Fall in love with this season-spanning wrap and the yarn it’s made of. The Absaroka Poncho, a knit poncho pattern, is easy enough for advanced beginning knitters. Better yet, when you’re ready to wear it, it can be styled several ways: worn over the shoulder as an asymmetric wrap, draped over the back neck to show off the striking colorwork, or left as a rectangular shawl to be worn over the shoulders.
Knit two rectangular panels from the bottom up, and graft them together at the center. Sew the sides together, or use clasps or screw-in leather closures to create the poncho style.
And don’t stress over the need to graft the pieces together; there’s a video tutorial on How to Graft Knit Garter Stitch, as well as written instructions.
I used Stitch Sprouts Yellowstone, a merino/silk blend that is absolutely delicious. The colors are wonderful, and it is a delight to knit with. I really didn’t want to stop knitting! You can use any sport- or dk-weight yarn, although something with a bit of wool will give you the drape you need for comfortable wear.
The Knitting Pattern
My favorite stitch patterns are those that create a soothing rhythm, are easy to memorize, yet keep my interest. Lately I’ve been undergoing a bit of a ripple-stitch (chevron stitch) obsession, and every stitch pattern I’m drawn to has some kind of zig zag thing going on. This Zig-Zag Colors pattern fulfills all those criteria!
The contrasting colors highlight the garter stitch bands that separate the lace stripes. The stitch pattern instructions are presented as both text and chart.
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