The Poncho, Baby

Or maybe it’s a wrap.

Either way. It’s done.

A simple poncho knit from a seamed rectangle.Now, I’ll be honest. This is my first “poncho.” I kinda cheated. It’s a seamed rectangle. This may or may not technically qualify as a poncho. Call it will you will. I like it.

It’s like a shawl. That you don’t have to wrap around and situate just so. It will never fall off your shoulders. It stays put. Like a blanket that you wear, but better. More stylish.

I love this thing, and I already know that I am going to live in it just as soon as the temperature drops this fall.

(Speaking of ponchos, did you see the pattern Drea Renee just released? Oh my goodness. I swoon. This will definitely be on my forthcoming Fall Bucket List of must knits. Seriously. Check it out.)

A simple poncho knit from a seamed rectangle.

This poncho wrap thing is knit in a DK weight 100% alpaca. The pattern is sized small through extra large, which will require 700 to 1,300 yards (640 to 1,189 meters) of yarn.

The pattern itself requires cabling. I found this stressful at first but quickly learned (based on reader encouragement) to cable without a cable needle. The pattern includes my own personal technique for this little trick, although many methods exist on YouTube and other handy digital knitting references.

A simple poncho knit from a seamed rectangle.

Seaming is easy (the mattress stich), and there is a wee bit of I-cord finishing. Nothing too intense.

A simple poncho knit from a seamed rectangle.

I LOVE the neckline. Perfect drape. No weird rolling or folding.

A simple poncho knit from a seamed rectangle.

I’m on the prowl for testers, so shoot me an email if you are interested. Yarn substitutions are fine. The pattern has already been tech edited. I learned this the HARD WAY during my last test knit when I sent out the first version of the pattern written for back and forth knitting when it was supposed to be knit in the round. I fainted. Seriously. Most mortifying moment ever when I realized my mistake. NEVER AGAIN. (My email address is on the Contact tab at the top of the page. Thanks!)

With a little luck (and hard work) the pattern will be ready for release this fall.

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12 Comments

  • Reply knittedblissjc July 23, 2016 at 7:21 am

    It’s beautiful!! I love the texture, and a seamed rectangle sounds like some great, relaxing knitting for summer with result that are perfect for early fall!

  • Reply alexand knits July 23, 2016 at 10:03 am

    It looks like a (very cute) poncho to me! I like the soft halo from the alpaca. It looks soft and drapey and comfortable.

    I’ve nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award:) See details here: https://alexandknits.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/creative-blogger-award-nomination/

  • Reply Stefanie July 23, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Great job. Yes, it counts. A poncho can be made with different types of construction.

  • Reply andi July 24, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Looks like a beautiful poncho. Not cheating at all!

  • Reply Dartmoor Yarns July 25, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Definitely a poncho! Drea Renee’s is gorgeous, but it’s also treading towards sweater, if you ask me. Don’t beat yourself up about the pattern – we all do that sort of thing.

  • Reply Sierra July 25, 2016 at 10:38 am

    What a lovely but not overwhelming texture! Great design!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise July 25, 2016 at 10:56 am

    beautiful poncho!! While I would volunteer I don’t wear ponchos nor know of anyone who would so I will pass on the test knit, but do keep me in mind for future ones. LOVELY design!!!

  • Reply Alina July 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Such a lovely texture, Andrea! Beautiful project!

  • Reply Karen July 28, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    LOVE the poncho. I have several of your patterns and they all work up so well.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life July 30, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Really? Wow! I always wonder. That’s such a relief to hear. If you haven’t already, it is so incredibly helpful when knitters upload their finished projects to Ravelry. I love the feedback and the satisfaction of knowing IT WORKED!. It also helps Ravelry rank patterns. XOXOXOXOX

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