Ireland Poncho by Donna Druchunas
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Ireland Poncho

This poncho is made of two rectangles that are sewn together after the knitting is complete. You can make both rectangles with the same cable panels or make one cabled piece and one plain piece. The poncho is easy to design because there is no shaping, and it will give you plenty of practice measuring cable gauge, planning a design, and knitting cables.

When you plan your design, remember that is is easier if the vertical repeats of your cable crossings match or follow a simple-to-remember rhythm.

Pattern includes a visual plan, planning worksheet and step-by-step project sheet to be used to create your personalized poncho.

Yarn: Smooth yarn will show off texture patterns best. Choose a tightly spun yarn for a wind-resistant poncho with excellent cable definition, and a loosely spun yarn for a softer poncho with more relaxed cables.

Any weight of yarn will work, but for practice I suggest a chunky-weight yarn and US size 9 or 10 (5.5 or 6 mm) knitting needles.

Yarn quantities vary, depending on size. You’ll need roughly the same amount as for a sweater. Yarn guidelins, including a yardage estimate table for sweaters, are on pages 20-22 of the book.

Knitting needles: size appropriate for chosen yarn:
Straight or circular needle.

Additional supplies: stitch marker (optional)

Child: Each piece approximately 14 inches (35.5 cm) wide by 25 inches (63.5 cm) long
Adult: Each piece approximately 21 inches (53 cm) wide by 37 inches (94 cm) long.