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Easy Folded Poncho - Felted Tweed v2 Version

Easy Folded Poncho - Felted Tweed v2 Version

“Freshen up an original.”

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) in Felted Tweed color 172 Ancient. 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 in color 153 Phantom 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). Or use two skeins and add a “v.2” collar. See the Basic Details tab for more information.

You will need the Easy Folded Poncho pattern (if you don't already own it) and the free "v.2" adaptation below, along with your yarn. Then have fun freshening it up!

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.)

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.
Blocking wires.
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.

When a garment is as simple and restrained as this, details are very important. The gauge and drape of your knitted fabric is as important a design element as the finished dimensions. Take the time to wet block your swatch and apply an especially critical eye to the feel of the fabric.

And while we say in the pattern that it is optional, we highly recommend the provisional cast-on. On your finished poncho, cast-on and bound-off edges of your knitting will end up forming one continuous edge. We believe the best way to ensure a consistent tension across this edge is to have each edge be a bound-off edge. Using a provisional cast-on allows you to do this.

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.