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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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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:

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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)