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Viva Poncho: Twenty Ponchos and Capelets to Knit [NOOK Book]

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Whether worn as a beach cover-up or donned as an elegant evening wrap, ponchos are everywhere. Now, with Viva Poncho, knitters can make the newest sartorial sensation their own. This fun, fresh book offers 20 poncho designs for every season and in every style--serapes, raglans, wraparounds, semicircles, rectangles, pullovers, capelets, and even a dog poncho. Patterns suitable for both beginners and experienced knitters are included, all accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow explanations. Simple to make and give as...
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Overview

Whether worn as a beach cover-up or donned as an elegant evening wrap, ponchos are everywhere. Now, with Viva Poncho, knitters can make the newest sartorial sensation their own. This fun, fresh book offers 20 poncho designs for every season and in every style--serapes, raglans, wraparounds, semicircles, rectangles, pullovers, capelets, and even a dog poncho. Patterns suitable for both beginners and experienced knitters are included, all accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow explanations. Simple to make and give as gifts (since sizing is easy), practical and stylish to wear, and suitable for all sorts of creative adaptations, ponchos are an ideal project for every knitter. In fact, the authors encourage customization, showing how to add a hood or a collar, or devise personalized color schemes. Like the fashionable garments themselves, Viva Poncho will be the perfect impulse buy.
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Knitted ponchos-for now, at least-are in as fashion accessories. These two titles are excellent, so if the demand is there and you can afford both, do make the investment. Otherwise, consider Viva Poncho if your patrons fall into the young, trendy, "learning-mode" category and Ponchos & Wraps if they're a tad older and looking for classic designs and more challenging knitting techniques. Viva Poncho features a handy chart listing skills required and skills learned for each project and offers 20 poncho and capelet patterns, while Ponchos & Wraps grades patterns by difficulty level and features 22 in all, including some beautiful knitted lace garments. Both assume a basic level of knitting expertise. When demand warrants, public libraries cannot go wrong with either title. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453268148
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 863,245
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Christina Stork is the owner of Article Pract, an award-winning San Francisco yarn shop. Before making knitting her full-time profession, she was a culinary writer. Leslie Barbazette is the founder of Citizen Bags, a commercial line of hand-knitted totes and accessories. This is her first book. David Verba is a fine-art photographer best known for his black-and-white studies of the American western landscape.
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Viva Poncho

Twenty Ponchos & Capelets to Knit


By Christina Stork, Leslie Barbazette

ABRAMS

Copyright © 2005 Christina Stork and Leslie Barbazette
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-6814-8



CHAPTER 1

how to use this book


TOOLS

Each project needs the right tools, and the poncho is no exception. We need the right yarn–and the right needle to get the correct gauge with that yarn. But we'd like to offer you more tools to play with: design tools.

Each section of this book is concerned with a different type of poncho: one-piece, two-piece, and capelet. Within each section you'll find more options: squares, raglans, circles, cardigans–each design element gives you the opportunity to select the look and shape that's most appealing to you.

Then the tools get refined once more: Do you want to add a stitch design to your garment to give it that special look? Perhaps you'd rather use more than one color, or a variegated yarn to achieve your vision?

Then there are the little touches, what we call "add-ons." These tools allow you to complete the picture in style. Feel like sporting a cowl neck or a hood? We'll teach you how.

Here's our very simple formula for achieving exactly what you want in a poncho or capelet:

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]


skills chart

We know that not every knitter learns the same way, and not every knitter has the same set of skills. To find out which ponchos might match your skill level, check out our handy-dandy skill chart on the opposite page.

The chart will tell you all the skills needed to make each poncho in this book-and which skills you'll be learning. This way, you can grow your skills while you grow your wardrobe by knitting through the patterns in this book.


standard yarn weight system

Because there are so many different types of yarn and knitters, many folks found out that certain terms used to describe yarn weights weren't being universally applied. The Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA) has introduced a Standard Yarn Weight

System, hopefully to become a universal language when describing yarn.

You'll find the appropriate number in each pattern in order to best choose yarn if you need to use a substitute.


CIRCULAR VS. STRAIGHT

We admit it: we're fans of circular needles. The fact that circular needles can be used both for straight knitting (by knitting back and forth on the needle) and for circular knitting makes them not only flexible, but affordable as well-it's like getting two pairs of needles for the price of one. Circular needles can also accommodate more stitches than many straight needles, making them more useful in straight knitting when a large number of stitches are being knitted.

Many of our patterns are knit straight, meaning back and forth to create a flat piece. Others are knit circularly, forming a tube. On patterns where you must use circular needles, we've indictated that in the materials list. For the rest, we've just written the word "needles"; you can decide which you prefer to use.

