For some crazy reason, I have been looking at poncho patterns for ages, and wanting to try one. Two things stopped me: 1- I was not sure I wouldn't look like a lunatic in a poncho and 2-most poncho patterns have miles and miles of knitting, which I was not willing to do in case I looked like a lunatic! I kept seeing photos of ponchos, and I thought I would end up sewing one to try the shape on me. Then Julie gave me a knitting machine! I can knit miles in a day. So I decided to make my poncho fantasies come true.
I found some sample poncho knitting patterns, and the ones that seemed the most doable to me were made from 2 long rectangles. Julie had also given me cones of yarn passed on from the machine's original owner, so I chose this cone of burgundy wool/silk blend in laceweight. I originally thought I would add some lace patterning to the body of the poncho, but the lace carriage of the machine kept breaking the yarn, so I kept it simple instead. These rectangles ended up being over 200,000 stitches and took me only a few days to knit. I seamed them together, and I think I will like wearing this!
The thing about pieces that are all stockinette like this, they want to roll up something fierce. To remedy this issue, I decided to use the yarn doubled and knit edgings onto the poncho. So far I knit a garter stitch edge onto the neckline.
I am so glad to have this additional practice on the knitting machine. I tried a new way to bind off that I found in the instruction book, and this new way leads to way less trouble with dropped stitches. This makes me really happy.
Hopefully I will get some modelled photos of the poncho before next Friday. Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for on the needles Friday!