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[B][COLOR=“Indigo”]WIP: Woven Stitch Poncho[/COLOR][/B]
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My DW asked for a crocheted poncho for this winter, so I gathered several patterns and printed them. None were completely what she wanted. “I like this one but I don’t want a turtle neck.” “I don’t like the stripes in this one.”

Well, it took some effort to convince her that I could make up a pattern from general shape, stitch appearance, and neck finishes. :wink:

What I forgot to figure was the size and yardage I’d need. So now I’
m making a woven stitch poncho, rectangular in shape, 60" x 29" (153 cm x 74 cm), with a V-neck opening. I’m now looking for Bernat Softee Chunky Solid in Denim-Rag. :doh:


Once upon a time ponchos were one size fits all. My suggestion is to take a poncho similar is style and to everything except the collar and use the yarn needed for yours. Realizing you can subtract or add for the collar depending what pattern you use for figuring the amount of yarn you will need.:figureditout:

Thank you, that was my though also. The Lion Brand pattern that is closest uses a size P hook and I am using size K. And the final width and height will be larger for mine. They say their pattern takes 5 balls (but don’t give the ball yardage).

I have 5 or 6 skeins of Bernat Softee Chunky Solid (164 yds.) and I think I’ll need about 11. One skein was enough to get me 1/12 the length I was planning.

Or I just stop at the 58" x n inches when the 5 skeins runs out and call it a shawl. Then get 12 new skeins in my DW choice of color for her poncho.

If your DW likes shawls then by all means go for it. I would suggest one thing as I am a shawl lover that they are usually made with a much lighter weight yarn such a fingering, sport and the lighter baby weight yarn and even lace weight. Chunky weight will definitely keep her warm but it might be too heavy. Good weight for a poncho. Is there any way you can combine it with another color?

I get lots of junk mail. In one of the catalogs was a picture of what they called a Ruffled Sweater Wrap. It looks like a poncho but better. iIt is very interesting! It is knitted but the style…

So, I’ve come to the end of the third skein and it is time to decide. This non-written pattern I have has changed in small ways, but I see a need for bigger changes. I’ve plotted out a neck shape I like, but the collar is undetermined. The size I started out to make is looming larger than I expected. I think it will be too bulky under the arms. I think I need to change my design, drastically.

M.W., you made some good suggestions. I found several patterns that required only 5 skeins but they were alike in the fitting of two rectangular pieces together.

Right now, I have one piece of 58 x 14 inches from three skeins and 2 skeins remaining. I’ve made the width too large and will not have enough for the length I need to make.

Frogging is now inevitable. I just don’t know if I want to start a circular or hexagonal pattern. I’m pretty sure my DW wouldn’t want the square pattern as she didn’t like the look of the ponchos with the V shaped fronts. And my other consideration is if I want to make it a flat shape or more of a cone shape.

Now here’s a math question: I know the rate of increases for a flat piece in the round from doing doilies, but how often do you increase for a dome or parabolic cone shape and how quickly does the increase rate fade out over the distance from the center?

Shaping question: I know sweaters have larger fronts than backs to allow for the shaping. Will a poncho need more fabric in the front for shape than the flat back will need?

Generally poncho’s front and back are equal is size. But if you need to add for body shape then add it to which ever side needs it. As for increases, well it is the body which has the shape and not the poncho. It is basically flat with increases where needed. I would stitch with the increase as you would a doily. Or think unusual afghan and increase as you would for an afghan.

I had to take a break from the poncho.

I’ve turned my attention, temporarily, to another pot holder. It is knit beginning with at provisional cast on and then in the round using both sides of the CO. I guess this is used for toe up socks, but I’ve not made any socks.

Colors: Lily Sugar 'n Cream Solids Black and Sunshine
Pattern: My own, [U]Diagonal Knit Square Potholder[/U]

CO: 44 stitches per side on two circular needles using Judy Becker’s magic cast on.

I had though I would do a linen stitch for a different look but just kept going in st st. So it will be like [B][U]the other one[/U][/B] I did but in Steelers colors. I am going with thinner stripes on this one.

About the third time I did this cast on (on the fist project) I realized I had been wrapping the yarn wrong on one of the needles and the stitches on that needle were all slanted like / / / / / left-hand threads. I frogged that CO and corrected how I was doing the CO. Then I searched for videos and see that most of them also wrapped the opposite direction and just worked that first row TBL.

So, I felt good :slight_smile: about being able to “correct” myself when others just thought you had to work TBL because the CO method would “always” have the bottom (#2 or second) needle wrapped that way. :eyebrow2:

I just did another search, and about half the videos on YouTube show wrapping the second (top) needle in the / / / left-hand direction. I search at and Judy Becker’s instructions and pictures show it this way. Now I know it works just fine if you bring that top needle in front of the top yarn(tail) to the bottom yarn. Pass the bottom yarn between the two needles, over the top and behind the top needle for a \ \ \ right-hand spiral. No worries about twisted stitches on either needle nor having to knit TBL.

Cat Bordhi did the wrap the r-h way on both needles, but it took too long to wait and I had to mute the vid. too. I started clicking the playback position bar to skip ahead a few clicks. And I remember being humored the first couple times I saw her video on Judy Becker’s magic cast on. Somehow her video has lost the magic.

:eyebrow2: I could blame Jan in CA but really I do agree that it is Cat’s fault for talking too much.

Oh, I really should join in my next ball of cotton for my potholder. I started with what was left over so now I’ll have two joins in the middle (one for each color). And I need to stop looking at that YKW blog. Funny that I find a st st potholder to be a relief from a crochet woven stitch poncho. :slight_smile:

Back to :guyknitting: :thumbsup:


If you want to move this to the blog threads forum I can do that for you. Then you can talk about anything and everything and not just crocheted whatever it is your making.

