I love road trips. Especially road trips round Scotland when the sun is shining.
The best bit about road trips is that they give you the time to do new projects whilst in interesting locations and my crochet goes eveywhere with me.
So, this time, I decided that I would create a new kids poncho.
Off we go…
The best bit about journeys that take a while, especially if you have somebody else to do the driving, is that you have an excuse to sit and crochet (or knit) for hours at a time, just watching the scenery roll by. My new poncho grew quite a bit on the way to Scotland.
This is the life for me.
Wild camping in stunning locations.
The location was soooo good that the crochet slowed down a bit though, whilst we went to climb a few Cairngorms. (They are the hills in the background in case you were wondering).
…Daydreaming of sunny days on the side of the Loch…
So, back to the crochet. It has been one of those projects where I just set off with a hook and some yarn and see what comes out. It’s simple shells this time. The yarn I decided to use was some Louisa Harding Amitola which has been in my stash for quite some time. It’s self striping, so you get a lovely array of colours when you crochet with it. It is a little bit on the thin side though, so I tend to use it double stranded, to make it more like DK yarn. This has the bonus effect of giving a much wider range of colour blends too, where you get two strands of different shades blended together.
Back to Scotland…
Crochet here, crochet there, crochet everywhere. I love being on holiday and being able to crochet, it’s idyllic. No holiday would be complete without a few pints of good ale too.
Eventually we ended up camping on the shore of Loch Ness. It wasn’t part of the plan, but was a good place to stay. Nessie was in total approval of the crochet project too, which has to be a good omen.
And finally, time to head home and say goodbye to another road trip. Scotland is beautiful, there is no disputing this. I had only two balls of yarn left and the project would be finished too. I’d say it was a successful trip all round.
Back to the real stuff. The project!
So, it has become a very square poncho, with an opening for the neck and head to make it more versatile and easy to vary the size. My 6 year old adores it.
I think it should be an easy enough pattern for most crocheters to tackle too. very relaxing and grows quickly. (That’s why I managed it within a week)
Do get in touch if you would like more information, or if you would like a copy of the pattern it is for sale on Etsy:
If you are interested here are a couple of books with kids crocheting patterns, which I can recommend: