- Don't knit harsh yarn on too small needles unless you want the poncho to stick straight out like wings front and back!
- Don't increase eight stitches every two rounds unless you are really knitting a flamenco skirt for a very thin woman!
- Don't even increase eight stitches every four rounds [incarnation 2] - unless you want to poncho to look like a bell tent!*
- Don't overcompensate and increase four stitches every six rounds unless you want your poncho [incarnation 3] to fit a barrel!
- Don't stay up till 1:30am to finish those last few rows unless you're sure the poncho will be as wonderful as you imagined! Frogging is a poor choice at that time of morning!
- Don't put your stitch markers in the wrong place unless you want the centre line of your poncho [incarnation 4] to end up looking like this!
It's completely knitted in garter stitch [despite those seemingly interminable rounds of purl - especially in the "bell tent poncho"]; only one row in four has *yo, K2 tog* to make the holes. The pattern is mine, designed on the needles from a vague idea in my mind's eye. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't! LOL
*picture of the bell tent from surplusandadventure.com
Apologies to everyone whose feed readers told them I had published several times - I wish I saw all my mistakes before I hit "publish post"!