Castlebar by Mindy Abodeely


March 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
750 - 1150 yards (686 - 1052 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL)(2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
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I am thoroughly enjoying the resurgence of the poncho. Wearing a poncho is the socially acceptable version of wearing a blanket all day. In fact, wearing a poncho is even better than being wrapped in a blanket because you are able to move around without worrying about it falling off!

This poncho was designed with a nod to my Irish heritage. Castlebar is the capital of the county my family is from, County Mayo. The Celtic style cables add a touch of sophistication to a simple and easy-to-wear garment. Visit my Ravelry store to see my full “Irish Roots” collection, inspired by my Irish heritage.

4 (4, 4, 5, 5)(5, 6, 6, 6) skeins of A Hundred Ravens “Epona” (shown in “Storm”) Approx. 750 (800, 850, 900, 950)(1000, 1050, 1100, 1150) yds/685 (730, 770, 825, 870)(915, 960, 1005, 1050) meters of worsted weight yarn.

Sizes are calculated with no ease. If you wish to add more ease, select one size larger for 1-2”/2.5-5cm of ease or two sizes larger for 3-4”/8-10cm of ease.
XS (S, M, L, XL)(2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
Shoulder circumference (widest point of shoulders): 39-40” (41-42”, 43-44”, 45-46”, 47-48”)(49-50”, 51-52”, 53-54”, 55-56”) / 100-103 (104-108, 109-112, 113-117, 118-122)(123-127, 128-132, 133-137, 138-142) centimeters.

20 sts & 26 rows to 4” on larger needles in stockinette stitch

US 6/4mm 16” circular needle (or size to obtain gauge)*
US 6/4mm 32” circular needle (or size to obtain gauge)*
US 5/3.75mm 16” circular needle (or size to obtain gauge)
If you wish to use fewer needles, you can use the magic loop method and a needle that is 40 or 60” long as a substitute for the two US 6/4mm needles. I used a 60” needle so I could easily try on my poncho as I knit.
Cable needle

7 stitch markers (1 to mark beginning of round, 2 to mark cable panel, 4 to mark increases)
Tapestry needle

Techniques & Skills Used
Tutorial links provided for…

  • Cable CO
  • Stretchy Bind-off Skills Used
  • Increasing & decreasing sts
  • cabling