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Blessed
08-14-2007, 09:48 AM
My mom was recently at Hospice and the nurses there noticed my knitting. They said that someone had made a poncho for them that was a complete circle that they could put over the ladies heads. They loved it and asked if I would consider making them several to keep for future patients. I would love to do this in my mom's memory, but have no idea how to start it. Does anyone have a pattern or suggestions ? They said that the opening was big enough to easily go over the persons head and rest on their shoulders. The length came down to about the persons lap. It was all one piece, so it is not a wrap or shawl, just one big giant circle with a hole for the head. Can someone please help me ?

Susan P.
08-14-2007, 09:56 AM
I had one of those as a young teen. I can see why they would find them so useful.

Take a look through the ponchos here. I am sure there will be a suitable one. Nice to do this as a tribute to your mom and gift from you both :)

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/ponchos.php

marykz
08-14-2007, 10:03 AM
I just bought a pattern from Artyarns for this type of poncho, for their thick Museum yarn: but it has a turtleneck which might be hard to put over someone else's head- but the idea is pretty simple- it was worked from the bottom hem up: cast on a large number of stitches, join in the round, knit (in stockingette) to just below the shoulder, then do symmetrical decreases to the neck. pm me for more details if you don't find something at knittingpatterncentral as suggested by Susan.....

suzeeq
08-14-2007, 10:27 AM
Alternatively, you could CO enough stitches that would be about 26-30", join and increase several stitches every few rounds for about 12-16 inches, then knit without increasing. Or something along the lines of a pinwheel blanket, just with a large opening in the middle instead of closed up.

knitaholic
08-14-2007, 08:54 PM
Try Knitting Pure and Simple--they have a poncho pattern written in the round--it's available in a child's pattern and in an adult pattern. I've made the child's pattern several times and it is a pretty poncho. The adult's pattern is the same, made with bulky yarn. Their patterns are easy and are written well.

Knitaholic

Jints
08-14-2007, 11:44 PM
Alternatively, you could CO enough stitches that would be about 26-30", join and increase several stitches every few rounds for about 12-16 inches, then knit without increasing. Or something along the lines of a pinwheel blanket, just with a large opening in the middle instead of closed up.

here are basics on knitting a circle
http://cena.ladefoged.org/patterns/piorpie.htm
and baby blanket for construction ideas
http://www.knitlist.com/00gift/round-baby-blanket.htm

Could a mitred square with a neck hole in center work in similar way as circular poncho?

suzeeq
08-15-2007, 12:30 AM
I think it could.. you could make a squared off one by doing double increases in 4 corners.