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Woodlands Poncho Knitting Instructions

I’ve had so many requests about our Woodlands Poncho and Scarves  knitting patterns. Each garment is unique and I make the patterns up as I knit. I am definitely not a pattern writer but would like to share my method so you can all have a go at knitting your own poncho or scarf . The instructions are pretty free style and it’s best to just go with it!

Materials

500 grams of Harvest Wool in as many colours as you like, I suggest 4 or 5 different colours, 2 x strands used throughout.

200 grams for a scarf .

You may put together the colours your self or choose one of our Woodland Poncho packages.

1 x pair of 10mm knitting needles, a wool needle for stitching together and sewing in ends, a crochet hook for fringing.

Woodlands Poncho

Tension  

10cm square  12 stitches x 14 rows

Two strands of Harvest Wool on 10mm needles

Skeins of wool should be rolled into balls preferably on a ball winder or around something solid so both ends of the ball can be used together.

Always a good idea to check tensions, I am a fairly loose knitter so, if you’re not maybe 11mm or 12mm needles could be used.

Tension check

 

The Shape

We are basically knitting a rectangle which is folded in half to make a square and when completed stitched 2/3 of the way together leaving enough room for your head. The finished Rectangle should measure approx 65cm x 130cm , when folded in half a 65 cm square.

Woodlands Poncho

 

Knitting

These are free style instructions to get your creativity flowing and so we all have our own original poncho, it works like this…..

As a visual person, I like to see a diagram, so below you will see graphs, each square represents a stitch, and each diagram represents 12 stitches and 3 rows of knitting.

You may follow the diagrams in order, or you can mix them up.

Lets Get Started

With 2 strands of Harvest Wool and 10mm knitting needles cast on 60 stitches for the poncho ( 28 stitches for the scarf)

: with colour 1 – knit 3 rows in garter stitch

: with colour 2 –  and knit 6 x rows in moss stitch

: with colour 3 knit 2 rows of stocking stitch,  add spots in colour 1 and colour 4 – see fair isle chart

: with colour 4 and colour 1 work in stocking stitch and follow fair isle chart

: with colour 3 work 3 rows in stocking stitch

:  with colour 2 work in garter stitch for a few rows

: working in stocking stitch follow fair isle chart

: with colour 3 work in moss stitch for for 5 rows

: work 9 rows in garter stitch, 3 x with colour 4, 3 x with colour 1 and 3 with colour 2

: with colour one follow the fair isle chart for spots again  adding colour 4 and colour 2 as spots

: with colour 4 work 10 rows in moss stitch

: change to colour 3 and working in stocking stitch follow a fair isle chart for 10 rows

: work in garter stitch in colour 3 for 6 rows

: work 12 rows in stocking stitch in stripes, 1 x row in colour 1, 1 x row in colour 2, 1 x row in colour 3, 1 x row in colour 4…… repeat 3 times

: with colour 4 work in stocking stitch and follow fair isle chart for 8 rows

: work 3 x rows in moss stitch with colour 2 and 2 x rows with colour 3

: still with colour 3 work 2 rows in garter stitch and then 5 in moss stitch, 2 x rows in garter stitch and another 2 x rows in moss stitch

: in colour 4 follow another spot fair isle chart using colour 1 and colour 2 as spots

: when your work  nearly measures 130cm, finish off with a few rows of garter stitch in a combination of colours left over leaving enough for fringing.

: fold in half to make a square and stitch one side together 2/3 of the way leaving enough room to slip over your head.

: with remai wool ning cut into approx 30cm lengths, fold in half and fringe edges with a crochet hook.

Woodlands Poncho - Mocha

 

Stitches

Moss stitch and stocking stitch

Spots Fair Isle Chart

Fair isle Chart

Fair Isle Chart Woodlands Poncho by Timber and twine

Woodlands Poncho - Mocha

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Marigold + Mohair + Merino

So much fun is to be had in producing your very own yarn from scratch.

Home made from scratch

I’ll attempt to explain the process so you too could have a go.

THE FLEECE

Being new to the beautiful Northern Rivers we needed some animals to eat the ever growing lush grass and weeds and keep them at bay.

We purchased goats, included were some Angoras. Being a textile and fibre lover and spinner for many years I was so excited to grow my own fleece. It’s been a steep learning curve as Angoras don’t thrive here and need special attention, which I’m more than happy to give. Victor is our little Angora wether and blossom our first born goat, who is half Angora, she is strong and lots of trouble.

