Fall is upon us, and we felt the need for something toasty!
Almas is knit seamlessly in the round from the top down. It can act as a shoulder/bust warmer for a brisk walk in the woods, or can be scrunched up and worn as a cowl paired with your favorite winter coat. We like the rustic quality that Deluxe DK Tweed Superwash gives this cozy piece.
As a short poncho or capelet, it can be worn collar up or down, as you wish.
With just a touch of stranded knitting, this project is a nice introduction to the Fair Isle method of changing colors in your work.
There’s actually not much hidden about today’s pattern. There is, however, a lot to treasure. This poncho uses self-striping Major, which comes in ginormous 200g balls. Here’s a picture – Amy Gunderson for scale.
This yarn is a favorite because it’s easy to get a substantial project out of very few balls. Today’s design, for instance, calls for just three.
On size 10½ (6.5mm) needles, make two rectangles, then seam at the shoulders. Pick up and knit around for the ribbed collar, and you’re done. The stitch pattern is both written and charted, and doesn’t require a cable needle.
How Autumn-y are these colors? We’ve featured a lot of designs for our popular bulky yarn Major (328yds/200g) using pastels and bluish tones (the Pineapple Peacock Shawl is a favorite) but these more southwestern, earthy tones of color 113 Santa Fe fit the Double Cable Poncho well.
The poncho is made as two rectangles which are them sewn together, long end to short end. A twisted fringe is added to finish it off.
If you haven’t tried twisted fringe before, it’s really easy. Amy Gunderson’s got a short video to show you just how to do it.
It’s actually rather meditative, which is always a great quality in a crafting project.
We hope you have an excellent weekend. Happy knitting!
Today’s offering is a bulky weight lacy poncho knit on size 10 needles. It’s worked flat in two pieces, then seamed at the shoulders. Pick up around the neck to finish it off.
This poncho calls for three balls of color 118, Silver Blush. It’s got a hint of pale peachy pink to set off the silver/gray of the darker bands. It reminds me of stones that surprise you with bands of color.
We hope you have a great day, and find a little inspiration in the world around you. Happy crafting!
We’re on the road to Columbus, OH right now for the annual summer National Needlearts Association trade show, but we still had to share this absolute beauty.
The Summer Poncho is designed by Susan Whitmore, the owner of Rainy Day Creations yarn shop in Pineville, NC. To the right you can see Susan snuggling with Suzy the Cuddlebunny at a previous year’s show in the Universal Yarn booth.
She has just closed her shop and is enjoying a richly deserved retirement. We miss her welcoming shop, but we’re so glad that she’s taking time to enjoy herself. And we’re doubly glad that she shared this lovely design with us before hopping on her motorcycle and vrooming off into the sunset!
Knit in FibraNatura Flax linen yarn in two pieces and seamed, this oversized poncho will fit a variety of sizes and is easy to adjust simply by seaming more or less of the sizes and neck. It’s a simple written pattern and contains a schematic for assembly. Such a great piece for summer!
We hope you enjoy this piece, and that you pull a page from Susan’s book and take time to enjoy life.