Zarina & Night
Zarina & Night
Ciao a tutti,
Today we are talking about the Ollie Poncho from my Fall/Winter 18/19 collection. Ponchos are some of the best projects you can create! They’re easy to knit, fun to wear, and universal to all! Every time I put on my Ollie Poncho it makes me feel amazing. It has a little bit of sparkle, amazing drape, and is flattering on all body types!
Sportweight knitting for so many can be very intimidating because projects on small needles can be a large time investment. There’s a bigger emphasis on keeping your gauge steady, especially in a stockinette stitch, and there’s always more yardage when using a size 3-4 needle. I understand these concerns all too well and that’s exactly why I used Zarina to create this pattern. I really wanted this piece to stand the test of time, so what’s better than a machine washable performance grade merino?
Not only does Zarina have durability, but it’s also elastic and very forgiving. The “Zara Family” of yarns perform best when you hold your tension firmly and use the recommended needle size. Since Zarina is reinforced with a Z-twist it is very easy to manipulate and shape your garments without worry when you block them. This will even out the stitches and give you the machine-knit look we’re all searching for!
I also added Night into this pattern because I wanted to jazz it up a little bit while keeping true to its classic nature. Night is a single ply lamè that adds so much sheen without juristically changing the hand of Zarina, a big problem with most lamès. There is a border around the body with the two yarns held together as well as a small decorative edge on the collar. In my piece I chose solid navy for both yarns, however, there are over 60 Zarina colors in solids, mélanges, mosaicos, and chinés that match back to our Night’s colorways. The more you play around with it the more unique your piece will look!
The Ollie Poncho requires very little shaping and is perfect for beginners trying to make larger pieces. It’s an easy level pattern that also includes schematics for you to follow along. If you have been thinking about investing in a large fine weight piece but have been nervous or just putting it off, try the Ollie Poncho. When you knit Ollie, you won’t have to worry about fit, it’s fun, and versatile! But the best part yet, it can be worn for most of the year when you layer it according to the weather. I promise you won’t regret it, so to push you in the right direction I’m even offering the pattern for free during the month of February when you sign up to the FDC newsletter! I hope you enjoy Ollie as much as I do!
Ms. F Crosa