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The Pirinoa Poncho

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A few months ago, Mary Furness-Weir of Maniototo Wool, approached me to help her design a child’s poncho.

I was intrigued by the concept that she suggested, and thought it would be a nice challenge to design a garment for a change, so I said yes.

Today, after much swatching and discussion and test knitting (thanks Mary!), we are delighted to present The Pirinoa Poncho!

Pirinoa poncho

DK Pirinoa Poncho

The poncho has been designed to fit children aged 18 months – 4 years old.  There are two versions of the pattern – one in Maniototo Wool’s 100% wool DK and the other in Maniototo Wool’s 100% wool aran weight yarn. The little girl (2 yrs old) is wearing the DK version, and the little boy (3 yrs old) is wearing the aran weight version.

Aran weight Pirinoa Poncho

I am so in love with how the poncho has turned out, especially now I see it on the children it will fit.  These stunning photographs were taken by Emma Mehlhopt (said Mel-hop), a very talented photographer, who specialises in photographing children and family portraits (Cheekyart.co.nz). Hasn’t she done a super, super job!?  I am so grateful to Emma for these beautiful photographs. And to the models’ mums for allowing their adorable children to be photographed.

Pirinhoa Poncho

There is a backstory to this design:  Once upon a time, Mary’s grandchildren had a poncho a bit like this.  They wore it from the time they were two years old and right up until they went to school.  It was a family favourite, very handy for throwing on between car and house, particularly in the bitter coastal winters where they live in the Wairarapa (the area is called Pirinoa, hence the name of this poncho). Mary thought that perhaps there may be other children who would also love to have a poncho like this, and so the concept was born.

This design has a special place in my heart:  it was designed in the Wairarapa, inspired by a Wairarapa family, photographed in the Wairarapa on little models who also live there, and is named after a place in the Wairarapa. In a way, it encapsulates a lot of what I loved about living there.  Family, friendship, community, lifestyle.  Thank you Mary, for giving me the opportunity to work with you on this one.

The pattern can be obtained in several ways:

  • A single printed leaflet from the Maniototo wool website, or at any outlets that sell the yarns – Country Rumours, 11 Talbot St, Geraldine; The Woolroom, 52B Ribbonwood Road, Geraldine, or markets such as KAN (Napier) and WOOLFEAST (Christchurch);
  • Printed patterns are available at The Land Girl, Pirinoa Village, where it is available in a kit including enough wool to make the poncho in either Aran or DK weights and a circular bamboo knitting needle. The first kits to sell will include a set of beautiful handmade wooden buttons; and

Handmade buttons

  • In soft copy (PDF) from my Ravelry store. DK version here and Aran weight version here.

Each of the printed patterns (from any outlet) will contain a one-time use only code so that you can also download the pattern to your Ravelry library.

Pirinoa Poncho

Yarn for the pattern can be obtained from Maniototo Wool’s website, where you can choose your colours. There is plenty of lovely Aran wool available. Orders for the new season’s DK yarn will be placed on a waitlist (it is still at the mill).

Mary and I look forward to seeing your own versions of these cute ponchos pop up on your project pages soon!

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28 thoughts on “The Pirinoa Poncho

  1. Pity my boys are too big for this now, I love Maniototo wool. I’m knitting with the Aran weight at the moment and can’t wait till it’s finished and I can wear it.

  2. I’d love to see this pattern up-sized for older children!

  3. I love this Poncho, what a handy garment. We need an adults pattern now! 😘

  4. Oh that’s absolutely gorgeous – could I knit one in anticipation of a grandchild – one day? Certainly looks timeless. Well done!

  5. That is just lovely. The children look impish and angelic and very cosy. What a fabulous job you did.

  6. What a great pattern you have designed. It seems to be a very practical and useful garment for young kids. I’d love to make one for my granddaughter out of some bright colored yarn.

  7. Your talents are endless! This is such a lovely pattern. 🙂

  8. Congratulations to you both 🌟
    Gorgeous pattern in a gorgeous wool & beautifully photographed too😃

  9. That is THE BEST looking poncho I have ever seen. Generally I do not like them but these are beaut!

  10. This is exactly what I have been after fir my granddaughters for winter. Thank you

  11. They look great – I love that the cables extend to the hood and the design allows for plenty of arm movement!

  12. I adore ponchos! They are perfect for keeping your shoulders, chest and back warm while allowing your arms to be free from any restrictions. In Queensland’s winters they are the perfect garment and I own quite a few of them. I love this little pattern; it’s adorable 🙂

    • I have just finished my own poncho (a couple of years later.. ahem!) It is great! And now I have plans to make more! I can see why you like them.

  13. Any chance of adult pattern

  14. That is an adorable pattern, great photography and beautiful children! Congrats on another wonderful design.

    • It did turn out well, didn’t it? Those children are just too cute – I nearly cried when I saw how gorgeous the photos were.

  15. How about a grown up version? Love these though.

  16. A beautiful looking pattern. Very impressed

  17. Too cute – what a super job you’ve done (yarnie, photographer, designer and the models)

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  19. Worth having another babe just to make one of these!