Green Tweed Poncho
Thursday, December 09, 2004
I wanted to make a poncho, but I didn't want to make one of those rectangle ponchos. I wanted a fitted poncho. Something knit in the round. And it had to be long enough to keep me warm. I didn't want a glorified scarf that ended at my elbows. So I kept an eye out and lo -- there in the Fall 2004 FC Easy Knitting I found the perfect poncho designed by Lisa Paul. It had everything I wanted: a turtle neck, shaping, no fringe, and wrist grazing length. Okay, so I didn't want that much of a turtle neck, so I made mine more of a mock. And I made it a little shorter, since I'm short. Of course I didn't use the yarn specified. I usually don't. I used a double strand of Patons Decor in Olive and Pale Olive. I like the way using two similar colors gives the effect of tweed with out the cost. I really dig Patons yarns. They're cheap, come in lots of colors and their Classic Wool felts well. Decor is 75% acrylic/25% wool, so it's warm but easy going. The poncho looks pretty good on, but the problem I have with ponchos is that by the time it's cold enough to wear one, they're not warm enough to wear. Or it's too warm and I end up carrying around a woolen lap blanket all bunched up under my arm. Sigh. I just can't win.
Mini likes the poncho, as you can see. She likes anything knitted. I'm working on a knitted bedspread which should take me until the next millennium to finish. She likes to lay on that, too. It's already covered with cat hair and It's not even on the bed yet.
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