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Chloe Cable Poncho Knitting Tips

The Chloe Cable Poncho is a sophisticated layering piece for changing seasons. Holding Dale Garn Terne and Be Sweet Skinny Wool together as you knit creates a tweed-like fabric that’s super-soft and warm. Caroline Moore is the designer of this item, chosen for our Fall KAL. We are confident that you’ll conquer cable knitting using these handy tips so that you can enjoy wearing your new garment in no time!

Crochet Cast-On to Begin

Chloe Cable Poncho in Be Sweet and Dale Garn

Chloe is cast on using both yarns and a crochet cast-on. Note that this is not a provisional cast-on technique (although it can be used as such), but rather a way to create an edge that looks like a chain. The benefit of this style of cast-on is that it more closely matches the bind-off in appearance. This is an important feature as the pattern involves seaming of the long edges, you want the bottom edge and top edge to align. As we discussed in the Spring Dream Spring KAL, you may want to put each ball of yarn in its own ziplock bag to prevent tangling as you work.

Working Cables

Working Cables on the Chloe Cable Poncho

The cables are made up of twelve knit stitches, crossing 6 over 6. We do recommend the use of a cable needle or double pointed needle to assist in crossing the stitches. There are too many to work without a holder and care needs to be taken to not drop one of the two held yarns!

Finishing with the Mattress Stitch

After knitting, you will likely want to gently block the piece to make the next step of seaming easier. Mattress stitch is a durable method to join knit fabric and when it is done well, is difficult to find when you are looking at the right side of the fabric. Working the Mattress Stitch can be almost meditative as you get in the groove.

Seaming Chloe Cable Poncho

The steps are quite simple:

  1. Lay the two sides flat next to each other with the right sides facing up. In the photo shown above, we have used locking stitch markers every few inches to keep the stitches lined up.
  2. Start at the end opposite the fold. Locate the small horizontal bar in-between the two stitches closest to the edge.
  3. Take your tapestry needle, threaded with the yarns, and pass from back to front below the first horizontal bar immediately above the cast-on edge.
  4. Pass the needle into the the space below the first horizontal bar on the other fabric, and come up and out the space above that horizontal bar.
  5. Bring your needle back over to the first fabric, insert your needle under the next running stitch in the column, come out in the space just above it.

Continue on, back and forth up to your locking stitch marker, placed as indicated in the pattern. We’ve worked a small section of stitches in the contrasting red yarn to make it easier to see. Click here to see a short clip on the Be Sweet Yarns Instagram page!

How to mattress seam on the Chloe Cable Poncho

What a nice seam!

Mattress seam completed on the Chloe Cable Poncho

However you choose to style your Chloe Cable Poncho, it is sure to be a piece you grab again and again!

How to wear the Chloe Cable Poncho

Select Your Chloe Cable Poncho Kit

Chloe Cable Poncho Kits

The Chloe Cable Poncho is available to purchase at the Heart of the Mitten and includes the yarn and pattern. We’ve taken the guesswork out of pairing these yarns together by creating 8 stunning colorway options.


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Chloe Cable Poncho Kit and Knitting Tips

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Knitting Tips for the Spring Dream Cover-Up

Knitting Tips for the Spring Dream Cover-Up

Spring Dream is a super little cover up for all seasons. Be Sweet’s Skinny Wool and Bamboo combined with Mango Moon’s Twist give this sweet top a soft, luxurious feel. This project, designed by Susan Grim, was our chosen item for a spring knit-a-long (KAL). It’s not just a spring thing though, anytime is a good time to work this project! Today we’d like to share a few tips to help you make it a success!

Working with Multiple Yarns

Three yarns, of different weights and textures, are held together as one resulting in a unique fabric. When preparing your yarns, it is your choice to first wind the yarns into one large “cake” or to keep the three balls separate. Keep in mind that if you wind all three yarns together, the total lengths are different; be prepared to bring in a side ball of the yarn that has the shortest yardage (in this case, Bamboo).

How do you work with multiple yarns?

Here’s a tip from the designer herself: when working with multiple yarns it helps to put each ball in its own zip lock bag…this helps to keep them under control as you knit.

Working the K1RB Stitch

K1RB takes a little attention to get started if you’re not used to it. K1RB stands for Knit 1 in the Row Below. It’s not an increase or decrease here, rather it makes a lovely texture! In the image below, we’ve pointed out where a normal knit stitch would be worked. For this unique stitch, you knit into the spot in the row below instead of knitting into the “normal” spot, as illustrated in the image below.

Spring Dream how to knit the K1RB stitch

Joining to Work in the Round

The body of Spring Dream is knit flat, and after knitting to the desired length a few rows of garter stitch, it is time to join for knitting in the round. This is worked in 5 easy steps to create the overlap detail on the front:

  1. Start with 6 stitches on a holder or spare needle, as instructed at the end of the garter section.
  2. Place the first 5 stitches of the beginning of the round on a spare needle or holder and hold to the side for now.
  3. Begin the round by knitting together one stitch from the 6 stitches with one stitch from the needle.
  4. Continue in stockinette stitch to the last 5 stitches of the round.
  5. Knit together one stitch from the 5 stitches held with one of the last 5 stitches on the needle.


Easy steps to work Spring Dream in the round

Change needle sizes and continue on in the pattern as instructed.

The Spring Dream Kit is available to purchase at the Heart of the Mitten and includes the yarn and pattern. Nine colorways are available in three different sizes.

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Tips for Knitting the Spring Dream top from Heart of the Mitten

Holiday Hours

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We will be closed Dec. 23 – 27.

We will be open Wednesday, Dec. 28 & Thursday, Dec. 29. Knittin’ at the Mitten open knitting time will be held as usual on Wednesday. Escape the family if they’re getting on your nerves by then, come and sit and stitch with us. No charge, and the coffee is free! Might just save your sanity!

We will be closed Dec. 30 – Jan. 2. We’ll reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3 to begin a new year of yarn, friends and fun!

Our heartiest thanks to the customers and friends who made our first months such a success! The happiest of holidays to you all!

Knitting Class Signup Starts Now!

Our website has just gone “live!” One of our favorite features of the site is online signup for our knitting (and eventually, we promise, crochet) classes. You can see the number of spaces remaining in each class, and in the case of Beginning Knitting, select your yarn color. So many of you have requested classes, and we are more than happy to get that yarn ball rolling!

Check back often, as more classes will be added as we finalize plans.

If you have questions, please comment below, or email, call, or contact us via Facebook. You may also check out our Class Policies for additional information.

Welcome to our new website!

Heart of the Mitten is now open in Owosso Michigan! If you’re in the area be sure to stop by!