Andean Winter Poncho, a second version

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Andean Winter Poncho, a second version Pattern


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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Men, Tall, Plus-sized



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit in the round
  • understand colorwork
  • understand cables

Pattern Description:

A cozy, winter-weight poncho that knits up quickly with chunky yarn. This poncho has a strong graphic look with its stylized snowflake and heavy contrast between the main and the contrast color used.

The poncho starts at the top rib, working in the round through the colorwork and then evolving into a cabled base. The finish is a few rounds of garter sts and more colorwork. A fun, quick knit with lots of variety to keep the knitting interesting.

The directions are charted and round by round and the final poncho fits adult S-L (as shown) with directions for making a larger size to fit up to 3X in parentheses. 

Chunky wool/wool-blend yarn - sample shown used Knit Picks Swish Bulky (washable merino wool)
oMC = Bare = 525 (710 yards)
oCC = Hollyberry = 195 (270 yards)
US #6 (#8) circs (16-inch)
US #11 circs (24- and 40-inch)
6 (8) stitch markers (to mark beginning of round and pattern repeats/cable increases)
2 cable needles or dpn to hold sts when working the 3x1x3 LPC
tapestry needle to tuck in ends


12st x 16rnd = 4 inch in stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • chest 45 (60) in; length 21 in; hem circ: 90 (120)


  • bulky wool (KP Swish Bulky) bare 525 (270yds); hollyberry 195 (270yds)
  • US #6 (#8 for larger size) 16-in circ
  • US #11 circs - 24 and 40 inch lengths
  • 2 cable needles

Suggested yarn:

720 yards of Bulky weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

KP Swish Bulky


bare, hollyberry

About Designer

About Designer

Mary G knits on

Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy yarns back then. Knitting and designing were my constant activities throughout undergrad, grad school and family life until, in 1997, I finally went professional and established By Hand, With Heart ... ...

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