Knitter’s Spotlight: Sweet Tart Poncho by Aimee Alexander
“Twirliness” may not be a word, but it was a key requirement when Aimee Alexander knit the Sweet Tart Poncho for her 5-year-old daughter. She was so pleased with her design that she also knit a smaller version for her 2-year-old. Still, Aimee was surprised to receive a number of requests for an adult version when she originally posted the pattern on Ravelry. She adjusted the math to meet this unexpected demand, so now her popular poncho is available in sizes ranging from baby to adult large!
Aimee chose our Vintage yarn (in Banane #5122) for her original knitted poncho because she says “it’s a workhorse of a yarn with a fabulous color selection.” The bright pastel is especially nice for showcasing the central cable panel and the twisted stiches along the bottom trim. It’s also perfect for Easter!
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How did you come up with this design?
We live in the rather cold climate of Montana. I thought my 5-year-old daughter might like a poncho better than a sweater – for the twirling effect, of course.
What’s your favorite project you’ve ever made? Why?
I designed a baby blanket for each of my three children during pregnancy. It was my way of relishing in the upcoming miracle. The blanket I made for my third baby really touched my heart. I’ve since made a few more, but the original is just so special to me. The pattern is called Sea of Dreams.
Any knitting disaster stories?
I’ve had many projects not work out, but I learned something from each mistake and I love the process so much, I can’t call my failed attempts disasters. The most disheartening thing to happen was when I left a Christmas Stocking in a bowl of Eucalan too long and the red bled all over the white. That stocking found the trash can, but that might be the only throwaway for me in my entire knitting career.
If you could knit something for anyone in the world it would be?
Me! I never knit for myself, it seems!
What’s your favorite thing about knitting?
When I knit, my mind quiets. I don’t really have to think about counting or the pattern, it just becomes a mantra and I watch the fabric emerge. There is something amazing about creating fabric from just a strand of yarn.