October KAL – Match Play

Join me this October for Match Play, a poncho featuring high-impact textured stitches and great techniques.  Match Play has a bit of structure as I nudge you toward full sweater knitting.  The best aspect of this poncho is that it has an easygoing fit to be figure-flattering on everyone.  Match Play’s design features a vertical central motif to elongate every silhouette and who doesn’t like that?

I discovered a new way to execute a favorite stitch that will forever change this technique for you.  Perhaps life changing is a bit strong of a term, but it certainly rocked my world!  I am excited to share the updated stitch and its accompanying video with you.

The true luxury of Match Play is due to the glorious Sueno yarn.  This merino/bamboo blend gives the fabric drape, fluidity and sheen along with excellent stitch definition.

The photo above shows my initial design sketch.  I will be releasing tempting, mini clues up until the KAL debut on October 4th so stay tuned.

Materials

  • Sueno by HiKoo, 80% merino superwash, 20% viscose from bamboo, 100 g/ 255 yards each, 8 skeins
  • US #6 (4mm) 32” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US #6 (4mm) 16” circular needle
  • US #7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needle
  • Markers, counters (2 separate are helpful), stitch holders (waste yarn works well)
  • Optional: Size F crochet hook for cast on

Gauge

Approximately 23 stitches and 33 rows = 4” in stockinette, knit flat on smaller needle

Size

One size

35” wide across front (70” circumference), 23” long from shoulder to hem (length may be adjusted)

 

 

62 thoughts on “October KAL – Match Play

  1. Received my yarn from Knitting Temptations, OH. Excited to try a Poncho, do not have one! Started my swatch and it is looking like 22 stitches and 15 rows for 2″ using the size 6 needles. Do I stay with them?

  2. It is always a nice idea to work your swatch in advance. If you wait, you will be too excited to get started! You can use any cast on you prefer just be sure to knit several rows away from the cast on when measuring in case your cast on distorts the stitches.

  3. Should we already be doing a swatch with the smaller needle or do we wait until the beginning of the KAL? Does it matter what cast on we do for the swatch?

  4. Do you have a link to a list of suppliers? The shop I ordered from for the last KAL has closed. I saw where you had posted a link in August, but when I tried this link today it didn’t work. Thanks!

  5. I would stay clear of black. As in any textured pattern, the lighter colors show more stitch definition. I chose to knit with gray which is somewhat dark but still yield great definition. Knit with the color you love and it will be beautiful.

  6. I was wondering if using a dark color will make it hard to see stitch detail? Or if you think the dark charcoal would be ok??
    Also, when will get those mini clues??? Anxiously awaiting a sneak peak!!

  7. I have a question regarding color choice. You wrote that charcoal is a great color…but also that the pattern will have highly textured stitches. What colors would best bring out the best “look” of both pattern and style. Looking forward to this project!

  8. I’m ready! I’m so happy to be able to participate in this knit along (I’m allergic to some of the previous yarns). I have chosen the charcoal color and I’m knitting my gauge.

  9. My daughter and I are in! Found our yarn @ Lamb Shoppe in Denver – they were fabulous! Is there anything we need to do besides sign up for your news letter?

  10. If you are unable to find a source to ship internationally, look for a local yarn that gives you the same gauge. The yarn I used, Sueno, is a sport weight yarn. Hope this helps!

  11. Would love to join in the knit along, but I do not live in the US (am from Malaysia). How can I get the materials?

  12. No need for registration and the pattern is FREE. Simply go to my website any time after 9am Eastern time on October 4th to view the first part of the pattern. Part One will include lots of tips, photos and video lessons to help you along the way. You will also be able to download a printable copy for knitting on the go. I monitor questions daily both on my website and in my Ravelry group so it is like having your own private knitting tutor. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email reminder prior to the start of the KAL. Hope to see you in October!

