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Tis the Month before December

Yes it is November the month before December.  And you all know what that means. Yes.   Christmas.

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What are you knitting or crocheting for gifts? It is time to decide if you haven’t yet!

I was making a list of things that are relatively quick and easy gifts and came up with:

1. Ponchos
2. Mittens
3. Slippers/ Socks
4. Present Toppers or ornaments
5. Leg warmers boot toppers
6. Hats
7. Arm Warmers
8. Scarves
9. Cowls
10. Head Bands

Notice that the first on the list would take the longest and the last would take the least amount of time to knit/crochet.  I would suggest that if you want to make one of the top 3 items you should get started now.

I will be posting pattern and yarn ideas for you over the next few weeks to help you out.

Today I was looking up Poncho patterns.

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Debbie Bliss Poncho Wrap

The first one I found is from the new Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine (2 left in the shop) Poncho Wrap.  It is on the higher end price wise but would be a sumptuous warm statement piece. They use their fingering weight (2,660m) Fine Donegal (which I can order in) paired with Angel (2,600m) but the resulting weight is a worsted so one could easily use Cascade 220 or Berroco Vintage to make a less pricey version.

The second Poncho I found is the Katniss Cowl.  It is called a cowl but in reality it is a small poncho.  There are many versions of this but this is the one I like the look of the most.  It is a free Ravelry pattern.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/katniss-cowl

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Katniss Cowl

It takes about 350 m of a chunkier yarn which they made by combining several thinner yarns or you could use Berroco Peruvia Quick or Mojo or even Brio would be nice. It would take about 4 balls of any of the above yarns.

The 3rd is called Sagittaria by Berroco. Click on the name for a link to the free pattern.  It is originally knit in Elements which is now discontinued but it can be replaced with any worsted weight yarn such as Berroco Briza, Vintage or Abode.  It takes between 1,270m and 1,555m depending on size.

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Sagattaria

 

 

These are just a few of what is available in the knitting world.  There are oodles and oodles of them and this is the year of the poncho.

I am a knitter so I forget the crocheters but there are many crochet poncho patterns out there too.  Among them is the Gift Poncho which uses 1728 m of Aran weight yarn. Cascade’s Aran superwash would do well for this.

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The Gift Poncho

Handmade gifts are the best don’t you think?

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