Very easy Poncho


Knit a wide scarf in stockinette stitch – mine was approximately 23,5 inches wide and 63 inches long. Once the knitted piece is finished, block it and (when dry) fold it in half (closed edge to the right).

Join borders according to chart: start at the top left corner for the length of approximately 20 inches; make sure about 12 inches remain open (that will be your neckline).

Very easy PonchoThat’s all there is to it. You’re done!

To embellish your poncho you may want to add an icord edging on all remaining sides and around neckline (that’s what I did). Purl Bee has a lovely tuorial on how to do this.

Poncho Häkelmonster PatternTips & Techniques:

  • The width of 23,5 inches will be the poncho’s length (from neckline to bottom). If you’re taller than me or smaller (I am 5.7ft) you may want to adjust it.
  • The front of your poncho will be…

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New project

I know everyone thinks I’ve fallen off the face of the Earth, but sorry, I’m still here, smile.

Life has been busy with working a full-time job, knitting during the ‘down’ time, and eating and sleeping somewhere in between.

I finished a prayer cowl this past Friday, 12 December 2014. I’m still working on, 2 shawls, 1 year long afghan, 1 throw by Kaffe Fassett, thanks to my bff, and a cardigan, again, thanks to my bff. Can you see where this is going? I follow my bff all over the knitting world. I’ve yet to do a pair of socks though, bahahaha!

This past weekend, I made a stop by my LYS (The Yarn Basket) just for some down time and wouldn’t you know it she was making a hat. I always open my mouth when I should just look, laugh. Yes, I asked her what she was making (this question ALWAYS gets me in trouble – the fun kind of trouble). She told me the ARC had asked her for about 20 hats, and she was doing them alone because she knew others were doing Christmas things. She said she was almost finished and only needed 5 more by this weekend. Ok, here it comes, I asked her to write the pattern down because it looked simple enough and while I have never made a hat, surely I could kick out 2 by the weekend (crossing fingers, toes and anything else I can cross).

As Ms. T and I were talking about them, my bff, was standing there listening. She told Ms. T, “I have a ton of hats we made up to take to Tibet and we never made it back there, so I’ve just been holding them.” Oh the joy on Ms. T’s face! It was like Christmas joy! Somewhere above everything stopped – God stopped, the angels stopped and I can just imagine him saying, ‘That’s the meaning of Christmas! Love one for another because you are your brother’s keeper.”

Now it doesn’t matter now if I finish one, two, or none, Ms. T will have enough to provide to the ARC. With all that said, I know you are just dying to see my hat…


My first try at a hat view 1

My first try at a hat view 1


My first try at a hat view 2

Happy knitting….

As promised, the long awaited book review…Portuguese Style of Knitting: History, Traditions, and Techniques by Andrea Wong

This is a book review based on my own personal views and not a solicited request.

Andrea Wong’s Portuguese Style of Knitting, is a wonderful book for someone wanting to learn a new style of knitting.

The book has an excellent table of contents, detailed photos, as well as a helpful index. Wong describes, in detail, the basic techniques of knitting; how to use MC and CC; cables; double-knitting; and how to use hooked knitting needles. She also does a small piece on spinning. As a treat, she provides patterns which allow you to work the techniques described within the book.

As I do all my book reviews, I always look for one or two things that I didn’t like, and one or two things I didn’t know and share it with the readers. This review is no different, I really would’ve liked a website/youtube dedicated to the actual techniques, only because I’m a very visual learner. I learned knitting “started somewhere in the Middle East and spread into Europe…then into the Americas.” I don’t think of knitting starting out in the Middle East, although I’m not sure where I thought it came from. Hmmm….

I highly recommend this book for any adventurous knitter!

Happy Knitting!

Too many projects…

I haven’t posted in a while, why, you may ask…I have too many projects started and I feel so overwhelmed!!!!! Therefore, the next course of action is to finish one project at a time. Trying to work on multiple projects is going to drive me insane (at least it won’t have far to drive, grin).

I have the arms to do on the baby shirt; the afghan is an on-going project for a year (dear God help me!); the pink rose lace on the other end of the stole; and I’m half way through the Japanese Feather Stole. Once I get all of these done, I will only have TWO projects going at one time. One that must be worked on at home, and another which is a no brainer which I can work on at lunch, while waiting for the doctor, or when I’m not feeling well and can’t concentrate enough to do the big project.

With that said, my mother (and father) just went on and on about a shawl at our LYS, so I had Ms. Teresa get me the yarn and the pattern and I’m going to ‘surprise’ my mother with it. I say surprise because it took us a month to figure out which shawl it was, and I had to make sure Momma liked the yarn colors which she did, duh, it had blue in it.

Working full-time, having a semi-social life (only Saturdays!), I’ve learned I only have a few hours in the evening and Sundays after church. However, now that NFL football is back in action, any time there’s a game on, the knitting is put away. I do have my priorities, and it’s football then knitting!

Happy knitting…

Designer Spotlight: Riflebird Wrap by Jennifer Raymond

I love her ‘funny moment’. Eventually, knitting does become a family affair.

Knitting and Crochet techniques from the Berroco Design Team

Sometimes an artist or designer gets hooked on a theme and explores all the possible variations. Picasso had his Blue Period and Jennifer Raymond, at least for the moment, is fascinated by crochet worked through the back loops.

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What I’ve been up to…

I have been working on multiple projects just to see what all the hype was about having multiple projects on needles. My little sister does it, my mother now does it, and I was feeling like the lone ranger, so I started three projects and I cast-on another two this weekend, one one the 21 June and I’m also taking the Arctic Lace Armchair Travel eCourse via with Donna Druchunas and company.

This means I’ll have six projects going at once. You know what, I DON’T LIKE IT! I’m so OCD, seriously – no joking, that I have to complete one project completely to move on to another one. So what is all the hype about?! Would someone care to explain?

Granted, I’ll have one completed by this weekend; one which will be a square a month for 12 months to make a binkie; one which I can wait for the other CC skein to come in or waste line it off and pick up on the other end and finish that part; but that still means, I have a shirt, a pair of shoes (both my first time to make) and my Armchair class. Oh my…maybe I should just stop talking about it and show you my daylilies which require nothing but rain, sunshine and loving….

all of my daylilies except one

all of my daylilies except one

Happy knitting!