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May 2014
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches in 2-color brioche stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
875 - 984 yards (800 - 900 m)
One size (ladies XS-L)
This pattern is available for kr.30.00 DKK buy it now

This summer poncho is a simply shaped project perfect for practising basic 2-color brioche knitting. It is worked in the round from the top down with increases all around forming branching lines resembling those of a river delta.

The match of yarns and structure makes for a drapey, swingy, easy-to-wear cover-up for cooler summer moments. The poncho can be dressed up and down easily, an additional feature in 2-color brioche being the reversibility: Wear it either side out, putting the spot on either the solid or the multicolor.

Different yarns are used: The main color in the rosewood colored poncho is a beautifully smooth, shiny, organic linen. In the acid yellow version, the main color is a cotton/linen blend from Danish designer Else Schellerup. The contrast color in both versions is a fine Noro cotton blend with long, ‘classic Noro’ color floats in gorgeous combinations.

Working with combos of solid and multicolor yarns is great fun and something I do often. I usually begin by choosing a multi colorway. Then the trick is choosing a solid color that is already featured in the multi colorway (or very close). In the 2 versions of this poncho, the light yellow and the rosewood color are mirrored in the respective Noro colorways.

For a warmer (winter) version try substituting one or both yarns with a fingering weight wool or wool/silk blend.

(FYI: The pattern price equals ca. 5.5 US dollars.)

Thanks to Bridget McGraw and my Mom for doing the photo shoots with me in Oakland/USA and Hvalsø/DK - we had such fun :) <3