Nessie’s Crocheted Poncho

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.  

 

The Wool Monkey crochet in the Caingorms

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.

The Wool Monkey Nessie Poncho crocheted shells

Back to Scotland…

The Wool Monkey crochet with a pint

 

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.

 

 

 

The Wool Monkey meets the Loch Ness Monster

 

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.

The Wool Monkey on Loch Ness

 

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:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/621983409/nessies-poncho-crochet-pattern-wm2070?ref=shop_home_active_1

Happy crocheting!

 

If you are interested here are a couple of books with kids crocheting patterns, which I can recommend:

 

 

Old Favourite – Children’s Poncho

Sometimes the old fashioned stuff just works the best.

Just a simple granny crochet poncho, with a little bit of detail.

Kid's Granny Style Crochet Poncho

 

I created this little poncho number whilst I was running my Wool Monkey shop as I had a high demand for poncho patterns one winter.  I thought there was a need out there for a really simple, kids, crochet poncho.  I never expected it to be such a hit, but it has turned out to be one of my most popular patterns ever since.

I think on this occasion I owe a fair amount of credit to my youngest daughter.  She chose the colours that I used to make the poncho and she did a very good job of modelling the poncho for me once it was finished.  She looked super sweet and posed like a super star. Sometimes she is good like that.  Sometimes she is far from it!

Kid's Granny Style Crochet Poncho

She has become quite accustomed to modelling things that her Mummy has made now, although often she thinks she will get to keep them afterwards.  (This is not usually the case).  Sadly she’s getting bigger though and even though she is still, in my eyes at least, very cute, she is far from being a photogenic toddler anymore!   I could do with a replacement.  That most definitely does NOT mean I will be having anymore children however!

I think I have made this poncho several times over now in many different yarns and colours, for many different children.  It turns out that even boys quite like ponchos too.

It’s also quite an easy one to adjust the size too, just keep crocheting until it fits. It really is very simple.  I guess it is still true that simple things often work the best. It’s been a while since I made one now, maybe that’s what I shall do this weekend.  If you would like the pattern to make your own, it is still available on Etsy and hopefully will be for a long time to come.

Kids Simple V Crochet Poncho Pattern

 

The only problem patterns like this create for me, is what to create next to keep up with it?  Maybe I should ask my daughter what she thinks I should make…

Kid's Basic V Granny Crochet Poncho

 

 

Here are a couple of books that I have found contain some really good children’s crochet patterns too:    (click on the images to go look inside the books)