Plaid Blanket Poncho - Yarnspirations

I loved this project so much!
It was challenging but very satisfying to complete.
Now that it hangs in my closet, I see how timeless it is...I'll keep it forever!

I learned so much and I have included a few key lessons that might help you along the way.

Before I begin, to get the FREE pattern and all the yarn you need for this project, click the links below:
Pattern - click HERE
Yarn - click HERE

Here are my key lessons:

1. Changing Colours Frequently

-The stitch and pattern itself is quite easy, its the frequent colour changes that are a little challenging
- This will take getting used to in the beginning because you will be spending a lot of time trying to avoid all the tangling
-Centre pull is key for each skein, that way they aren't flopping around

2. Using a Main Colour on Repeat

-I started the project by cutting off each colour after every change.....bad idea.
-the pattern itself, repeats in 2 sections: the solid squares and then the black stripes with squares
-the solid squares has a common colour (Toasty Tweed), so I ran that colour under that entire section

Picture from Yarnspirations/Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds in Toasty Tweed

-the black stripes with solid squares has a common colour (Aran), so I ran that colour under the entire section
Picture from Yarnspirations/Patons Astra Yarn in Aran
-this helped SO MUCH with all the ends I had to weave in....AND I had less yarn skeins attached at once

3. Length

-the length the patterns calls for is quite long for my height (5"5)
-I shortened the length and width of this poncho to suit my taste, which can easily be done (starting chain just needs to be shorter)

4. Fringe or Tassels?
-I'm a huge fan of tassels!
-Personal choice, but I chose to finish it off with 4 tassels instead of the fringe

5. The Yarn!

-Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds Yarn is a dream to work with.
- So soft, and the colour selection is beautiful.

Picture from Yarnspirations/Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds Colour Selection
- I can't get over the speckles of colour that run through each shade.

Final Notes:

Overall, it does take time.  But every now and then, it's nice to complete something that you dedicated so much time to.

It's perfect for Fall, Spring, and those weird warm Winter afternoons.

Best of all....the pattern is FREE from Yarnspirations!

Click HERE to get it right now!

And click HERE for all the yarn you need!

Happy Making!
Picture from Yarnspirations/Patons Plaid Blanket Poncho


Easy Chunky Toddler Cardigan

I'm always browsing photos of projects I hope to find time to make...and sweaters 
are always on my list.
Really happy how this turned out, and its super easy to make.
Great for beginners that have never made a sweater before!
Please leave a comment below if you have any questions about this pattern.

Hook size: M/9.00mm (depending how chunky your yarn is)
Yarn suggestion: Bernat Softee Chunky
Yarn Needle

Ch - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double crochet
DC2TOG - Double Crochet - 2 together - decrease
Sl St - Slip Stitch

DC2TOG : Yarn over (YO) hook, insert hook in stitch(st) , pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook.  YO hook, pull through 2 loops.  YO hook insert in next st, pull up a loop, 4 loops on hook.  YO, pull through 2 loops, 3 loops on hook.  YO pull through last 3 loops

OTH Crochet Nook Pattern: Easy Chunky Toddler Cardigan

Chain 20
Row 1: DC 3rd chain from hook, DC in every stitch until the end, ch 2, turn
Row 2: DC across until end, ch 2, turn
*Repeat Row 2 for 9 rows, sl st twice and fasten off.

Chain 15
Row 1: DC 3rd chain from hook, DC in every stitch until the end, ch 2, turn
Row 2: DC across until end, ch 2, turn
*Repeat Row 2 for 9 rows, sl st twice and fasten off.
(don't forget to make 2)

NOW - you will need to connect both front pieces to the back piece.
This can be done with a yarn and yarn needle or just slip stitch. 
Make sure to leave arm holes!
When this step is complete, it should look like a vest. (see pic below)

Sleeves, same for both sides 
Attach yarn
Row 1: SC around, ch 2 (should be 19, give or take)
Row 2: *DC2TOG, 2 DC* - repeat all the way around, ch 2
Row 3: DC around (should be 15, give or take)
Row 4 - 8: repeat Row 3
Row 9: DC2TOG all the way around (should be 12, give or take)
Row 10: SC all the way around
Row 11 - 12: Repeat Row 10
Sl st twice and fasten off.

Attach yarn in 4th stitch from top of front panel (see picture below)
Row 1: DC around, 19 (should end in 4th stitch from top of the other top panel, see pic below)
Row 2: DC around 19
Row 3 - 7: Repeat Row 2 
Sl St top of hood together on the inside, sl st twice and fasten off
(I worked SCs around the rim of the hood to finish it off, you don't have to do this step)

Pockets - make 2
Ch 8
Row 1: SC across row, ch 1, turn
Row 2 - 4: Repeat Row 1
Sl St twice, fasten off
Attach both pockets to the front of sweater with a yarn needle


I attached 8 buttons the left front panel with needle and thread, this is optional

2. Bottom of Sweater
I worked SCs for 2 rows around the bottom of my sweater, again optional. 

And that's it!  
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