Navajo-Inspired Poncho

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Bold geometric motifs reminiscent of Pendleton wool blankets give this Shelter poncho lasting appeal. Worked from charts in textured knit, purl, and slipped stitches, Nomad begins with shoulder shaping and is worked downward to the center of the front and back. Consecutive bands of twisted stitches create a horizontal braid effect to divide the motifs. The lower pieces are knit from the hem up and joined to form a decorative ridge. This light, warm garment can be pivoted 90 degrees and worn with the side ribbing as the front hem for an alternate look.


  • 1420 (1520, 1620, 1745) yards of worsted weight wool yarn


Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.

  • 18 stitches & 28 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch or Chart B with Size A needle(s), after blocking
  • 18 stitches & 32 rows = 4″ in 2×2 Ribbing with Size B needle(s), after blocking

Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • Two 32″ (or longer) circular needles and one spare needle (any style or length), in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Ribbing)

  • One each 16″ and 32″ circular needles, two sizes smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)
Finished dimensions
  • 36½ (38¼, 40, 41¾)” width (not including ribbing)
  • Intended to fit 30-34 (36-40, 42-46, 48-52)” bust circumference
  • Sample shown is 36½” wide on 34-36″ model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern

  • Chain Selvedge
  • Cabled Cast On
  • Purl Cabled Cast On
  • Joinery Bind Off (Three-Needle Bind Off)
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