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Please can anyone tell me how long I should make a man's poncho? The patterns I've looked at just say , so many rows which obviously varies according to the thickness of the yarn The patterns say it can be made in any yarn. I'd like too know how long it should be from the neck edge to the front point. I can find measurements for women but not for men. TIA :sm07:
 

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Victor_ said:
It will depend on the men height. Take a look at Ravelry, I remember have seen a few there.
Good Luck.
It absolutely depends on the individual's height. At 6', my ponchos are too long for most women and for my darling, since he's only 5'4".

Measure the guy already!
If you want it to be a surprise, well ... I've learned to not make surprise gifts
 

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Jessica-Jean said:
It absolutely depends on the individual's height. At 6', my ponchos are too long for most women and for my darling, since he's only 5'4".

Measure the guy already!
If you want it to be a surprise, well ... I've learned to not make surprise gifts
I've managed a few surprise gifts. The surprise was that they were ready on time! :sm04: I'd not make a poncho for anyone unless I knew they wanted it so measuring or even trying the thing on would be no prob. IME ponchos aren't used much even when they do get ooohed and ahhhed over.
 

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I've managed a few surprise gifts. The surprise was that they were ready on time! :sm04: I'd not make a poncho for anyone unless I knew they wanted it so measuring or even trying the thing on would be no prob. IME ponchos aren't used much even when they do get ooohed and ahhhed over.
Come to think of it ...
My mother made me one back in the early 1970s; it hasn't been worn in many, many years.

I made myself one - no, two - and wore them for years. The first was given away when there was a drive to gather blankets and such for a crisis somewhere in Africa. The second - https://www.ravelry.com/projects/JessicaJean/twice-knit-poncho still gets used, though not as often now that I have 'proper' winter garb.

I do have a small one that's fine indoors, not long enough to be in the way in the kitchen - cooking or washing dishes.

I knit another that rarely gets used https://www.ravelry.com/projects/JessicaJean/baby-tones-poncho

Then there's the giant one that hasn't ever been used:
https://www.ravelry.com/projects/JessicaJean/mitred-blanket-with-a-hole-in-the-middle

So, I must agree about just how useful they don't seem to be.

They're still fun to make though. Seamless.
Fit more than one specific body.
Keep going to desired size, or out of yarn.
There's at least one among my WIPs, and there are more among my completeds.
 

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Come to think of it ...
My mother made me one back in the early 1970s; it hasn't been worn in many, many years.

I made myself one - no, two - and wore them for years. The first was given away when there was a drive to gather blankets and such for a crisis somewhere in Africa. The second - https://www.ravelry.com/projects/JessicaJean/twice-knit-poncho still gets used, though not as often now that I have 'proper' winter garb.

I do have a small one that's fine indoors, not long enough to be in the way in the kitchen - cooking or washing dishes.

I knit another that rarely gets used https://www.ravelry.com/projects/JessicaJean/baby-tones-poncho

Then there's the giant one that hasn't ever been used:
https://www.ravelry.com/projects/JessicaJean/mitred-blanket-with-a-hole-in-the-middle

So, I must agree about just how useful they don't seem to be.

They're still fun to make though. Seamless.
Fit more than one specific body.
Keep going to desired size, or out of yarn.
There's at least one among my WIPs, and there are more among my completeds.
Ponchos with sleeves puzzle me. All I can think is, why? I'd feel even more awkward in one of them, I'm quite sure. Not to mention how funny it would look on me. You're tall, I'm wide and both present their own challenges. I had a blanket that had been turned into a serape. I used it a few times. When my granddaughter saw it in a get rid of the stuff box she snagged it. I wonder how long she'll keep it. She may use it, I can't say. I held onto it for longer than I should have because she seemed to think she should wear it when she was small. My guess is she got bit by the nostalgia bug.
 

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Please can anyone tell me how long I should make a man's poncho? The patterns I've looked at just say , so many rows which obviously varies according to the thickness of the yarn The patterns say it can be made in any yarn. I'd like too know how long it should be from the neck edge to the front point. I can find measurements for women but not for men. TIA :sm07:
I have never seen a man in a knit poncho...sweater yes, poncho not so much.
 

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I have never seen a man in a knit poncho...sweater yes, poncho not so much.
I have some patterns from the late 1960s / early 1970s that have male models in ponchos, but I don't remember ever seeing a guy wearing one, not even in Greenwich Village in Hippie days.

