Thursday, October 2

Stashbuster Poncho to knit

Recently, I decided to knit a poncho as a gift for my hairdresser, Donna. Ponchos are popular again and I knew she would love one for the colder weather. I gathered up all my scrap yarn in her favorite colors -- black, white, and gray -- for this project. I had partials of Lion Brand Pound of Love in white, Yarn Bee Fetching in sparkly onyx black, Bernat Softee Baby in white, Yarn Bee Soft Secret in shiny fog, Red heart Soft Baby Steps in elephant, and a bumpy novelty yarn from Gala that shaded from white to gray to black. The ruffle at the bottom is Red Heart Boutique Sashay Metallic in diamonds. I double stranded the yarns to create a bulky weight and cast on with size 11 needles. Knit in the round doing increases along and changing to size 13 needles and finally to 15 needles for drape. I split the bottom edge and worked a few rows of garter stitch before binding off with a little ruffle yarn for a flirty bottom border. The thank you note she sent says she loves it and is looking forward to wearing it. People ask her all the time where she gets the beautiful hand knits she wears and where they can purchase them. (grin)

Knit a Stashbuster Poncho from the top down in the round creating your own bulky weight yarn from what you have on hand. Stash dive for colors that go together in yarn weights from sport to heavy worsted and double strand them. Choose different colors, shiny, sparkly, novelty and smooth textures. Knit the chevron front version or plain version. 20” neck (unstretched) x 23” long x 50” around. Begin with ribbing on size 11 needles, change to 13 for yoke and then to 15 for drape. Make it elbow, wrist length or longer. Split one side and work several rows of garter before binding off with a little ruffle yarn added to the bind off. You can substitute 450 yards of bulky or super bulky weight yarn that recommends using size 11 or 13 needles. It’s fun, flirty, and fast to knit! The three page pattern can be found in my Ravelry pattern store.

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