January 15th, 2016

To Poncho or Not To Poncho…

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I’ve been thinking a lot about ponchos lately. I used to think ponchos were for the lazy knitter, they had no shape, they made a body look boxy and shapeless. Remember that big poncho crazy a few years ago, caused by, of all things, Martha Stewart in a poncho emerging from jail? Everyone was poncho-crazy and I thought that was awful.

Poncho patterns from Blue Sky Alpacas. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Fast-forward to now, and I am looking with a more kindly eye upon the poncho. I’ve seen more than one pattern for very cute ponchos that look like they are wearable by grownups of a certain age. These Blue Sky Alpacas garments were a huge hit when we had their trunk show in the store this fall. The Two Harbors Poncho¬†is knit in scrumptious Extra (used by me for a very fun cowl a few months back) and the big ribbing swatches will draw the fabric in enough to give it shape and drape that are flattering. The Bianca Wrap is simplicity personified. ONE seam. Light, warm, and comfy. Blue Sky Suri Merino is feather-light with a very nice halo that makes this garment more functional than a shawl or a scarf.

My favorite aspect of ponchos is that they are like a sweater without the sleeves–they go over your head and they stay put. I don’t like open cardigans, nor do I like futzing around with shawl pins or winding scarves so they don’t flop open at the first gust of wind. As my office-mate correctly identified it, “they’re like wearing a blanket.” And who doesn’t want that, when it’s icy outside?

What do you think about this new poncho trend? Which one will you make?

Amy G.
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Amy G.

Education Manager at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
I've worked at WEBS (on and off) since 2003. I'm one of the employees that Steve and Kathy refer to as "The Hotel California" crew (you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave). I've been knitting for about 15 years, I also sew and am an avid yogi. I'm hoping that the better I become at yoga, the less problem I'll have with reading charts!
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10 Responses to “To Poncho or Not To Poncho…”

  1. Maureen Says:

    I recently finished the Bianca Wrap. I love it.

  2. Deb Says:

    I’m making both the Two Harbors and the Rosalie Ponchos right now. Two Harbors is really fun, and the Extra is AMAZING!

    So many great Poncho patterns out now…

  3. Mary Says:

    I have also become enchanted by the latest poncho trend and these are both gorgeous.

  4. Ellen Says:

    Yes! I love a good poncho. I have a huge fringed alpaca number and am about to cast on another less dramatic one in Cascade Eco.

  5. pdxknitterati/michele Says:

    I am loving the poncho; I designed a couple ponchos last year and didn’t realize they were a *thing.” I was unintentionally on trend! How long will they be current? I don’t know, but I’m hoping at least all the way through 2016.

    What I really love about them: I don’t have to fuss with them. Once I put them on, they stay put, which is great when I’m teaching. I’m always fussing with my shawls. Which I still love!

  6. Gail Says:

    I am so glad ponchos are “in”. I actually knitted a simple one in linen last summer. My plan is to wear it over sleeveless tops on those chilly evenings walking on the beach next summer vacation. I love both of these patterns. I wonder how the Two Harbors would be in linen. That may be this summer’s project.

  7. Nancy Stein Says:

    I’m afraid to look at the sizing, often pattern designers forget us robust sized ladies. Both styles are attractive, though I would be tempted to make the Bianca wrap.

  8. Gale Zucker (she shoots sheep shots) Says:

    I’m loving the wrap style “ponchos”, like the Bianca.

  9. Jackie Flynn Says:

    I would like to make the 2 harbors. I would also like a substitute of the yarn to a machine wash yarn. Thank You, Jackie

  10. Sara Says:

    Hi Jackie,

    Two Harbors is made with a worsted weight yarn, try one of our washable options here.

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