Turtle neck debardeur

My creation combining two patterns.

The turtle neck comes from the Fall Crochet Poncho CAL and the body from the Amelia poncho sweater. I made it shorter, narrower and closed 5.5 in each side.

  • Yarn is Misti Alpaca chunky (4 skeins).
  • Hook is a 7 mm.


muscular scarves

… Just had fun finding a name for a scarf that would be more ‘appropriate’ for a man than a woman.  Mainly what differentiate the male/female label would be the pattern and the choice of colors.

Here are my two favorite patterns.  Both are worked in the lengthwise so the chain count will determine the length of the scarf.

#1 – This one is dead simple: it’s just HDC all the way.  For Ronald, I chained 185 and made 18 rows alternating Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash [100% Superwash Wool washable in the machine at 40.  Each skein is 100 gr | 200 meters (220 yards) and cost $10.50] in #1975 – Provence (red) and in #1944 – Westpoint Blue Heather.  For Charlie, my 2-years old grand-son, I did 12 rows and used randomly 5 colors: #1910 – Summer Sky Heather,  #910A – Winter White, #874 – Ridge Rock, 3854 – Navy and #821 – Daffodil.

#2 – It’s a very well  known pattern and it’s hard to find out who is the true ‘owner’ of this pattern.   The ribbing effect is done by using a BPDC stitches and it is reversible. For Darling, I alternated each row with grey #816 – Gray and #821 – Daffodil.

  • Row 1 [gray]- first DC stitch in the 4th chain and then in each chain across the row [length]. [cut and fasten off].
  • Row 2 [daffodil] – grab the new color, chain 3 and turn.  This will be only BPDC [from behind to the top of the post – not the turning chain].  To finish the row, do a normal DC at the turning chain. [cut and fasten off]
  • Row 3 – switch color again.  Grab the first color, chain 3 and turn.  Work a DC in the stitches across [round loop a the top – not the post].  Locate the turning chain and insert your hook in the top of the chain to finish the row with one last DC.
  • Row 4 – repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired width.  You want to end on row 2 for a nicer finished edge.

For a video-explanation, go to ‘every man’s scarf‘ by Jennifer Dickerson at Fiber Flux.

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un chale pour un dimanche

I fell in love – once again – with a very beautiful shawl pattern.  And yes, I did purchase the pattern … that must tell you a lot since there are so many free ones available!

With a 5.5 mm hook, I started the main body with Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in color #1910 for 34 rows with a TC count of 140 TCs per side of ch-2 sp [280 total TCs – someone in the comments mentioned that 10 rows didn’t work quite right …]. From there I worked the pattern pretty much without hick ups despite this huge increase in size.

Remember that the pattern presents an errata on Row 38.  Here is the correction:  Ch3 and turn (count as dc now and throughout), 2dc into the next st, dc in each st to top, {dc, ch2, dc in ch2 space}, skip the first stitch after the tip, dc in each st to end, 3dc in last st [113 per side of the ch2 space]. This will give you the 113 either side of the tip.

In case you notice something wrong: know that each row increases by 3 per side of the V. There are a few things to check: are you working in the gaps between the stitches no the tops? Do you have 3 stitches in each of the corners and 2 either side of the chain 2?

For re-sizing details, troubleshooting tips and FAQ’s about this pattern please check out The little bee website.  The border rows rely on a count of 6 (per side of the V) which is achieved by the combined increase of two rows. Each new row of the shawl body increases the count by 3 stitches per side, so to increase or decrease the overall size of your shawl you will need to add, or subtract, rows two at a time. This will keep the patterns in the border intact, though it will affect the number of times each sequence will need to be repeated along each side of the rows.  Should you want to keep the same pattern of the 3 row repeat (it’s not completely necessary but will keep the shawl looking the same) then you could make your increases by 6 rows.

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saskia’ shawl

From the moment she saw my shawl, she wanted one.  Dear daughter of mine.

She wanted grey so I purchased Cascade Yarns, 220 Superwash wool in Jet #1913.  I love that yarn … they have beautiful bold colors.  And better you can wash it at 40F.  Since mine was a bit too small, I made hers bigger: skeins resulting in a gr shawl.  I used a 4.5 mm hook.

The pattern?  ‘Margaret’s Hug’ Prayer / Healing Shawl’ that I just did a few weeks ago. Here is the link.

The edge …#52 of my ‘Around the Corner Crochet Borders’ book from Edie Eckman.  I made a row of single crochet, skipped the DC row and went for the last 2 rows.  It gives the shawl a girlie curl … just perfect.

And to make it all complete, I made a flower that I mounted on a very special safety-pin … the one from a kilt that Saskia received from her Bon-Papa when she was around 6 years old.  That kilt is long gone but I kept the safety-pin as a treasure and souvenir of my Daddy.

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margaret’s hug shawl was a success

I can proudly say that it is the first time that I manage to finish a project without having to frog it many times along the way… and that looks super good!

I had some difficulties – mea culpa, I am still a novice – to get started with the written pattern but luckily the author had posted a shaky video that put me on the right path.

