Seven test knitters have completed their versions of my favourite poncho, Donia. It has been wonderful to see the garment knitted in different colours, with and without sleeves, with a pocket, with a different colour on the cable parts and in avantgarde stripes. You can see the different versions on the pattern page on Ravelry. The pattern is also available on Loveknitting, in English as well as Norwegian. Donia Yarnkit with the Norwegian pattern is available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. I selected the Medium Blue shade of Tinde Pelsull to suit model Emma Ross’ magnificent hair colour, and love how she looks in it. Sissel Fylling did her hair & makeup. Eivind Røhne brilliantly captured the scene at Bøler Kirke/Church in Oslo last October.
Round knot cables adorn the bottom and the top of this poncho. A high collar gives it a noble look, hence the name Donia; Celtic for rules all. The upper part is picked up and knitted from the lower cable panel and worked in stockinette stitch with shaping for the shoulders. The short sleeves in rib hold the poncho together. You can wear it with a belt or a shawl pin to gather it at the front or loose, just as you prefer.
Size: One Size
Bust: 194 cm/76.5”
Length: 74.5 cm/29.25”
Sleeve length: 32 cm/12.5”
Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 260 m/284 yds, 100 g). The sample is knitted in Medium Blue 2135; 9.5 skeins;
2392 m/2615 yds.
Alternative Yarns: Berroco, Ultra Alpaca Light (50% alpaca, 50% wool, 50 g, 133 m/144 yds). http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-ultra-alpaca-light
Jamieson’s, Double Knitting (100% wool, 25 g, 75 m/82 yds).
Malabrigo, Arroyo, (100% superwash merino, 100 g, 306 m/335 yds).
Or another DK/8 ply yarn.
Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32” and 40 cm/16”).
3.5 mm/US 4 DPNs for sleeves.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge
Crochet hook: 3.5 mm/US E/4 (for provisional cast-on).
Notions: Stitch markers (removable), cable needle and yarn needle.
Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows in st st, after blocking measures 10 cm/4” square.
48-sts Donia Cable measures 16.5 cm/6.5” across.
Notes: The body is knitted in four parts with cables on bottom part and stockinette stitch on the upper part. A long circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches. The sleeves are knitted in the round in rib. The collar is knitted separately using a provisional cast-on so that the ends can be grafted together. If you prefer to have the collar loose, pick up and knit stitches around the neck and work an I-cord bind-off.