Bond Machine Knitting - Poncho Patterns

Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 20:37:10 +0000
From: (Irene Woods)
Subject: [BOND] BOND: Poncho Pattern

If you would like to see the illustrations, please check:

One Size Fits All 
For Bond/ISM and Studio Midgauge Knitting Machines.
Easy Pattern.  You need to know how to cast on with waste yarn and how
to bind off, by any preferred method, before starting this project.
Abbreviations are kept to a minimum to make it easier for beginners.  

Materials Required:  4-ply worsted weight hand knitting yarn, or
equivalent, which will knit to required gauge.  This will take between
20 and 28 oz, depending on the yarn used. NOTE:  This garment ends
between the elbow and wrist; 130 needles are required.  For a longer
poncho, more needles will be needed.   Gauge:  4.5 sts, 6 rows = 1"
Try Keyplate 3 or Tension 7 for first swatch, check gauge, and change
Keyplate or Tension if necessary.  Different brands, dyelots, or types
of yarn affect the Keyplate/Tension setting.

This poncho is made of four identical trapezoid pieces, that look like
triangles with the top tip cut off.  Begin at neck edge.  Cast on 22
sts with waste yarn.  Knit about 1", ending at left.  Set row counter
to 000.  Change to main color.  Knit 1 row.  *Increase 1 st next to
the carriage by bringing a new needle into working position.  K 1 row.
 Repeat from * 107 more times.  RC 109.   Bind off all 130 sts.  Make
3 more pieces the same. Finished length of each piece is 18"; this
will come well below the elbow for most people.  If you want a longer
poncho, more rows will be needed.  Mid gauge owners may continue
increasing 1 st every row, as established.  ISM owners will need
another extension to do this.

Assembly.  Examine the side edges of each piece.  There are a series
of loops along each edge, formed by the increases.  We will use these
loops for a decorative seam.   Thread needle with a 30" long piece of
yarn; we don't want to run out in the middle of the seam, even though
it will be a bit awkward making the first few stitches.  Place two of
the poncho pieces, purl sides together, matching the side loops.
Anchor the sewing yarn at one end.  Now overcast (whip stitch) through
each set of loops, being very careful not to skip any.  Check the seam
every couple of inches to be sure it is correct.  If you have missed a
loop, pick the seam back and correct now, because this will show as a
mistake if you don't.  Join three seams, following instructions above.

Neckband.  Knit side of fabric toward machine, pick up 88 sts around
neck edge.  Do not remove waste yarn yet.  Knit 12 rows.  Beginners,
bind off all sts.  Turn band to inside and hem to main color loops
next to waste yarn.  More experienced knitters, hang hem, picking up
main color loops next to waste yarn; there will now be two sts on each
needle. Bind off.  Remove waste yarn.  Sew remaining seam, leaving top
few inches open for ease in pulling poncho over head, if desired. 

Most poncho patterns originally called for running a cord through the
neck, and finishing the ends with tassels or pompoms if part of the
seam was left open at the top.  If you don't like the idea of a cord
around your neck, a decorative button with a crocheted loop fastener,
or a pewter clasp set, such as is used on Scandinavian sweaters, also
work well and are very attractive.

Fringe.  Wrap yarn around a hard cover book.  Slide scissors along
pages to cut.  Take four pieces of yarn and fold in half, forming a
loop.  Using the latch tool or a crochet hook, pull the fold through
the cast off edge, going under two strands for stability.  Catch the
yarn tails and pull them through the loop on the tool; tighten
carefully so that all yarn strands snug up against the cast off edge.
Repeat fringe in every second or third stitch around lower edge.

If you need additional explanation, please let me know.  I am working
on a pattern for my bulky machine, using doubled worsted weight yarn,
trying to get  a pattern with a maximum number of 100 needles.