Here is the version of the pattern in my own words for future reference – If you intend to do this shawl, please refer to the original free pattern [‘Margaret’s Hug’ Prayer / Healing Shawl].  Remember, this blog is for my personal use on the go, to ease my life …

  • Round 1 –  Chain 4 [counts as first stitch] then 3 DC in 4th chain from hook, chain 3 again, 4 DC in same chain, turn [= 11 stitches]
  • Round 2
    • Chain 3 [counts as first stitch] 3 DC in same stitch as chain 3
    • In the next chain 3 space,  work [1 DC, chain 1, 1 DC, chain 3, 1 DC, chain 1, 1 DC].
    • Skip the next 3 stitches and in the last chain, work 4 DC [= 17 stitches].
    • Turn.
  • Round 3
    • Chain 3 [counts as first stitch], 3 DC in same st as chain 3 then
    • * 3 DC in the next space between stitches of the previous row * Repeat until the corner
    • In the corner space, work [3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC]. Repeat until the last cluster;
    • In the very last space of the last cluster, work 4 DC, turn (23 stitches)
  • Round 4
    • Chain 3 (counts as first stitch), 3 DC in same stitch as chain 3 then * [1 DC, 1 ch, 1 DC] in the next sp between stitches of the previous row * repeat from * to * to corner where in the chain space you need to work [1 DC, 1 ch, 1 DC, ch, 3, 1 DC, 1 ch, 1 DC].
    • Repeat * to * again to final the stitch; work 4 DC into final stitch, turn (29 stitches)
  • Round 5 to 40
    • Repeat alternate rows of rows 3 and 4, turn. [Each row increases by 6 stitches (245 stitches)].

I used pure merino wool, worsted Malabrigo yarn (made in Uruguay)  in #512 Chestnut with a 6 mm hook.  I just have to think to hand wash it and dry flat it …

Today – 12/16/2016 – I gave it to my friend Fabienne.  She loved it so much that I thought it was going to be a good reminder of me when she moves back to France in the Summer if 2017

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alyska’s poncho

Birthday girl.  Birthday present.  Birthday poncho.

We shopped together at my favorite shop Eat.Sleep.Knit for her favorite color pattern. We opted again for Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash – mainly because of the price – made of 100% Superwash Wool, washable in the machine at 40F.  Each skein is 100 gr | 200 meters (220 yards) and cost $10.50.

  • 5 skeins of Navy – color 854 (I used 1 full skein for the cowl)
  • 2 skeins of Ridge Rock – color 874A
  • Total weight of finished poncho: 838 grams

The pattern is ‘cowl-neck poncho’ by Simone Francis, published in the Simply Crochet magazine [issue 25], that you can purchase online.

Here is a similar pattern as a CAL.  Very useful with video.

Between the moment I started this poncho in February and this day in October, I decided to frog what I had done so far and give it another try.

Cowl – that’s where you start … with a chain 84 [with a 6 mm hook] and a slip stitch to join in the first chain to form a ring.  From there it’s main front and back post DC.  I made a 22 cm long cowl.

For the body, using a 5 mm hook, I did about 10-12 rows of granny stitches in Navy then alternated:

  • 7 rows of Ridge Rock
  • 10-12 rows of blue
  • 5 rows of Ridge Rock
  • blue again
  • 3 rows of Ridge Rock
  • finishing with 5 rows of blue [I think I made a total of about 47 rows].

There are 134 fringes made of 6 pieces of yarn …

The February birthday present was given on October 23rd  … Perfect for the beautiful autumns in North Carolina!

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Poncho mio

A few days ago, I wrote about this poncho pattern that I loved… I kind of obsessed about it so on Wednesday I went to another local yarn shop – Eat. Sleep. Knit in Smyrna – that I had discovered online.  Tucked away in a business center, it’s not like you would walk by while doing your window shopping.   So what a surprise to discover this yarn-cavern.  Gosh, you should have seen my face in front of this abundance of yarn!!!  I had about 3 hours before closing…  I spent a crazy time looking and touching all kind of skeins. What a paradise!  Not cheap but the best in the Atlanta area…

I came out with $280.26 of yarn for 2 ponchos and some goodies that I received because of my big purchase.

And here I am on Friday, starting my multi color poncho with the idea to finish it for our Nuit Belge event on Saturday night.

For this one, I purchased Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (one of the cheapest they had) made of 100% Superwash Wool, washable in the machine at 40.  Each skein is 100 gr | 200 meters (220 yards) and cost $10.50.

  • 4 skeins of white with a super slight tint of pink – color winter withe 910A (I used 1 full skein for the cowl)
  • 1 skein of dark aqua #849
  • 1 skein of daffodil #821
  • 1 skein of colonial blue heather #904
  • 1 skein of rose petal #838
  • 1 skein of tangerine heather #907
  • 1 skein of berry pink #837
  • 1 skein of Westpoint blue heather #1944
  • 1 skein of chartreuse #906

I used a 6-mm hook and a 6.5 mm for the final border.  The pattern advises you to do the cowl and the bord with a 7-mm.  I did the cowl with my 6 since I don’t have a 7-mm.  Also the pattern is in UK terms so before I realized it. I had started with a US treble … No need to say that I frogged it all and started over… Then I frogged a few more times because it’s easy [for me] to miss the front or back post …

I finished my poncho itself on Saturday afternoon but couldn’t add the fringes.  Luckily because this morning I notices a few front/back posts mistakes that I corrected.

