My new Persephone Poncho is ready for you! Eep!
Can I tell you how much I love this thing? I cannot. Words don’t describe how delicious this beauty is.
If you love it and just want to skip all the pictures and head to download it, go HERE.
For more behind the scenes tidbits, keep reading.
Hubby Tim decided to do more artsy photos of this one just for the blog. I do not know what I’d do without him!
His skills are outta dis worlddddd.
So you see all the lovely photos and the gorgeous pattern, but it’s really quite a journey to get to this point.
- We plan out our patterns for the next year in general.
- I fill in the specifics (knit? crochet? what items, etc?) for the quarter and establish release dates.
- I come up with inspiration for the pattern, write it up and get busy working test swatches.
- I contact the test knitter or crocheter, send off the yarn, give them the pattern and wait.
- They work the pattern, making sure there are no hiccups or kinks and they send it back to me and get paid.
- I finish up any remaining bits on the pattern, like the finished size and gauge.
- We take photosssss. This is always the funny part.
- Tim edits the photos, sends them back to me and a few days later, the pattern goes live on the site and blog and Ravelry and Craftsy, etc. The process usually takes several months from start to finish. And we are planning on offering you WAY more patterns this year than last, so get ready!
So back to the photo shoot process.
We have Media Day once a month. We take all pattern and giveaway photos needed for the following month. We also shoot 2 videos which will go live in the following month.
The process begins by me struggling to put my makeup on properly and fussing with my wild and crazy hair. It’s naturally curly but fried from too much processing and dyeing, so I straighten it mostly.
Tim gets all the lights and camera set up.
Once all that is out of the way and I feel all gussied up, we start to shoot.
I inevitably forget how to pose. Every. Single. Time. Chin out. Shoulders back and down. Sminch the eyes. Smile! Look happy!
Tim told me to lie down in this stream of sunlight. I was like…. OKAAAYYYY????
But it turned out awesome! I look kinda… ghostly.
But back to the pattern.
- It’s crocheted. Not too complicated, but you definitely want to feel comfortable with crochet in general and reading patterns.
- It uses 1220 yards of our Luster Superwash Merino Wool Tencel Sport Yarn in colorway (gasp) Persephone. Colorways come and go. Choose any that you like. That translates to 4 skeins. Or actually, just over 3 skeins. If budget is an issue, just get 3 and you can make it a wee bit smaller.
- The stitch pattern is easily memorizable.
- The construction is pretty straightforward.
- You’ll need a size F (3.75 mm) hook.
It’s just ridiculously enchanting. I adore it. Who wouldn’t want to wear this radiant, shimmering, cascading pool of wonder?
The back looks like the front!
One size fits most. You can make it bigger or smaller if you like. It’s easy to adjust the size. To do so, I recommend cutting out cheap fabric in various rectangle sizes and positioning them like I show you in the pattern. When you get a size poncho you like, just make rectangles in those sizes and follow the pattern construction as written.
I included pictures of each row for those that learn visually (me me me!).
Also, for the several people that mentioned my patterns are enormously long to print… you are correct. Up until this point, I’ve used huge text and giant pictures, thinking that it was helpful. I always look at patterns on my iPhone, so it WAS helpful… to me. LOL. But not so much if you’re printing.
So this pattern is short to print. I’m going to try and keep all future patterns as such, for those that like to print them.
Well, let me know what you think in the comments. I’m quite proud of this little beauty.
When you make yours, share it on your fave social network or blog and pleassssse link back to me or tag me so I can see! I can’t wait.
Have the most glorious of days, my dahling! Smooches!
P.S. You can get the pattern HERE.