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    • Knitting pattern for quick shawl/poncho/cowl/cape hybrid garment
    • Suitable for advanced beginners

    Pattern measurements: only inches
    Pattern paper format: only US letter


    Warm-Hearted—Woman seeks soulmate with the best qualities of shawl, poncho, cape, and cowl. Must work up quickly, boast both simplicity and texture, and provide hands-free warmth at the heart. Send pattern and yarn.

    Is it a shawl? a poncho? a really big cowl? I’m not sure exactly! What it is is a very useful, easy to wear accessory. Wear it over (or under) your coat as a big cozy cowl for extra warmth. Wear it sideways as a poncho that leaves your arm free. Wear it like shawl that doesn’t slip off your shoulders! I find myself reaching for this all the time.

    Quick and easy to knit - we did it in seven roughly one-hour sessions as a Christmas mystery in 2014 (“Just for You”). There are some simple short rows, but you don’t have to pick up any wraps.

    One size fits most; for reference, model is 168 cm tall.

    Gauge: 10 stitches to 10 cm of garter stitch

    Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.

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    Materials you need at home:

    • 315 m of bulky weight yarn. Sample was knit in Madelinetosh ASAP (superwash merino)
    • 9.0 mm/US 13 circulars, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need a 40 cm cable at the end (collar), but a longer cable is best for the beginning (bottom of garment)
    • Four stitch markers
    • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends