This Wrapped Up Poncho design is by the very talented Susanne Sommer of Sosu Knits. I’ve been following her on Instagram for a while and admiring her stunning designs. She loves coral, mint/teal, speckled yarn and brioche which I still have not tried yet but very excited to learn at an upcoming overseas knitting retreat I’m going to.
At the last minute I had to cancel my whole trip to Knit August Nights in New Zealand last year due to a health scare so I was very excited to book my trip again this year and get all the classes I wanted. I’m currently knitting Stephen West’s eyeball shawl which has a brioche edge so I hope to learn brioche at the retreat so that I can perhaps even finish it on plane trip home.
Anyway back on to this beautiful wrapped up poncho which I’ve been wearing quite a bit and it actually gets a lot of compliments when I do wear it.
The yarn was actually using leftovers from two previous projects. The brighter stripe is Madelinetosh Tosh DK Oceana which was leftover from a Ziggy jumper I made for my son and the main colour is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK Turquoise leftover from a Sassafras Beanie I made for myself.
I think it’s the asymmetry of the poncho which catches everyone’s eye and makes it stand out. The only problem wearing it is you can’t lift your (left) arm up too high unless you want to be adjusting it constantly. You could also use a brooch or a pin to help keep everything in place but that might spoil the nice clean lines of the design in my opinion.
You can customise the pattern with as many colours or stripes as you like and make it as long as you desire. Keeping it a bit shorter I felt would minimise the adjusting and it’s fine really I just tent to use my right arm more anyway.
Perfect piece to go with my cloche hat and the beautiful gardens at Lilianfels in the Blue Mountains of NSW where we stayed for our 13 year wedding anniversary. Very Downton Abbey don’t you think?
I did cast on another one of Sosu’s Knits called the Summer Sorbet which is another asymmetrical poncho similar to the wrapped up poncho and knitted top down but a lighter more playful version with lots of different stitches and colours but I’ve put this on hold until the weather warms up. It looks like a really fun and interesting knit using some 4ply fingering weight yarn if you’re up for something a bit more challenging.
Lots of knitting posts on the blog lately with winter here in Australia and I have been doing lots of late night knitting by the fire too. Have you made any of Sosu’s patterns before? I don’t mind Winter at all as I don’t feel bad getting cozy by the fire crafting up a storm. What is on your needles?