MERLOT possibly is the warmest garment I have ever knit. Made from 100% virgin wool and knitted with 10mm needles it is super cozy and knits up very fast. Meanwhile the compelling but easy to work cable pattern keeps things interesting and guarantees a very fun knit.

MERLOT is knitted seamlessly from the top down and the pattern includes information on how you can alter the length to your wishes.

What I like most about ponchos is that they don't slip off your shoulders when you wear them. On warmer days in fall you can wear MERLOT instead of a jacket and on colder days you can give your favorite jacket an upgrade by wearing MERLOT on top of it.

View the Ravelry pattern page here.

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A ball of yarn with knitting needles stuck in it.


9 (10, 12, 12) (14, 16) skeins of Lana Grossa Ragazza Lei (50g, 40m/44yds, 100% virgin wool) in color 66 (ruby wine)

An abtracted illustration of a gauge swatch.


9 sts and 15 rounds = 10cm / 4" in reverse Stockinette stitch. Block your swatch before measuring.

Two knitting needles lying on top of each other.


10mm (or size to obtain gauge with)

A scissor and a stitch holder.


A cable needle of same size.
A stitch holder.
A tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.
A marker for the beginning of the round.

A piece of knitting fabric still on one needle


  • knit and purl stitches
  • working in the round
  • working decreases
  • working increases
  • Long Tail Cast-On
  • working cables
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Even though the cable pattern might look complicated, it is rather easy to work. In my opinion the greatest challenge is working with this beautiful and thick yarn. So I recommend this pattern for advanced knitters or beginners who have worked with similar yarn before.