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Southern Pebbles Poncho Week 3

Now we’re into Week 3 of the Southern Pebbles Poncho.  I hope you’ve seen how easy this pattern stitch is and can really enjoy finishing up the second panel of your project.

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Supplies:

  1. Marly Bird Chic Sheep by Red Heart Yarns, Worsted Weight #4, 186 yds/100g, 100% Mercerized Merino Wool, Colorways: Linen and Suede (See chart below for yarn amounts)
  2. Hook – I/5.50mm
  3. Tapestry Needle for weaving in the ends

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)

Gauge:  16 (sc,dc,dc) sts and 12 rows = 4”

Pattern Notes:

  • Ch 1 at beginning of pattern does not count as first st unless otherwise stated.
  • Color A should be a perfect square. For example, if you are making the XS size, start with Color A, ensure the width is 16”.  You will crochet the rows until the height reaches 16” then change to Color B continuing the pattern until you’ve reached your desired length.

Sizing:

Size Number of Skeins/Yardage Length and Width of Panel Starting Chain
12-14 yr old – XXS 2 Color A, 3 Color B skeins/800 yds 14” x 28” 59
XS-SM 3 Color A, 4 Color B skeins/940 yds 16” x 29” 65
MED-LG 4 Color A, 4 Color B skeins/1200 yds 17” x 31” 71
LG/XL 4 Color A, 4 Color B skeins/1300 yds 18” x 33” 74
2X-3X 5 Color A, 5 Color B skeins/1450 yds 19” x 35” 77
4X-5X 5 Color A, 5 Color B skeins/1560 yds 20” x 37” 83

Instructions:  You’ve already made one rectangle of your project right?  Now it’s time to just make the second one.  You will basically be following the same instructions for the first rectangle.

Using the chart above, ch the appropriate number of chs and proceed with the following instructions:

Multiples of 3 plus 2

Start your project with Color A, read the last pattern note as it’s essential to follow the directions provided to ensure your poncho turns out correctly and to also know when you change to Color B.

Row 1:  (Sc, 2 dc) in 2nd ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, (sc, 2 dc) in next ch*, repeat from *to*, sc in last ch, turn. (You will have one less stitch than your initial starting ch)

Row 2: Ch 1 (See Pattern Notes), (sc, 2 dc) in first sc, *skip two st, (sc, 2 dc) in next st*, repeat from *to*, sc in last sc, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you have reached the desired length. Once again, be sure to read your Pattern Notes.

Schedule:

February 2, 2018 – Supply List
February 12, 2018 – Week 2
February 19, 2018 – Week 3 (Current Week)
February 26, 2018, Week 4/Edging

 

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Crocheting Joys

Alisha shares her bravery and love of bringing joy to others with her stuffed animals, including Gutsy the Bravery Lion.

 

Who Taught You to Crochet?

I didn’t know anyone who crocheted at that time so I started looking online for help. I came across The Crochet Crowd tutorial videos and watched them over and over again until I got it. I had a hard time at first, many of my practice squares looked more like blobs but the more I practiced the better I got.

How Long Have You Been Crocheting?

I started crocheting about 9 years ago. I had found out I had Crohn’s Disease and was looking for an outlet. Shortly after that, I found out I was pregnant and started making blankets and hats for my upcoming arrival. A few of my friends found out they were expecting at the same time so I made blankets for them as well. Once my son was born I started making stuffed toys and found that those were what I enjoyed most to make.

This is Gutsy, the Bravery Lion. I originally made the larger one as a thank you to my gastro nurse. It ended up becoming the mascot at the Dr’s office. He had a photo shoot and we made a calendar to raise money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCFA). Gutsy is pretty big so I made about 25 smaller Gutsy Lions (on the right) to bring comfort to those going through treatments.

Why is Crochet More than Just a Hobby to You?

I picked up crocheting originally as a distraction, something to keep my mind and fingers busy. While I have made my share of blankets and hats, I really love to make amigurumi. I found that when I would make a little animal and show it to someone their face would light up. As much as I loved creating something, it was bringing even more joy to those I would give them to. I started calling them a.joys after my name. There is a little piece of me in every creation. I donate between 100 and 150 “joys” a year to all different causes – baby blankets for teen moms, chemo caps, hats for the homeless, and lots of stuffed animals. My latest project was making lions to raise money for Crohn’s Disease. Lions are often thought of as a symbol of bravery and having something to hold while you’re going through Crohn’s treatments/testing makes it a little easier. The lion even had a photo shoot for a calendar!

Crocheting helps me deal with Crohn’s, it brought me through a period of depression, calmed me through an anxiety attack, went with me to the Dr’s during heart tests, colonoscopies, blood tests, and therapy. It has made nurses who were having a rough day laugh and made patients who were getting treatment smile (even a few happy tears).
I was given a gift and as much joy that it brings me to make items my hope is that whatever the person is going through when they hold that little yarn creation it helps them through their day and brings them joy. It’s a reminder that you’re loved and you’re not alone.

~Alisha

 

 

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