Not sure how to use a circular needle for flat knitting?

To get an idea, try taking a pair of straight needles and tying a 10" length of yarn to the head of each needle. Now knit a small square with the needle ends tied together. You'll find that you knit exactly the same way, it's just that the needles are "attached." It's the same when using circular needles –when you're finished with a row all the stitches have moved from the left hand needle to the right hand needle. Now you simply switch hands – the needle with all the stitches goes back in your left hand and the empty needle begins in your right hand. And it's okay for the stitches to go onto the cord of the circular needle – they'll still stay the same size.


one-piece ponchos

SERAPES, RAGLANS, AND WRAP-AROUNDS

sanchez

ONE-PIECE SERAPE


SKILLS NEEDED

Knit and Purl

Pick Up Stitches


SKILLS LEARNED

Seed Stitch

Single Cast-On Method


sanchez

SQUARE SEED-STITCH SERAPE


Finished Measurements

36" wide x 22" long from neck to lower edge [folded in half]


Yarn

13 skeins Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky (50% alpaca,

50% wool; 45 yards/41 meters, 50 grams): super bulky alpaca or alpaca blend. Shown in color #1007 Gray Wolf.


Needles & Notions

US 17 (12.75 mm) 24" (60 cm) circular needle

US 17 (12.75 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge

Yarn needle


Gauge

6 sts = 4" (10 cm) in Seed stitch


Pattern Stitch

Seed stitch (multiple of 2 stitches; 2 round repeat)

Row 1: * K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2: * P1, K1; repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for entire length of poncho.


Serape

Using the longer circular needle, CO 66 stitches; working back and forth, begin Seed stitch. Continue working in Seed stitch until piece measures 22" from the beginning, ending with a WS row (32 rows have been worked).

ROW 33: Shape Neck: (RS) Work 23 stitches in Seed stitch; BO 20 stitches for neck opening, then continue to work in Seed stitch to the end (46 stitches remain; 23 stitches on each side of the neck opening).

ROW 34: Work 23 stitches in Seed stitch; CO 20 stitches for neck opening, using single cast-on method (see Tricks & Techniques, opposite); then continue to work in Seed stitch to the end (66 stitches). Continue to work in Seed stitch until piece measures 44" from the beginning (66 rows have been worked).

BO all stitches in Seed stitch.


Finishing

Lightly block, if necessary, to correct uneven tension. Heavy blocking will flatten texture.


Neck Band

With RS facing you and using the shorter circular needle, pick up and knit 40 stitches around the neck opening (see Tricks & Techniques,page 41). Place marker for beginning of round; begin Seed stitch. Work in Seed stitch for 2 rounds.

BO all stitches loosely in Seed stitch. Weave in ends.


tricks & techniques

SINGLE CAST-ON METHOD

Wrap the working yarn around your thumb from front to back.

Insert the needle up through the strand on your thumb.

Remove your thumb and forefinger. Yarn is looped around needle, forming a new stitch.


carson

ONE-PIECE SERAPE


SKILLS NEEDED

Stockinette Stitch

Increase

Decrease


SKILLS LEARNED

Pick Up Stitches


carson

ONE-PIECE SERAPE


Finished Measurements

40 ½" (103cm) x 47" (119 cm)


Yarn

10 balls Lana Grossa Elastico (96% cotton, 4% polyester; 173 yards/160 meters, 50 grams): fine weight yarn, cotton or cotton blend. Shown in color #34 Maize.


Needles & Notions

US 5 (3.75 mm) needles

US 5 (3.75 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge

Yarn needle


Gauge

25 sts = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch (St st)


Body

CO 115 stitches for bottom edge; purl one row, work St st.

Shape Sides: (RS) * K1, inc 1, knit to last 2 sts, inc 1, k1. Purl 1 row. Continue in St st, repeat from * 54 times, increasing every other row (225 stitches); place a marker at each side to indicate end of shaping.

Measure poncho from bottom edge to marker.

This is Measurement "A." Continue to work in St st until piece measures 24" from lower edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape Neck: (RS) Knit 76 stitches; BO 73 stitches for neck; knit remaining 76 stitches.

Next Row: P76, cast on 73 stitches, p76 (225 stitches).

Continue in St st until piece measures the same as first half from neck to marker (24" minus Measurement "A"), ending with a WS row.

Shape Sides: (RS) * K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Purl 1 row. Repeat from * 54 times, decreasing every other row (115 stitches).

BO all stitches loosely.

