Easy Folded Poncho v.2 Using Rowan Felted Tweed
Easy Folded Poncho v.2 Using Rowan Felted Tweed
Our Easy Folded Poncho transcends the trends. It's easy to knit—just one long stockinette rectangle—easy to finish, and easy to throw on. Our classic poncho is shown bottom row, center on Kate without the original cowl neck. You can make the poncho with the original cowl neck with just one additional skein of Felted Tweed.
We created our “v.2” version here by using two additional skeins of Felted Tweed to add an open collar in a pressed broad rib to give the original poncho a whole new look.
To summarize, in addition to your poncho yarn, one skein of Felted Tweed is enough to make it with the original cowl neck (not shown here, but see the pattern page for a photo).
Poncho: 22 x 50"/56 x 127cm, before folding.
Original Cowl Neck: 24"/61cm around by 8"/20cm tall.
"v.2" Collar: Approx. 29"/74cm around x 8"/20cm tall, after blocking.
"v.2" Sleeves (not shown): Approx. 12"/30cm around x 8"/20cm long, after blocking.
Note: Although the original poncho fits nearly everyone, adding sleeves pulls the fabric together under the arms and constrains the size a little—it should fit up to a 42" bust with ease.
Poncho without cowl: 5 skeins Rowan Felted Tweed (191 yds/175m each); shown in color 153 Phantom.
Or approx. 840 yds/768 m of an equivalent DK-weight yarn.
Original Cowl: 1 skein Felted Tweed or approx. 140 yds/128m of an equivalent DK-weight yarn.
"v.2" Collar: 2 skeins Felted Tweed or approx. 215 yds/197m of an equivalent DK-weight yarn.
Note: To customize collar height, add or subtract 27 yds/25m for each 1"/2.5cm of adjusted length.
"v.2" Sleeves (two, not shown): 1 skein Felted Tweed or approx. 184 yds/169m of an equivalent DK-weight yarn. Note: To customize sleeve length, add or subtract 23 yds/21m total for 1"/2.5cm of adjusted length on both sleeves. (See our Fine Art and Kidsilk Haze version for a photo of the sleeves.)
To summarize: If you want to make the poncho with the original cowl neck, add 1 skein of Felted Tweed to poncho yarn. If you want to add the "v.2" collar, add 2 skeins of Felted Tweed. If you want to add the "v.2" sleeves, add 1 skein of Felted Tweed. (Or add 3 skeins to make both "v.2" additions.)
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 6 (4mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge; plus 2 sizes larger for binding off.
16–24"/40–60cm circular needle in gauge size for cowl.
Size H (5mm) or larger crochet hook for provisional cast-on.
For “v.2” features: US 4 (3.5mm) or two needle sizes smaller than poncho gauge needle; 16" circular for collar, any format for sleeves.
20 sts/27 rows= 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch, wet-blocked and steam pressed.
“v.2” gauge: 22 sts/33 rows = 4"/10cm using 1 strand of each yarn, in K4/P4 ribbing, blocked.
The Free Adaptation
Refer to Churchmouse Classics 'Easy Folded Poncho' pattern for complete instructions.
COLLAR INSTRUCTIONS (after poncho is blocked and seamed)
Collar is worked back and forth, not joined in the round. It is picked up from RS of poncho, but the RS of collar is worked with WS of the poncho facing you so that RS shows when collar folds over.
Note: To tidy up the left edge of the K4 column in your ribbing, work the fourth knit stitch firmly; bring the yarn well forward, preparing to purl; after working first and second purl stitches, give each a good tug to tighten up prior stitches. This seems to work better than other fancier techniques we’ve tried.
Collar pick up: With yarn(s) and 16" circular needle, use e-loop (aka thumb loop) method to cast on 6 sts. Hold poncho with RS of neck opening facing you and seam to your right. Beginning in fourth st to the left of seam, pick up and knit 154 sts around neck opening, evenly spaced (approx. 1 st per row, with final 3 sts after seam). (160 sts) Turn.
Note: Work pick-ups 1½ sts in from poncho edge to avoid working into slipped-stitch holes.
Ribbing: Row 1 (RS of collar): K6; *P4, K4*, repeat between * * to last 10 sts; P4, K6. Turn.
Row 2 (WS of collar): P6; *K4, P4*, repeat between * * to last 10 sts; K4, P6. Turn.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until collar measures 8"/20cm, or desired length, ending with a WS row.
