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Scarlet ~ free knit pattern by Jessie At Home

Free Knit Pattern
Easy Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

Scarlet is a striking and easy poncho made in banana silk yarn.  There is a small amount of shaping at the shoulders to help it lay nicely. Due to the weight of the banana silk, there is little to no blocking necessary, which is always a nice little bonus (the sample in the photos has NOT been blocked)! The weight of the yarn also causes the poncho to lay very nicely.

Ravelry Link

Size: Teen/Adult ~ 26″ from neck to point.

Yarn: Frabjous Fibers Banana Silk Yarn ~ Color A: color #25 600g/450 yds+/-; Color B: color #01 400g/300 yds+/-

Needles: US 10/6.00 mm circular knitting needles ~ 16″ and 36″ 16″ are needed to start, larger sizes will be needed as poncho gets larger. One set of 16″ and one set of 36″ should be sufficient, but a third and longer set may be preferred if you do not like too much “bunching” on your needles.

12 sts x 18 rows in 4″ square in stockinette st

Stitches and Skills used:
k ~ knit
p ~ purl
yo ~ yarn over
pm ~ place marker
sm ~ slip marker
st(s) ~ stitch(es)

Getting Started:
Start with the 16″ circulars and switch to longer circulars as needed.


CO 80 in color A
Round 1: Work in round, taking care not to twist, PM, K to end of round. ~ 80 sts
Rounds 2&4: SM, (K1, P1) to end of round. ~ 80 sts
Rounds 3&5: SM, K to end of round. ~ 80 sts
Round 6:With color B, SM, (K20, PM) 3 times, K20. ~ 80 sts
Rounds 7~15 odd: With color A, (SM, YO, K to 1 st before marker, YO, K1) 4 times.
Rounds 8~16 even: With color B, (SM, K to marker) 4 times.

*At this point there will be 120 sts, or 4 sets of 30 sts between the markers.

Round 17: With color A, (SM, YO, K to marker, remove marker, K to 1 st before marker, YO, K1) 2 times. ~ 124 sts (there will only be 2 markers on the needles at the end of this round)
Round 18: With color B, (SM, K to marker) 2 times. ~ 124 sts
Round 19: With color A, (SM, YO, K to 1 st before marker, YO, K1) 2 times. ~ 128 sts
Repeat rounds 18 and 19: to desired length (for the sample, I went until there was just enough yarn to bind off).
Bind off and weave in ends.

**each repeat of round 19 will add 4 sts to the total stitch count.

Wear or give and enjoy!

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15 Comments on Scarlet Poncho

  1. Betty
    October 12, 2015 at 9:00 am (2 years ago)

    Re: Scarlet Poncho pattern. I do not find in the instructions what SM< and PM refer to. What does this mean?

    • Jessie
      October 12, 2015 at 9:01 am (2 years ago)

      It’s listed with the abbreviations at the top of the pattern.

  2. mary
    January 5, 2016 at 9:45 pm (2 years ago)

    this is a great looking pattern but all the markers are a bit confusing to me. if I use a single color yarn are the markers necessary?

    • Jessie
      January 5, 2016 at 11:41 pm (2 years ago)

      The markers show you where to put the increases, they have nothing to do with the colors. Just take your time, and follow the pattern.

  3. nancy
    May 24, 2016 at 12:47 pm (2 years ago)

    How much yarn is needed for this pattern? I can not find the yardage.

    Thank you,

    • Jessie
      May 24, 2016 at 1:15 pm (2 years ago)

      It’s at the top in the supplies list

  4. nancy
    October 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm (1 year ago)


    I am using Noro silk garden light and would like to adapt it to your pattern! It calls for an 8 needle.What do you suggest?

    • Jessie
      October 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm (1 year ago)

      You’re going to have to make swatches and see if you can get gauge.

  5. Veronica G. McGlumphy
    November 21, 2017 at 7:37 pm (3 months ago)

    What size is this yarn? Is it considered a bulky, super bulky, etc?

    Thank you

    • Jessie
      November 22, 2017 at 7:26 am (3 months ago)

      Worsted or bulky – depending on the yarn. Just see what gets gauge.

  6. Linda Cece
    November 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm (3 months ago)

    What weight yarn is used?. Thank you in advance for ur assistance

    • Jessie
      November 29, 2017 at 7:19 am (3 months ago)

      about a 5 or 6, worsted or bulky. Just make sure you get gauge.

  7. Hilde bilvais
    December 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm (3 months ago)

    Hi, I thought this is a “knit pattern”, not a crochet one😊😊😊

    • Jessie
      December 1, 2017 at 5:11 pm (3 months ago)

      It is, did I miss-label it somewhere?

      • Jessie
        December 1, 2017 at 5:12 pm (3 months ago)

        oh! Found it and fixed it. Thanks. 🙂


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