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Knitter: Shana
Size L2W2, shown on 5′-4″ tall model with 35″ bust
Fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Shana
Size L2W2, shown on 5′-4″ tall model with 35″ bust
Fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Shana
Size L2W2, shown on 5′-4″ tall model with 35″ bust
Fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Shana
Size L2W2, shown on 5′-4″ tall model with 35″ bust
Fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Shana
Size L2W2, shown on 5′-4″ tall model with 35″ bust
Fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Shana
Size L2W2, shown on 5′-4″ tall model with 35″ bust
Fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Tammy B.
Size L2W3, shown on 5′-6″ tall model with 44″ bust
commercial DK weight yarn (1 strand)
Knitter: Tammy B.
Size L2W3, shown on 5′-6″ tall model with 44″ bust
commercial DK weight yarn (1 strand)
Knitter: Cathy A.
Size L4W4 on 5′-4.5″ tall model with 52″ bust
Commercial fingering weight and lace weight yarns marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Cathy A.
Size L4W4 on 5′-4.5″ tall model with 52″ bust
Commercial fingering weight and lace weight yarns marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Julia S.
Size L2W3 shown on 5′-4″ tall model with 42″ bust
Commercial DK weight yarn (1 strand)
Knitter: Julia S.
Size L2W3 shown on 5′-4″ tall model with 42″ bust
Commercial DK weight yarn (1 strand)
Knitter: Julia S.
Size L2W3 shown on 5′-4″ tall model with 42″ bust
Commercial DK weight yarn (1 strand)
Knitter: Mary M.
Size L3W2 shown on 5′-6″ tall model with 45″ bust
Hand-dyed DK weight yarn (1 strand)
Knitter: Mary M.
Size L3W2 shown on 5′-6″ tall model with 45″ bust
Hand-dyed DK weight yarn (1 strand)
Knitter: Tiffany N.
Size L2W2 modeled on 5′-5″ tall model with 33″ bust
Hand-dyed fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Tiffany N.
Size L2W2 modeled on 5′-5″ tall model with 33″ bust
Hand-dyed fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Valerie J.
Size L3W3
Commercial fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Kim G.
Size L2W3 on 5′-4″ tall model with 55″ bust, 60″ hips
Commercial fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Kim G.
Size L2W3 on 5′-4″ tall model with 55″ bust, 60″ hips
Commercial fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Kim G.
Size L2W3 on 5′-4″ tall model with 55″ bust, 60″ hips
Commercial fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Laura H.
Size L1W1 modeled on 5′-2″ tall model with 38″ bust
Hand-dyed fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Lauren S.
Size L2W1 on 5′-6″ tall model with 34″ chest
Hand-dyed fingering weight gradient yarn marled with hand-dyed tonal yarn (2 strands)
Knitter: Lauren S.
Size L2W1 on 5′-6″ tall model with 34″ chest
Hand-dyed fingering weight gradient yarn marled with hand-dyed tonal yarn (2 strands)
Knitter: Lauren S.
Size L2W1 on 5′-6″ tall model with 34″ chest
Hand-dyed fingering weight gradient yarn marled with hand-dyed tonal yarn (2 strands)
Knitter: Lauren S.
Size L2W1 on 5′-6″ tall model with 34″ chest
Hand-dyed fingering weight gradient yarn marled with hand-dyed tonal yarn (2 strands)
Knitter: Kristen D.
Size L2W2 on 5′-6″ model with 35″ bust
Commercial fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Allena W.
Size L3W4 on 5′-6″ tall model with 54″ bust.
Handspun DK weight yarn (1 strand)
Knitter: Allena W.
Size L3W4 on 5′-6″ tall model with 54″ bust.
Handspun DK weight yarn (1 strand)
Knitter: Pam S.
Size L1W2 on 5′-2″ tall model with 44″ bust
Hand-dyed and commercial fingering weight yarns marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Pam S.
Size L1W2 on 5′-2″ tall model with 44″ bust
Hand-dyed and commercial fingering weight yarns marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Nathalie P.
Size L4W4 on 5′-5″ tall model with 43″ bust
Commercial DK weight yarn (1 strand)
Knitter: Laura G.
Size L2W3 on 5′-7″ tall model with 40″ bust
Commercial fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Dora N.
Size L3W4 on model with 44″ bust
Hand-dyed fingering weight gradient marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Katie T.
Size L3W2 on 5′-6″ tall model with 38″ bust
Hand-dyed fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Julie T.
Size L1W3 on 5′-3″ tall model with 38″ bust
Commercial fingering weight yarn marled (2 strands)
Knitter: Alexis E.
Size L4W4 shown on 5′-4″ model with 50″ bust
Hand-dyed yarn, mix of fingering held double and DK weight held singly
Knitter: Alexis E.
Size L4W4 shown on 5′-4″ model with 50″ bust
Hand-dyed yarn, mix of fingering held double and DK weight held singly
Knitter: Mandy B
Size L3W3
Hand-dyed DK weight yarn held singly
Knitter: Mandy B
Size L3W3
Hand-dyed DK weight yarn held singly
Knitters: Lauren S. and Kristen D.
Knitters: Lauren S. and Kristen D.
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Semantics is the study of meanings. It felt like the perfect name for this design in marled yarns. The piece is equal parts poncho, cardigan, shawl and blanket. This cozy-comfy knit features 2 colors of fingering weight yarn marled together with trim in 1 of the colors held double. This project would be a great one to use up scraps as well! Throughout the design process, I discovered this shaped piece does, in fact, have its own name: it’s a ruana, but SEMANTICS still makes sense to me for this easy-fit design. This size-inclusive piece has 16 possible sizes based on the wearer’s unique size and style preferences.

