Sunday, October 31, 2010

Poncho #2: Alternate Sleeves

I am making this poncho for a person who is 5'5" tall, or five inches shorter than the first poncho recipient. This means I have changed the count on the stitches of the base mitered diamonds, and subsequent diamonds and triangles. The original poncho's diamond had 70+1 stitches and now this one has 60+1. All the rest are based on halving and quartering that original number + 1. That's the end of the math. Phew!

But I have also altered the sleeve and that is what I am showing here. The sleeve insert here differs from the first version in that it has straight across top and bottom and is sewn in to the shoulder FIRST, before the sleeve sides are picked up and knit. In this case the sleeve side stitches picked up were 57, a strange number and not all that computable from the above mentioned formula. Nonetheless, that is how it worked out for all four sleeve sides. To be precise here, the diamonds # 1,4,and 7 are based on 31 stitches, while the triangles #2,3,5 and 6 are 16 stitches. The tiny triangles #8,9,10 and 11 are also 16 stitches but have been decreased at the beginning and ending of every front row.
The order of knitting is sort of different too. The tiny triangles that form the straight top and bottom are the last parts to knit.
The sleeve sides are then sewn to the center sleeve panel.
I feel this will make the sleeve a better fit in the final product.
I will be offering an alternate neck finish also, so stayed tuned.


  1. Wow! You have been busy! You do love the puzzle of it all!

  2. judy from northport5:41 PM

    This is wonderful. I have to learn to do these mitred diamonds/triangles...

  3. Anonymous5:45 PM

    Ok, you don't seem to be getting it. We want MORE picts. of Chumley along with the other things.!! He is like reading the funnies every day. Oh, the poncho is beautiful.

  4. Anonymous9:05 PM

    No Chumley in costume for Halloween??

  5. Anonymous1:39 AM

    I love the kimono style you just found and finished. The wool used looks terrific. Yvonne

  6. Wow! You have been busy! You do love the puzzle of it all!

  7. Anonymous8:33 PM

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