Quail Ridge Poncho by Janine Myska

Quail Ridge Poncho

April 2023
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 10 - 6.0 mm
1800 yards (1646 m)
One size (based on wingspan, not bust) with instructions on how to adjust for any width or length as desired
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Say hello to the Quail Ridge Poncho, your new favorite transitional layering piece featuring a clean, mitred V-neck and a wide center panel of squishy honeycomb cables running lengthwise down the front and back panels. In this pattern, you’ll explore cables, ribbing, stockinette, and garter stitch, keeping you engaged the whole way through. Plus, it is knit all in one piece, meaning there is no seaming involved!


Yarn: Worsted—Lion Brand Pound of Love in Oxford Grey

  • 100% Acrylic
  • 1020 yds (932 m) per 16 oz (454 g) skein
  • Find this yarn on lionbrand.com or visit yarnsub.com to find comparable substitutes.

Yardage Required:
2 skeins of Pound of Love, or 1800 yds (1646 m)

If substituting Lion Brand Pound of Love, choose any similar, category #4, worsted weight yarn that matches gauge. Always swatch before beginning to ensure you are happy with the resulting fabric.

Notions: Tapestry needle, cable needle, 6 fixed stitch markers, 1 locking stitch marker, scrap yarn or stitch holder for placing stitches on hold


  • Width: 36” (91 cm)
  • Total Length: 32” (81 cm)
  • Depth from Bottom Edge to Top Edge of V-Neck Ribbing: 28.5” (72 cm)

4 x 4” (10 x 10 cm) = 14 sts and 24 rows in stockinette

Skill Level: Intermediate

Stitch Counts: Stitch counts are listed after each row/rnd in italics. If no stitch count is given, there has been no change since the previous row/rnd.

Construction: This poncho is worked all in one piece. First, you will cast on sts for the bottom front, then you will work an 8-row pattern repeat until reaching the point at which you will split for the V-neck. Next, you will work across the front left side only, decreasing to create the V-neck shaping. These stitches will be placed on hold while you do the same to the front right side. You will rejoin your work by casting on stitches for the back-neck and knit the back panel from the top-down. Lastly, you will pick up stitches along the neckline to knit the ribbing.

RS/WS Rows: For the entirety of the body of this poncho, all odd numbered rows are RS rows and all even numbered rows are WS rows.

Adjusting the Width: This pattern is written in one size because it is based on wingspan, not any particular body measurements. In other words, this poncho is not based on bust size, hip size, or any other body circumference measurement. However, if you are wanting to adjust the width for any reason, I recommend adjusting stitch counts from the stockinette sections or the garter stitch edges so that the center honeycomb section remains unaffected. Add (or subtract) any number of stitches to the garter edges or to the stockinette sections, just be sure to work the same number of stitches on the left and right sides so that your piece is symmetrical. I recommend only adding to the number of garter stitches on each edge, not subtracting, since this border is what helps the edges lay flat.

Written in U.S. terms
BOR: beginning of round
C4B: cable 4 back - place next 2 sts on cable needle and hold to back of work, knit 2 sts off left needle, then knit 2 sts off cable needle
C4F: cable 4 front - place next 2 sts on cable needle and hold to front of work, knit 2 sts off left needle, then knit 2 sts off cable needle
K: knit
K2tog: knit 2 stitches together (right-slanting decrease)
Insert your right needle into the next 2 sts knitwise, treating them as 1, and knitting them together.
P: purl
PM: place marker
rep: repeat
rnd: round
RS: right side
S2KP: slip slip knit pass - Slip 2 knitwise together, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over
sm: slip marker
SSK: slip slip knit (left-slanting single decrease)
Slip 1 st knitwise onto right needle, slip 1 more st knitwise onto right needle (this twists the orientation of two stitches), then slide them both back to your left needle. Insert right needle through the back loops of both slipped sts (from right to left) and knit them together.
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side (the purl side of the stockinette sections)

Backwards loop cast-on
Slip Slip Knit (SSK)
Tubular Bind-Off
Italian Bind-Off in the Round
Slip Slip Knit Pass (S2KP)

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