Video: Oakwood Poncho Short Rows

I have a new Oakwood Poncho tutorial video to share with you. I think this will be very helpful to those who are stuck on the Brioche column short rows. They are very tricky and I would love to show everyone how to work the short rows in person. But I can’t, obviously, so this is the second best way, YouTube! Click here to watch the video. 


Escalante Capelet

Worked in the round from top to bottom, this beautiful accessory can be styled as a capelet or a cowl. Escalante Capelet is the perfect piece to wear as a Spring or Fall accessory. It is worked with lace weight yarn to yield a delicate drape and light and airy fabric. Escalante will give you a extra warmth on cooler days without weighing you down. I love that you can dress it up or wear it casual.  It’s versatility is appealing and the simplicity and knitting techniques used will hold your interest.

The pattern includes written instructions and a chart for the lace stitch pattern. A double yarn-over stitch lace panel is worked in the center of both the front and back. The shoulders are shaped with yarn-over increases. The top edge curls slightly from a Stockinette stitch edge.  You can purchase a copy of this pattern at the following websites (pick your favorite):


  • To fit bust size(s): 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)”; [71 (81, 91.5, 101.5, 112, 123, 132, 142, 152.5) cm].

Finished Measurements

  • Top edge circumference: 18 ¼ (19 ¼, 19 ¾, 19 ¾, 21, 21, 22, 22, 23 ¼)”; 46.5 (49, 50, 50, 53.5, 53.5, 56, 56, 59) cm
  • Lower edge circumference: 39 ¼ (44 ¾, 48 ½, 54, 58 ½, 64, 68 ½, 74, 77 ¼)”; 99.5 (113.5, 123, 137, 148.5, 162.5,174, 188, 196) cm
  • Finished Length: 16 ½ (17, 17, 17 ¾, 18 ¼, 18 ½, 18 ½, 19, 19 ¼)”; 42 (43, 43, 45, 46.5, 47, 47, 48.5, 49) cm


  • Suggested Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss Lace Yarn (1.75 oz/50g, 440 yd/402 m, 70% Merino Wool/30% Silk), 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) hanks lace weight yarn, #25917, Port.
  • US size 3 3.25 mm 16” 40 mm and 32-40” 80-100 mm circular needles or size to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn Needle
  • 8 Stitch Marker


  • 29 sts and 46 rnds = 4” 10 cm in St st, in the rnd.
  • 24 sts and 40 rnds = 4” 10 cm in Lace Pattern, in the rnd

Skills Needed

  • Knitting in the round
  • Knitting and purling
  • Casting on/Binding off
  • Yarn Over increases
  • Knit 3 together decreases


Thanks goes to…

  • Knit Picks for accepting this pattern for their Independent Design Partnership and for providing yarn support for this project.
  • Technical Editor, Kephren Pritchett.
  • My lovely Test Knitters!
  • My model and lovely friend Wendee.

I would love to see your finished Escalante Capelet on Instagram and Twitter; so please tag it with #EscalanteCapelet and/or #NikkiWagnerKnits. Please also share your progress and finished projects on Ravelry, I knit under the name NikWagner! And click here to find the Ravelry page for this pattern. Happy Knitting, friends!

Taranis Hat & Mittens

As of today, I have full ownership of Taranis Hat & Mittens (thank you Knit Picks for your super supportive pattern rights agreements)!  I have it listed in my Ravelry Store, Etsy Shop, on Knit Picks and on Craftsy.  All the Errata that has been found, has been updated. This pattern is written for 3 adult, womens’ sizes, with charts and written instructions.  It was originally published in Knit Picks Celtic Journey Collection.

Taranis Hat & Mittens

Taranis Hat & Mittens




Bristlecone Mitts

Bristlecone Mitts are super simple and the perfect design to show off self-patterned or self striping yarn, which makes it look like you put way more effort into these mitts than you actually did. Not only is this pattern simple and easy, but it is FREE (click here for a direct link). No purchase necessary! This is a free pattern that I wrote for Cascade Yarns. Cascade yarns commissioned me to make this design to highlight their beautiful Heritage Prints sock yarn.

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Oakwood Poncho Videos

Oakwood Poncho is my most popular pattern and to make it you must perform some advanced knitting techniques.  I’ve had many questions about the techniques used to make the Right and Left Front Brioche Stitch columns. I love teaching and sharing knitting techniques with other knitters, and since I can’t sit down with one-on-on with those who need guidance, I decided to make some short instructional videos. I do have a few written tutorials, but I find that watching a knitting video can be incredibly helpful.

    1. This first video will help you set up the Brioche Stitch column and work the first Brioche stitch row (specifically for the Front Right Side).
    2. The second video shows you how to work the short rows and wrap and turn (also for the right side front).

I write that these videos are for the Right Side Front, but they will also work for the Left Front with the exception of the special technique I share to hide the wrapped yarn. The wrapped yarn does not naturally hide on the Right Side Front. So the second video will show you how to do that. The Left Side Front wrapped yarn does naturally hide when the wrapped yarn is worked together with the wrapped stitch. Otherwise the videos will be instructive for both Right and Left Side Fronts.

It takes me a bit to make these videos, but I am planning to make a few more. If you don’t see that I’ve provided help with a particularly troubling section of this pattern, please contact me.  I’ll see if I can add it to my list of video tutorials.

