I’ve mentioned this poncho several times, but having not got round to taking a photo, I have put off blogging it.
BUT I got a photo this morning. Not the best photo ever, but a photo nonetheless.
So now you can all see it in all it’s technicolour glory…
And if you are tempted to replicate this beauty yourself (!) here’s how…
I followed this great pattern here from Le Monde de Sucrette, but scaled it up as it was for kids.
It’s really super easy, once you’ve got the pesky foundation chain out of the way.
The foundation chain needs to be a multiple of eight, and big enough to fit over your head! I think mine was about 96, but I basically kept making the chain and then holding the ends together to make a circle and seeing if it would fit over my head…
Oh, and one thing to note. When you come to join your chain to make the circle that starts your poncho, check it’s not twisted. And then check again. And again. And then before you carry on, CHECK AGAIN!!
I thought I had checked mine, but there was a twist in it that I didn’t discover until I got to the end of my first row. I was too lazy to unpick it all, and it was just a single twist, so I left it and then kind of stitched it straight at the end!
I followed the pattern pretty closely, except:
- I added a row of double crochet (DC) to my foundation chain, before starting with the treble clusters for the Granny Square
- I just kept going and trying it on until I thought it was long enough
- I did my favourite edging at the end, which is the bobble shell edging from the brilliant Lucy at Attic 24
My neighbour knocked on our door and asked if I used wool and if I would like some as she was reducing her stash.
She gave me a big bag of DK, in random colours, and this is what I used. I didn’t have enough of any one colour to make the whole thing, or even enough ‘classy’ colours to make a more muted version. So that’s how I ended up with the multicoloured mish-mash…!
What I learned
I love ponchos! And Granny Squares!
Actually, I think I already knew about the Granny Squares…
Crafting with pre-loved supplies is hard, and things often don’t turn out exactly as you wanted them to.
But maybe that’s a good thing. I know that it makes me more inventive, and it makes me wear and make stuff I might otherwise not. But it can be frustrating too!
I’m a bit scared by the colours, and not sure I’m brave enough to wear it out in public, but I do love it and have been wearing it lots at home.
I really want to make another one in more muted colours, or just in one colour, and then I can wear that outside of the house…! I just need to source enough preloved wool in a colour(s) I like!
Anyway, it’s done.
And I enjoyed making it.
And I do love it really!
Hurray for ponchos!