… if I spoke of the devil. :roflhard:

Thank you, I do think I’ve tossed my hat over the ‘blogging’ fence.

Funny thing is, I don’t know “Jack” about blogging. :wink: I somehow got signed up on one (was it on a week or two ago and it remains empty. :shrug:

Thanks again.

Okay you’re all set! The blog threads are where you can talk about anything that doesn’t fit elsewhere in the forum. It’s your little corner to share anything you want…well within reason. Porn is out unless it’s yarn. :lol:

ETA: You might want to change the title now, too.

[COLOR="#330099"]Thank you, Jan. I thought I’d posted a thank you before now but I guess I was mistaken.

I think I may have updated the title more than once since you moved this thread for me.

Of course now that I call it a blog I’ve suddenly taken a break. :oops:

I heard that Patrick Swayze died Today from pancreatic cancer. Sad news.

Before I picked up the needles and hooks, I was considering possible hobbies: Wood working and pottery were two of them that I remember. I had done ceramics as a child and have fond memories of going to classes with my Grandmother at my Great-Aunt’s shop. I took a pottery class at university and really enjoyed that. I had also enjoyed wood shop in middle school. Both are expensive hobbies and I really couldn’t see much of a market for my creations.

Yarn is cheaper than wood and clay, the needles and hooks are cheaper than power tools, potter’s wheel, or kiln. And yarn is altogether less messy.

But I still think about pottery from time to time and the scene from Ghost is part of that.

I think I’m too young to start a “bucket list,” but if I did pottery would be on that list.[/COLOR]


My DH’s hobby is woodworking, and carpentry. He can never, ever complain about my yarn, hook, & needle fixation. My fixation with all things needlework is much, much cheaper than his fixation with saws, tools, wood, etc. I like to tease him that, if I outlive him, his “man-cave” (shop) will become my needlework shop.

Just think, I’ll have a table saw to cut my yarn with. :rofl:

My DH’s hobbies are ceramics, painting, sailing, reading, sudoku, woodworking… needless to say he keeps busy. :lol: Since he retired he’s been taking fine art classes and ceramics at the local community college. Right now he’s mostly into ceramics. I’ll post some pix in my blog thread.

I was amazed that Patrick Swayze lasted so long. Shows what determination and modern medicine can do! My mom died from pancreatic cancer in 1973, but she died 3 mos after being diagnosed.

Here’s something ironic, my DH went to all of the same schools that Patrick Swayze did. From elementary, junior high, high school and college; just not at the same time. Cancer is such a terrible disease but those that have a positive outlook and determination can outlive what the Dr’s expect. My dad was a perfect example of that. My thougths are with the Swayze family.

Jack, my DH’s hobby is wood working and hunting. I have become a hunting widow :roflhard: It happens every year, wether I like it or not.


Are you asking for suggestions? :think:

Have you knit a “little something” in black with a red hourglass? :wink:

Depending on what it is, you could use it is so many ways: Threat, enticement, or reminder.

That is just a few that come to mind.

Thank you Melanie, Jan, and Brenda for visiting my poor pathetic blog thread. :waving:

That does remind me, I’ve returned to the poncho. I’ve decided I need to work a bit more before I consider the color change. Right now (I am avoiding stripes because they would be horizontal) it is light tones on top (denim & rag) and the second yarn is navy blue.

I have to go back and edit a previous post about my blog. it is at but only has one post so far. Don’t bother visiting it yet. I need to gather my thoughts on it’s purpose and then begin to create new posts.

Jan, I like the idea of taking a ceramics class at a local community college. No investment in kiln, studio, and appliances to moulder if interest should wane or just change.

Now I’m rushing to finish the woven stitch poncho. High temps this week are forecast to be 75 up to 80 and lows of 49 or higher. So I have the rest of the week to complete this poncho.

I’m currently at 14 inches in length and planned for the poncho to be 28 or 29 inches long (neck to hem). I’m rushing and crocheting my fingers to the bone!

Today I finally got around to adding this on my Ravelry projects.

Now I’m rushing off to soccer practice. I’ll get a couple hours to work on the poncho there while my two oldest children practice.

Is it a gift? I don’t remember seeing to topic before, but I probably just missed it.

ETA: Never mind, I just saw the post. So does she know you’re making it?

How do the other parents react seeing you crochet and knit? I’m sure they are pretty curious. :thumbsup:

Reactions are varied. A few of the moms have commented or asked questions about it. All have been positive. They want to know what I’m making. They ask if it is knit or crochet depending on the project they have seen and their own knowledge.

An older brother to a member of the opponent team, who was of teen age, asked if I had made it (the poncho) myself. When I answered, yes. He said that was “cool.”

So far none of the other parents knit but several of their grand mothers or mothers did knit or crochet. The only other crocheter is a father. It was the mother that asked what I was working on and confided that her husband can crochet but that he doesn’t. They are a Hispanic family, but I don’t know if that has any bearing on his learning the skill nor on his inactivity with the craft.

This blog started as a WIP thread for this poncho but I quickly began just posting more general thoughts. I did create another WIP thread for my poncho. I’ll headed over there to up date it now that I am making my color change.

The guess the poncho is a commissioned project requested gift. My wife asked for a poncho for this fall. I guess the start date of this project was on or about Aug 10 based on the dates of the many pattern PDF files I downloaded for review.

Very interesting! I’m always curious because we so seldom see men knitting/crocheting. There are a few who show up once in a while to our knit group at the LYS, but I’ve never noticed any in public.

I suppose women get the same kind of attention when someone hears they use table saws, etc. Can’t do that in public though unless you count the driveway. :teehee:

My DH is very handy/crafty and would probably give it a try if he didn’t already have so many hobbies. :zombie: