poncho love

November 10, 2014

This is Cairn by Martin Storey from the Simple Shapes book knit in Rowan Pure Wool Worsted made way back in summer on our vacation to Sunriver, Oregon; mostly on the long 10 hour car ride up and back.  It was a perfect travel project to knit with my perfect travel buddy, see below.  The picture above  looks like I didn't block it, but I did steam it with an iron and it's smooth, trust me.  I don't really understand how the camera picks up wrinkles that aren't there.  I ran it through my Waterlogue app to see if it would magically erase those nasty wrinkles and I adore how every picture manages to turn into a werk of art, don't you agree?  I love that app! 

I am terribly infatuated with ponchos these days and have a few more in my queue to feed this infatuation.  To me, they are way easier to wear than shawls because they stay on!  And they're warmer!  I have popped this over my head so many times this fall when I realized I hadn't shared it yet.  So, here 'tis, and I love it.  This is a poncho that is easy to wear as there seems to be no front or back.  I know I had something similar to this in the 60s or 70s, another time in my life when I was poncho crazy.

As for changes, I do remember shortening the ribbed turtleneck and shortening it overall to accommodate my short stature, and also did not add quite as many increases. You start with the ribbing at the top, then work top down in the round with some M1 increases as you go down.  I like the way Martin has these increases switching from right to left, and it's important to do them the way the pattern instructs as it makes it look quite professional.  

PWW is lovely to knit and wear, comes in about 50 colors and if I didn't have so many other things that I'd like to knit, I would love to have this poncho in the dark plummy Damson.  It is 100% wool, machine washable and dryable, inexpensive with excellent yardage, so a good choice for an everyday family worsted. The color is Moonstone, I used 5 skeins and size 7 needles.

PWW is the same yarn used for the Martin Storey Afghan KAL from a few months ago and now the Kaffe Fassett KAL that is going on now.  Both patterns are free downloads from the Rowan site.  If you haven't knit them yet but think you might, I would download them all and save them on your computer in a folder just to have them on hand for future use.  I always do that with free patterns.  I don't feel I need to print them out, but do like to save them in my super large knitting folder on my desktop.  Just in case.  For whenever.  My folder is the biggest knitting buffet ever.  My knitting queue, like my buffet plate, is overloaded with things I will never finish.  Sigh.

This was my traveling buddy on our drive up to Sunriver and back.  My son took out one of the seats and put in his dogbed and he just slept and hung out while I sat behind him and knit.  We talked.  He was a lovely travel companion.  His name is Dexter and he is my granddog.

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  1. What an adorable grand-dog! The poncho is cute too!

    1. Thanks Anne! He's not too much into hugging, but he's a good listener.

  2. I love the Ravelry Project page. How artistic, but this doesn't surprise me.


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