Semantics by Shana S. Cohen


January 2022
yarn held together
DK (11 wpi) ?
13.25 stitches and 29.75 rows = 4 inches
in garter ridge for FRONT
US 10 - 6.0 mm
2000 - 3500 yards (1829 - 3200 m)
16 customizable sizes per individual wingspan and arm length
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Semantics is the study of meanings. It felt like the perfect name for this design in marled yarns. The piece is equal parts poncho, cardigan, shawl and blanket. This cozy-comfy knit features 2 colors of fingering weight yarn marled together with trim in 1 of the colors held double. This project would be a great one to use up scraps as well! Throughout the design process, I discovered this shaped piece does, in fact, have its own name: it’s a ruana, but SEMANTICS still makes sense to me for this easy-fit design. This size-inclusive piece has 16 possible sizes based on the wearer’s unique size and style preferences.

Both the front and back of the piece use the same 4-row garter ridge pattern repeat. The fabric hangs differently on the front and back, and thus is listed both ways. The gauge listed represents the finished garment gauge after blocking.

NOTE: some test knitters created multiple swatches to be able to experiment with the drape of the fabric. The weight of the finished garment pulls the piece significantly.

FRONT: 13.25 stitches & 29.75 rows = 4” (10 cm)
BACK: 14 stitches & 27.5 rows = 4” (10 cm)
Gauge is not critical, but will impact amount of yarn used.

US 10 (6.0 mm) circular needle, minimum length 32” (80 cm) or size needed to get gauge

Sample uses fingering weight yarn held double throughout. This creates a marled effect in the body fabric. One strand of DK weight yarn may be substituted throughout to achieve gauge. Use gram estimates for DK weight approximation. I suggest a wool, wool/nylon, or wool/silk blend yarn. Yarn estimate is based on fingering weight skeins with 462 yd / 422 m per 100 g. Yarn with fewer yards / meters per 100 g may require more yarn.

MC1: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Solids, Heathers & Twists 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 231 yd / 211 m per 50 g
MC2: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Tonal
75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 462 yd / 422 m per 100 g

Each size is determined by a unique combination of your preferred length (L), measured from shoulder to fingertip and your preferred width (W), measured from elbow to elbow. See photos for yarn estimates per size.

L1 (L2, L3, L4)
24” (27”, 30”, 33”) / 61 (69, 76, 84) cm
W1 (W2, W3, W4)
28.5” (31”, 33.25”, 35.5”) / 72 (79, 84, 90) cm

Optional for styling: shawl pin, clasp, or pedestal button closures from JUL designs:

Sample shown in size L2W2. MC1 is held double for the trim, and MC1 is held with MC2 for the body.

MC1: Knitpicks Stroll Fingering Solids, Heathers & Twists, Colorway: Dove Heather
1171 yd / 1071 m used (254 g)
MC2: Knitpicks Stroll Fingering Tonal, Colorway: Train Station
1114 yd / 1018 m used (241 g)

TOTAL YARN USED IN SAMPLE: 2284 yd / 2089 m (495 g)

This #sizeinclusive pattern has been tech edited and test knit.

Yarn for my sample was provided by Knit Picks (

Tech editing: Bronwyn Hahn
Test knitting: Cathy A., Tammy B., Mandy B., Kristen D., Alexis E., Laura G., Kim G., Laura H., Valerie J., Brenda L., Mary M., Tiffany N., Dora N., Nathalie P., Pam S., Julia S., Kristen S., Katie T., Julie T., Paula Trz., & Allena W.

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