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Today’s offering is the Arbour Poncho, a fluffy cotton wrap that’s fun to throw on over your shoulders for an evening on the deck or over your swim suit to keep the sun off. Worked from the top down, Arbour features elegant directional increases and an open, slightly rolled neck. Deeply edged in lace, Arbour has a touch of something fancy without being overstated. The lacy edging makes Arbour fun to knit too! Once it’s done, Arbour’s towel-like softness makes it a go-to addition to your suitcase and beach bag all summer long. I made mine in a weekend!
I’m going on vacation! I’m taking the next ten days off, unplugging my devices and enjoying a week of summer before it’s all over. I have a fancy-dress party to go to this week and thought I’d build a little R & R in around it. Therefore, Free Pattern Friday will be on hiatus next week, Friday, July 22, so your next free pattern will emerge on Friday, July 29. Happy Summer!
In honor of summer, I’d like to offer a discount on my new Stout Milly project bags and Flat Stephanie notions bags! Because I won’t be able to ship until July 25, I’m taking 25% off both of these products. Just click the SHOP link in the sidebar and enter getaway25 at checkout 😉 This offer is good through the end of day on July 25.
Milly is the perfect mid-sized project bag, and with quilting, she’s extra stout! You can carry projects large and small, from shawls and scarves to sweaters, even throws and small blankets! And she’s extra strong so feel free to throw in extra everything… then toss in a coordinating Flat Stephanie notions bag. Milly zips up tight to hold everything snugly, then swings from your arm with a darling little strap. She’s deep, roomy and styled to be used again and again.
Everybody needs a friend! And with a friend like Flat Stephanie, you’ll be able to zip away all your knitting notions to keep them neat or take them along. This slender notions minder slips readily into a project bag, our matching needle case or your purse or back pack and holds a ton of stuff. At 9-1/2″ long and 5″ tall, it’s easy to stuff Stephanie with stitch markers, a needle gauge, tape measure, dpn’s even a small project! And Flat Stephanie is handmade with love right here in the little church from clean, soft, natural cotton.
I’ve started a Free Pattern Friday Ravelry group where you can post your comments, chat, feedback, modifications and suggestions. I hope to see you there!
And now…your free pattern for today, the Arbour Poncho!
A top-down poncho edged with lace.
YARN: Estelle Cloud Cotton (100% Organic Cotton, 100g/165 yds) Color #109 4 skeins
- 5.00mm needles, 24 ” circular,
- 5.50mm 32″ circular,
- 6.00mm dpn for binding off
GAUGE: 16 sts & 22 rows in stockinette stitch after blocking
FINISHED DIMENSIONS: Around upper arms: 46″ (52″, 54″, 58″)
SIZES: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large 36, (40, 44, 48)
TOOLS/NOTIONS: 13 removable stitch markers, 1 distinctive for BOR, tapestry needle for weaving in ends
- Arbor is worked from the top down, increasing at 12 points.
- M1L: Make 1 left-leaning stitch by picking up running strand between sts from front to back; knit through the back loop.
- M1R: Make 2 right-leaning stitch by picking up running strand between sts from back to front; knit through the front loop.
- Using 5.00mm needles and the Long-Tail method, CO 84 (96, 96, 96) sts. Join for working in the round, placing distinctive marker for BOR. (BOR is at top of Left shoulder). [For a video tutorial on the Long-Tail method, CLICK HERE].
- Work 1-1/2” in Stockinette st.
SHOULDERS: Change to 5.50mm needles to continue.
- Set Up: K 3 (4, 4, 4) PM, [k 7 (8, 8, 8), PM] 11 times, k 4. Your poncho is now divided into 12 sections with the last section split in two by the BOR.
Work the following Increase rnd every fourth rnd 8 (9, 10, 11) times to 180, (204, 216, 228) sts in rnd:
- Inc Rnd: K to first marker, SM, M1L *[k to next marker, SM, M1L] repeat once, [k to nect marker, M1R, SM] repeat twice * k 7 (8, 8, 8), SM, M1L, repeat from * to * once, k to end of rnd. [12 sts ince]
Work the following adjustment rnd once for all sizes EXCEPT Size 44 Large:
- Adj. Rnd: K to first marker, SM, M1L, continue to knit removing next 4 markers, k to next marker, M1R, SM, k to next marker, SM, M1L, continue to knit removing next 4 markers, k to next marker, M1L, k to end of rnd. [4 sts inc.]
For all sizes, work even in Stockinette st until work measures 9″ (10″, 11″, 11″) from CO edge.
Work the 8-rnd Lacy Points Chart or written instructions three times through. On last rnd, stop 4 sts before end of rnd. This is the new BOR.
- Rnd 1: *k 1, yo, k 2, CDD, K 2, yo* repeat to end of rnd
- Rnd 2: Knit
Work Rnds 1 & 2 three times, then:
- Purl 2 rnds
- Knit 1 rnd
Using 6.00mm needles, bind off loosely. Weave in ends and wet block to dimensions.
Lacy Points Written Instructions:
- Rnd 1: *yo, ssk, k6 * repeat to end of rnd
- Rnd 2 and all even numbered rnds: Knit
- Rnd 3: *k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo* repeat to end of rnd
- Rnd 5: *k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1* repeat to end of rnd
- Rnd 7: *k3, yo, CDD, yo, k2* repeat to end of rnd
CLICK HERE for Standard Abbreviations
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