NOTES OF INTEREST:

Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: As usual I have a few new projects I'm working on and one more new Great Grandbaby coming that I'm creating a Blanket for, so, busy, busy. If you have any comments, or questions about my interests (creativity), I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie



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Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Soft Comfy Poncho for Fall

I like to stay ahead of my seasons and gift time for Fall Holidays. I had this sale yarn in my stash and it is so-o-o-o soft (like a bunny), I had to make something to wear out of it. The yarn is a Gala discontinued yarn and I couldn't find a real name even on the Gala web site. But, it is made of Polyester (weird huh??), is 2 woven strands (1 fuzzy and I stable), and I think any nice soft DK yarn would work with this pattern. The pattern works up quick and is fairly easy, hope all that make it will get as much joy out of it as I did. I am also working on a hat and purse to go with it.

SOFT COMFY PONCHO
By Berta Gilholm


SKILL LEVEL: Easy/Intermediate
SIZES: One Size: Fits most woman (approximately 26 inches long with fringe x 44 inches wide at widest point.
MATERIALS:
Gala Yarns, 100% Polyester, 50 gr. 1.76 oz., DK weight, 104 yds
Olive/Yellow Multi  3 balls
One size 6.00mm (US 10/I) crochet hook
Yarn Needle
STITCHES USED: Ch= chain, Sc= single crochet, Dc= double crochet, Tr= triple crochet, Slst= slip stitch.
OTHER ABBREVIATIONS: rnd=round
INSTRUCTIONS
Ch 71, be careful not to twist chain and join to form a circle, (work in rounds)
Rnd 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch to end of rnd. (70 sc) join rnd with a sl st in the beginning ch, mark this slst with a safety pin or clip.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first 13 sc, 2 sc in next sc (increase made), *sc in next 13 sc, 2 sc in next sc (increase made), repeat from * 3 more times, (75 sc) join rnd with a sl st in the beginning ch.
Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in first 6 sc, 2 dc in next sc (increase made), *dc in next 6 sc, 2 dc in next sc (increase made), repeat from * 8 more times, dc in last 5 sc (85 dc) join rnd with a slst top of the beginning ch.
Rnd 4: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same space (increase made) dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc (increase made), *dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc (increase made), repeat from * 12 more times, dc in last dc (100 dc) join rnd with a slst in top of the beginning ch.
Rnd 5: Ch 4 (counts as first Tr + Ch 1 set), tr, ch 1 in same space as ch 4 (increase made), 1 tr in next dc, ch 1, skip dc (4 times),  *tr in the next dc, ch 1 skip dc (9 times) 1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr, ch1 in next dc (increase made),  repeat from* 8 times, 1 tr in next dc, ch 1, skip dc (5 times), join rnd with a sl st in 3rd ch of the beginning ch, (110 stitches – 55 Tr + 55 Ch 1)
Repeat round 5 for pattern with the following increases for each row:
Rnd 6: Keep to pattern add 14 (Tr/Ch 1 sets) evenly spaced around, (total 124/ 62 tr/ 62 ch)
Rnd 7: Keep to pattern add 16 (Tr/Ch 1 sets) evenly spaced around, (total 140/ 70 tr/ 70 ch)
Rnd 8: Keep to pattern add 16 (Tr/Ch 1 sets) evenly spaced around, (total 156/ 78 tr/ 78 ch)
Rnd 9: Keep to pattern add 20 (Tr/Ch 1 sets) evenly spaced around, (total 176/ 88 tr/ 88 ch)
Rnd 10: Keep to pattern add 22 (Tr/Ch 1 sets) evenly spaced around, (total 198/ 99 tr/ 99 ch)
Rnd 11: Keep to pattern add 24 (Tr/Ch 1 sets) evenly spaced around, (total 222/ 111 tr/ 111 ch)
Rnd 12 - 20: Keep to pattern working - Ch 4 (counts as first Tr + Ch 1 set),  1Tr/Ch 1 in every other tr around, join rnd with a slst in 3rd ch of the beginning ch, (222 stitches/111 Tr/111 Ch 1),
Do not fasten off.
Rnd 21:  *Ch 10, skip next (ch 1, Tr, ch1) sc in next tr, Repeat all the way around, join rnd with a slst in first ch of the beginning ch, fasten off, weave in ends.
FLOWER BROOCH:
With 2 strands held together and leaving a 5” loose tail,  Ch 2, slst in 2nd ch from hook, (small ring made)
Rnd 1: Work 8 sc in ring, join with slst to first sc,
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc, join with slst to first sc, join to first sc with slst (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, 1 hdc in same st, 2 dc in next sc, hdc - sl st in next sc, *Ch 1 - 1 hdc in next sc, 2 dc in next sc, hdc - sl st in next sc, repeat from * around, (5 flower petals), join to first sc with a slst,  Fasten off and leave a 5” loose tail.
Center of Flower:
Pull both the beginning and ending tails through center of flower so they lay in the back. Sew a ¾” to 1” decorative antique type button to the center of the flower and weave the tails through the 2nd and 3rd row of the poncho a few times, knot behind flower and trim leaving some of the tail hanging loose.


