Kaleidoscope Poncho by BarbAnn Pappas

Kaleidoscope Poncho

March 2019
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
850 - 1100 yards (777 - 1006 m)
Can fit a wide range of sizes
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Infinitely wearable, this top down, two pointed poncho is knit in the round. Pools of color are formed using long color changing or gradient color yarns. Short rows create a dynamic pattern that dances across the fabric giving a sense of movement. As you knit lively shapes emerge that mirror and complement each other just like a Kaleidoscope.

Pattern includes instructions for BOTH Worsted weight or Fingering weight yarn.

Two yarns are used. First, a Main Color which is a self-striping or color gradient with long color runs. Variegated yarns with short color changes will not produce the desired effect.

Many yarns will work for Main Color in Worsted Weight knit with Sz 8 needles - approximately 600-700 yds:
Noro – Silk Garden or Kureyon
Lang Yarns – Mille Colori
Schoppel-Wolle – Reggae Ombré
Knit Picks Chroma Worsted
Lion Brand Ferris Wheel

Options for Fingering or Sport Weight yarns knit with Sz 6 needles - approximately 800 yds:
Noro- Silk Garden Sock
Feederbrook Farm Entropy DK
Schoppel - Zauberball
Knitting Fever - Painted Lace
Lang Yarns – Mille Colori Baby
Lang Yarns - Jawoll Magic

Secondly, a Contrasting Color; a solid or semi-solid in similar weight that compliments or contrasts with the Main Color. Depending on weight approximately 250-300 yds used.

Pattern is written with explicit row by row instructions, including stitch counts. Stitch count is important for designed effect. Lots of helpful tips and hints included to encourage success. Ability to “read” your knitting is helpful.

Gauge is not important, your fabric should make you happy.

Techniques used:
German Short Rows
M1R and M1L
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off

ENJOY THE KNIT! Get ready for tons of compliments when you wear this one of a kind design!

I love Short Rows and have been designing with them since taking my first class in 2013. Every time I wear a garment I made with short rows, I get lots of compliments. I have been asked to write a pattern for years. So here is my offering. I want to spread the word about this fascinating way of knitting! I can’t wait to see how you interpret this pattern!

A big Thanks to Brigitte and Heidrun for teaching me most everything I know about Short rows. I have had the pleasure of benefiting from their instruction in the USA and in Germany. I consider them great inspirations and they have changed my knitting forever. Thank you Brigitte for all your invaluable support.