Rodeo Drive Poncho Update

At the request of petite knitters and knitters living in very chilly climates, I’ve updated the Rodeo Drive Poncho pattern to include instructions for a poncho with a shallower neckline. The pattern is identical, otherwise. Here are photos of the two necklines:

This is the original, deeper neckline…

…and this is the new option of a shallower neckline.

If you’ve already purchased the PDF pattern, you should receive an email and/or Ravelry message with a download link to the updated pattern (no charge). If you would like to purchase the PDF version of this pattern, here you go:

This pattern is available in three different formats, each includes links to 4-part video tutorial:

1. PDF Pattern, traditional and printable. $6.00 via PayPal

2. Amazon Kindle digital download (suitable for Kindle devices and devices that use the Kindle app): $6.00 US.

3. eReader (For non-Kindle eReaders, like Sony eReader and Barnes & Noble Nook, or any device using the Google Play Books app) $6.72 US

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If you have purchased an eReader version of the pattern, we’re still trying to find the best way to update these files. If you have an eReader version and you’d like the update, please drop me a note at, and I’ll send you the updated text.

26 comments on “Rodeo Drive Poncho Update

  1. You mention petite knitters. I was wondering if you updated the pattern to make it shorter as well for those of us shorter folks or is the change just to the neckline? Like the newer neckline, by the way, for those of us living where it’s colder.

  2. Darlene – you can make the poncho as long as you like, no real modifications required. Just end after Row 8 of the cable pattern, and start the bottom border.

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  3. I love all your patterns and lessons and especially enjoyed this poncho. I had a thought. Would it be difficult to turn this into a one button shawl, with a garter stitch border by eliminating the cable section and shoulder shaping and knitting back and forth? I would love to see a pattern for that . Since I am not a designer, I wouldn’t know where to place M1 increases or how many to do. The DK weight is perfect for those in between seasons.

    Thank you, Linda

  4. I was wondering if it would be relatively easy to make the sleeves long, vs. 3/4? I did buy the pattern but would really prefer a longer sleeve….

  5. Sandi – this pattern doesn’t have sleeves, since it is a poncho. The instructions and yarn amounts are for knitting a poncho to the wrist, not 3/4 length.

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  6. Guage will drive me insane!!! 4.5 mm = 5.25 stitches per inch and 5.0 mm = 4.75 stitches per inch.

    It’s like 1/4 stitch either way. Would you stay with the 4.5 or move up a size?

  7. Jennifer – I got 18 repeats on the one I knit for myself, and fewer (don’t know how many) on the one I knit for my mom. The number of repeats is really unique to the wearer…you want to make it long enough so that it hits the spot right between your wrist and your hand. Eighteen was perfect for me, but I’m nearly 6′ tall, and I knit my mom’s to fit her, she’s 5’5″.

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  8. Hi, Sandi again. What colour polish are u wearing the Rodeo Drive video? Dumb question, I know, but I just love it.

  9. Sandra – sorry. I usually list out my nail polish color in the video description, but I didn’t on this one, and I’m not sure. I think it might be OPI “I’m Not Really a Waitress”

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  10. Hi Staci
    I’m knitting your Rodeo Drive Poncho and really loving it!! But I’m wondering how you blocked it. I have blocked flat projects and hats … but never a poncho … what’s the best way to do this?

  11. Hi Joan – I just blocked mine flat, then flipped it over to allow the back to dry once the front was dry. If there were any “lines” pressed into the sides (I don’t remember if there were), I just steamed them out with the steam iron, applying steam without pressing down.

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  12. What color Capra yarn did you use for your rodeo drive poncho! It is stunning! I am 5′. Do you think this will work for me?

  13. I will be starting the Rodeo Drive Poncho and watched your videos. I am an advanced beginner knitter and was taught that I shouldn’t knot my yarn when joining a new ball. In your video, your instructions demonstrate to knot the old and new yarn together. Is this your recommendation for this project only or something you do in general?

  14. Donna – I believe that you can tie tiny, tidy knots in many of your knitted projects that end up holding the work more securely, and do not affect the overall look of the project.

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  15. I’m knitting the poncho with the modified neckline and am wondering if, because the neckline fits up closer around the neck, if I needed to knit the shoulder shaping section for longer in order to make it fit, as the pattern seems to give instruction for one poncho type only. Does it still fit the same if you stop the shoulder shaping after the fourth repeat of the cable pattern when knitting the poncho with the shallower neckline? Obviously it will be different depending on the body type and shoulder width of the person, so do I just measure the person and knit to fit them? Thanks so much!

  16. Before I buy this pattern I would like to know what weight yarn is used.
    Thanks in advance for your reply. Lynn

  17. First, I love the look of this poncho! Great design! I haven’t yet bought the pattern, but it looks as though the bottom border may be garter stitch. I just finished a sweater with a garter stitch border, and it won’t lay flat, so I’m wary to try another pattern with that border. If it is a garter stitch border, do you have a trick to keep your edge so nice?

  18. Cathy – the bottom border, collar, and sleeves are in mock rib and do not curl.

    Garter stitch shouldn’t curl either – it is likely that the gauge was tight if it was curling.

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