Hugging Again by Diane L. Augustin

Hugging Again

Knitting
May 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
656 yards (600 m)
approximately 28” in circumference at the neck, 13" deep from the neck edge to the bottom edge x 60” in circumference at the widest part of the bottom.
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Hugging Again
Where would we be without our friends? This has been a crazy tough year for everyone and we’re finally getting back to doing the things we love. I would like to say how grateful I am for the wonderful friends in my life. I’m sending out a giant hug of thanks for the hikes (even in the dead of winter), outdoor knitting sessions and all sorts of communication – zoom meetings, calls, texts, chats – it was all wonderful! I’m a hugger and it’s so good to be able to hug again.
As I was starting this ponchette, I talked with friends, detailing my plans for the yarn and beads, and received a great deal of encouragement from them. It made me realize, once more, how much I value their shared experiences, suggestions and feedback. I am grateful to everyone for their inspiration, support and long lasting friendships. I’m so glad we can hug again!

Materials
Two skeins of Araucania, Papagayo yarn (100 grams, 328 yards/skein),
75% Cotton, 25% Acrylic, dk weight yarn. Pictured color #1005
Size 6 circular needles in 24” and 32” lengths.
Ring Stitch markers – One in one color to mark the end of the round, and 15 in another color.
Yarn needle.
Optional Beading – 20 grams of TOHO 6/0 round beads, and a bead
stringing surface.
Floss threader.

Pattern Notes
The poncho is approximately 28” in circumference at the neck, 13” deep from the neck edge to the bottom edge x 60” in circumference at the widest part of the bottom. It is knit in the round, from the top down. Gauge is 5 sts./in., 7 rows/in., stockinette stitch.
The beads are placed between purl stitches, indicated by PB. Purl a stitch, pull a bead close to that stitch, purl the next stitch. The bead in positioned between two purl stitches.
As much as I love this yarn, many other dk weight yarn choices will work with this pattern. Enjoy!

Thank you to Jeneen for modeling!
Thank you to Elizabeth for modeling, too!