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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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Drifting Leaves poncho

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Drifting Leaves poncho
Drifting Leaves poncho
Drifting Leaves poncho
Drifting Leaves poncho
Drifting Leaves poncho
Drifting Leaves poncho

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • working traveling stitches
  • working in the round
  • yo's, ssk's, k2togs, multiple increases in one st

Pattern Description:

NOTE: My Drifting Leaves hat pattern (available on Craftsy) is a lovely accessory for this design; it also makes a great gauge swatch. If you purchase the poncho, please email me and I will "gift" you a copy of the coordinating hat.

Knit circularly from the top down, this poncho is a fun knit with it's drifting leaves pattern and lovely finish of a stylized "old shale" edging. Knit in a worsted wool/linen blend, this cozy poncho would be perfect for long fall walks ....

The directions are charted and given round-by-round.

The sample shown used approx 800 yards of Cascade's Rustic (79%wool/21%linen) in a lovely red-wine colorway.

1.poncho is knit in the round from the neck down
2.each leaf (measuring approx 2 x 4 inches) is worked with traveling stitches
3.the nine leaf panels inc to one side of the each rep, forcing the leaves to gently drift down the poncho as you increase around
4.the border is a stylized "Old Shale" stitch, worked for about 4-1/2 inches
5.for a bigger version: the actual stitch count will work for most sizes to 5X (the overall circumference at the chest is approx 62 inches) but you might want to add to the length as the poncho will look shorter on larger bodies: add about 150-180 yards to the amount of yarn needed for this extra length


16 sts x 24 rnds = 4" stockinette done in the round on larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 19" neck opening; chest circum approx 62"; length neck to hem approx 17"


  • approx 800 (980 for a longer version) of worsted/heavy worsted weight (sample used 4 skeins of Cascade's Rustic)
  • US #7 circs (16")
  • US #8 circs (24- and 40-inch)
  • stitch markers (9 or more)
  • cable needle for the traveling stitches
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends (can also double as a cable needle)

Suggested yarn:

800 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Cascade Rustic


Red Wine