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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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Spring is Sprung poncho

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Spring is Sprung poncho
Spring is Sprung poncho
Spring is Sprung poncho
Spring is Sprung poncho
Spring is Sprung poncho
Spring is Sprung poncho

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • understanding of working YOs, ssk, k2tog, twisted stitches
  • knitting in the round

Pattern Description:

As fresh as spring, this poncho is as light and airy as the days ahead. Knit in the round from the neck to the hem, this sampler of fern-lace stitch patterns shows to best advantage the cashmere/merino/silk blend of the fingering weight yarn used.

poncho is knit in the round from the neck edge to the hem
three colors are used to highlight the change in stitch patterns as you progress thru the poncho; 70 yds of light gold, 140 yds of grass and 280 yds of emerald for a total yardage need of 490 yards of fingering weight. This would also look stunning in one color - 490 yards of fingering.
this lace-sampler shows three versions of the classic fern-lace stitch patterns; the final stitch pattern allows for creating a scalloped edge by pinning-out the tips of each "fern"
m1 = inc a st by lifting the bar between the st just worked and the next st; work this st as directed
directions are given round-by-round and charted


16sts x 20 rnds = 4 inches stockinette worked in the round (blocked) on larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size fits most -- 22-in neck circ, 17-in from neck edge to hem; 41-in diameter of full icrcle


  • approx 490 yards fingering weight natural fiber (sample used three colors of Spring Gate Farm's cashmere/silk/merino blend)
  • US #8 circs (16-inch)
  • US #10 circs (16-, 24- and 40-inch)
  • stitch markers (8; one different color than the others to mark beg of rnd)

Suggested yarn:

490 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Spring Gate Farm's Cashmere/Merino/Silk blend


light gold, grass and emerald