Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hooded Wrapped Poncho "recipe" Part 1

Some people love ponchos' for some it is traditional wear, for others it's the warmth, but for me I always look like I paid a visit to Omar the tent maker and asked him to sew me a sweater, I just don't look good in them.  But I LOVE their warmth and I hate how I am always dropping a wrap or cant work in them.But I had a vision of draping beauty. I was originally going to try to knit the entire creation, but I get distracted easily and large projects get left on my needles for extended periods of time. So I found a fleece blanket at the thrift store for a couple of  dollars and pulled some wool yarn and crystal buttons out of my stash. What do you think?!  The shawl that never falls off!

Here are my basic drawings I used to design the pattern (Click on the drawings to see them in full page)

I never got to making the collar, I wanted to knit or crochet it, but one of my balls of yarn has mysteriously rolled away into a hidden bliss.

To make this it helps if you know how to.....
Sew a straight stitch and zigzag on a sewing machine
sew on buttons

One personal  size fleece throw or 1.5 m of polar fleece
Matching Thread
One favorite bulky sweater to trace for pattern.
1 Shawl pin/brooch
Embellishments of your favorite kind, buttons, braid , sequins, ribbon etc
1 average size skein of worsted weight or double knit yarn
Darning needle 


Fold your fleece in half the longest way possible. At the far left side, lay your favorite comfy sweater on to the fabric, with the neck line at the fold of the fabric. Fold the sweater arms in onto the sweater, from 2 inches below the armpit.

Sewing Instructions
Turn right side out and try it on!  Place a pin at your shoulder that the wrap end covers to hold the wrap in place.
To sew on the hood, mark the center back of the hood and the center back of the neck and match. Pin into place all the way around and sew
Now you are ready to embellish your wrap on the tail. Part 2 will be the crochet edge instructions.

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