Irene Woods
Clearwater Knits


Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 21:01:30 +0000
From: (Irene Woods)
Subject: [BOND]:  Double Strand Poncho Pattern

Hi, All.
Life is a bit hectic right now, getting my son ready to go back to
college tomorrow.  There wasn't much time to work on the poncho
pattern.  I tried using the worsted weight yarns I had on hand, with a
goal of limiting the total number of stitches to 100, so it would 
work on the standard ISM, and getting a minimum length of 16", which 
is approximately 2" below the elbow before adding any fringe.  You 
may have differing results, depending on the yarn used.  This really 
does make a difference!

Use Keyplate 4 on the Bond, Tension 9 on bulky machines.  Some 4-ply
worsted simply will NOT knit doublestrand, using every needle, which
we must do in this case.  I did not have any double knitting weight
available, except on cones, and haven't tried that yet, but I think it
might work better than the worsted, IF it will produce a large enough
gauge.  Another alternative would be to use chunky yarn, such as Lion
Brand Homespun, which yields a gauge of approximately 12 sts, 18 rows
per 4", or 3 sts, 4.5 rows = 1" with Keyplate 4.

Using a double strand of 4-ply knitting worsted, cast on 18 sts (16 if
using Homespun), ending with carriage on left.  Set row counter to 000
and change to main color.  Knit 1 row.  *Inc 1 st next to the carriage
by bringing another needle out to WP, K 1 row.  Repeat from * 81
times.  Bind off all 100 sts.  Make 3 more pieces the same.   Please
see yesterday's post for finishing details, or go to my web site. 
Now, the only tricky part about this is getting the row gauge loose
enough.  It needs to be no more than 5 rows per inch, or 20 rows per 
4", or the poncho will be pretty short.  Personally, I consider 16" 
the MINIMUM acceptable length for an adult. 

Since I have metal bed knitting machines, I also have lots of coned
yarn.  In the past, I have combined several strands of these yarns and
have been able to obtain a gauge of 3.5 sts, 5 rows per inch.  If you
only have the standard 100 needle ISM, it may be necessary to try
several combinations of yarn to reach this gauge (3 strands baby yarn,
6 strands 2/24, whatever works.)  Of course, if you have an extension
it will be much easier to keep knitting until you get the length you

Happy Knitting!
Irene Woods
Clearwater Knits


Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 15:22:19 -0400
From: (Jane Walker)
Subject: [BOND] Poncho pattern

Hi Everyone
Here's the poncho pattern that i made up .Keep in mind that this is one size
fits most.I'm 5 foot and it comes to my knees just above my wrists.I'll give
the basic pattern and you can give it your own pizzazz.On the one i did i
knitted the top half in solid color and the bottom half 4 different patterns
of fairisle in 5 shades of blue.You can also add or subtract both
sides to make it wider or narrower or make it shorter or longer,your
choice.If you don't have an extention half the #'s and make 2 pieces for
front and back and seam up the pieces as i had to do.


Rectangular Poncho

The dimensions are 39 inches wide and 27 inches long from the bottom of the
The gauge is 161/2 sts=4 inches , 22 rows=4 inches
I used Starlette, it's very simular to Bernats

Make 2
4 ply worsted Starlette(same as Bernats )KP#3
Cast on your preffered method 168 sts.half(84)
Knit 150 rows
Shape neck-BO center 18 sts.half(9)
dec1 st each neck edge,knit 2 rows.Repeat until 5 sts. have been decreased
on each neck edge.
Knit 4 rows
Shape shoulders-Divide # of sts. you have left by 3 and shortrow 3 times
each shoulder.This give's a slightly slanted shoulder.
Seam 1 shoulder seam
Hang neck edge sts.(you should get 98 to 100 sts.)
Knit 30 rows ,ravel down & latch up 2x2 ribbing(folded turtle neck)
Sew up neck and other shoulder seam.
Knit or crochet edging of your choice around all 4 sides.
(I did a 2x2 ribbing  for 8 rows all around)

Like i said this is basic so play with ideas,see what you come up with.
Jane in mild NB,Canada

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