gauge

Ponchette / Capelet

Lion Brand® Homespun®


10 sts + 18 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] in St st (k every rnd). 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


Cast on 130 (140) sts. Place marker and join, being careful not to twist.

Rnd 1 Knit.

Rnd 2 Purl.

Repeat these two rounds until piece measures 3 inches [7.5 cm]

Change to rnds of St st and decrease 10 sts evenly spaced around – 120 (130) sts. Work even in rnds of St st until piece measures 9 (10) inches [23 (25.5) cm] from beg.

Decrease Rnd *K 1, k2tog; repeat from * around as many times as possible; k any remaining sts – 80 (87) sts.

Work even until piece measures 11˝ (12˝) inches [29 (32) cm] from beg.

Repeat Decrease Rnd – 54 (58) sts.

Work 2 rnds even.

Repeat Decrease Rnd – 36 (39) sts.

Work even until piece measures 13 (14) inches [33 (35.5) cm] from beg.

Next Rnd Purl.

Next Rnd Knit.

Repeat last 2 rnds for 1 inches [2.5 cm].

Bind off all sts loosely.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together

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Pattern Average Rating: ****3.6 (based on 7 reviews)
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Ponchette / Capelet Reviewed by Lisa Dulac on 2013-11-10 ****
It's been a couple years since this item was reviewed, but I'm REALLY GLAD I read them as everyone's comments about adjustments were helpful! Here's what I did for the M/L size: cast on and completed first two rounds w/sz 11; switched to sz 10.5, going all the way to the next section of purl and knit rounds; stayed w/10.5 for two rounds, and then switched back to sz 11 until ready to bind off; bound off w/sz 13. Mine ended up looking like a mock turtleneck ponchette, but that's OK. I think the S/M would be for a really small person or young child. I had three skeins of Homespun, and I knit pretty much to gauge-I only used about 1.5 skeins, so I'm sure I can get another ponchette completed w/the remainder.

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