Poppin’ Fresh: The Paragon Popover
Ever since our early forays into log cabin knitting and all things mitered square, we’ve loved modular knitting. There’s something so satisfying—especially when it’s hot out, or you’re on the road—about building a fabric up from simple motifs, simply joined.
But we’d never seen modular knitting like this. Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s Paragon Popover is a piece of practical magic.
Just amazing. A breeze to knit, with a spectacular result.
This project showcases Olga’s fascination with positive and negative space—half of the diamonds that require no knitting at all—and her deft ways for neat, elegant joining.
How the Heck Did Olga Do that?
How is this unusual knit constructed? You’re curious, right?
The popover is worked in columns of diamond motifs that are joined as you go. Stitches are cast on for the entire bottom edge, then the first column of diamonds is worked to the end while the remaining cast-on stitches are left out of work.
Each subsequent column is worked in a similar manner, but the first stitch at the widest point of each motif is joined to a motif in the previous column. Two motifs in the center of the piece are left unjoined to create a neck opening. Or not! If you’re going to wear it as a wrap instead of a poncho, keep joining!
Choose Your Adventure
The Paragon Popover is a great starting point for all kinds of play: with form, color, and yarn. Check out what Paragon Popover test knitters have done—it’s fascinating. You can knit it as written and wear it as shown, or you can change up the shape, do a fade with several shades of yarn, or go full-on color-wow with a hand-dyed yarn.
Popover Yarns Galore
The choice of yarn can steer the Paragon Popover to the way you want to wear it. To wear it as a poncho or wrap, as shown, cashmere-like Woolfolk Tov DK is the epitome of luxe style.
For a cute casual coverup, consider Rowan Handknit Cotton.
Or how about Rowan Creative Linen, for smooth, swingy drape?. External Link. Opens in new window.
However you knit it, the Paragon Popover is going to be an easy-going take-along project and a versatile piece for your wardrobe.