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PostSubject: How to Knit a Poncho   Wed May 14, 2014 12:17 am

While learning to knit a sweater might involve extensive seaming, picking up stitches and shaping, learning how to knit a poncho simply involves more knitting, repetition and wool. The decision to venture away from easy knits like scarves and small knits like socks to a major knitting project is a big commitment. Knit ponchos, cardigans and pullover sweaters requires more substantial time and monetary commitment than you might have invested in your knitting thus far.
Selecting the yarn for a knitted poncho
Knitting a poncho allows some flexibility in the weight of yarn you choose. Anything from sport weight to chunky weight might work, depending on the pattern and the season during which you want to wear the poncho. Worsted weight is a good choice, as it still offers decent stitch definition, and will knit up more quickly than sport weight.
Patterns will offer choices concerning the type of yarn used for the poncho. Bear in mind that cotton blends may stretch out of shape more easily and that wool won't be washable unless you invest in superwash wool. You'll be wearing something under your poncho, so it needn't be the softest alpaca either.
How much wool you will need depends on the poncho pattern you choose. Lace and cabled ponchos will require more wool than a simple stockinette poncho with picot edging.
Because you'll need a large quantity of wool for a poncho, price is of importance, too. Consider a wool like Cascade 220, offered through online and bricks-and-mortar shops such as WEBS. They offer a discount for a large order, and Cascade is reasonably priced.
Additional notions required for poncho knitting
In addition to yarn, you'll need appropriately sized needles based on the wool selected and the specific pattern. For a large project, working on a circular needle instead of straights might make the project easier to manage.
In addition to needles, you may need stitch markers or a cable needle. You will require a darning needle to weave in ends at the completion of the project.
Basics of poncho knitting
There are so many different ways to knit a poncho. If knitting in the round or working a hood like the patterns above isn't your thing, consider knitting two long rectangular pieces and seaming them together. Knitting a poncho in this manner allows for the knitter to customize a fit to meet the needs of the recipient.
In general, a poncho knitter needs to know how to knit, how to purl, how to cast on and to bind off. You also need to know how to weave in ends and how to increase or decrease a stitch. If your poncho is knit in the round, you'll need to practice joining in the round without twisting your stitches. Videos of these skills can be viewed at the Knitting Help Web site. Once they are mastered, you'll be able to move on to cabled and lace ponchos with ease.
Knitting a poncho is a great choice for a first large project because of the variety of poncho designs available. Also, they don't require sleeves or buttonholes. Ponchos can be knit in one piece, or in two pieces and then seamed together. With a bit of patience, a lot of wool and some time, knitting a poncho can be mastered in no time.
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