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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Dawn's Early Light ... poncho or shawl

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Dawn's Early Light ... poncho or shawl
Dawn's Early Light ... poncho or shawl
Dawn's Early Light ... poncho or shawl
Dawn's Early Light ... poncho or shawl
Dawn's Early Light ... poncho or shawl
Dawn's Early Light ... poncho or shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • understanding of working YOs, ssk, k2tog,
  • working in the round or flat
  • ability to work repeats around

Pattern Description:

Perfect for the month of July, this is a lovely, lacy poncho/shawl that shows the pride in our country - from the eyelet "stripes" to the lace stars, you'll love this poncho.

The sample is knit using approx 480 (580) yds of fingering-weight cotton in a spectacularly patriotic colorway ... reminiscent of fireworks exploding in the night sky.

The directions are both charted and round-by-round for this fun poncho that shows the lace beautifully.

This poncho is knit in the round from the neck to the hem and then blocked out into a perfect circle. If you would like to make an open shawl-style (a cardigan-poncho), there are notes at the end of the directions for creating an open shawl, with the need to add about 100 yards to the total yardage (580yards needed for shawl version).


6 sts x 8 rnds = 1" stockinette, blocked and with larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size -- neck - 9" wide by 3" deep length - 17" from neck to hem-point hem circumference - approx 128"


  • approx 480 (580) yards of fingering weight cotton (or wool or other blend)
  • US #7 circs - 16"
  • US #8 circs - 16" and 32"
  • stitch markers (12; one different than others to mark beg of rnd)
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • blocking wires, boards to make shawl bloom!

Suggested yarn:

480 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Wolle's Yarn Creations