Pom Pom Poncho

maRRose - CCC: Pom Pom PonchoThere are two kinds of crochet projects I usually work on: the relatively mindless ones, that I can easily do downstairs, surrounded by my lovely family – in front of the tv even. And the ones where counting is essential – these are the wips I work on in the solitude of my studio.

In need of a mindless wip, I decided to crochet a poncho, in black (2 strands of HEMA fine acrylic), big hook (9) and ….. for me!
New was the fact that I did not use a pattern, nothing to be very excited about because this poncho is easy-peasy.
maRRose - CCC: Pom Pom PonchoI started with a chain of 80 stitches, but the amount of stitches of course depends on the yarn/hooksize you’re working with. Just make sure the chain – when closed – fits comfortably over your head. Close the chain – and crochet dc’s all around in this first round. Then chain 3 (first dc of next round) and crochet 20 dc’s. Between dc number 20 and 21, you’ll now crochet: 2 dc’s, 1 chain, 2 dc’s. Continue crocheting until you are at the exact opposite side of your first corner at stitch number 60. In between stitch 60 and 61 you’ll crochet the start of your second point: 2dc’s, 1 chain, 2dc’s. Close round with slip stitch, chain 3 (first stitch of round 3), continue dc-ing one dc in every stitch until you’ve reached your first point again. In between the 2 sets of dc’s you’ll crochet: 2 dc’s, 1 chain, 2 dc’s. And basically that’s it – it’s really that simple!
maRRose - CCC: Pom Pom PonchoYou yourself will have to decide how many rounds you’ll want to crochet, just try your poncho-to-be on a couple of times to see whether you like it lengthwise – if not, crochet on.

My poncho has 32 rounds. At that stage I started crocheting the pom poms – you’ll find info/tutorials on those here, here and/or here. Depending on how big you want your pom poms, you’ll want to add loops on your hook – I made sure I had 6 loops on my hook before I pulled my yarn through.

Since I wanted some sort of a cowl on my poncho, I picked up all 80 stitches that I had started with, using sc’s. A ribbed look was what I was after, so I turned my work after every round of 80 sc’s and of course crocheted the back loops only. Again, you’ll have to decide what length of your cowl you’ll be comfortable with – my cowl has 22 rounds. I finished it off with a simple crab stitch.
maRRose - CCC: Pom Pom PonchoNow being a lover of colorful things I was very (very) tempted to add some colorful touches (a pink and red flower on the cowl, red trim and pink pompoms), but decided against it this time. I very much wanted a versatile poncho that would match with no matter what colors I was wearing and I’m happy it’s all black.

I do see a more colorful poncho in the not too distant future though …..


By the way: right when I was working on my poncho, I found Sheila’s beautiful and inspiring blog and noted we’d been sort of simultaneoulsy crocheting the same garment! Here‘s where you’ll find the tutorial of her lovely poncho!

Boho Granny Blanket

maRRose - CCC: Boho Granny BlanketIt’s kind of sad that I cannot even trace back when exactly I started this blanket, but on a more positive note: it’s finished now and I’m very happy with it!

The beginning must have been somewhere after I had completed my first Nordic Shawl, when I played around a bit with the colorful leftover yarn from this shawl’s border.
I never tire of a good old granny and I do remember working up these squares really quickly as an “in front of the TV wip”.
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You probably know by now that I’m easily distracted when it comes to crochet and sadly this granny square wip was a no-wip for a couple of months.
Right until the “let’s finish things before starting something new”-bug hit me again. And so I have worked on this blanket for the past two weeks (still in between other crochet – and even knitting – stuff). That dedication paid off, because here’s the ta-dah!
maRRose - CCC: Boho Granny Blanket maRRose - CCC: Boho Granny BlanketWhen working on a big project I find that I’m always very excited at the start.
Then, after that first excitement wears off, it starts to feel more like “work that has to be done” and usually I even fall out of love a bit: the stage when wips are left abandoned ……
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Not helpful is the constant urge to start new things, just because there is so much (crochet) beauty, well ….. everywhere …… thank you Instagram, Facebook, Blogworld! I sometimes feel quite overwhelmed by all the inspiration out there (luckily I’m not the only one: I can so relate to Annette’s “brain buggers”) .
But then, when I push the “let’s do this”-button and am making noticeable progress again, the pleasure kicks back in and I generally fall totally IN love all over once more and make sure I finish the project quickly.
Silly crochet ups-and-downs – recognizable?

Anyway, this particular blanket is made of simple 3-round granny squares – every round done in a different color.
They’re crocheted together with black, using the flat braid method (a nice tutorial on that can be found here) with three chains instead of the five suggested in this tutorial.
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The idea for the border must have been inspired by these two gorgeous blankets (Coco Rose’s Summer Lovin’ Blanket and Angie’s V-stitch blanket).
No way I could do pom poms though, I’m no good at making them – not even using a pom pom maker or a fork…….
However, I do love crocheting pom poms and so that’s what I did and I’m thrilled with how that turned out! Because I wanted these pom poms to be somewhat bigger, I crocheted 5 dc’s (instead of 3), so 6 loops on the hook for each side of the pom pom.
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The “Boho Granny Blanket” facts:
* size: 110 x 100 cm
* weight: 615 grams
* 110 squares (11 x 10 rows)
* yarn: “HEMA Fine”, 100% acrylic, 13 different colors
maRRose - CCC: Boho Granny BlanketOh, yes, IN love again with this blanket – without a doubt!

Marianne xx