Find full gallery images here.

YARN
Sample uses fingering weight yarn held double throughout. This creates a marled effect in the body fabric. One strand of DK weight yarn may be substituted throughout to achieve gauge. Use gram estimates for DK weight approximation. I suggest a wool, wool/nylon, or wool/silk blend yarn. Yarn estimate is based on fingering weight skeins with 462 yd / 422 m per 100 g. Yarn with fewer yards / meters per 100 g may require more yarn.

MC1: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Solids, Heathers & Twists 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 231 yd / 211 m per 50 g
MC2: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Tonal, 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 462 yd / 422 m per 100 g

Sample shown in size L2W2. MC1 is held double for the trim, and MC1 is held with MC2 for the body.

MC1: Knitpicks Stroll Fingering Solids, Heathers & Twists, Colorway: Dove Heather, 1171 yd / 1071 m used (254 g)
MC2: Knitpicks Stroll Fingering Tonal, Colorway: Train Station, 1114 yd / 1018 m used (241 g)
TOTAL YARN USED IN SAMPLE: 2284 yd / 2089 m (495 g)

SIZES
Each size is determined by a unique combination of your preferred length (L), measured from shoulder to fingertip and your preferred width (W), measured from elbow to elbow.

L1 (L2, L3, L4)
24” (27”, 30”, 33”) / 61 (69, 76, 84) cm
W1 (W2, W3, W4)
28.5” (31”, 33.25”, 35.5”) / 72 (79, 84, 90) cm

GAUGE & NEEDLES
Both the front and back of the piece use the same 4-row garter ridge pattern repeat. The fabric hangs differently on the front and back, and thus is listed both ways. The gauge listed represents the finished garment gauge after blocking.

NOTE: some test knitters created multiple swatches to be able to experiment with the drape of the fabric. The weight of the finished garment pulls the piece significantly.

FRONT: 13.25 stitches & 29.75 rows = 4” (10 cm)
BACK: 14 stitches & 27.5 rows = 4” (10 cm)
Gauge is not critical, but will impact amount of yarn used.

US 10 (6.0 mm) circular needle, minimum length 32” (80 cm) or size needed to get gauge

TECHNIQUES
Knit stitch, purl stitch, picking up stitches

PATTERN ATTRIBUTES
This size inclusive design is a written pattern with photo tutorials, a schematic, and a blank coloring page.

CLICK FOR CHOOSING A SIZE + YARN ESTIMATE

EXPLORE ON INSTAGRAM
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Tech Editing: Bronwyn Hahn
Yarn Support: Knit Picks
Test knitting: Cathy A., Tammy B., Mandy B., Kristen D., Alexis E., Laura G., Kim G., Laura H., Valerie J., Brenda L., Mary M., Tiffany N., Dora N., Nathalie P., Pam S., Julia S., Kristen S., Katie T., Julie T., Paula Trz., & Allena W.