Twice a year I go through my projects/stash/favorites to see what I can marry together and knit for the upcoming season. It’s like going through your clothes to see what you’ll wear/donate.
I realized that I am in a poncho state of mind. Ponchos are great, they are a form of easy dressing that suits my lifestyle. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. Slip on a poncho and now I’m stylin’.
Ponchos have come a long LONG was from the 70’s. They are chic and fashion forward.
First we have the #409 Cool Hemp Ponchette that I have knit 3 times! One for me (until my mother liked it – Hi Mom), one for the shop in Rowan Softknit Cotton (Worsted: 92% Cotton, 8% Nylon, 115 yards), and a replacement for me. I think I’m “over” this one. (Side note, my sister and one of mom’s book club friends wants to knit it too! It’s a very compelling ponchette.)
Here (in no particular order) are the ponchos on my list to make:
|photo credit: © Katia|
I actually found the yarn the #26 Air Lux calls for while in Florida at a shop called The Knitters Nook. My friend, Michelle, and I are going to knit it together. I went with an usual color, kind of a rose, charcoal gray-ish metallic color. Lace Lux (Lace: 67% Rayon, 33% Merino, 339 yards).
Lefty, is a sample I tried on at Knit or Knot (also in Florida). The pattern calls for Shibui Twig (DK: 46% Flax, 42% Silk, 12% Wool, 190 yards). I went out of my color comfort zone with this one (they didn’t have any of my usual go-to colors).
Of course I’m going to knit the Centerport Cropped Poncho (my design) in Aruba (Aran: 80% Cotton, 20% Linen, 98 yards). I chose a deep Navy.
Mirage is knit either with a DK weight or light fingering weight held double. I’m knitting it with Alicia (Lace: 100% Flax, 180 yards). Ok, I admit it. THIS one is in purple. I’m definitely smitten with this pattern.
Lastly, I may knit Not Just Plain Jane’s Mystery Project from a couple of years ago. I made it in a worsted weight cotton. This time I’m going to make it in a DK to bring the size down. Mine is long in the picture like Michelle’s, I think I have the end twisted to the back in the picture. I loved knitting this, it was pure fun. Tosh DK (DK: 100% Merino, 225 yards). The colorway is called Whiskey Barrel.
There are others that I like, they are still in the queue somewhere: Etched Rio Wrap, Easy Folded Poncho with cowl.
Then there are two that are works in progress on hold during the Spring/Summer: Cirrus and the Two Harbors Poncho.
Wow. it looks like a lot more ponchos then I thought when I see it written down. Time will tell what I actually get accomplished. Let the season of the poncho begin.