Diagonal Lace Poncho Using Shibui Rain
Diagonal Lace Poncho Using Shibui Rain
Every so often a project comes along that has all of our staff sounding like the seagulls in 'Finding Nemo'—"Mine, mine, mine!" Meet the Diagonal Lace Poncho in Shibui's Rain—a swoon-worthy mercerized cotton with a chainette construction and a fantastic sheen. Crisp in the hand while knitting, Rain softens beautifully when blocked. A totally suitable project for a lace beginner, our pattern comes with charts, photography and tutorials on how to 'read' your knitting.
The result is a breezy summer-weight poncho with flattering lines of eyelet that’s a truly satisfying knit. Perfect over an easy summer frock or jeans and a tee. You too can say, "Mine, mine, mine!"
Below you'll find the Diagonal Lace Scarf & Wrap pattern, the free adaptation that explains how to resize and seam for a poncho, and all the available colors of Shibui Rain. You'll need 5 skeins to make the poncho.
22 x 50" after blocking; after seaming garment measures 22 x 25".
5 skeins Shibui Rain (100% cotton; 135 yds/123m each).
Sample shown in Tar.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
Size 8 (5 mm) needles, or size to get gauge.
Blocking wires and/or T-pins.
Darning needle to finish.
Approx. 17 sts = 4"/10cm after blocking.
Please refer to the original pattern for complete instructions. Only changes are covered in this adaptation.
Cast on: Cast on 94 sts. Work first garter-stitch edge.
Diagonal lace stitch: Work to approx. 50" (approx. forty 8-row pattern repeats).
Work final garter-stitch edge.
Blocking: Block to approx. 22 x 50" using instructions for plant fibers described in original pattern.
Note: The repeating diagonal lace pattern creates a finished shape that is slightly on the bias, as opposed to being a perfect rectangle. You can block it to a rectanglar shape, but some of the bias drape will return with wearing. We love the feminine, drapey effect that this bias creates.
Seaming: Fold piece in half across the length (folded dimensions: 22 x 25"/56 x 63.5cm). With right sides facing up, line up the cast-on/bound-off ends and align the garter-stitch ridges. Clip a locking marker across one pair of ridges to keep them aligned as you begin. The aim is for the ridges to line up perfectly across the seam.
Seam edge-to-edge using mattress stitch for garter stitch as follows:
Beginning at the first ridge at the edge of the right piece, insert needle up under the ‘smile’ [∪] of the stitch nearest the edge; on the left piece, insert needle up under the ‘frown’ [∩] of the stitch nearest the edge. Give yarn a little tug down to help the ‘smile’ and ‘frown’ interlock nicely. Repeat these steps into the valley row (between the ridges), inserting needle under the rungs directly above the ‘smile’ and ‘frown’. Continue stitching, alternating ridge-to-ridge and valley-to-valley; allow just a little stretch in your seam.
Seam for 13"/33cm, leaving a 12"/30.5cm neck opening. When finished, take a couple of extra small stitches on wrong side to secure. Weave in ends on wrong side along seam.
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COLOR: 2001 Abyss. Deep true black.
COLOR: 103 Apple. Chartreuse.
COLOR: 2003 Ash. Palest soft grey.
COLOR: 2034 Blueprint. Bright blue.
COLOR: 115 Brick. Rusty red.
COLOR: 13 Caffeine. Tea-dyed linen.
COLOR: 2012 Fjord. Muted tealy-blue.
COLOR: 2004 Ivory. Creamy natural.
COLOR: 2041 Pollen. Golden lichen.
COLOR: 2031 Poppy. Happy tangerine.
COLOR: 2022 Mineral. Medium warm taupe: is it purple, grey, or brown?
COLOR: 11 Tar. Dark charcoal.