I have been so inspired by the many crocheted, colourful ponchos springing up everywhere, so snuggly warm and incredibly practical. Poncho's are the perfect cover up in chilly weather when you don't need a coat, and when made with wool, can be luxurious and beautiful.I have had a poncho for years, a beautiful soft angora/alpaca plain rib fern green one I bought in Monsoon years ago, but I really fancied making a new one- knitted or crocheted, I don't mind.
It started last winter when I spotted this one from Craftyred – check out the blog here.
Of course Lucy @ Attic 24 has her finger on the pulse of must have items too, so she has designed and made herself a crochet beauty, see her blog post here.
A plethora of others that were also inspiring…
knitted from here on Zuhal'in's FB page.
Vintage at Etsy.
This one from Cherrybombvintage77 here, has an amazing diagonal pattern going on, but I'm not loving the fringing.
Of course ponchos are not a new thing, you only have to google crochet poncho to find a HUGE amount from the 70's and more recently in the last few years. And, Peru really has the poncho look covered!! Don't you think these Peruvian Mamas look amazing?
There are lots around for children with a peruvian influence – here at Littlebigones on Etsy
I love the diagonal, yet again, and the colour combinations- still not liking the fringing!!
Now the patterns and shapes on this one I LOVE LOVE LOVE
You can look at the other amazing images on here, mainly from a hippy market in Ibiza, but they are peruvian alpaca, so that's all fine.
Wth so many inspirational ponchos around, what does a girl do?
Like any textile designer knows, research is the key thing…First I looked at peruvian fabrics… for traditional colour combinations
Then searched for the shape that I wanted- without fringing!!
Essentially just a square with a hole in it to pop your head through- no fancy ties or fringing for me, maybe a bit of bobble edging…Hmmm. This one from Wildeones did the trick… check it out here, you can buy it for £399.99 if you like!!
I searched for yarns with the colours that I wanted, nothing to bright just in case I decided I might wear it outside, and decided on a truly British yarn to add a twist to this traditionally alpaca garment – British Blue Faced Leicester yarn!! Genius!! You can find it here at Deramores or here at Purlcityyarns.
I knew this would be the yarn, so soft and lovely and not at all hairy like I imagined. There is a beautiful red, not in the picture, which I think will form the basis of my design. Now all that's left is to write up the pattern and do the brain aching maths to start me off. Another project on the go very, very soon. Watch this space!!