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San Diego, CA USA

Kimberly found her love of design while knitting plastic bags into shoes and fishing nets for her Master’s thesis (for resource poor areas of the world with lots of errant polyethylene - not just for ...

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Big Damn Heroes

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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • increases, decreases, knitting in the round, i-cord edging

Pattern Description:

Mal: "Appears we got here just in the nick of time. What does that make us?"
Zoe: "Big damn heroes, sir."
Mal: "Ain't we just."

"Big Damn Heroes" is the second design in my Firefly/Serenity series based on the character Zoe. It is an off the shoulder poncho with a lace pattern inspired by the beautiful white strap dress Zoe wears at the end of Serenity. It captures her style by being both adventurous and sexy, without too much foofarah.

The piece can be worn several ways; off the shoulder poncho, one-shouldered over shirt, pointed cowl, snuggly round cowl, and closed shawl. It is knit from top down, partially worked flat and partially worked in the round, and has off-center points. The bottom and neckline edgings are i-cord knitted on edges.

There are two sizes, which are more about the amount of drapiness you like rather than fit. Both sizes will fit most people but if you are tall or fuller figured, size Large may provide a better end product.

Craftsy only allows for one pdf per pattern so this combines the full written instructions (pgs 1-9) and complete printable charts (pgs 10-18).

For size small you will need about 700 yds (about 150g) and for size large under 924 yds (under 200g) - Yarns/sizes shown in the photos - large/brown = Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Kindling Tonal, small/white = Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Pearlescent
Yarn choice: The construction of this shawl may not be suitable to highly variegated or gradient yarns. The the body is knitted alternatively flat and in the round - this will cause three different pooling patterns for your yarn.
For size small use US 7 (4.5mm) needles for the body & US 9 (5.5mm) for i-cord edging, for size large use US 9 (5.5mm) needles for the body & US 10.5 (6.5mm) for the i-cord edging
Gauge is in pattern and is 24 sts x 30 rows for both sizes, with US 7 = 4.5 in and US 9 = 5 in
Skills to know or learn for this project: knitting in the round, lace, and i-cords
The written instructions and both chart versions have been test knitted to completion 10 times (thanks to puffycats, Cristallynx, Dulseigh, Aurealie, knithemiptera, craftyvic, and txjewelrylady).


24 stitches and 30 rows in in pattern, flat, unblocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Small: shorter sides 29"(74 cm), longer sides 35" (89 cm), diagonal at neckline 47" (119 cm) Large: shorter sides 37"(94 cm), longer sides 43" (109 cm), diagonal at neckline 58" (147 cm)


  • For size small use US 7 (4.5mm) circular needles for the body & US 9 (5.5mm) for i-cord edging, for size large use US 9 (5.5mm) circular needles for the body & US 10.5 (6.5mm) for the i-cord edging

Suggested yarn:

924 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Stroll Tonal


Shown in Pearlescent (white) and Kindling (brown)

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