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So the poncho…. For those of you still awake during this saga, I started it *gasps in shame* in Oct 2015!!!!!
first written record of a poncho

So this is where we are now. It’s still wrong side out because that makes the net look nicer 🙂

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Meadowsweet and lady's smocks, gentian, lupins and tall hollyhocks

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I hope my yarn doesn’t run out!

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The net at the bottom is treble, 5 stiches treble. At the top, 3 or 2 stiches between each treble. That’s how I’ve managed to make the poncho narrow as i go upwards.

In the meantime though, I’ve finished my mum’s infinity scarf and I’ve even washed and blocked it, all ready for her birthday 😇😇😇

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I know my last blog was about sewing but my crochet called me back too strongly. My daughter is very excited because I’ve finally started netting the motifs together

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The flowers are face down so this is the inside side of the poncho. As my mind is in turmoil I need to concentrate ands crochet-doodle.

As I posted earlier, I’ve been making an Irish Crochet poncho for my 4 year old daughter and I made a pansy last week.

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Since then, I’ve spent some time in the garden dead-heading my real life pansies and violas. As I moved from pot to pot,

<<whisper>> <<I’m a bit potty about violas>>

I’ve come to the realisation that the pansy I made could be better, biologically and also more in keeping with the Irish rose, the other main flower in the poncho.

So I tried another pattern from freevintagecrochet.com and made this:

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but it still didn’t feel or look pansy enough for me.

So I stared at pictures of violas for a long time and made this little character:

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It is small but it has the fused lower petal and the 2 small petals in front of the 2 overlapping large petals and it is more in keeping with the tiny viola in comparison with the large blousy pansies that the other flowers are.

So, feeling very pleased with myself, I Skyped my daughter today (at present I work away from home during the week) and asked her if she liked this little flower. She replied,

“Yes, it’s a nice daffodil.”

If anyone would like to make a viola/daffodil, here’s the pattern:

pansy

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This is a lovely pattern from free vintage crochet (thank you crochet thread– and BTW, your crochet lantern is pretty darned groovy, but I don’t have enough time before Chinese New Year to make one!!!! )

This pansy is one of the motifs for my daughter’s irish crochet poncho. I like the way the front petals are really 3D and I’ll attach it in the irish crochet net so that they will be able to stand proud.   Eagle eyed readers will note that the motifs are no longer pink. My daughter was persuaded would like a mixture of colours which is great as I can keep with my new year’s resolution to not buy any more yarn before I have worked my way through my stash. These yarns are all the same type, bought to make a Maisy jumper for a niece years ago which looks very similar to this:

Massive jealousy about my Irish crochet poncho ensued so I have had to promise a poncho for my 4 year old daughter, pink natch.

It’s going to be simpler than my poncho, only a few motifs and smaller, I’ve also decided to blog the instructions.

First up, Irish roses. I love these, only 4 rows, so aesthetically pleasing and they remind me of the wonderful woman who taught me to crochet 🙂

Row 1:
Chain 5, *1 Tr into first stitch, chain 3*; rpt from * to * 5 times. Sl st into loop formed by first chain of 5.
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Row 2:
Into each of the 6 spaces between the trebles- 1dc, 1Htr, 3 Tr, 1Htr, 1 dc; ss onto the space  just before the first dc in the first space.

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Row 3:
Turn the flower over and identify the stitches from row 1. Turn the flower right side facing you and bend the petals forward when you need to ss.
ss into back of 3rd chain from first row. *Chain 5, ss into back of Tr from row 1* (5 times). Chain 5, ss into first slip stitch of row.
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Row 4:
Using the 6 loops you have now created behind the first petals, now make the second layer of petals.
In each loop; 1dc, 1hTr, 2Tr, 3 dTr, 2Tr, 1hTr, 1dc.

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Cut the thread, pull through loop and finish off by sewing into the first dc of the row.
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Pull the centre thread to close the centre tightly and finish off.
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And here is your Irish crochet rose! The petals can be changed by experimenting with numbers of repeats of each type of stitch, for example 1dc, 2hTr, 2Tr will make a more rounded petal, 1dc, 1hTr,1Tr will make a more pointy petal.

Abbreviations

ss: slip stitch
ch: chain
dc: double crochet (American single crochet)
Htr: half treble (American half double)
Tr: treble (American double)
DTr: double treble (American treble/ triple)

This poncho is extremely personalised, there is a red rose of Lancashire (the county flower of my home), a hibiscus (the national flower of my birth country), a shamrock (the national flower of my mum’s birth country), a butterfly (my daughter’s favorite insect) and Irish roses (which particularly remind me of the wonderful lady who taught me to crochet ).

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Other flowers are found in my garden (crysanthemums, aquilegia, lillies). None of the flowers are repeats and there are 4 to 8 petalled varieties. My main challenge was making enough of a variety of leaves and these are based mainly on inspirations from fabulous Russian ladies with beautiful nail polish who have shared their skills and patterns on the internet.

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It’s lovely and cosy warm and I got loads of compliments at my sister’s wedding 🙂

My daughter would like one for herself now, pink and pink and I’m going to be a little bit more repetitive regarding the flowers and leaves.I’ll keep the chain of flowers at the bottom and adjust the shape so that there is a point at the front and back (mine only had a point hanging down in the front, due to the use of the symmetrical trapezium discussed in earlier blogs)

I don’t know why I was so concerned about this part of the poncho, it’s really relaxing to do and you have to concentrate a little bit so it occupies the mind and stills the weary worries (there’s a badly remembered quotation there and the book’s not in the same country as me at the moment so you will all need to wait on tenderhooks (no pun intended m’lord ) till I can look it up and correct this blog. It’s from something Edith Sitwell quoted.

To give a basis at the bottom of the poncho, I could have made a chain of the required length… but where’s the prettiness in that? So the base of my cone (see what I did there? The trapezium has been joined at the sloping edge to make a cone so the geometrical name had to be changed to the 3D shape 🙂  ) now a lovely chain of flowers.

To start with, I tacked the flowers along the base of the cone then crocheted a filigree row basically 1 treble (US dc),4 chains and another treble (US dc) changing the treble to a double/triple, etc treble (US dc) as needed to keep the upper chain line level and take in the shape of the flowers.
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Once I had this basis, it was essentially a case of crocheting 1 tr (US dc) 4 chain 1 tr (US dc) until I hit a motif at which point, depending on the gap to leap I used any motif linking stitch which seemed appropriate.

I usually do filigree from right to left and than turn the piece to do the next row. However the cushion’s in the way so I’ve found that chaining straight upwards is just as quick and the only thing to be aware of in making a treble is that instead of inserting the hook from front to back, it’s neater to do it back to front before collecting the third loop.

The trebles are inserted into the centre of the block below which creates a hexagonal shape. When I pin, block and iron this I will emphasize a hexagon and not a rectangle.

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Speaking of pins, very important, can’t have too many and don’t ask a long suffering spouse to pick up a wheel at the supermarket; they will search for a long time, still not find them and return grumpy.

Pin out all the motifs at a little bit of a stretch and this evens the tension out. Don’t pin in the outer stitches you will be crocheting on but about half a stich further towards the centre of the piece. I’ve also found that 2 pins in the most central row keeps the spacing better.

For me I found that the net is never tight enough, there is a little slack required in order to actually work it and by pulling the flower petal as wide as it can be, this compensates.