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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 ...

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Andean Winter Poncho

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Andean Winter Poncho
Andean Winter Poncho
Andean Winter Poncho
Andean Winter Poncho
Andean Winter Poncho
Andean Winter Poncho

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • colorwork
  • cables
  • YOs for increases
  • working in the round

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 colors used.

The poncho starts at the top rib, working in the round through the colorwork and then evolving into a swingy, cabled base. The finish is a few rounds of garter sts and then finishing with a BO in the main color.

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 Plymouth Encore Chunky in Winter White as MC and Black as CC:
oMC = 430 (580 yards)
oCC = 143 (200 yards)


11 sts x 17 rnds = 4" stockinette (worked in the round) on larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • smaller size: 45" chest; 21" length
  • larger size: 60" chest; 21" length


  • approx 573 yards (430 mc/143 cc) - 780 yards (580 mc/ 200 cc)
  • US #8 circs (16-inch)
  • US #11 circs (24- and 40-inch lengths)
  • stitch markers
  • cable needle
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Plymouth Encore Chunky


Winter White and Black