Oakwood Poncho Tutorials

Oakwood Poncho is by far my most popular design. Thank you to everyone that has bought this pattern and has knitted it over the past year. You guys make me look good!  The design is fairly complicated with the brioche stitch, short rows and color blocking.  I am in the process of making video tutorials to help knitters to work through those trickier sections.

The topics I plan to cover in the videos are (update: I have added the links below to completed videos)

If you don’t see a topic covered that you would like more help with, go to my contact page by clicking here. Those messages go directly to me. I’d love to hear what you’d like to see in these tutorials, so that I can make the as helpful as possible.

Happy Knitting!


Pavers Accessories Set – Twist Collective Fall 2016


© Twist Collective

It has been my dream to have a pattern in the Twist Collective and now this dream has become a reality. Meet Pavers Accessories set, published in Twist Collective, Fall 2016 – I just love it!

Pavers unisex accessories set includes a hat, mittens and a cowl. The hat and mittens are written with 3 adult sizes and the cowl includes 2 sizes, which gives you plenty of options for the best fit. These three accessories are covered in diamond cable stitches that flow really well together. The interlocking cable pattern on the cowl makes for especially stunning accessories piece.

Pavers is available for sale directly from Twist Collective (click here) or you can purchase it through Ravelry (click here). The great thing about Twist Collective is that they provide fair payment to their designers. When you purchase a pattern from Twist Collective you know that you are supporting a publication that loves independent designers. They also provide wonderful technical editing, layouts, pictures which results in a publication of exceptional quality.

For the love of Cables: I am becoming a cable-loving junky. Those intertwined, accented stitches are worked together like a puzzle piece, and it’s so cool!  Looking back at a cable-stitch path that I knit is very similar to how I feel when I hike to a mountain overlook. There is a deep sense of accomplishment there, and I love to take it all in. For Pavers I did some cable-work magic to make the diamond cable designs flow well with the decrease shaping for the hat and mittens. I think it the end result is beautiful. The cables on the cowl are interlocked in a repeating double-diamond cable pattern.  I love designing interlocking stitch patterns, so it was a real delight to have the opportunity to create this design. The pattern includes written and charted cable instructions (woo-hoo!). I try to provide both when I can, for whatever knitting preferences you happen to have (I am a chart follower, myself).

Perfect for Fall: When I think about knitting, I almost always think of fall. I love when my patterns release for fall knitting, because I can then associate them with warm drinks, cool days, and changing colors. Accessories are especially wonderful to wear in the fall because you never know how the weather will change from morning-to-afternoon-to-night. So having the option to take off or pull on warm accesories is just so great. Accessories easily fit in a bag, trunk or tucked under your chair for when you need them next.  I also love fall because it reminds me that holiday knitting is underway.  Pavers provides such a variety of sizes and pieces, and is unisex – all of which make it a great pattern for holiday knitting. You can pick and choose which pieces would best fit your loved ones (which is super thoughtful of you).

Finished Measurements & Size 

  • Hat – Brim circumference: 17 1/4 (18 1/4, 19 1/2)” / 44 (46.5, 49.5) cm; Length: 9 (9 ½, 10 ¼)” / 23 (24, 26) cm. Shown in size 18 1/4” / 46.5 cm. Intended to be worn with up to 3” / 7.5 cm of negative ease.
  • Mittens – Hand circumference: 6 3/4 (7 1/2, 8 1/4)” / 17 (19, 21) cm; Length: 10 1/4 (10 3/4, 11 1/4)” / 26 (27.5, 28.5) cm. Shown in size 7 1/2” / 27.5 cm. Intended to be worn with up to 1/2” / 1.5 cm of negative ease.
  • Cowl – Circumference: 32 (60)” / 81.5 (152.5) cm; Height: 11” / 28 cm. Shown in size 32” / 81.5 cm.


  • Suggested Yarn Stacy Charles Julie in Sapphire; 125 yd / 115 m per 1 ¾ oz / 50 g ball; 75% Extrafine Merino Wool / 25% Silk; 2 balls for hat, 2 balls for mittens and 5(9) balls for cowl.
  • Needles for Hat Size 4 US / 3.5 mm circular needle, 16” / 40 cm long; Size 6 US / 4 mm circular needle, 16” / 40 cm long and needles in preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round.
  • Needles for Mittens Size 4 US / 3.5 mm needles in preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round; Size 6 US / 4 mm needle in preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round.
  • Needles for Cowl Size 6 US / 4 mm circular needle, 32 (40)” / 80 (100) cm long.
  • Yarn Needle
  • Stitch Markers
  • Stitch Holder
  • Cable Needle


  • 21 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch

Skills needed

  • Intermediate knitting skills
  • Casting on/binding off
  • Working in the round with circular needles and double-pointed needles
  • Knitting & purling
  • Decreasing and increasing
  • Working cable stitches with a cable needle

Thanks goes to…

  • Thanks to Stacy Charles Fine Yarns for the yarn support for this project.
  • Twist Collective team for allowing me to write a pattern for their collection, and for providing top-notch editing, photography, styling and graphic designing. I hope I have the opportunity to work with them again!

I would love to see your finished Pavers hats, mittens and cowls on Instagram and Twitter, so please tag your projects #KnitPavers and #NikkiWagnerKnits. Please also share your progress and finished projects on Ravelry, where I knit under the name NikWagner! And click here to find the Ravelry page for this pattern (attach link). Happy Knitting, friends! Please also join my Ravelry group to talk with other knitters about this design and to find out more about my designs.