Weave in ends.


Collar

Turn poncho inside out.

With RS of collar facing you [WS of poncho], and beginning at the right neck edge, use a 16" circular needle to pick up and knit 146 stitches around the neck (see Tricks & Techniques, opposite); do not join. Purl 1 row.

Continue in St st until collar measures 9" from pick-up row.

BO all stitches loosely.

Weave in ends.


Finishing

Turn poncho right-side out.

Block piece to finished measurements.

Fold down collar.


tricks & techniques

PICK UP STITCHES

With the right side of the work facing you, insert your needle into the center of the first stitch below your bind-off edge.

Wrap the yarn around your needle tip and draw it back through to the front.

You've picked up one stitch. Continue picking up stitches along the edge, being sure to space them out evenly to avoid any puckering.


eleanor

ONE-PIECE RAGLAN PONCHO


SKILLS NEEDED

Stockinette Stitch

Ribbing

Knit in the Round

Make One

Use a Cable Needle


eleanor

ONE-PIECE RAGLAN PONCHO


Finished Measurements

See schematic


Yarn

7 balls Rowan Polar (60% pure new wool 30% alpaca, 10% acrylic; 109 yards/100 meters, 100 grams): bulky weight alpaca and wool blend.

Shown in #645 Winter White.


Needles & Notions

US size 11 (8 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular needle

US size 11 (8 mm) 24" (60 cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge.

Change to the longer circular needle when stitches no longer fit comfortably on the shorter one.

4 stitch markers (sm), row counter, large cable needle (cn), yarn needle


Gauge

12 stitches = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch (St st)


Abbreviations

C8B (8-st right-slanting cable): Slip 4 stitches to cn, hold to back, k4, k4 from cn (see Tricks & Techniques,page 81).


Pattern Stitches

3x2 Rib (multiple of 5 sts; 1 round repeat)

Round 1: * K3, p2; repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 for 3x2 Rib.

Cable (Panel 12 sts; 10-round repeat)

Round 1: P2, C8B, p2.

Rounds 2 to 10: P2, k8, p2.

Repeat Rounds 1 to 10 for Cable Panel.


Collar

Using shorter circular needle, CO 60 stitches; place a marker (pm) for beginning of round; join, being careful not to twist the stitches. Begin 3x2 rib.

Continue in pattern until piece measures 8" to 10" from the beginning, or desired length for collar.


Body

Change to St st and Cable panel.

Establish Pattern: Beginning at marker, work Cable panel across next 12 stitches, pm; work 18 stitches in St st [knit every round]; pm, work cable panel across next 12 stitches, pm; work to end in St st.

Shape Body: (Round 2 of Cable panel) Continuing as established, on even-numbered rounds of Cable panel, M1 (increase) before first marker and after second marker at each side of the two Cable panels: 4 stitches will be increased on each even-numbered round.

Continue working odd-numbered rows as established, making a cable every tenth round, changing to the longer circular needle when stitches become too crowded on the shorter one. Continue as established until 100 rounds have been worked from the beginning of Body (10 sections of 10 rounds: 260 sts).


Bottom Edge

Change to 3x2 rib; beginning with p2, and work in rib for 4 rounds.

BO all stitches loosely in rib.


Finishing

Block piece to finished measurements, being careful not to flatten the cable or rib.

Weave in the ends.


greta

ONE-PIECE PONCHO


SKILLS NEEDED

Knit in the Round

Increase Stitches

Change Colors (Optional)

Ribbing


SKILLS LEARNED

Make One Increase, Purlwise


greta

ONE-PIECE PONCHO


note:

For Greta 1, use MC for all Stockinette stitch (St st) sections, CC for all Reverse Stockinette stitch (Rev St st) sections throughout; carry yarn not in use along the back as you go.


Finished Measurements

See schematic (page 40)


Yarn

GGH Soft Kid (70% super kid mohair, 25% nylon, 5% wool; 151 yards/140 meters, 50 grams) medium- to lightweight mohair

Greta 1 (two-color version): 4 balls main color (MC); 4 balls contrast color (CC). Shown in color #69 Sunflower (yellow) (MC); #54 Green (CC).

Greta 2 (one-color version): 7 balls main color (MC). Shown in color #56 Plum Leaves (burgundy).


Needles & Notions

US size 6 (4 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular needle US size 6 (4 mm) 24" (60 cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge. Change to longer needle when stitches no longer fit comfortably on shorter one.

