I told you I had a good excuse.

You may recall that when giving an update on my knitting resolution progress a few weeks ago that I mentioned it was unlikely that I’d achieve my goal of knitting 2 sweaters this year, well I wasn’t just being lazy or pessimistic I’m just not even going try and achieve it. The reason I’m not even going to try is that I am currently just over 20 weeks pregnant with crafty baby number 2! This also explains my somewhat patchy posting at the beginning of the year. Dealing with all the first trimester ups and downs whilst running around after a 1 year old was a little bit chaotic to say the least!

Once I actually get to the stage where I need to start wearing maternity clothes (luckily I’m still managing to squeeze in to my normal clothes, albeit from my “fat” wardrobe) I have no doubt that I will be wishing I had a really nice and flattering hand knitted sweater to wear to make me feel special and a bit less frumpy but the thought of spending all that time knitting something that I will wear for at most a few months is enough to put me right off the idea.

I do have a compromise though, and that comes in the form of the poncho. I grew up at a time when the poncho was the height of sophistication so I have always harboured a secret love of them even when fashion banished them to the fashion faux pas pages. Whilst I wouldn’t say they were currently making a comeback there is a bit more tolerance of them if they are dressed up as vintage styling so I thought I would take the opportunity to knock one up for myself smug in the knowledge that it will fit me when I am at my fattest but it will also fit me perfectly well once the baby is born.

Out came the crochet hook and I delved into the deep, dark recesses of my stash and I pulled out a range of green and grey yarns that I thought would work well together. Making the pattern up as I went along (and for once writing it down as I went along too) this is what I ended up with.

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Admittedly it is not the best of photos – selfies are really not my thing, but it gives you an idea until I can talk my other half into taking a better picture*. The cowl neck also folds down for when its not quite so chilly but as I plan on wearing it when I go on my holidays to Scotland I think I’ll be wearing it with the cowl/ collar up most of the time. Something which isn’t massively clear in this photo is that it is a much deeper v than most ponchos. As I planned on wearing it whilst pregnant I wanted something that would still cover my tummy and my bum up no matter how big I got without coming too far down my arms (and restricting child wrestling abilities). All I need to do now is weave in the ends and think about whether I block it or whether I just skip that stage and go straight for wearing it, which I am tempted to do.

Keep an eye out for the pattern in a couple of weeks, I’m hoping to post it on here soon so that if any of you want to have a go at it you can.

*This is something he hates doing because I am very fussy and end up making him take about 100 pictures and complain about each one only to settle for one of the first few he takes.

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About themanyknitsofnadine

Interested in all things crafty, I knit, spin, sew, crochet, quilt, grow my own and bake (although the baking these days is all allergy friendly) and I try and blog about all these things. I also host a bi-weekly podcast on incorporating slow living into all my crafty adventures
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