As a handmade seller, every once in awhile you become friends with someone on Instagram who truly inspires you. Someone who loves to crochet so much, creates from the heart, so giving and wants to share their beautiful talents with all those around them from family, neighbors and friends. Without telling you her name, I will just tell you... I enjoy all her photos so much, but it's her videos that I really love tho... because she's just so real and honest with what she's doing and whatever she's working on. I love that! I've been following her for sometime now, so I have gotten to know her a little bit. I know she's shared that she does not follow patterns because she doesn't know how to read them. However, by looking at her creations-you would just never know that. As I have stated in the past, that is how I used to crochet myself before I learned to read patterns. So a few weeks ago, when I saw this friend (that I will call "J") state in a video that she wanted to learn to read patterns, but hadn't gotten around to it... a little light bulb went off in my head! And I would like to dedicate this blog post to J! :D
Yes! I was encouraged to go more in dept about how reading patterns is really as easy as you make it. When I first started crocheting, it was hard finding "Easy Patterns" that were 'easy' for me. So when I found one.. that was all I would crochet! So I pulled one that I know that will not disappoint! Here is a 'step by step' photo tutorial of a pattern that is so easy, once you make one.. you will make many more, change the stitch, change the size gauging from the hook/yarn and you will be well on your way to making Ponchos/Shawls for everyone! (well maybe not everyone, but this pattern is guaranteed to give your crocheting heart warm fuzzies. You can DOWNLOAD it here, so get ready!
Before you begin, you should know.. I did not use the suggested yarn. I used Baby Bee Yarn. I did use the suggested size hook. Here are the materials needed:
Once you have completed the first Row, just remember to single crochet in the first and last stitch. As you begin the 2nd Row, single crochet in the first stitch, ch 1 and single crochet in the first "chain space" which is the chain 1 in the previous row.
Just don't forget to single crochet in the first and last stitch at the beginning & end of every row! (yes, I know that I am repeating myself here.) Also remember, You will always chain 1 at the end of every row.
Now that your pieces are ready for sewing, place them as shown. Once folded, whip stitch with your pieces laying flat so they don't move and/or fall out of place. You can also use your markers to hold them in place. Remember that once you whip stitch the first piece, turn your work over so the seams are on the Wrong Side. (shown below)
Once your Poncho is complete, you can created your own border. I singled crocheted all around for the first Row, slip stitch at the end to join, then single crocheted, chain 1, single crochet in the next stitch all around. So easy!
Again, after you make your first Poncho... you will want to play around with this pattern like crazy! I remember selling a ton of these once I got this pattern down. It also encouraged me to read other patterns. I added all sorts of embellishments, too!
I just had a lot of fun with it and I know it will for you, too!
Well, J... I pray this helps you get going on reading patterns! I hope it helps anyone who is wanting to learn!
Until next time.
Those that know.. Do. Those that understand.. Teach.
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