Ciao a tutti,
The Giselle Poncho is a classic cabled garment that I am absolutely in love with this season! Ponchos always have a special place in the Fall/ Winter collections because they’re so cute and easy to wear! You can throw them on over whatever you like, and it makes a deceivingly comfortable outfit look well put together! Not to mention ponchos work for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes!
The Giselle Poncho is knit up using Zara Solid, FDC’s longest running and most popular yarn in the entire collection. The classic “Zara Family” of yarns is made from extrafine superwash merino wool, and Zara is the DK-worsted weight version. Superwash means the yarn is treated to be machine washable without shrinkage. Furthermore, what makes the Zara family so special is the way in which the fibers are spun. Utilizing a technique called “Z Twist”, merino fibers are spun, plied, and finally twisted in opposite direction. This technic ensures our Zara yarn will not split during the knitting or unraveling process. These are true performance yarns, which is what separates Zara from the million other merinos on the market.
When I designed the Giselle Poncho, I included a roll neck for warmth, a bell shape, and balloon sleeves with ribbed cuffs. I believe it’s important to have sleeves, especially in a heavy fall winter poncho, because it gives you so much more mobility. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn a poncho and felt like I was rendered useless because I couldn’t move my arms, and if I did, my entire stomach ended up popping out. Trust me, nobody wanted to see that... so with Giselle, I have solved that problem! Giselle has cascading vertical cables to elongate the torso, and an extended length stopping just below the hips. This makes for a flattering silhouette while providing some coverage over your bum, so you can pair with any bottoms you like.
Because Zara is such a staple in the collection, it comes in over 60 colors in 3 variations: Zara solid, Zara Mélange, and Zara Chiné. Zara solid, as you’ve probably guessed, is created using one solid color. Zara Mélange has a heathered effect that’s created by using two different hues of fibers that are then spun together and plied, creating a yarn with tons of depth. The mélange effect is especially useful in creating colors that seem flat rather than vibrant as a solid, for example a true grey. The last variant is Zara Chiné. This yarn has two different colors that are plied together to create an interesting colorwork effect, adding a sense of texture to the yarn.
Moreover, the Giselle poncho is an easy level knit pattern with both charts and schematics included. Worked in the flat, this pattern is great for knitters looking to extend their skills into basic cables and full garments but are not yet ready for a top-down sweater. If you’d like to knit a Giselle of your own, you can find all my patterns on Ravelry, Facebook, Instagram, and of course on my website Filaturadicrosa.com.
Ms. F Crosa