Summer’s long gone up here in Yorkshire…
Keeping it simple after a month (and a bit) of summer silence on these pages and hoping to bring you all a little autumnal cheer with this free pattern for the simplest poncho. I used 11 x 50g balls of Debbie Bliss Mia in Ruby – just because I had some in my stash but any DK weight yarn would work for this easy-peasy project – you’ll need around 1,100 meters in all.
The concertina effect happens around the neck line without any effort at all – it’s the stitches that make that magic happen without even thinking about it.
I’m an ample woman but I think this will pretty much suit anyone – make the neck opening smaller or larger if you need to and it’ll be fine and dandy even on the most petite of frames.
So here’s what I did…
Using any DK yarn and 4.5mm needles cast on 120 stitches. (I used the long-tail cast-on over 2 needles held together because I know my cast-on tension is tight).
*purl 5, knit 5 and repeat from * to end of the row.
All subsequent rows – repeat Row 1 until you have a piece of fabric that is 56″ long – it’ll take a while but you can binge-watch Netflix cos it’s dead easy…
Cast off loosely.
Block to about 27” or 28″ wide and keep your 56″ length. Do this by pinning (I use blocking pins) out your fabric to the desired size which flattens out the concertina effect stripes of the fabric you’ve just knitted. I block using interlocking foam play mats I bought on Amazon. Then spray the fabric with a mixture of water and Soak Wash or Eucalan and wait until completely dry before removing the pins.
With the wrong side facing you, fold A over to B and using mattress stitch sew along what will be the top of your poncho (indicated by the dotted line) leaving about 11.5″ for a neck opening.
Download the pdf here: Easy-Peasy Poncho Pattern
I think I might make some more of these – they’ll keep me toasty warm right through to late Spring next year…
Happy Days indeed