Bind off: Cut yarn leaving 4-yd/m tail. With RS facing, bind off using Sewn e-Loop method (see below).
Finishing: Insert a blocking wire along each collar row edge, weaving wire over and under two bars between edge stitch and second stitch. Place a wire between layers at the fold. Pin wires out to specified dimensions and gently steam press collar using a damp press cloth, avoiding fold. Allow to dry; touch up fold area using a press cloth. Overlap edge of 6 cast-on sts across base of 6 picked-up sts on RS of poncho; whip-stitch into place. Weave in ends.
SLEEVE INSTRUCTIONS (after poncho is blocked and seamed) Make two.
We knitted sleeves separately rather than picking up from the edges of poncho so that you can change your mind and remove them later. It also gives the sleeve cuffs a lovely cable cast-on edge.
Cast on: With yarn(s), using cable cast-on method, cast on 66 sts.
Ribbing: Row 1 (RS): K3, *P4, K4*; repeat between * * to last 7 sts; P4, K3.
Row 2 (WS): P3, *K4, P4*; repeat between * * to last 7 sts; K4, P3.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until sleeve measures 8"/20cm, or desired length, ending with a WS row.
Bind off: Cut yarn leaving 2-yd/m tail. With RS facing, bind off using Sewn e-Loop method (see below).
Setting in sleeves: Wet block sleeves to correct dimensions, allow to dry; gently steam press using a press cloth.
First sleeve: Lay poncho out flat with seam at center; center sleeve on seam. Use mattress stitch to sew bound-off sleeve edge to poncho working stitch-to-stitch, leaving first and last sleeve stitches unsewn.
Second sleeve: Mark center of unseamed poncho edge at fold. Pin bound-off sleeve edge over 12" of poncho edge centered on marker. Attach sleeve using mattress stitch, working stitches-to-rows in a ratio of approx. 3 sts to 4 rows. Leave first and last sleeve stitches unsewn.
Finishing: Gently steam press seams using a press cloth. Sew sleeve underarm seams using mattress stitch. Weave in ends leaving a little tail that’s easy to find if you want to remove sleeves later.
SEWN e-LOOP BIND-OFF
This bind-off gives the sleeve tops unconstrained elasticity and reduces bulk. It also allows the collar to fan out nicely. If you prefer, you can use regular bind-off worked very loosely on larger needles.
Step 1: Insert darning needle knitwise through second st, under needle from front to back; pull yarn through leaving a little slack.
Step 2: Insert darning needle purlwise through first st; pull yarn through leaving a little slack; let st off needle.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until 1 st remains. Slip last st knitwise and let off needle.
Digital Easy Folded Poncho pattern. (Download)
Printed Easy Folded Poncho pattern. (Requires shipping.)
Free digital adaptation for sleeves & collar. (Download)
COLOR: 150 Rage. Red hot red.
COLOR: 154 Ginger. Deep rusty orange.
COLOR: 175 Cinnamon. A toasty teddy brown.
COLOR: 160 Gilt. Golden butterscotch.
COLOR: 161 Avocado. Heathered chartreuse.
COLOR: 152 Watery. Rich weathered turquoise.
COLOR: 158 Pine. Deep forest green.
COLOR: 172 Ancient. Is it grey or is it green?.
COLOR: 153 Phantom. Warm woodsy brown.
COLOR: 145 Treacle. Plummy brown (think molasses).
COLOR: 151 Bilberry. Juicy royal grape.
COLOR: 179 Horizon. Hazy greyed periwinkle.
COLOR: 167 Maritime. Clear fresh blue.
COLOR: 178 Seasalter. Navy, on the bright side.
COLOR: 170 Seafarer. Nautical charcoal navy.
COLOR: 159 Carbon. Smoky grey with a smudge of blue.
COLOR: 173 Duck Egg. Heathered shell blue.
COLOR: 165 Scree. Barely blue stone grey.
COLOR: 177 Clay. Pale earthenware bisque.
COLOR: 157 Camel. Warm peachy tan.
COLOR: 183 Peony. Heathered orchid pink.
COLOR: 181 Mineral. Warm goldenrod.
COLOR: 184 Celadon. Weathered sea green.
COLOR: 187 Hedgerow. Medium golden green.
COLOR: 186 Tawny. Warm magenta.
COLOR: 190 Stone. Heathery muted sage.
COLOR: 185 Frozen. Dusty pink lavender.