The Enormous Triangle Ponshawl by Sarah Knight - Crafts from the Cwtch

The Enormous Triangle Ponshawl

March 2014
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 17 - 12.0 mm
350 - 394 yards (320 - 360 m)
Two sizes, depending on yarn used:186 cm x 84 cm or 216 cm x 100 cm
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Super-sized and super-snuggly, this strikingly simple project is a great introduction to triangular shawl knitting. I love versatile garments, so with the addition of a strategically placed icord, it is quickly and easily transformed into a poncho… it’s a “ponshawl”.

Made on large 12mm needles (not listed on the Ravelry options) and using only basic stitches and increases, this is a great weekend project for a novice, or a very quick project for a more experienced knitter.

Two different super-chunky yarns are suggested to suit different requirements and budgets, one is 100% acrylic and the other 100% wool - the pattern is designed to use almost all of the yarn, whichever you choose.

The acrylic version is enormous straight off the needles with a dense heavy fabric, while the wool version is blocked to size leaving a more flexible breathable garment.The instructions are the same for both, with only one slight variation in the border to account for the different meterage.

As well as the yarn, you will need:

  • 12mm circular needles (to knit flat)
  • 12mm DPNs or a lucet to make the cord
  • stitch markers
  • wool version: blocking wires and pins

Skills used: (As this is a project for all knitters including beginners, photo tutorial links are included for the cast on, making an icord, and blocking)

  • Garter tab cast on
  • knit and purl stitches
  • two basic increases (yo and kfb)
  • making an cord

My blog post about the background to this design can be found here