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Peaks and Summit Hats

(because someone always asks about the boots, they are Keens) My little family of 4 has been passing around a cold this week, and we’ve been glued to the couch and our hot water bottles. I’ve been all about the instant-gratification knitting, and WEBS’ Valley […]

The Knitted Hat Book

Interweave has just published a lovely new collection of hats in The Knitted Hat Book, and my pattern for the Scoop Brimmed Hat is included in the collection! I wanted to design a hat that worked for transitional weather too, so I chose an allover […]

Free Knitting Pattern: Getaway Poncho

Free Knitting Pattern: Getaway Poncho

Now that Weekend Wraps has been released, our publisher has shared one of the patterns from the book for free, and it happens to be one of mine. I thought I’d share it here, too, for my readers! The sample was returned to me in the spring, and I was able to wear it to a few preschool pick-ups before the weather turned too warm. Now that we’re experiencing cool mornings and evenings again in Massachusetts, it’s making its way back into rotation. You can find it on Ravelry here.

 

This is a quick knit in Berroco Peruvia Quick! Enjoy!

 

GETAWAY PONCHO by Melissa LaBarre (me!) from the book Weekend Wraps (Interweave, 2016)

Poncho begins at cowl neck and is worked in garter stitch with two decrease rounds to the neck. The body is then worked in stockinette stitch, shaped with yarnover increases along the center front and back and finished with a garter eyelet trim.

Stitch Guide
Garter Stitch worked in the round (any number of sts)

Rnd 1: Purl.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep Rnds 1 and 2 for garter st worked in the rnd.

Stockinette Stitch worked in the round (any number of sts)

Knit every rnd.

Cowl Neck

With shorter cir needle, CO 98 sts. Place marker (pm) for beg of rnd, and join for working in rnds, being careful not to twist sts.

Work in garter st until piece measures 8″ (20.5 cm) from CO edge, ending with a purl rnd.

Dec rnd: K3, k2tog, *k8, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3—88 sts rem.

Cont even until piece measures 10″ (25.5 cm) from CO edge, ending with a purl rnd.

Dec rnd: K2, k2tog, *k7, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3—78 sts rem.

Cont even until piece measures 12″ (30.5 cm) from CO edge, ending with a purl rnd.

Body

Set-up rnd: K39, pm for center front, knit to end.

Body Shaping
Change to longer cir needle when there are too many sts to work comfortably on shorter cir needle.

Inc rnd: K1, yo, knit to 1 st before m, yo, k1, sl m, k1, yo, work to last st, yo, k1—4 sts inc’d.

Next rnd: Knit.

Getaway Poncho Knit PatternRep last 2 rnds 33 more times, then rep inc rnd once more— 218 sts. Piece should measure about 20″ (51 cm) from cowl along center front.

 

Bottom Trim

Rnd 1: Purl.

Rnd 2: *Yo, k2tog; rep from * around.

Rep last 2 rnds 6 more times.

BO all sts pwise.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block piece to finished measurements.

 

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Bright Spot

Sometimes, those little leftover bits of special yarn beg to be knit up into something special. I’ve been hoarding my worsted-weight Plucky Knitter leftovers, for just this kind of thing. Meet Bright Spot, a worsted-weight fair isle hat that is a great use for those […]

2 for Quince and Co: Alba and Helga

Quince and Co’s latest design team collection, Glen, has been released and I designed 2 of the 4 pieces! Alba is a simple fingering-weight colorwork hat that uses lovely Finch, leaving you tons of options for beautiful color combinations. Helga is a tunic-length pullover with […]

Violet Cap & Bonnet: Individual Pattern Release

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The Violet Bonnet and Violet Cap patterns from Making zine are now available individually! Both patterns are 35% off until Sept. 9th, no code required.

Violet Bonnet

Violet Cap

Summer

Summer

When we’re not jumping in the nearest lake, our summer has been all about food. My daughters (2 and 4) love picking up our farm share, and have become big helpers in the kitchen, and it’s been fun figuring out ways to use up every […]

Weekend Wraps Book Giveaway, Part 2

One of the 2 winners of my last giveaway never responded to my message, so I’m back to offer up 1 more copy of [amazon text=Weekend Wraps&asin=163250278X] to you, my readers. Just leave a comment on this post before the end of the day on […]

Weekend Wraps Giveaway!

Weekend Wraps Giveaway!

Weekend Wraps is officially out and I think that it’s time to give away a free copy! Take a look at the photos, or visit the project pages on Ravelry, then comment here (it my take a bit for your comment to show up, I have to approve each one). If there are more than 100 entries, I’ll add a 2nd copy and pick 2 names using the random number generator. And, if you already have a copy, I’d be happy to have the copy you win to a friend instead. Entries are open to anyone, anywhere until 11:59EST on August 1st, 2016. Good luck!

Bright Little Baby Knits

This past winter, a sweet little pile of knits helped keep me warm as I worked on them each night after my kids were asleep. The end result, 3 cardigans, a stripey blanket and a bonnet, patterns in sizes newborn to 4t. I designed all […]