7 comments:

  1. hi mom!! love this poncho. It looks so soft and comfy.

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  2. Just a note to say thanks for the free pattern… I like to do that when I come across such things from a real person. Of course a part of me knows every pattern has a creator, but names and contact info aren’t always at hand. In the interest of truth I suppose I should say I am rather compelled to send these notes, my Dear Old Sainted Mother was rather a stickler for thank you notes, and promised me a good old fashion haunting should I fail. I’m inclined to believe her, to my knowledge she only lied to me once, and that at about the age of three; she told me, strait faced, the fried green tomatoes she set before me was meat with seeds. I didn’t fall for the ploy; I was three, not stupid. John

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  3. Hi Birdie, apparently I need to check my blog more often. And check my settings so I get an alert when someone leaves a comment. I thought I had the thing flying on autopilot but it looks like it crashed. Anyway I just came across your note.
    I promised myself I would attempt to post to the blog daily. I lied. When I was forced to retire due to some health issues I thought I would be perfectly happy abed reading. It was, after all, all I wanted to do during my working life. I was astounded at how quickly I got caught up on my reading. I cast about for something productive to do and that led me to the purchase of a “Teach yourself to knit” kit and a ball of yarn at Wal-Mart. It was, to say the least, ill advised. I learned I was either a bad teacher or a poor student. I can knit but I don’t find it pleasurable. It was Drew Emborsky and a comment between Him & Brett Bara on Knit and Crochet Today that put a hook into my hand.
    I saw your “Soft Poncho” and thought of my 16 year old niece. She is much too lovely for her own good. There just aren’t any neighborhood convents anymore, mores the pity. My poor, poor brother... We live on the Coastal Bend of Texas which screams beach and bikinis. For my brother’s sanity I try to make things for her that covers more than it reveals. Thanks again for the poncho, I think it will do the trick quite stylishly. John

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  4. Hello i am having trouble with rnd 5. It just doesnt add up. I really like this poncho and would love to make one. it says :Ch 4 (counts as first Tr + Ch 1 set), tr, ch 1 in same space as ch 4 (increase made), 1 tr in next dc, ch 1, skip dc (4 times), *tr in the next dc, ch 1 skip dc (9 times) 1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr, ch1 in next dc (increase made), repeat from* 8 times,: does it mean repeat 8 times including where it says 9 times? Im confused

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    1. Do exactly what it says at:
      "*(Tr in nxt dc, ch1, skip nxt dc, (9 times)then make your increase";
      Repeat this section from " to " 8 more times around. Hope this helps, I'll try to rewrite, if it is confusing, unfortunately I'm very tied up right now, Birdie

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  5. Good afternoon. How do I get the pattern to the pic on the sides of this page? Looks like tulips with green leaves!! I really want.

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  6. Actually that pattern is the Felted Lap Top Case pattern, before I felted it. It is listed on the left. There is a beautiful Afghan using that pattern at www.redheart.com . It is called Flowers in a Row #WR1002, it was made by Melissa Leapman. If you can't find it let me know and I'll try to get it for you... Birdie Gee

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