Yarn needle


Gauge

20 stitches = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch (St st)


Abbreviations

M1: Make one increase, knitwise

M1-p: Make one increase, purlwise (see Tricks & Techniques, page 41)


Body

Using the shorter circular needle and MC, CO 100 sts for neck edge, pm for beginning of round; join, being careful not to twist stitches.


ROUNDS 1 to 9: Knit [St st].

ROUND 10:For Greta 1 * With MC, k10 [St st], with CC, M1-p

[Rev St st]; repeat from * to beginning of round.

For Greta 2 * K10 [St st], M1-p [Rev St st]; repeat from * to beginning of round (110 sts).

ROUNDS 11 to 14: Continue in color(s) as established for remainder of piece: * k10, p1; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 15: * K10, M1 [St st], p1; repeat from * to beginning of round (120 sts).

ROUNDS 16 to 19: * K11, p1; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 20: * K11, M1-p, p1; repeat from * to beginning of round (130 sts).

ROUNDS 21 to 29: * K11, p2; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 30: * K11, M1-p, p2; repeat from * to beginning of round (140 sts).

ROUNDS 31 to 34: * K11, p3; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 35: * K11, M1, p3; repeat from * to beginning of round (150 sts).

ROUNDS 36 to 39: * K12, p3; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 40: * K12, M1-p, p3; repeat from * to beginning of round (160 sts).

ROUNDS 41 to 49: * K12, p4; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 50: * K12, M1-p, p4; repeat from * to beginning of round (170 sts).

ROUNDS 51 to 54: * K12, p5; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 55: * K12, M1, p5; repeat from * to beginning of round (180 sts).

ROUNDS 56 to 59: * K13, p5; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 60: * K13, M1-p, p5; repeat from * to beginning of round (190 sts).

ROUNDS 61 to 69: * K13, p6; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 70: * K13, M1-p, p6; repeat from * to beginning of round (200 sts).

ROUNDS 71 to 74: * K13, p7; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 75: * K13, M1, p7; repeat from * to beginning of round (210 sts).

ROUNDS 76 to 79: * K14, p7; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 80: * K14, M1-p, p7; repeat from * to beginning of round (220 sts).

ROUNDS 81 to 89: * K14, p8; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 90: * K14, M1-p, p8; repeat from * to beginning of round (230 sts).

ROUNDS 91 to 94: * K14, p9; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 95: * K14, M1, p9; repeat from * to beginning of round (240 sts).

ROUNDS 96 to 99: * K15, p9; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 100: * K15, M1-p, K9; repeat from * to beginning of round (250 sts).

ROUNDS 101 to 109: * K15, p10; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 110: * K15, M1-p, p10; repeat from * to beginning of round (260 sts).

ROUNDS 111 to 114: * K15, p11; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 115: * K15, M1, p11; repeat from * to beginning of round (270 sts).

ROUNDS 116 to 119: * K16, p11; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 120: * K16, M1-p, p11; repeat from * to beginning of round (280 sts).

ROUNDS 121 to 129: * K16, p12; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 130: * K16, M1-p, p12; repeat from * to beginning of round (290 sts).

For Greta 1, BO all stitches loosely; for Greta 2, continue in pattern.

ROUNDS 131 to 134: * K16, p13; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 135: * K16, M1, p13; repeat from * to beginning of round (300 sts).

ROUNDS 136 to 139: * K17, p13; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 140: * K17, M1-p, p13; repeat from * to beginning of round (310 sts).

ROUNDS 141 to 149: * K17, p14; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 150: * K17, M1-p, p14; repeat from * to beginning of round (320 sts).

ROUNDS 151 to 154: * K17, p15; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 155: * K17, M1, p15; repeat from * to beginning of round (330 sts).

ROUNDS 156 to 159: * K18, p15; repeat from * to beginning of round.

ROUND 160: K18, M1-p, p15; repeat from * to beginning of round (340 sts).

ROUNDS 161 to 169: * K18, p16; repeat from * to beginning of round.

For Greta 2, BO all stitches loosely.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Viva Poncho by Christina Stork, Leslie Barbazette. Copyright © 2005 Christina Stork and Leslie Barbazette. Excerpted by permission of ABRAMS.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION,
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK,
Make Your Own Perfect Poncho,
Pattern Breakdown by Skill,
Standard Yarn Weights,
Terms & Abbreviations,
ONE-PIECE PONCHOS,
Serapes, Raglans, and Wrap-arounds,
TWO-PIECE PONCHOS,
Semicircles and Rectangles,
CAPELETS,
Pullovers and Cardigans,
EXTRAS,
Puppy Poncho,
Sizing,
Accessorizing Your Poncho,
Resources,
Recommended Reading,
Index,

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