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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 😇😇😇

So, following on from the debacle of showing my daughter a pansy that she confidently identified as a daffodil, I’ve decided to add one to her poncho.
I’m on the train and the reception isn’t very good so I decided to make it up as a doodle rather than finding a pattern and I’m quite pleased with the result.

First I crocheted the cone using a darker yellow

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Then I added petals using the same basic principle as Irish roses.

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Daffodils have 6 petals and they are quite pointie so I adjusted my trebles (Am. Double crochets) accordingly.

I know you are all waiting with baited breath to hear my daughter’s verdict, unfortunately she is asleep as it is well past her bedtime but I will ask her when we Skype in the morning and add a P.S. to my post.

For those of you who have cried, “My life will only be complete with the pattern!” (And I know there will be many for how could you help yourselves?)  how could I keep this from you? It is in UK crochet but I can translate on request.

Row 1 (dark yellow):
Chain (ch )6. Join with a slip stitch (ss)

Row 2:
Chain 3. 1 treble (Tr) , *1 doubletreble (dTr ), ch 2, ss into first chain. 2 Tr.*
Repeat between * 3 more times.
1dTr, ch2, ss into first chain. ss into third chain at start of row. fasten off.

Row 3:
Join light yellow wool at back of cone. Chain 3, ss into back of 2nd or 3rd treble at the base about 1/6th along the circle. Repeat 5 times so that there are 6 evenly spaced loops. Ss to join to first loop.

Row 4:

Work the following into each loop:

1 dc,  1 half treble (hTr), 1Tr,  1dTr, 1 triple treble, 1dTr, 1 Tr, 1 hTr, 1 dc.

Fasten off.

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and here is a picture pattern, which is my preferred way to get instructions

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)

I bought a 7mm hook to work with this fluffy and chunky yarn. However, my husband can’t remember where he put it! Too excited to wait so I used a 4mm to create this little 6 petal flower.
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The sepals in the centre are puffs. On looking at it, it reminded me of a Tudor rose so I wiki’ed the red rose of Lancaster and have more created this
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I’ve decided now to use flowers that have sentimental meanings to me, so the official flower of Lancashire, where my husband comes from and my children are born, next up well be to create a hibiscus or Bunga Raya, the national flower of Malaysia. I’ll have to include a bee and a Raffles butterfly too

on top of the bright orange tank top I’m currently knitting for my son, I’ve a hankering for a girly light crotcheted poncho for slinging on in summer evenings, something with lots of lacy bits, maybe pineapples. It needs to have a wide neckline so it will be drapey and off the shoulder. Several weeks of internet surfing later and I think I’m going to have to design my own. I’m thinking of playing around with the concept of Irish Crochet and using a mixture of motifs that I like the look of, making it more random than a carefully worked out repeating pattern, thinking of differing butterfly patterns and flowers with a very wide open grid in between. Will it work in the grey wool mix bargain box chunky (worsted) weight wool (yarn) I picked up in a hypermarket this morning?

so….

take one fit all sizes pattern to get an idea of stitch numbers – thank you Patti Gonsalves for this pattern on Revelry:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/customizable-crochet-poncho

and then a little bit of tinkering with Anna Wuerful Brown’s patterns:

http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/pub/PDF/6-CH001Brown.pdf

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and watch this space…..

I love

summer poncho

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/212s-13-summer-poncho

but I think that this will be another project later, as it needs a pretty small hook for clothing and I’ve learned to my disappointment that if I use any pattern that needs any decent amount of time, it’ll take so long I dread and hate it by the end… I blame you Chinese work ethic that makes me log on until midnight….