Lydia Poncho Knitting Pattern
Make your own poncho just like the one Lydia wears in the Beetlejuice cartoons!
A few months ago I rediscovered the very funny Beetlejuice cartoon series, and in the process fell in love with Lydia’s red spider-web poncho. I found some suitably gothy yarn and started to knit, only to discover I didn’t have quite enough yarn. The result: a shorter, more practical poncho than the one in the cartoons, but still sexy, warm and fun. You can make yours longer, wider or less pointy, or leave out the cobweb details.
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The poncho is worked from back to front in one piece.
Materials: Worsted weight dark red yarn
Black yarn or embroidery floss
Gauge: 4 sts x 6 rows to the inch
Abbreviations: st – Stitch
K – knit
P – purl
Kfb – knit into front and back of stitch
RS – Right side
WS – Wrong side
Cast on 3 st
Rows 1-3: Work in stocking stitch, starting with a P row
Row 4: Kfb, K1, kfb. (you should now have 5 sts)
Rows 5-9: work in stocking stitch
Row 10: K1, Kfb, K1, Kfb, K1
Rows 11-15: work in stocking stitch
Row 16: K1, kfb, K to second to last st, Kfb, K1
Repeat rows 11-16 five times
Continue in stocking stitch, increasing every 4th row until you have 99 sts (or until work reaches desired length and width)
Next row: K1, Kfb, K32, Cast off 31, K32, Kfb, K1
Place first set of 32 sts (the right hand side, if looking at RS)
Now working with left set of 32 sts:
First row – Purl
2nd row – K1, K2tog, K to end, Cast on 5 (this should be on “inside” edge, ie where your head will go on the finished garment)
3rd row- repeat first
4th row – K to end, Cast on 5
5th row - repeat first
6th row - Repeat 2nd
Now place these sts on stitch holder and repeat process for other side, casting on 5 on the inside (where the hole for your head will be) and decreasing 2 at outside edge. You will have to cast on at the start of P rows, instead of the end of K rows. Finish on a P row.
K across, cast on 1, then pick up sts from the stitch holder and knit across those. (95 sts remain)
Next row – K1, k2tog, k to 3 sts from edge, K2tog, K1
Work 3 rows in stocking stitch
Repeat these four rows until you have 3 sts remaining. Cast off.
Weave in all ends and block.
For a longer, thinner poncho, increase the number of rows between the increase/decrease rows. For a wider poncho, decrease the number of rows and continue increasing for longer.
To add the cobweb detail, use the black yarn and the darning needle and sew from neck band to bottom edge of poncho in backstitch. For mine, I added eight “threads”, one at the back going from the middle to the point, one at the front doing the same, two along the shoulders and four in between these. Then, sew two or three vaguely circular lines joining these “threads” up.
And there you have it, your very own Lydia Deetz poncho!
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