Liralen Li (liralen) wrote in knitting,
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Three Kid Ponchos

Mikayala with her birthday presentJet in his ponchoI_ Poncho Modelled

The lavender one was requested by the wearer for her fifth birthday, it mimics, gently, another one I'd done for a friend of hers previously.

Lavender Poncho Stats
2 6 oz skeins of Lion Brand Homespun Lavender Sachet
Size 10 1/2 needles ~ 2 1/2 stitches per inch in st st.

I just did two 75 stitch (30 inches) long, 14 inch wide strips and sewed one end to the side of the other strip and vice versa. Casting on and knitting across was a faster way to get the length than knitting from the short end. Speed speed speed with this one, as I only had one evening and one day to do it in. Then I just cut three strands about a yard long, each, and braided them together for a quick neck cord to bring in the neckline if needed, and my son and I just wrapped yarn around my knitting journal and cut them along one side to make the fringe. Two doubled lengths per two selvage stitches, threaded in using a floss threader.

The yellow and gold was demanded, designed, and watched carefully over by my 5-year-old (but size 4) son, Jet. :-) Yes, he is wearing it with his pajamas.
1 6 oz skein of Lion Brand Homespun Lemonade
1 3 oz skein of something sparkly and gold and skinny
Size US 10 1/2 needles at ~ 2 1/2 stitches per inch in st st

I actually knitted this by putting the skeins on a 1/8 ounce scale and just knitting by weight AFTER using the 2 1/2 st/inch gauge to get the length close to his wrist-to-wrist size, which was about 80 stitches wide. So it was pretty much the following:
3/4 ounce of gold in st st
1 1/2 ounce of yellow
1/4 oz of gold without breaking the yellow (I just carried it for the four rows), but I did break off the gold and wove both beginning and ending end in.
1 1/2 oz of yellow
1/2 oz gold
Neck row: st st 32 , BO 15, st st 33
Returning row: st st 33, CO 15, st st 32
and then do the same order, in reverse back.

The pink was in response to a one-armed girl loving the colors involved. The model is not the girl that eventually got the poncho, but she was kind enough and intrigued enough to try it on. This was also an experiment, for me, with how to order contrasting mitered squares so that they still look good, and finding that the edges needed some help so I got to use some I-cord to finish off the edges. It was fun. 35 stitch mitered squares with Red Heart on size 8 needles and a garter "belt" between the four-square squares to soften the harshness of the yarn itself.

I did all the squares from the center of the big square out, having to do a little weird casting on from the middle of the garter stripes. I also found that I pretty much had to cut and weave in ends for all the multi-squares. Is there a better order to do it in so I don't have to cut? I tried to minimize it in that the pink squares, when partnered with the garter stripes, could all be done in one chunk; but I couldn't figure out a good way to do the multi-blocks together without having to do a lot more casting-on and side joins (i.e. at the end of the row, picking up a stitch from another side and knitting them together so that the join would be covered by the stitch).
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