I added the fringes on Sunday morning … And went for a walk proudly wearing my brandnew 420-gr poncho on my shoulders.

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bohemian poncho

I just found the most beautifullest [new word] poncho ever. I really want to make one like that. It is handmade and for sale on Etsy for $70. It’s light, frivole but elegant at the same time, simple…. All I need is the pattern … And that’s an issue. Below is a picture [from the author] of her chef-d’oeuvre..

I don’t really like the ones with a ‘V’ neck since they don’t sit in place for long.  It may be just me and my body but we don’t have a good connection.  So when I stumbled on this one, I just had to make one.  Failing to figure out its diagram, I involved Darling who came with a drawing.  Because it all starts in the back!

Scrutinizing the pictures, I tried to crochet in round but got stuck after a line 3.  Frustrated, I posted the picture on my favorite Facebook page and miracle, a few came with similar patterns!  Here are the link suggestions:

Crochet DROPS jacket with lace pattern in ”Big Delight” – cardigan with the back is worked as a square, there is no cowl and the front is open.

Crochet DROPS jacket worked in a circle in “Big Delight” and “Karisma” – cardigan with the back’s design looking like a spiral worked in the round.  No cowl, front is open.

Moonlight Mist by DROPS Design – DROPS circle jacket crochet with 2 strands “Alpaca”.  Very airy cardigan, no cowl and edges with fun pompoms.  Front with 2 buttons.

Poncho with Cowl Neckline by Donna Veatch – this one is the closest to what I am looking for but the pattern is not free [$3.50 on Ravelry].  And the trouble is that she presents two versions and only the pink one is described. Although it seems to be the same pattern but the yarn’s weight making the trick … Comments indicated that the pattern is not easy to follow …

And here is the exact pattern … found in Switzerland!   Well you get the free pattern at the purchase of a 500gr-skein … at a cost of $49 + $25 shipping.  Buying the ready-made poncho would cost $70 and then I would have to try to figure out the pattern!  So all in one, I will be able to make numerous ponchos!  And I know – after me – who will get one!  And my daughters may be asking for one….

This could be another inspiration – different style but so comfy:  a poncho from Simply Crochet [issue 25].

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poncho quand tu me tiens

I found this other cowl neck poncho pattern worked in granny trebles in the Simple Crochet magazine [issue 25]. Ashley did re-created in different colors but I still prefer the original palette. The fringes might be a bit tedious to do … so many of them!

This ‘British’ pattern can be purchased online at Ravelry for 2.75 GBP [about $4].  And perhaps, you don’t have to purchase it after all [darn] if you can find your way with Attic 24’s creation where Lucy avoided the frindge-crazyness by finishing it with ‘two rounds of double crochet followed by two rounds of chain loops, then a final round to create the pointy waves on the egde-of-the-edge‘.  She used a 6.5mm for the cowl and a 6mm hook for the body and edging.
Mwah-haha!  This is going to be fun to make and lovely to wear!

Picture from Simply Crochet Issue 25

poncho mio

I finally spotted a poncho that I like and it is a CAL [crochet along] project with plenty of details and video tutorials.  [I love videos].  In order to play along with a CAL project, you will need to sign up and crochet per episode, following a weekly rythm so everyone has the chance to crochet what needs to be crochetted… Like a soap on the tele, you start your work then wait until the next episode is available to work further on your project. A pretty cool system that so far, I never managed to follow.

For a CAL, the author  often works with a sponsor but it doesn’t mean that you are obligated to follow suite.  Since I want to wear a poncho pronto, I will just get my yarn from a local shop.

The particular pattern has a few variations for the neck and the trim while the body is the same for all.  You will be building your poncho in 3 steps:

  • The neck with 2 options: turtle neck (it takes about a skein and a half to finish the turtle neck) or open neck
  • The body
  • The selection of 2 trims will allow you to personalize your work

Brittany is the creative designer behind the patterns at B.hooked Crochet Here is the link to this Fall Poncho that started earlier this month. While it is not my intention to plagia this wonderful author, I will urge you to use the link provided to work this very nice pattern.  And O glorious: the site is half English/half Dutch and there are videos/explanations for both left- and right handed!

At this time, I have no picture since I haven’t started the project.  There are pictures on the website.

The details

Any worsted (aran) weight yarn using 1 main color (5 skeins) and 4 accent colors (3 for color #1, 2 for color #2, 2 for color #3, 3 for color #4).  Add one skein in the color of your choice if you will be adding a fringe border.

They amount of skein mentioned above are those for  Stone Washed XL sold in skeins of 50 gram – 75 meter, using a 5 mm crochet hook.  You will need to adapt your quantities accordingly.

Brittany mentioned in her post that you will need approximately 1,400 yards (1,280 m) of yarn for your poncho, depending on which trim and neck options you choose.