Yaksha Nexus Poncho

June 18, 2022

One of the amazing yarns I found at the Sheep and Wool festival is from A Hundred Ravens. I purchased their Yaksha Mini Set in Phoenix which is 20% Yak (also 70% SW Merino and 10% Nylon). I've never had Yak yarn before and it's super soft. At the Sheep and Wool it was pouring when I was in their tent and the wind was blowing hard. There was another woman looking at the same yarn, in the same color set, and we ended up buying it all.

I wanted a good use of the yarn so I learned another new stitch. This is the Nexus stitch and it shows off the yarn really well. You know what else shows off the yarn well? The gorgeous Red Oak buttons from Favour Valley Woodworking. I started off making a shirt, but I wanted to use all of the colors and it just got too long for a shirt and thus it became a poncho. Yaksha Nexus Poncho

This is a fingering weight yarn and I used a 4.5 mm hook. You will need 2 sets of Yaksha for this - approximately 950 yards total.

The Nexus stitch is cast on in multiples of 8 + 7 stitches. I cast on 103 (96+7) which worked out to be about 24 inches.


Sk: skip stitch

Ch: Chain

sc: Single crochet

dc: Double Crochet

Shell: Double Crochet, chain 3, double crochet, chain 3, double crochet

V-stitch: Double crochet, chain 3, double crochet

Spike stitch: insert hook into the double crochet 2 rows below and single crochet in the will be the middle stitch of the shell and around the chain 5 from one row below.

Yaksha Nexus Poncho

Row 1: dc in the 7th ch from the hook, * sk 3 ch, sc in the next ch, sk 3 ch, shell. Repeat from * across, in the last chain v-stitch

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the first dc, ch 2, *v-stitch in the next sc, ch 5, sk shell. Repeat from * across sc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the first st, * Shell in the ch 3 space of the next v-stitch, spike stitch in dc 2 rows below. Repeat from * across sc in the last stitch

Row 4: Ch 4, dc in the turning stitch, *ch 5, sk next shell, v-stitch in the next sc. Repeat from * across dc, ch 1, dc in the last stitch

Row 5: Ch 6. dc in the same stitch, * spike st in the top of the shell dc 2 rows below, Shell in the Ch 3 space of the v-stitch. Repeat from * across v-stitch in the last stitch.

Yaksha Nexus Poncho

You will have 12 shells in the shell rows. Repeat rows 2-5 until you run out of yarn. As one color finished, I switched to the next yarn even if it was mid-row. The colorway makes it so that it flows fine. I decided I wanted it to end on a shell row (row 3 or 5) for the edging. Make 2 panels.

Line up the two panels. Mine ended up being 34 inches long - this becomes your top and bottom. I made the neck about 10 inches wide based on personal preference. So I went to 17 inches (the middle) and then pinned 5 inches in either direction. Sew from the end to each pin.

Yaksha Nexus Poncho

This poncho really called out for some buttons and these felt like the perfect ones. I went with 3 on each side. I wanted the arm hole to be 8 inches - so I put the first button there. The second button went about an inch from the bottom. Then the last button midway between the two. Put them about an inch in from the edge.

Yaksha Nexus Poncho

Seriously love these buttons. I'm really happy with the final product and I feel like it's light enough to wear when its not oppresively hot any more.

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