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« on: July 06, 2005 05:08:38 AM »

I'm making a poncho for my cousin's baby (due at the end of the month; poncho meant for the fall), and due to budget reasons am using something from my stash. It's a pretty color, bluish green, but hardly screams "I'm a girl." Not that I'm all about girls wearing all pink & stuff, but I want to add something to this poncho to make it more girly.

It's a super-simple pattern, consisting of 2 rectangles, and I can't crochet, so trimming it w/ fun fur or something won't work (for me). I was thinking of adding rick-rack, an applique or trying my hand at embroidering simple flowers on the front. Can you machine-sew onto a fairly close-woven piece? Any suggestions?

(For the record, I'm really liking how this stuff is knitting up. I hate *knitting* with it -- it's Lion's Brand Homespun, the first yarn I ever bought and it's been in a bag ever since -- but the results are nice.)

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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2005 05:22:03 AM »

I made my 2yo daughter a poncho out of a very similar yarn that was verigated blue, green and purple.

Now, she's got long curly hair so she's unmistakenly girly, but I think an applique would be a great way to make sure people know the baby is a girl. Maybe some wildflowers or a tiara. Just make sure its big enough to not look misplaced.

I'm pretty sure you won't have a problem machine sewing to the knitting, but you could easily embroider a similar motif.

I'd love to see pictures when you're finished.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2005 05:24:59 AM »

The younger sister of the mom-to-be was occasionally mistaken for a boy, even with pink clothes and a bow in her hair.  And even though a poncho is traditionally a girl's garment, I don't want to take any chances! Thanks for the input -- Maybe I'll try to embroiders some simple flowers on the front.
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2005 06:40:13 AM »

After you sew the items together, you could pick up stitches around the bottom edge and knit a ruffle.  That'll also help any rolling you might get, if you're knitting in stockinette.  Of course you could also pick up the stitches and knit a fun fur edge.  IF you do the pickup-stitches bit, and you DON'T want a ruffle, (as in with fun fur) then you can work a mitered corner at each point to keep it flat.
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2005 03:45:12 PM »

Done!


Because it has to travel tomorrow, I just finished it up by running a pink stitch around the edge and free-forming some flowers on the front.
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