Faux Fur Poncho

Monday, December 3, 2018

 

FAUX FUR PONCHO

I’m a little bit more than obsessed with the new faux fur yarns that have hit the stores this fall. I made three cowls for friends and then decided that I needed something a little more snuggly and warm for myself. I made a cozy, cowly, capey, poncho. Since this was a spur-of-the moment design and super-quick knit, I’m putting it up here on my blog for posterity. Enjoy, people!

 

One Size: Small/Medium fits busts up to 38-40” comfortably… see below for tips for larger sizes.

Finished measurements: Circumference at bottom: 58”   /   Circumference of cowl: 28”   /   Length from shoulder: 19”   /   Total Length (including cowl): 25”

Yarn: 6 balls (216 yards) of “Alpine” by Sirdar or equivalent yardage in Knitting Fever “Furreal”, or Lion Brand “Go for Faux”

Needles: US 17 24” circular knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 5 stitches = 4” in stockinette stitch in the round

 

Instructions: Cast on 36 stitches LOOSELY and join work in the round without twisting the stitches. Place a marker to indicate the beginning of the round. Work all knit (stockinette stitch in the round) for one ball’s worth of yarn (about 6-7" from the cast-on edge).

1st increase: *k8, kfb; repeat from * to the end of the round. 4 stitches increased. 40 stitches.

Work all knit until piece measures 4” from the last increase.

2nd increase: *k4, kfb; repeat from * to the end of the round. 8 stitches increased. 48 stitches.

Work all knit until piece measures 4” from the last increase.

3rd increase: *k5, kfb; repeat from * to the end of the round. 8 stitches increased. 56 stitches.

Work 3 rounds of knit.

4th increase: *k6, kfb; repeat from * to the end of the round. 8 stitches increased. 64 stitches.

Continue working all knit until you’re almost at the end of the 5th ball (about 20" from the cast-on edge).

5th increase: *k7, kfb; repeat from * to the end of the round. 8 stitches increased. 72 stitches.

Continue in all knit until enough yarn remains to bind off and bind off LOOSELY – VERY LOOSELY.

Weave in tails. Enjoy!

Larger sizes

I generally wear a size medium top and this fits me well, though it’s pretty stretchy and forgiving if you are knitting this for someone a little larger. If relying on stretchiness won’t cut it, here are brief instructions to size it up*:

Buy an extra ball or two and begin with the same number of stitches (36) at the top for the cowl and knit the first ball, as per pattern.

Work the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th increases a little bit sooner than I recommend (every 3” rather than every 4” for the second and third increase and then work the fourth increase two rounds past the third increase).

Work the 5th increase about 5” past the 4th increase.

Work an additional increase round to 80 stitches (k8, kfb) when you’re ready to knit the last ball.

 

*these instructions aren’t included in the “formal” pattern above because I haven’t tested a larger size out to see how it would work. These are just off-the-cuff suggestions for making a larger size. Once someone knits this and confirms yarn quantities and sizing, I’ll happily update the pattern to include a larger size.  

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