Flower Square Baby Poncho
The story behind this poncho begins months ago when my friend Ioana from Moeke Yarns informs me there will be a special Spring 2015 collection of the Moeke Yarns Elena yarn, holding different colours created with natural dyes. Of course she immediately got my attention and I got all excited. My excitement was rewarded with the most beautiful colours and of course I was delighted to be given the chance to work up a project with them.
Ioana and I agreed it had to be a quick and simple project, not too large and definitely show casing most of the colours. Since I am expecting a baby girl and the Elena yarn is very suitable for outer wear, the poncho came to mind. I made one for kids and ladies last year, but a baby version would of course be needed soon as well.
The poncho takes 5 mini skeins in the adorable colours Mulberry, Coral, Brick Red, Latte and Fern. Don’t those names speak to your imagination immediately? I think in the poncho they pop up beautifully in the Natural colour of Elena.
As you can see in the images, the effect of blocking with this yarn is ah-mazing. Such a huge difference it makes in the way your poncho looks and feels! All the more soft, the open structure really shows off the pattern beautifully and it just does the trick for me. And luckily my mom kept the beautiful navy wool Winter coat from my own childhood, which happens to feature the open structure of the squares even more.
The squares appear a bit larger than the original ones, and leaving 4 squares out at the top would make this poncho too large for a baby. However, leaving only 1 square out at the top makes the neck-line too small. To overcome the tight neck, I didn’t attach the front and back square on one side of the neck and used a matching ribbon instead for opening and closing.
Due to the fact this poncho is made of wool, it is probably more of a Fall-Winter piece rather than a Summer piece. But for me, even though we are approaching Summer, it means I am very well prepared once Fall kicks in and I’d rather have this piece waiting for my girl to wear it, instead of the other way around. You hear those stories right, of a baby putting your life upside down, no more time to yourself… Just in case those stories happen to be true once she’s born, the poncho is already done.
If you’re itchy to start crocheting a poncho like this for a baby girl you know, and I can totally see why, stay tuned for a nice surprise. It makes for a beautiful gift too by the way! Surprise is coming soon.