Seaham Sheer Poncho

This Seaham Sheer Poncho is a light, extremely airy, all seasons addition to your already stylish wardrobe. Born on the breathtaking coast beloved of the poet Byron:

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in its roar.”

The Poncho is part cowl, part body hugging sheer warmer, ideal for strolling on the lonely shore under or over an overcoat, or on its own over a light summer dress in the warmer months. The gently shaped upper cowl has the option to convert into a comforting hood. Then there’s a change of knitting direction and the body is worked as a shaped piece constructed using the first part of Susie Myers’ ingenious Contiguous Method.

The construction is custom-fit, and has been tested on sizes from XS to XXL so it will fit you too. You try on and decide on length of cowl or hood, width of shoulders, length from shoulders to hem, according to how you want it to fit. You can extend in five areas specified in the pattern to give you exactly the shape, style and fit you want.

You  need:

100g  of a fine laceweight or 100- 250g of light fingering yarn with a long colour change. The size M sample uses under 100g of Aade Long 8/1 but you could also use something like a laceweight Zauberball, or any laceweight yarn in space dyed colours. One of those beautiful hanks of artisan hand-dyed would work really well. Or if you prefer solid colour, Colourmart’s Extra Fine Merino in a laceweight would be magnificent.

3mm, 3.75mm and 4mm circular needles. They will need to be long enough to go around your body so that you can try on for size without having to put your work-in-progress onto scrap yarn. 150cm would be ideal.  You could also use the kind of long double pointed needles that are used for gansey-making. Five, at least, or however many you need to get all the stitches on the needles.

A large-eyed needle for sewing in ends, an optional piece of ribbon or cord for the cowl tie, and a large safety pin.

Pattern Difficulty

There is a slightly spicy beginning and ending, with a lot of very relaxing simple stocking stitch in the middle. But there are options for avoiding the most spicy, so this pattern will be suitable for an adventurous beginner or intermediate knitter.


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