Stormland is a bit heavier and SUPER cozy soft. It’s knit in Malabrigo Worsted (Polar Moon), which I love because (a) it’s grey and 2016 was apparently The Year of Grey, (b) it’s respectably affordable, coming in at about $12 for 210 yards (192 meters)…a total steal!, and (c) it’s soft and actually great yarn. The price point on Malabrigo Worsted makes big projects more affordable. By comparison, the Sheltered Poncho I just finished knitting (hallelujah!) in Brooklyn’s Tweed Shelter cost me nearly twice as much.* Ouch, but Shelter is a pretty awesome yarn also with a whole different vibe and ethic going on.
Stormland further rocks because it’s mostly stockinette. Hello Gilmore Girl binge! I use a twisted (or flipped) technique to create some raised texture. It’s the same technique I use in my Twist Shawl and Twist Cowl patterns. Super easy, yielding groovy results. Different without being weird. I always like that.
I chose to launch Stormland immediately following (American) Thanksgiving it conveniently hides evidence that I have consumed too much stuffing (and mashed potatoes…and pie…and wine…and champagne…and little bits of chocolate for emergency stress relief) when I wear it so the long bit is in the front, over my tummy. (Reed has been commenting on how much he loves my “squishy tummy” lately. NOT A GOOD SIGN!)
Before this fall, I had NEVER worn a poncho of any sort. NEVER. I was, in fact, an anti-poncho person based on some sense of Fashion Principle (which is odd because I have no fashion sense whatsoever and have to talk myself out of wearing yoga pants to work Every. Single. Day.)
I will say this: I am a convert. It’s like wearing a shawl that you don’t have to fiddle with. When the house is chilly in the mornings before the fire gets going, I throw on a poncho and feel better right away.
Now that I own three (grey) ponchos, I wear them all the time. This means I have been stalking up on black and pink shirts to wear under them, but that’s just a technical detail.
This is an easy folded-style poncho. Basically you knit a big rectangle, seam it together with the mattress stitch (very doable even if you haven’t tried it before…don’t freak out…you’ve got this!) and add a bit of I-cord finish (also not as hard as it sounds if you haven’t tried I-cord before). I-cord finishes are my absolute favorite. It’s like making earl grey tea with cream and honey. Knitting projects just are not the same without I-cord.
Stormland is available on Ravelry for $6.00 USD. (Subscribers check your inbox for 30% off coupon code!). Instructions are clearly written and have been tech edited. We all loathe finding mistakes in patterns we’ve paid for. Total waste of time.
*It also required a bit more yarn,to be fair.
Many thanks to my talented friend Anna for being such a good sport while Reed terrorized her art studio during this photo shoot. Anna and I have done a number of photo shoots together, and using her Actual Studio as a back drop was a ton of fun (minus Reed running around with wet magenta paint on a paint brush…). If you are in the market for some stunning art, check out her site here!