So along with browsing and grazing we seasonally supplement their feed with grain and lucerne and Himalayan salt licks, regular worming, trimming of hooves and of course a 5 star shelter for them to keep dry ( goats hate getting wet).

All this results in 2 beautiful fleeces that need shearing twice a year. Its a stressful day for me, let alone the goats, I’m always so focused on not nicking them with the shears. All grateful its over I sort and give the smelly fleeces their first wash.

 

Noodles

AUSTRALIAN MERINO

I also purchase Australian merino tops which I often ply with our homegrown merino, the two fibres together produce a beautiful yarn.

Timber and Twine Headquarters
Timber and Twine Headquarters

CARDING AND SPINNING

I don’t like this bit… carding….. and hoping there aren’t too many seeds in their fleece, I usually find so many “farmers friend’s” and just can’t card them all out, hopefully over a few seasons this will improve as the goats eradicate the weeds.

Now to the spinning, so….. I find spinning is relaxing and therapeutic, and also a labour of love. A bobbin of our home grown mohair and a bobbin of merino tops spun, plyed together and wound into skeins to produce 2 x 100 gram skeins takes me the best part of a days work.

DYEING – MAKING COLOURS FROM THE GARDEN

This is the most fun of all!

Blossom and the marigold garden

COLOUR

I love gardening,  growing flowers and veggies, and so much colour can be yielded from plants in your garden and scraps in the compost bin. Marigolds are my favourite so easy to grow and cultivate, buy one packet of seeds, or get some from a friend, and you have marigolds forever. Both the flowers and leaves yield beautiful yellows to oranges, from fresh or dried plant matter. I’m going to run through how I achieved this vibrant yellow, but please, there are no rules. Each dye bath is unique, there are so many variables and experimenting is fun.

marigold freshly picked

Once your marigolds are flowering its time to pick, I picked the flowers only this time, make sure to always leave some flower heads for seeds ( I will scatter some around and leave others on the plant) that will germinate into plants next season.

Adding water to marigolds

Half fill a bucket or pot,  approx 4 litres, of flower heads, cover with water, crush flower heads in your hands and leave for 24- 48 hours to soak, no longer. The colour will leach out of the petals into the water.

Marigold dye

 

MORDANT

Have approx 4 x 100 gram skeins of natural yarn soaking in a mordant of water and alum overnight, it can be wool, hair, linen, cotton, in this case I’ve used my usual combo of mohair and merino, each fibre can absorb colour slightly differently.

New hand spun

Alum is a mineral extract used to help fix the colour to fibre making it vibrant and colour fast. It comes out of the ground, there are different types of alum,  some are used in baking powders and pickling agents, the one I use can be purchased from most pool shops.

You can choose not to use alum. There are other natural mordants which change Ph levels and bring out different results, like vinegar and salt, but that’s a whole other chapter.

Hand spun skeins soaking in a alum mordant

 

Wash your yarn thoroughly.

Dissolve 1/4 cup of alum in cool water, enough to cover your 4 x skeins of yarn, leave soaking overnight, turning a couple of times.

DYE

You will notice colour has leached out of the petals into the water, and you have a orangey plum colour dye liquid.

Before adding the fibre to the dye carefully pour all the flowers and petals into an organza bag, being careful to keep all the dye liquid, this will prevent the fine petals and seeds from getting tangled in with your yarn.

Plant matter in organza bag

So, in a saucepan, pot or cauldron that will hold at least 4 litres add your dye liquid, organza bag holding marigold flowers, and your 4 x skeins of yarn along with all the liquid mordant.

Marigold dye bath

 

Heat slowly on the fire or stove to almost a simmer but not quite. Don’t let it boil as this may felt or shrink your wool. Hold at this temperature stirring gently occasionally for even colour absorption, for an hour or two. Take pot off heat and leave to cool overnight.

Dye pot heating up

 

Stirring

Out of the dye bath

RINSE

Rinse gently in cool water and hang out to dry.

Rising freshly dyed skeins

 

Home grown, hand spun, hand dyed yarn ready for weaving, knitting or crochet.

Mohair + Merino + Marigolds

I dyed a piece of calico in the same dye bath.

Calico dyed in the same dye bath

Have fun!