Okay, everybody, get ready for the next phase of the Martha's poncho story. I predict that the next battle will be between the different yarn companies as they give the pattern away for free but written for their yarn. I don't know about you, but most of the time I like to get the yarn brand that is called for in the pattern, just a personal preference.
Herrschners is now offering the free Bernat pattern for download, plus the exact amount of Bernat yarn for the project (on sale for 25% off, just $59.97). People who think "but you could buy a poncho at the store for less" don't really understand the crafter's mind.
Yesterday I got an email from a reader who said that Lion Brand Yarn will be putting the pattern on their website next week. Watch for every store and yarn company to have their version and push their yarn.
I can't tell if the Bernat pattern has the cowl neckline that was on Martha's but I figure I can always add that in, maybe even knit in the round. I've just downloaded the pattern and am going to see if I have anything that matches Bernat Galaxy, otherwise I'll have to go out and buy some tomorrow if possible.
Link: Match "Martha's" Poncho Pack.