3 Crochet Ponchos & a Circular vest – using up large amounts of left-over yarn…

yarn left oversI simply love yarn; the rush you get when you find a new one. How colour and/or texture floods the mind & inspirations just flows in.

As a rule, when I’m in the process of purchasing yarn, in the back of my mind I’m always afraid that I won’t have enough for a single project, either a project in mind or a potential one that hasn’t been thought of yet. And so, inevitably I, more often than not, purchase far more than I eventually use &, as most yarnies will agree, yarn stashes can grow at an alarming rate.

To gain some semblance of control, quick & easy projects can, to some extent, if not completely, reduce that overwhelming feeling of becoming a yarn hoarder…

These 4 projects are a great examples for using up those larger amounts of yarn sitting idle for far too long.

For the ponchos I used variations of my own pattern which can be found here

dscf2060For the hooded poncho I knotted together (leaving the knots as a feature) a combination of complimentary, natural & acrylic, green & brown yarns & using a large hook (UK:10mm / US: N), crocheted in trebles (US: dc) & worked in stripes, adding extra rows around the neck-line to produce the cowl / hood.

Check out the Hooded Poncho on Etsy

 

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The yarn for the red, purple & black poncho is a 12 ply acrylic that I never found again, but luckily I had just enough. Again, I used a largish hook (UK: 8mm / US: L) & crocheted in trebles (US: dc)

Check out the Red,Purple & black poncho on Etsy 

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The pink / purple poncho in made up of a beautiful 30% wool / 70% acrylic 8 ply yarn that, if your lucky, can still be purchased but I’ve never found it in this colour combo again… I used hook size (UK: 6mm / US: H) & also crocheted in trebles (US: dc)

Check out the pink & purple poncho on Etsy

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I didn’t have a pattern for the Circular vest. Working in trebles (US: dc) & a hook size (UK: 4.5 mm / US: G), I began in the centre as you would for any circle & spiralled around & around, always marking the first stitch of each round & increasing as you would for a circle. I used my mannequin to determine arm-holes & basically freestyled it to the end. This is a gorgeous 8 ply, 60% super wash wool / 40% polyamide, yarn & a delight to work with.         Check out the circular Vest on Etsy

So, to end this long post, I’d just like to say… don’t be daunted by your growing yarn stash… find patterns & projects that use limited amounts of yarn. Take a chance & use combinations of different yarns, knot them together or just join in new yarn as one runs out. Try out different size hooks… it’s fun, it’s creative, you’re never quite sure how it will turn out but, best of all, it’s a mighty, practical way of losing that hoarder reputation…

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About rensfibreart

Australian Freeform Fibre Artist, Craft teacher & Author
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3 Responses to 3 Crochet Ponchos & a Circular vest – using up large amounts of left-over yarn…

  1. no3royston says:

    Such a good idea – my own stash is taking over my storeroom (i’ve got a craft shop) and I need to use it up to make room for actual stock!

  2. rensfibreart says:

    Thanks so much Bev… it would be lovely catching up again… I wish you all the very best & hope you’re still crocheting & creating to your hearts’ content… cheers R 🙂

  3. bev foley says:

    Hi Renate, you are so creative & I love seeing your newest creative projects!

    We have moved back to NSW as Marg has probably already told you & loving being closer to family.

    I did intend on dropping by to see you but sorry we sold very quickly & had to move due to work drying up in Brisbane for Charlie.

    Hope all is going well for you & when I’m next up sunshine coast way I will let you know so we can catch up, alternatively if ever you’re planning to visit NSW please do come stay (or visit) us in Goulburn.

    Love *Bev 🌻*

    On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 3:26 PM, Renate Kirkpatrick’s Freeform Crochet~Knit~Fibre Designs wrote:

    > rensfibreart posted: “I simply love yarn; the rush you get when you find a > new one. How colour and/or texture floods the mind & inspirations just > flows in. As a rule, when I’m in the process of purchasing yarn, in the > back of my mind I’m always afraid that I won’t have ” >

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