When my son wanted an indoors coverup less bulky than a blanket, he made off with my shawl: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/JessicaJean/truly-tashas-shawl-11
 

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Jessica Jean....I love the mitered square poncho. I wish I had the pattern. It is really cute. I put it into my favorites on Ravelry.
Thank you.

There's no real 'pattern' for either of them:
https://www.ravelry.com/projects/JessicaJean/mitred-blanket-with-a-hole-in-the-middle

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/JessicaJean/divided-squares-13

In my pattern notes, I wrote how I did them.

If you're at a loss how to do mitred squares, there's a beginner level pattern I wrote up: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mitered-squares-bonnet
 

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I've dithered over making a poncho since the 1970's, and haven't gone beyond collecting patterns.

Despite my procrastination, I think it's a good idea to have one in the house, even if it's rarely used. Two different friends had very bad falls, one breaking her shoulder and the other, a few years later, shattering her wrist and hand. Wearing any kind of coat was a real issue, and a poncho or ruana would have helped immensely. Shawls are great but a bit more problematic when you're out and about with a broken wing or wearing a sling.
 

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I've dithered over making a poncho since the 1970's, and haven't gone beyond collecting patterns.

Despite my procrastination, I think it's a good idea to have one in the house, even if it's rarely used. Two different friends had very bad falls, one breaking her shoulder and the other, a few years later, shattering her wrist and hand. Wearing any kind of coat was a real issue, and a poncho or ruana would have helped immensely. Shawls are great but a bit more problematic when you're out and about with a broken wing or wearing a sling.
In the winter of 2005-6, my husband was in Syria, and I was a fulltime college student. I managed to slip on black ice on the path from city bus to school entrance, and break my left wrist. When I finally got home with my forearm in a cast, I had to ask my son to pull my bra over my head; I didn't wear one for the next couple of months. I had to drop the obligatory phys ed class (yoga). And I signed up for meals on wheels, but had to pick up my meals on my way home from school; I lived just out of their delivery area. It was still winter, and I couldn't manage a coat zipper. So, I dug in my closet and got out an old coat that has buttons as well as a zipper and rather wide sleeves without an inner cuff. I was able to wear it, sling my backpack onto my back, and continue using public transit to get around.
 

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I was going to make one for myself as I always feel the cold I saved so many patterns even bought a couple, but whenever I look through the patterns they are not what I'm after, I usually end up making a shawl instead and use a pin to hold

Sorry I've not seen a man's one, but if it's just a plain one I'd imagine you'd make the same length as a woman's with the same height
 

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If you can get secret access to one of his shirts (not a tuck-in one) the poncho should probably be a tad longer than the shirt. Clint Eastwood wore a poncho as the Man With No Name, although he doesn't look very happy about it. https://www.posterlounge.com/p/362078.html

I'm making a poncho for a man at his request, plus matching ponchos for his wife and daughter. He also asked for a Princess Leia hat after I made one for the daughter, and they both wore them in public. However, he's a big Star Wars fan and those buns are great ear warmers in a Wisconsin winter, and the wife didn't want one. So individual tastes do matter!
 

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I just finished a poncho for myself yesterday. Not yet washed or blocked. It is dark blue with red trim..

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/holly-jolly-poncho

I made the "body" section 10 rows longer than called for in the pattern, so I think the arm slits are a bit low, but oh well. I did want it a hit longer. If I make it again I will lengthen in the flaps. I did it in Touch of Alpaca, so I am not going to even try to frog back.
 

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It absolutely depends on the individual's height. At 6', my ponchos are too long for most women and for my darling, since he's only 5'4".

Hehe, sounds like you and your darling are the same as me and mine. 5'10" and 5' 3". Measure, measure, measure. Never do get to borrow his clothes.
 

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Jessica-Jean said:
It absolutely depends on the individual's height. At 6', my ponchos are too long for most women and for my darling, since he's only 5'4".
Hehe, sounds like you and your darling are the same as me and mine. 5'10" and 5' 3". Measure, measure, measure. Never do get to borrow his clothes.
No, I never get to borrow his clothes. However, when sorting our deceased son's clothing ...
Son was 6'3", ~300 lbs.My darling is 5'4", ~170 lbs.
I'll never understand the physics of it, but our son's boxer shorts fit his father, while his shorts are the exact same size as the couple I'd bought for me from Costco. I now have 14 such shorts!!
I guess Jamal wore them like a sausage skin, while we prefer a looser fit.
Trousers, and footwear fit no one; off to a shelter they went.
 
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