I designed this poncho as a sort of “shoulder hug” to keep my shoulders and upper arms warm but leave my hands and arms free. I also wanted dramatic cables and a pretty edging. Two identical rectangles are knit flat, then the poncho is assembled with two short seams.
Willow is pretty easy to knit if you have done cabling before. If you haven’t done cables, this is a good one to learn them on.
Skills Needed: Cable Cast-on, knitting through the back loop, cables, seam of your choice. I have created a tutorial of the seam I used. You can find the tutorial here: Cabled Poncho Seam.
Size and Measurements: One size fits most. See Schematic and tips for adjusting fit on page 5. Each rectangle measures 12 in. [30.5 cm] by 30 in. [76.2 cm].
Yarn: 550 yds [500 m] bulky weight yarn. Shown: Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone Natural Chunky (Bulky; 50% Bluefaced Leicester, 25% Wensleydale Longwool, 25% Masham; 131 yds/100grams) in Shade 1.
Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) needles.
Instructions are included for modifying the width and length. Extra yarn may be needed if so.
Probably the most daunting part is constructing the poncho, but I created a conceptual model that you can actually cut out and tape together to see where to make the two short seams. It’s sort of like paper dolls! Not everyone will want to use the model, but it is available for anyone who does.
Pattern includes a schematic, a cable chart, and the conceptual model. Also included is a link to a video tutorial for seaming method used.
Measurements (Refer to schematic in photos for this pattern):
A: 12.75 in. [32.4 cm].
B: 12 in. [30.5 cm].
C: 9 in. [22.9 cm].
D: 21 in. [53.3 cm].
Tech edited and test knit.