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.  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.  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)

 

 

108 thoughts on “October KAL – Match Play

  1. I have a question about Part Two. It says to leave a 12 Foot tail. Is this a typo? I was thinking a 12 INCH! Thanks for another great knit-a-long.

  2. I’m slowe than the average knitter.. and an ignorameous regarding technology….
    I store the clues as bookmarks on my ipad, is this considered downloading so I will have access as I tortoise my way through the pattern?

  3. Glad you are underway! There are no side seams to this poncho. Refer to the sketch at the top of my Home page and you will see how it sits on the body with the sides open. It makes it easy to toss on and perfect for shopping.

  4. Hi Michelle, I have started the KAL and I’m almost done with the second repeat of the diamond pattern. Just have a question. I had asked you before the KAL started if the pattern was seamless and you said there were shoulder seams only (with a video). Now that we started, I am wondering – are there not side seams? Thanks.
    Mary 🙂

  5. Hi Michelle, I love the pattern you never disappointe thank you. I have a question I started the pattern I am on row 15 of the diamond pattern and row 7 of the dot pattern. I just realized that I am using the smaller gauge needles, when do I change over to the larger size needles in my case they are the #6 needles. Can I just change over now to the larger needles?

  6. So sorry to hear about your boo-boo! I recommend looking at the chart, even if you are knitting from the written instructions, since it gives you a visual cue on the design. A left twist is a member of the cable family and I think if you watch my Fixing a Mis-crossed Cable video you will be able to repair your work. Hope this helps!

  7. Hello all! Made a big boo-boo (). I’m in the body of the KAL on diamond pattern row 1 and I accidentally missed the second sets of k6 so instead of me doing k6, LT, k6 I did k6, LT. By the time I realized it I was at the end of the section and off count. I tried ripping back and now I have an ugly bar on the right side so I’m pretty sure in ripping back I dropped a stitch. That I can fix but I don’t want to do it again. How do you rip back a LT?

  8. Gauge should always be worked in the project yarn with the needles you will be using for the piece. For example, bamboo needles may yield a different gauge than metal needles, etc. I hope the package of yarn arrives for you today!

  9. I ordered my yarn and am anxiously awaiting delivery. I’ve never done a knit along. I usually knit things in which gauge is not that important. Is it possible for me to check gauge with another DK yarn or does it have to be this yarn? I can’t wait to get started!

  10. Perfect. Yes, looking at the pattern chart helped. I did not knit the second K6. I made 6 LT’s. And a life line makes ripping out the stitches a whole lot less scary. Thank you.

  11. I am guessing that you either forgot the sl 1, k2 before the *k6, LT, k6 or are having trouble with the LT. Compare your 48 sts between the markers with the chart and see if you have all of the stitches in the correct places. If you do need to rip out this row, I recommend placing a lifeline in the last Set Up row to protect your work. Keep me posted.

  12. I am on the row 1 of the dot/diamond pattern. The line reads *k6, LT, k6; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2, sl 1 wyib. and I’m concerned for two reasons. One I cannot complete the last 6K and two I have more the 3 sts before the marker. I do have 48 sts between the markers? Can you help? I don’t want to continue if I need to rip out the stitches.

  13. I’m happy to help you! I would go with the #5 needles since it gets you closest to the stated gauge. It is always best to go with the stitches over 4” because it gives you more stitches to capture an accurate count.

  14. Hi Michelle, I am just now starting my gauge. I used size 6 needles and got 22 sts. Over 4 inches and and 5 sts. In 1”. So then I draped to size 5 needles and got 22 1/2 sts in 4” and 5 3/4 sts in 1”. My question is do I use the size 5 needles because I got the 1” measurement or is this all wrong and if it is wrong could you direct me to where I can get this straight or can you explain it to me, I know you are busy if you can help I would be very great full. Thank you Michelle for another beautiful pattern.

  15. Either of those hooks sizes are fine since the stitches are formed by the size of the knitting needle and not the size of the hook. As long as you can grab the yarn comfortably with the hook then it is okay to use.

