This kind of counts as stash knit-down because I am using yarn that I bought last year, intending to make a sweater. I didn't like how that sweater was turning out, so I started making another sweater. When I split that one for the front and back and tried it on, I knew I was never going to like it. It was baggy on the top and too form fitting on the bottom. My tummy does not need anything form fitting. Soooo.....
I want to make a poncho. It has to have lots of cables, saddle shoulders (for interesting construction) and a turtleneck. I have not found a pattern to satisfy these desires. Therefore, I must design something. Famous. Last. Words.
The first thing that one needs to know when designing anything is gauge. My particular gauge with this yarn and with the needle I want to use is seven stitches per inch. That's the fairly easy part.
The second thing one needs to know is body measurements. I measured around the top of my body, with my arms at my side and got 42 inches. I don't want my poncho to cling to my body, so I figured in four inches of positive ease to start, with it increasing to a yet undetermined circumference later.
Now comes the fun part - the math! It's fairly straightforward. I need to have 23 inches per side, at seven stitches per inch. That means I need to multiply 7X23 to get 161 stitches. I need to divide the stitches up between two saddles of still-unknown size and design, plus the stitches I will cast on for the neck opening. I need to figure out which cable and filler designs I will use and I need to figure out how to make slits for my hands to go through. I'm wondering if an afterthought sort of thing would work?
I really want this to work. I can see it so clearly in my head. I just need to make it come out of my hands.