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.