Updated: Oct 31, 2020
Fallen in love with the Going to the Mountains Poncho knitting pattern but have no idea what yarn to use? Continue reading for color recommendations using Big Sky Yarn Co yarn (the yarn that I used), for affordable yarn recommendations, and for a list of resources to search for other yarns that will work for the pattern!
The Going to the Mountains Poncho is a fun, simplistic knit that creates the coziest, snuggliest winter accessory. It’s basically a perfect-fitting blanket available in five sizes.
I designed the poncho using Big Sky Yarn Co’s Squish DK weight yarn in Hayride, a cream base with blues, greens, and browns (representing a mixture of snow, grass, and trees on the mountains); and Hayride, a rich brown color (representing the dirt trails). The poncho looks great in most solid, tonal, and variegated yarns.
My main recommendation when selecting colors for your poncho is to select contrasting colors that you love. If you want to be able to see the colorwork well, you do not want to use colors that fade into one another. Speckled, lightly variegated, tonals, and solids will all work well together. However, if you choose to work with a speckled or variegated yarn, I recommend that your contrasting color be either a tonal or a solid.
Note: All yarn images are from the credited websites.
Big Sky Yarn Co Colors
Here is a handful of other color pairings that I would select from Big Sky Yarn Co. Update: Big Sky Yarn Co will have yarn kits available for the pattern launch on November 8th!
Alternative Yarns List
Can't afford hand-dyed yarn? I completely understand! That is A-OK! Here I've selected a list of more affordable DK weight yarns that would also work well with this design! (Note: I am not affiliated with any of the links -- I am just providing this list for your reference.)
I've provided a few bits of information on each yarn for your own comparison. All prices shown are USD and do not account for shipping costs. The list is ordered from least expensive to most expensive per gram. For the sake of comparison, I've written everything in terms of 100 grams.
The yarn that I used was: 100% Wool; 231 yards/100 grams
100% Acrylic; 259 yards/100 grams; $4.29/100 grams
100% Acrylic; 273 yards/100 grams; $4.50/100 grams
50% Acrylic, 50% Nylon; 231 yards/100 grams; $8/100 grams
50% Alpaca, 30% Silk, 20% Tencel; 241 yards/100 grams; $10/100 grams
100% Wool; 246 yards/100 grams; $12/100 grams
100% Wool; 250 yards/100 grams; $13/100 grams
55% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 20% Tweed; 246 yards/100 grams; $14/100 grams
100% Wool; 230 yards/100 grams; $14/100 grams
70% Wool, 30% Silk; 246 yards/100 grams; $16/100 grams
85% Wool, 15% Cashmere; 246 yards/100 grams; $20/100 grams