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As soon as I saw this FREE pattern I knew I wanted to share it, but I figured I’d better wait until the heat settled down, and all the best yarn options had arrived. I love the elegant shape and texture in this “swancho” (it’s like a poncho, but with little sweater sleeves). If the textured panel seems a little daunting you can omit it and just knit the front panel like the same as the back, in stocking stitch.
You can use any chunky weight yarn (something that knits up on a 6mm/US10 needle). Berroco Vintage Chunky is soft, machine washable, and comes in a spectrum of great colours. Cascade Eco is made with 100% Peruvian wool that comes in both dyed and undyed natural colours, and is the most cost-effective choice, especially as the sizes grow). For a stunning statment, use Malabrigo Mecha, a gorgeous hand-dyed, machine washable, buttery soft single ply merino wool.
- Small (Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X)
- Bottom edge – 55 (59, 64, 68, 71, 76)”
- Length – 24½ (25, 25½, 26, 26½, 27)”
Berroco Vintage Chunky: 9(10, 11, 13, 14, 15) skeins
Cascade Eco: 3(3, 3, 4, 4, 5) skeins
Malabrigo Mecha: 9(10, 11, 13, 14, 15) skeins
- FREE Pattern
- 5.5mm/US9-16″ circular needles
- 5.5mm/US9-29″ circular needles
- 6mm/US9-29″ circular needles
- 2 stitch markers
- tapestry or darning needle
FREE Magazines & Patterns
Along with yarns for donation, people drop off knitting & crochet magazines and pattern booklets, which are often left behind after our Yarn Swap. Since they tend to pile up and they get a bit heavy and unwieldy to store, we are going to start offering them in store for FREE. We will not be offering these freebies in our online store, but when you come and visit us in person please feel free to browse them and take what you like – GRATIS.
Sunday, April 23rd from 1 to 3 pm
Speaking of Yarn Swaps, I’m just getting ready for our next swap, this weekend! Just a gentle reminder, when you drop off yarn for donation *please* make sure it is in a SEALED plastic bag (either Ziplock or garbage bag) – this protocol is to help protect us against infestation, and it also helps to re-home your yarns by keeping them clean and tidy. (Please note, donors who are disabled or infirm do not need to go to all this trouble to hermetically seal their yarns – don’t do yourself in running around trying to get your yarn ready to be to repatriated, we’re happy to handle it.)
- Natural Fibres are best stored in separate Ziplock bags (group like yarns in each bag)
- Synthetics are good in a garbage or recycling bag that is tied at the top
- Try to bag your yarns that are being donated. If you are feeling organizey you can label them too.
- ALWAYS bag and freeze yarns you bring home from a swap.
- Be gentle and play nice with other swappers; relationships are more important than string!