This was a fast project! I started knitting the Short Owl Poncho by Bettina Lundgaard on Oct. 7, 2012 and finished it today. I knit it in Cascade 220 Superwash in the Lemon colorway on US Size 8 needles. The pattern calls for an aran wt yarn, but I was able to get gauge with worsted, so I crossed my fingers and started knitting. This poncho is a "One Size Fits Most" poncho that says it will fit sizes S-XL. Being an XL myself, I was holding my breath. Once I finished the knitting, I immediately put it on. Although I'd gotten gauge, it was more snug than a poncho should fit and the fabric was more loose looking than I would've liked. Still, I did work for 4 days on it and wanted to find a solution. A friend of mine suggested that I steek it, knit on a faux button band, and wear it open, like a capelet. Meanwhile, I was thinking that if I couldn't bring myself to steek it (I've never steeked before and the thought of it terrifies me.), I could gift it. While I was contemplating the fate of the poncho, DD asked if she could "see" it. She put it on and asked if she could have it.
Even though the neckline is a tad too big and the poncho a tad too long on her, I caved and gave it to her. She's smitten with it! And she looks 100x better in it than I ever could! I'm going to lightly block it so that the owls are easy to visualize on the bottom, but then it's all hers! Thankfully it's knit in superwash yarn, so it should be easy to care for. I'm going to skip sewing on all of the seed bead eyes on the owls, since DD wouldn't really appreciate all of the fiddly sewing. I think she looks adorable.
After knitting this pattern, I will most definitely knit another. I will also be sure to knit it in ARAN WT as indicated in the pattern. And now that I know the pattern, it'll be very easy to customize the size. For my size, I'll likely add another several owl motifs and an extra few body rows between decreases. One thing I do want to note - the decreases are very visible. They almost look like design features since they are evenly spaced. So if you want your decreases to disappear into your knitting, this knit is not for you. They are quite prominent in the garment. Otherwise, it's a super fast and mindless knit!
Unfortunately, I will not be wearing this poncho to Rhinebeck. And I don't know if I can bring myself to power through another before next Sat, but at least I know a little girl is thrilled with it! She doesn't even want me to block it because she wants to wear it to school tomorrow!