  16. Michelle, I have a question about which crochet hook to use to cast on. I will be using size 5 knitting needles to obtain the correct gauge. I noticed the Size F crochet hook is “3.75mm” which is she same as the size 5 knitting needles. Should I cast on with the Size F, or go to the next size smaller, Size E?

  17. “Michelle will be releasing tempting, mini clues up until the KAL debut on October 4th so stay tuned.” Did I miss them???

  18. This is my second KAL, really looking forward to getting started! I received my Sueno in the Barn Door color, which is a beautiful, sort of muted red. I was disappointed that the length on the gauge swatch was about 4 and 3/8 inches rather than 4. I knitted a swatch using size 5 needles instead of 6, and it came out just right.

  19. Gauge can be confusing! Your stitches are bigger than the stated gauge which is why you have fewer stitches over 4″. The stitches need to be smaller to fit more inside of the 4″. Use one needle size smaller and I bet you will be spot on. As for the row gauge, in this case it isn’t crucial. Your rows are bigger than gauge which is why you have less per 4″. You can either embrace that your poncho will be longer or you can just knit fewer rows.

  20. I’m still learning, so this gauge business has me a bit confused! I knitted my swatch to check my gauge and four inches consist of 22 stitches and 28 rows. The stitch count is off by one from what you have listed, but the row count is off by five which doesn’t sound like it would be alright. What are your thoughts on this? And if I need to change needles what size should I use? I am very excited to try this but I want it to be right after all the work I am going to put into it.
    Thanks your your help.
    MJ

  21. Sorry that the link was not working for you! I am happy to recommend a shop near you or one that will gladly ship. Send me an email to [email protected] with location info and I will resend you the supplier list along with a local source if possible.
    I have had many women try on the poncho from 0 to 2X and all love it. Each side is 35″ yielding a 70″ circumference. Should you like to make the poncho longer then I would purchase one more skein of yarn.

  22. the Sueno yarn link takes me to Skacel for yarn ordering, but there is no obvious new user registration method. I am trying to figure out how to order yarn so that I can join the KAL. Also, one size does not always fit all, I size 18 so wanted to know about the amount of yard and if it can be sized up.

  23. Yes, you will go down one needle size for your larger needle as well.
    Gauge is a personal quality as unique as you. You walk the way you walk, talk the way you talk and knit the way you knit. Just embrace how you knit and know that you just need to often go down a needle size. That’s why they make so many needle sizes:)

  24. I did take your suggestion and went down to a size 5 needle and my gauge on my sample is 23 sts equal 4 inches and 15 rows equal 2 inches. So when do my poncho I will use the size 5 for my smaller needles. Should I also drop down a size for the larger needle?
    Is there a way one can improve their gauge in future knitting? I always tend to knit looser. I am a Continental knitter but I have even tried English knitting thinking that would improve my knitting but it seems to still be the same. Any suggestions?

  25. 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!

  26. I would like to join you Oct Match Play and make the poncho but am unsure how
    to sign up, pls advise steps needed to enjoy this class.

  27. Just knit up my swatch…I’m right on target. The sueno yarn is absolutely gorgeous! I ordered color 1134 which is a beautiful light blue. This is my 6th or 7th KAL with you and I’m looking forward to another successful project. Cheers!

  28. So far on my swatch it measures 23 sts equals 4 1/4 inches and 16 rows equals 2 inches. Will this work? My swatch measurements that I took were for an unwashed swatch.

  29. I would love to join your KAL in October. I live in Canada. Would Cascade 220 Superwash Sport work for this poncho? How many skeins should I order.
    Love the pattern and am always eager to learn new stitches.
    Thanks.
    Shirley Cook

  30. 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?

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

  35. 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!!

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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?

  39. 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!

  40. 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?

  41. 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!

  42. 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:)

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

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

  45. 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!

  46. 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!

  47. 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.

  48. 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!

  49. 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!

  50. 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?

  51. 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!

  52. 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.

  53. 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?

  54. 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!

  55. 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!

  56. 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.

  57. 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!

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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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