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Serendipity Throwover

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At some point - and honestly, I still don't know how! - eight 50g balls of baby alpaca DK weight yarn showed up in my stash. One day, I decided to design something that would use up as much of it as possible. I decided to go for a poncho made out of two rectangles joined together at the shoulders. One fancy lace-and-cables edging chart and a whole bunch of moss stitch later, plus some garter stitch for the top and bottom edgings, and I had myself a fantastic, flowy layering piece!


"Wingspan" refers to wrist-to-wrist measurements with arms slightly bent. Note that the bust circumferences given for the wearer of the garment are super-approximate and very flexible, given the nature of a poncho - it’s the wingspan which should be more of a deciding factor for size.

Finished widths given are for the narrowest point. Add another 2.5” for all sizes to get the widest point.

  • XS: Wearer wingspan 52.5”, bust circumference 30”. Finished width 32”, length 22.25”
  • S: Wearer wingspan 54.5”, bust circumference 34”. Finished width 33.25”, length 23”
  • M: Wearer wingspan 56.5”, bust circumference 38”. Finished width 34.5”, length 23.25”
  • L: Wearer wingspan 58.5”, bust circumference 42”. Finished width 35.75”, length 23.5”
  • 1X: Wearer wingspan 58.5”, bust circumference 46”. Finished width 35.75”, length 24”
  • 2X: Wearer wingspan 60.5”, bust circumference 50”. Finished width 37”, length 24.25”
  • 3X: Wearer wingspan 61.5”, bust circumference 54”. Finished width 37.5”, length 24.25”
  • 4X: Wearer wingspan 63.5”, bust circumference 58”. Finished width 38.75, length 25”
  • 5X: Wearer wingspan 63.5”, bust circumference 62”. Finished width 38.75, length 25”

Skills required

  • Cast on, bind off
  • Knit, purl
  • Increase, decrease
  • Work yarnovers
  • Cables
  • Work with stitch markers
  • Block to given measurements
If you want to follow the chart instructions, you’ll also need to be able to follow a chart. However, this is not required, as written instructions are also provided.

Materials needed

  • Yarn: DK weight (model shown used 400g of Indiecita "DK", 100% baby alpaca, 50g/113m/124yd, colour #401), approximately:
    • XS: 1040 yards
    • S: 1110 yards
    • M: 1170 yards
    • L: 1215 yards
    • 1X: 1230 yards
    • 2X: 1290 yards
    • 3X: 1305 yards
    • 4X: 1380 yards
    • 5X: 1380 yards
  • Needles: 
    • 3.5mm circular, at least 32" long
    • 3.5mm circular, 16" long
  • Cable needle
  • Two (2) spare lengths of yarn at least 44.5" to 51.25" long (depending on size you're making)
  • Two (2) stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


  • Stitch gauge:
    • Moss stitch: 18 stitches to 4" after blocking
    • 42-stitch edge pattern is 8.5" wide after blocking
  • Row gauge, both patterns: 23 rows to 4" after blocking
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Customer Reviews

Pam C.

Verified Buyer

2 years ago

Wonderful project

I bought this pattern because my daughter saw it and loved it. A good friend of hers had posted a photo of the pattern. She doesn't knit and I don't consider myself an experienced knitter (these days I mostly make socks) but it looked intriguing so I ordered it to give it a try. I've now completed the first half and have been really enjoying it. I'm not comfortable using charts, particularly with YOs and cables but the instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The yarn my daughter chose is Northern Heathers by Mary Maxim in Cairn so I have to use 5.0 mm needles to get the correct gauge. I did post a photo of the first piece on Instagram and Danielle commented on it. I've just done the garter stitch rows for the second half and am looking forward to continuing!