  13. The pattern is only in one size. I am a petite gal barely topping 5′ and it works for me. I also had my 5’10” friend try it on and she loved the length. I think you will be fine:)

  14. I am tall and would like the length to be 29 inches. Do you recommend nine or ten skeins of the sueno?

  15. Looking at the upcoming Match Play – will this poncho pattern have varying sizes? I am thinking of a small person. Thank you.

  16. I know you said the pattern is suited for solid colors, but what do you think about using the tonal colors? Looking forward to casting on!

  17. It is really suited for one color. If you are unsure, wait for Part One to be released before committing to a color. Hope to see you in October!

  18. Have already received my yarn from Makers Mercantile. Excellent service.
    Cannot wait to get started in October. My daughter requested a poncho some time back, so the timing is perfect.
    Also, do we need to block our gauge swatch?
    Thanks for all you do helping us improve as knitters.

  19. I can’t wait to knit the October KAL, Match Play, with you! No need for registration and the pattern is FREE. Simply go to my website any time after 9am Eastern time on October 4th to view the first part of the pattern. Part One will include lots of tips, photos and video lessons to help you along the way. You will also be able to download a printable copy for knitting on the go. I monitor questions daily both on my website and in my Ravelry group so it is like having your own private knitting tutor. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email reminder prior to the start of the KAL. We are going to have lots of fun together!

  20. Michelle I am so excited that this is a poncho. I also appreciate that you make all types of different items with your knit alongs instead of all shawls. I love love love Sueno. Just finished a sweater with it in July. It is so worth it and feels so soft! See you in October!

  21. I live in the Austin / Round Rock Texas area and at least online, none of my local knitting shops have this yarn. Can you recommend one in my area?

  22. I can’t wait to knit the October KAL, Match Play, with you! No need for registration and the pattern is FREE. Simply go to my website any time after 9am Eastern time on October 4th to view the first part of the pattern. Part One will include lots of tips, photos and video lessons to help you along the way. You will also be able to download a printable copy for knitting on the go. I monitor questions daily both on my website and in my Ravelry group so it is like having your own private knitting tutor. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email reminder prior to the start of the KAL. We are going to have lots of fun together!

  23. The Skacel warehouse is full of Sueno! Shops can easily order your yarn and have it to you in plenty of time. Please let me know if you need a recommendation.

  24. I have already decided I must do this KAL. I have picked out my yarn color. I have not found one online yarn shop, or local shop that carries more than 3 skeins of Sueno #1164. Will Skacel be able to supply yarn in time to handle this KAL?

  25. All of my knit alongs are mystery projects. I will be sharing lots of hints before the first clue is released to give you an idea of what the poncho will look like. While this sounds scary, thousands of knitters have knit along with me and are very happy with the results. Half of the fun is the anticipation of the upcoming section! If this doesn’t suit you, you can wait until Part 1 is revealed on October 4th and it will show what the front will look like and you can jump in. Join my Ravelry group to see all of the chatter and perhaps it will put your mind at ease. Hope to knit with you in October!

  26. Thanks for knitting Building Blocks with me! I think this KAL would be perfect for someone like you. You will learn some new techniques that will build on the foundation of skills you learned. Go for it!

  27. I can’t wait to knit the October KAL, Match Play, with you! No need for registration and the pattern is FREE. Simply go to my website any time after 9am Eastern time on October 4th to view the first part of the pattern.

  28. Our sponsor, Skacel Collection, generously opens the KAL to all knitters with their chosen yarn. you don’t need to use Sueno, but it is fabulous!

  29. I’m very interested in your Match Play Poncho. What level knitter should you be for this project ? I’m fairly new. I’ve made your blocks throw and am currently working on a baby blanket. Just wondering if I can handle it. Thanks for your advice.

  30. Just ordered my yarn! This looks like a pattern that I will actually wear and love. I was so happy to see that we are going to use Sueno again. I loved using it for the Ambiguous Kal.

  31. Which weight yarn does this pattern use, the worsted or DK? Sorry if it says so in the description. I just didn’t see it.

    Love the pattern….

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