Oooh, I Want That! That’s pretty much my reaction to patterns that I absolutely love. Unfortunately, I love far more patterns than I could possibly knit. The combination of wanting to make lots and lots of garments (all at the same time) and not being a super speedy knitter means that there are a lot of favorites out there that get no love from me. So I figure a good way to get them some love is to share my inspiration with you all.
The first time I saw this Oakwood Poncho, I was bringing in the mail, dropped the pile on the kitchen table, pulled out the KnitPicks catalog and immediately shrieked “oooh I want that!”. I had a million ideas racing through my brain before the damn left, logical side of my brain piped up with “but you’ll never make it! you have too many other things you’re making!”. But instead of wallowing in my own inability to knit a garment in one day, I put together a few ideas I had for making this AMAZING looking poncho.
The original colors in this pattern look awesome, but the color palette doesn’t fit in my style. However, Wool of the Andes Tweed yarn is perfect and I’d love to see this knit up with some rich jewel tones.
Or (OR!) for something that can go with everything, a grayscale version! Because you can never have too much gray in your wardrobe.
And because I can never get enough of The Plucky Knitter colors (yes, I know, it’s a problem), I put together a few color combos that would be so fun to knit up.
As for yarn bases, since the pattern calls for worsted weight, Trusty would be an excellent choice. Traveler Aran would make for a super snuggly poncho (it’s technically Aran weight, but it can definitely be knit up at a slightly tighter gauge to give the softness a little extra stability). And I think Scholar would be the closest match to KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Tweed.
Deep & Moody
A ‘Lil Bit Vintage
Warm & Sunny
And of course, we can’t leave out everyone’s favorite (right? I feel like everybody lurves this yarn so hard), Madelinetosh! This pattern would work really well with Tosh Vintage and I just can’t resist this new Neon Peach colorway. To keep it from getting too crazy, I’d limit the rest of the colors to true neutrals and use only 3 colors total (repeating the neutral zig zag color twice). Keeping the rest of garment neutral really let’s that Neon Peach make a bold yet refined statement.
Neon Peach Pop
Now I’m kind of tempted to make this poncho for myself. But it’s probably, definitely a bad idea given the amount of in progress projects I have. Damn you, temptation!
Do you guys have any plans to make this Oakwood Poncho? Share your yarn and color combos with me!
I love hearing about your own ideas!