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Topic: Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Poncho**NEW**Puzzle Scarf added!!**  (Read 34159 times)
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« on: May 28, 2008 07:50:51 PM »

Yay! Another project to use your left-over yarn on!
(Please click on the photos to enlarge the images).



(Yes, that's me in the poncho).  Tongue

This was crocheted using a size J cabled afghan hook and left-over yarns consisting mostly of Red Heart and I Love This Yarns.



Here I've put my hands on my hips to spread out the poncho so you can see it all clearly.
(I wish I had a photo taken with my arms at my sides from the back too but I didn't think of it at the time.

The poncho is done Tunisian crochet style by repeating a small puzzle piece graph I made up myself using a pencil and graph paper.
The popular "symbol" for autism is a puzzle piece or puzzle pieces. Especially made with different colored pieces. I thought this would make a nifty pattern.

It is two seperate panels which I joined together after finishing them. The end of one panel is joined to the side of the other. And that panel's end is joined to the side of the first panel. (I hope all that makes sense).

Finally, I trimmed the edges in single crochet stitch with a combo of Moda Dea's Chichi, (mmm, soooo soft), and Fun Fur. This stopped any curling that there was and also filled in the part around the neck to make it nice and toasty.

Now, all I need is a nice cool day to wear it.
(Too bad it's becoming hotter every day).  Undecided

edit: I've added a puzzle piece scarf to the end of this post. I think it's page three. Grin
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2008 07:55:59 PM »

This is awesome.  I have to learn tunisian...  Did you crochet two rectanges and piece or is it all one?

ETA:  it would help if I read your post.  doh!
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2008 08:00:59 PM »

This is so neat, even before I read the title, I thought "hey this reminds me of those autism awareness ribbons." So congrats you nailed that one!!

This would be such a neat project and would definitely motivate me to improve my tunisian skills.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2008 08:01:19 PM »

that is super cool, very nice work
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2008 08:04:13 PM »

Even without the symbolism it very cool!

 Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool or warm!
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2008 08:16:24 PM »

This is really great!  Cheesy My youngest brother-in-law is autistic, I admire the effort you put in to raise awareness.  What is your connection with autism, if you don't mind me being nosy?
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2008 08:30:14 PM »


 Cool Too Cool!  Shocked  Cool

But I wanna know HOW you made such good looking puzzle pieces -- is it the afgan stitch that lets you do such perfectly interlocking curves? It's fantastic!
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2008 08:33:08 PM »

Fantastic work with the design and ALL of those colors!!  WOW!!  I applaud you!!
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2008 08:36:10 PM »

Awesome pattern and skill level.  Beautiful colors together.
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2008 08:48:42 PM »

shootingstar, my niece is autistic.
She's my baby sister's youngest.
She's really sweet and likes to knit!

PimpernelSmith, even though the pieces are rounded, when you click on the photos and enlarge them, you can see that the pieces are still graphed in the usual "blocky" way.

Thanks everybody for saying such nice things.  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2008 09:50:44 PM »

holy crap that's amazing. i love how vibrant it is
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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2008 12:36:23 AM »

wow!

that is amazing

*this rocks*
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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2008 08:49:57 AM »

Great poncho, and an awesome way to bring more awareness! Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2008 09:27:34 AM »

Oh wow.  That's awesome and for such a good cause.  I can't think of a more misunderstood condition and this is such a fun representation of it.  Good show!
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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2008 01:37:03 PM »

This is AMAZING! Shocked Super nice work! I've always wanted to make an afghan or something that looked like a puzzle Grin I would wear this poncho everywhere! Cheesy This Rocks!
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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2008 03:53:54 PM »

I took a photo of my graph for those who wanted to make something using the pattern.
(Click on the photo to embigger.)  Wink



Each puzzle piece is 13 squares across, (minus the "heads". If you keep that number in mind you won't mess up.

The outlined area is what I used for the poncho. (But the third row is really a repeat of the first row).
All you really need to remember is two squares across and two squares up.
(But it does help to draw out more of it to visualize it in your mind better).

I'd love to see the things you all make with it!

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« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2008 03:57:24 PM »

that is amazing.
this would be an awesome present for my mom.
(and i might need to learn how to read crochet patterns again. :/ )
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« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2008 05:03:33 PM »

this Definately ROCKS!
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« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2008 05:08:34 PM »

Both my kids are on the spectrum - thank you for helping to raise awareness...

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« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2008 05:46:42 PM »

thanks for the graphs!
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« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2008 12:17:55 PM »

Aw this is so great. I have two autisic brothers, one 18, and one 7. It's such a great way to raise awareness and it ths most amazing use of the technique i've ever seen.  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2008 04:37:04 PM »

Wonderful job.  This pattern could could easily be adapted to make an afghan and also a tote bag.
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« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2008 11:42:07 AM »

that is insane!  In a good way, but still.  wow you must have a lot of patience.  I am totally showing this to my friend whose son is autistic.  You get a "this rocks"
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« Reply #24 on: July 26, 2008 06:03:05 AM »

 I made a scarf with the same pattern and wanted to add some photos of it here too.
I used sugar n cream all cotton yarn so it's bulky and toasty.



My son is modeling it for me. It's made the same tunisian stitch way following the graph only this time I only made it 4 puzzle pieces wide and 16 puzzle pieces long. This way you join the sides and they match up in back where the joining seam is.



This is a front and back shot. (Sorry the back shot is over-exposed). I wanted to show the seam. Just make sure you use the correct matching colors while working on it so when you join the sides, the end puzzle pieces will match in color.
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« Reply #25 on: July 27, 2008 10:58:39 AM »

wow thats all i can say is wow!!
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« Reply #26 on: December 29, 2008 12:37:48 AM »

I just came across this and had to say "AWESOME" ! ! I just love this. Did you ever write up the pattern? And did you use some type of program to build the graph or did you do it yourself with just graph paper. (Sorry if you have answered all this and I just haven't gotten to it yet. I was SO excited when I saw this posting that I got carried away.)

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« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2008 04:49:24 PM »

I would LOVE to make this for a woman I know who has 2 twin boys, both autistic. She helped me out with my Christmas gift to my parents this year since I have no money and I think this would be a beautiful way to pay her back.
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Wonderfully geek project with beautiful colors! I really love it! BRAVA! @;)
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