Poncho Mania


Introduction: Poncho Mania

About: Born in England many years ago, moved to California in 1980, moved to New York in 1993, became a US citizen. Favourite place to visit, besides London England, is Lake Winnipesaukkee in New Hampshire, home o...

When Martha Stewart stepped off the plane wearing her new "Coming Home" poncho, http://majorknitter.typepad.com/photos/patterns/marthas_poncho.html knitters and crocheters went wild. I knew I had to knit one! Luckily for us all, Lion Brand soon came up with patterns for both knit and crochet versions of a similar garment. http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/patternFinder.fcgi?search=Search&searchText=martha+poncho&x=3&y=12 I knitted mine from Lion Brand Homespun Baroque. On a roll I then knitted another one in Homespun Metropolis for my best friend. http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/homespun.htm One note on Homespun Metropolis, I needed an extra skein of yarn, one more than the pattern specified for the poncho. This is because Metropolis seems to be heavier than some of the other Homespuns, and therefore you get less of it by length in the skein (most odd - however the weight is the same).

Other yarn manufacturers also came up with a free pattern http://www.interweave.com/knit/events/freedom_poncho_pf.asphttp://www.herrschners.com/pdfs/MatchMarthasPoncho.pdf

Still having the poncho bug, I looked at other patterns on the web site and knitted several Pretty Ponchos http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/khs-prettyPoncho.html?noImages= (without the hoods which I didn't like) in various shades of Homespun, one in Lion Brand Jiffy (Denver) The red stripey Homespun took the blue ribbon in its class at a local country fair, much to my delight. Then for a local fund-raiser I knitted several with all sorts of odd wool donated for the purpose! If you are familiar with the diagonal baby blanket pattern you will know that this particular poncho is knitted in a similar way - from corner to corner (with a hole in the middle for the head!) It's really quick and easy. I would recommend it for a first time poncho diva!

My latest poncho - hot off the needles this week has been finished using the Lion Brand free Colorwaves poncho pattern http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kcw-poncho.html?noImages= in a very nice shade of sunset red. http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/colorWaves.htmlhttp://cache.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/yarnInfo.cgi?yarnPageIndex=1



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    So did you use the size 10.5 needles on the Homespun striped poncho? I noticed many other knitters complained about the small length of the poncho if you followed the pattern as written by Lionbrand. Some used size 13 or 15 needles to get the correct size. I love the way you ponch looks and really would like to get it right the first time since so much effort goes into the project. Thanks.

    All of your ponchos look great in such a variety of colors and patterns. Thank you! happyjean

    I tried to make the crochet version of Martha Stewart's "Coming Home" poncho but the homespun was giving me trouble! Your version looks awesome, and the rest of the ponchos are gorgeous as well! More great work from you!

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    I never did get on very well with crochet, I even tried taking a class and bought a dvd - and a book on how to do it, but have decided that knitting is what I'm good at, so now I stick to that.

    I don't much like knitting. ;-) I tried it when I was very young and I did well, but I was easily bored. Years later I taught myself to crochet and loved it. Here's my theory: Crocheters don't like knitting, and knitters can't crochet! I understand that people do both, but in my experience with friends and family that seems to be how it works, haha. My grandmother was an outstanding knitter...but could never understand how I crocheted anything. She tried but could never do it. :) You knit beautifully, so don't you worry! All your stuff is great!

    Amazing job, keep up the good work! :-)

    The stripey ones are my favorite! They all look wonderfully warm and cozy.