The CNE opened its gates to millions of visitors this week and magically the first flutter of Autumn leaves was spotted on city sidewalks, a sudden reminder that an incredible summer is slowly winding down. While still enjoying the warm days of August, its full steam ahead for many of us knitters who look forward to the cooler weather for knitting and have started to line up projects. For the transition between seasons, look for a parade of ponchos, a far cry from the granny-squared fringed creations that were a mainstay of the 1970’s hippie culture, instead the trend is leaning towards chunky knit two-panel versions, and the new crossover pullover styles, the fit is comfortable and more relaxed than a jacket with sleeves.
Get an early start on your knitting with the TOP TEN PONCHOS FOR FALL 2012-
Cover up in shimmery cables! Design #9634 is knit in a new quality from Sirdar– Softspun Chunky, with a different spin on traditional wool blends, this unique yarn is encased in a silvery sheen, available this Fall in ten shades. Frostie (shown above).
Poncho panache! Ride the wave of easy knitting this season, with simple two piece construction to make this stylish poncho from Katia’s Sport Collection. Knit in a luxurious new quality, Bolivia, a chunky homespun-style bamboo/wool blend out in shops this month in eight painterly palettes.
Not just for jeans! The wear-with-anything poncho, design #9651 from Sirdar. Add a row of fringes along the bottom edge for vintage flair. This beginner style is knit in the all-new Faroe Super Chunky from Sirdar, an easy care mix of wool, cotton and acrylic available in six softly hued colourways. Sized from tots to adults.
Euro-styled elegance! Cross a poncho with a pullover and add an exquisite belt detail to make a style that is big on comfort and still chic for the workplace. From the Knitting Notes Collection by Grignasco, knit in Springfield, a 50/50 blend of merino and cotton in a dk weight. Eighteen shades are available for perusing, including charcoal (shown above).
A daring duo! Two yarns in one, Katia has done it again, mesmerizing us with a fascinating transition from smooth to loopy by just catching part of the yarn as shown in this vibrant banded poncho from the Sport Collection #71. Knit in Dual, a superwash merino mixed with acrylic in fourteen shades. Watch the video here to see how this yarn changes texture without changing from stocking stitch.
A Celtic charmer! Bands of interlocking cables make this poncho a classic showpiece. Design #9631 is sized from six years to adult and knit in Sirdar’s debut yarn, Wash ‘n’ Wear Double Crepe DK, a superior strength twist which makes this quality virtually indestructible. Available in shops in a range of eighteen colours, including brown (shown above).
From any angle! This poncho has the colour and texture of Fall written all over it, from the Katia Sport Collection. Knit in Azteca, an aran weight wool blend available in twenty-two stunning colourways.
Try a hybrid on for size! This striking design combines a cosy pullover and poncho all in one. A classic go anywhere style designed for warmth and easy layering, leaflet #1482 is from the Diamond Luxury Collection. Knit in Fine Merino Superwash Aran, a soft and luxurious yarn highlighting six new shades for Fall. Chestnut (shown above).
A change of direction! Impress your knitting friends with this trendy topper featuring a central medallion bordered by ridges and cables. Design #9677 from Sirdar. Knit in Click DK, a proven winner from Sirdar, with four new shades this season, cream, flannel grey, indigo, and hemp white (shown above).
Last but not least! Welcome the change in weather with this super quick knit slipover poncho knit on 10.00 mm needles. Design #9605 by Sirdar with sizes ranging from four years to adult. Knit in Big Softie, a plush wool and acrylic mixture with four new and natural shades for Fall- fleckie, mellow, nubbly, and wispy (shown above).