The test knit of the English pattern to Canola is coming to an end and I have released the pattern on Ravelry. My test knitters have done a brilliant job and you can see their versions on Ravelry. The poncho was made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and is knitted in their divine Tinde Peltwool. Yes, there actually is a pelt sheep; a Norwegian sheep breed that is a cross between a Gotland sheep and a Norwegian Short Tail Landrace (spælsau). The wool is naturally light grey and when dyed, it gains a heather colour. It has a lustre and a bit of a halo. In my opinion, it is perfect for cables. Yarn kits are available to order from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, while both the Norwegian and the English patterns are now for sale in my Ravelry Store. Photographer Eivind Røhne captured this brilliant photo of Emma Ross, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, at the Vigeland Museum back in November. A longer more detailed post, with a photo of my Damara skirt/poncho made for the upcoming Norwegian book, is public on my Patreon page.
Named after Canola the Irish deity who ruled over music magic is this poncho with sideways cables at the bottom and on the high collar. The upper section 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 Burgundy 2104; 9 skeins;
2158 m/2360 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), stitch holders, cable needle and yarn needle.
Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows in st st, after blocking measures 10 cm/4” square.
49-sts Canola cable measures 16.5 cm/6.5” across.
Notes: The body is knitted in four sections 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.