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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)

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In some ways I’m loving using a massive hook, the tension is a little looser and you get super big flowers with 10 minutes work.

On the not so plus side, I’m following a traditional butterfly pattern with rolling over the edges so the body is 3D etc and I found to my horror that the body is more than 30cm long! I now have to produce 4 medallions to make the basis of the wings and am now worried that this butterfly will overpower and dominate my poor poncho ‘:/ (the dressmaking shears are included to give a sense of scale of the finished result)

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On a happier note, travels with Russian crochet on you-tube have totally inspired me. I had a few stumbles following the instructions visually without a pattern but now I’ve settled on my own paisley type leaves:
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