Ponchetta by Elizabeth Smith


January 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in St st
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
566 - 1044 yards (518 - 955 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X)
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Ponchetta is a small poncho, knit seamlessly from the bottom-up and makes a perfect little layering piece. Sized from XS to 2X, it features an easy yet interesting stitch pattern and straight-forward construction.

It is worked flat from the hem to shoulders (on a long circular needle) and the 3 Needle Bind-Off Technique is used to seam up the left shoulder (a very easy bind-off technique if you have never used it before). Remaining stitches are then transferred to a smaller circular needle and worked in the round to create the cowl neck.

It’s suitable for beginners looking to branch out from scarves and cowls and more advanced knitters will enjoy the relaxing nature of this knit.

Pattern Information:

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X)

To Fit Bust Sizes: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52)”
Shown in size XS. Choose a size based on the “To Fit Bust Size” measurement, choosing a size closest to your actual bust measurement.

Gauge: 16 sts & 24 rws = 4”/10 cm in St st

Yarn: Approx. 566 (630, 725, 823, 932, 1044) yds of worsted-weight yarn, shown in Simplinatural by Hikoo (40% Merino, 40% Alpaca, 20% Silk; 100g = 183 yds), 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins, shown in colorway First Press Olive.

Needles and other supplies:

  • 32”/81 cm circular knitting needle in size US 8/4.5 mm or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Extra US 8/5 mm needle (or size used to obtain gauge), in either 24”/61 cm or 32”/81 cm length to use during 3 Needle Bind-Off technique
  • 24”/61 cm circular knitting needle in size US 7/4.5 mm or 1 size smaller than needle used to obtain gauge
  • 18 (18, 20, 22, 24, 26) stitch markers, in multiple colors
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends