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« on: October 19, 2004 12:45:20 PM »

Okay, when ponchos first started coming back into fashion I said "meh" and recalled the scratchy grannie square ponchos from my childhood. Then I knit a poncho for my niece and though "gee, these aren't so bad". Then I started Belle Star (it's almost a poncho) and thought "I might actually wear one of these". Now the infection has insidiously crept in and I wants me a poncho!

Problem was, I couldn't find any patterns I really liked until this. I could actually see myself wearing that (maybe just around the house, but possibly outside). The fringe is kind of neat, but I really like the neckline and hood.

My question to all of you: does anyone recognize that pattern? I've scoured Patons' website and have come up blank. In fact, Yarn Forward is the only place I've seen it. Has anyone actually seen the pattern? And how about Patons' Bohemian? Is it really as worm resistant as they claim? If it's not then I have to find some way to get the pattern not in kit form. Any help would be muchly appreciated!

Thanks in advance,
-ren (who fears she will look like a giant fringed pear in a poncho, but is beyond caring)
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2004 12:58:55 PM »

A giant fringed pair............... .............you mke me laugh.  I think there might be something similar on the Lion Yarn site.  I'll check it out later.  And a few other spots too! 

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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2004 02:10:18 PM »

I know what you mean about wondering if a poncho is iffy considering my grown-up shape.  I particularly question the wisdom of a full drapy garment over my sizeable, um, "up top" parts.  But I so loved my poncho when I was a kid!  I've been thinking about trying to make one for years, and now they're all the rage again, I'm working on one.

It looks to me like the pattern you're looking at is for sale, so the best you can do is something similar.

Here's one that doesn't have a hood, but has a very similar shape:
http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/linda_poncho.html

This one has a cowl neck (neato!  and I want this woman's hair!)
http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/loretta_lynn_lg.html

This one is not similar, yet looks like a "poncho for people who think they don't like ponchos":
http://www.soysilk.com/poncho.html

I got all these from here, a pretty big link list for ponchos:
http://faerycrafty.blogdrive.com/archive/140.html

I've seen hooded poncho patterns around, though, you should do a Google search.

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2004 02:47:21 PM »

He he he....Melinda, I wish I had your problem....the reason I said pear is that I have virtually no "up top" part, but vastly more below Wink

I honestly don't mind buying the pattern (I like it that much) but I haven't seen it listed anywhere other than in that kit (I'd buy the kit, but I've had bad chenille experiences)....and I've googled and googled and googled all for naught.

Maybe it shall be my holy grail poncho.....always gleaming there but never attainable.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2004 06:51:35 PM »

Okay, I've decided to go ahead and buy the kit on Yarn Forward. But I'm curious if anyone out there has seen/felt Patons Bohemian? I tried my local JoAnn's (only place around here to get Patons) and they don't have it yet (if they'll even get it at all [I live on the edge of civilization]). Is it nice? Is it plush? Are the colors pretty?

Just curious.

-ren the pear
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2004 09:51:47 PM »

I am interested in your poncho, please keep us up to date.  I think if I get a job soon I might get the kit.

I have been eyeing Bohemian but have not been able to find it locally and since it is so new (it was available online before it was to be released) it isn't listed in the Patons store finder.  I recommend looking at the color chart on the Patons site as the YarnForward one looks a bit off from the other charts I have seen.

I think I'll heard over to KnittersReview and see if anyone there has tried the yarn.
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2004 07:26:41 AM »

I've seen and felt the yarn - it is nice and plush and THICK!   It's neat stuff.  It's actually 2 strands of thick chenille twisted around each other (so it has a twist in it, which is why it doesn't worm).  I haven't worked with it myself, but I've seen it knitted up, and it is neat.  It's a new yarn, which is probably why the Paton's website doesn't have the pattern book up yet.

I saw the yarn and the knitted pieces at a Patons/Bernat trunkshow - which was fun.  They recommended that when you join a new ball of this or any chenille, you do the following:
Take the last inch or so of your working yarn and the first inch of the new yarn.  Strip them both (get rid of the fuzzy chenille stuff, so you've just got the core string.
Now you've got two pieces of string.  Tie them in a knot, right up against where the fuzz starts.  Tie another knot so that it's secure, and trim the string ends.
Now you've got an invisible join and you can just keep knitting.
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2004 08:47:01 AM »

Thank you so much, melidomi! That's exactly what I was hoping to hear.
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2004 09:29:56 AM »

Oh and most of the colors you'll notice are kinda tweedy looking.  The two strands are usually 1 solid and 1 multicolored (but in a salt and pepper way, not a spacedyed way)
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2004 12:39:01 PM »

RenaissanceGrrl:  I don't know if you are still looking for this pattern (or if you have ordered the kit) but I was at the Patons site today and saw something that looked familiar.  The poncho pattern you linked in your original post is now free on their site:  http://www.patonsyarns.com/pattern.php?PID=1309

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