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You’re All Mine, Poncho

A few weeks ago I asked for your opinion regarding which poncho pattern I should knit to protect me from the November chill. Before I reveal the winner, let’s look at the options once more:

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1. DROPS Cape with sleeves
2. Rosa’s Caponcho
3. Patons Cable Capelet
4. Cranberry Capelet

Here’s a hint about the winner. It’s shaped like a bell and it looks like wearing it might feel like a giant wool hug. Doesn’t sound bad, right?

If you guessed I’ll be knitting the Patons Cable Capelet, you’re right! I’m pretty sure it’s going to make me look like an Icelandic elf and I can’t wait!

(For those of you preferred a different pattern, don’t worry, these others aren’t off the table, they’re just going to hibernate for a while. After all, I don’t think a girl can have too many capes capelets.)

Once I settled on the pattern, I worked myself into my usual pre-project tizzy of excitement. Ping ponging from Joann’s to Michael’s to Ben Franklin’s in one afternoon, I must have touched over 50 skeins of yarn. I was hoping to keep this project around $25, so unfortunately, I didn’t run straight to my local knitting boutique (beautiful, but damn pricey!) I really wasn’t feeling any of the options at Michael’s or Joann’s and attributed my hesitation to my usual spazzy craft store indecision. Well, true love waits. And my waiting paid off when I walked into Ben Franklin and found the most beautiful pumpkin orange Lion Brand Alpine Wool. My indecision evaporated. I was sold.

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Maybe I not as indecisive as I thought. Maybe instead, I’m just picky. Ha. Well, either way, I could not wait to get started on this poncho once I found the yarn.

My needles from the Two Hour Felted Slippers had barely cooled off when I cast on the stitches for the capelet’s cable Sunday. So far, it just looks like a long braid, but I kind of like that about it. I did wear my ridiculously long hair in a french braid every day until 6th grade after all.

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So what is everyone else knitting/crocheting? If I’d let myself, I’d have 18 projects going at once. Since I’m trying to quit that habit though, I need to live vicariously through what other people are making. Give me some juicy, wooly details!

UPDATE: Check out the finished caplet here!

 

13 Comments

  • mom
    November 6, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I finally got over the hurdle on the vest I am knitting by actually following the pattern and not thinking I was smarter than it’s creator! I am knitting like crazy and am anxious to get up to the armholes!

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    • Make and Do Girl
      November 6, 2011 at 10:24 am

      Nice, Mom! For once the Make and Do Master didn’t outsmart the pattern, huh? 🙂

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  • Jamie
    November 7, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I love the color! Its perfect for rolling around and blending in with the fall leaves. Will it be done by Thanksgiving? Maybe it can do the work of giving you a 2-arm hug, so I don’t have to… 🙂 LOVE YOU!

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  • Frankie
    November 8, 2011 at 3:59 am

    That looks like the beginning of something fabulous! I love, love, love the yarn you chose. The color and texture are lovely. I refamiliarized myself with knitting this weekend , as I received two full bags of a multitude of beautiful yarns from a friend who was cleaning out her stash. Amazing. I can’t decide what to do first. Happy knitting!

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    • Make and Do Girl
      November 9, 2011 at 3:59 am

      Jackpot! How fun to be the recipient of someone’s entire stash! Do you use Ravelry? As you get back into knitting it could be a fantastic place to look for free patterns. Can’t wait to see what you make!

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  • Kim Anderson
    November 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Hey Jess,

    It’s Kim Anderson……Nancy’s friend. I share your passion for knitting. Last year my obsession was knitting felted slippers. Currently it is cowls. Can’t get enough of searching for fun patterns. I definitely agree with you about fancy yarn stores vs craft stores. Can’t wait to see the finish product. Happy knitting!

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    • Make and Do Girl
      November 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Kim!! My mom has seriously warmed the toes of half of Boulder County with felted slippers. You guys should team up! I LOVE cowls too. Do you use Ravelry? My life literally changed when I started using it. Thanks for stopping by! I saw Lauren’s blog and it’s so fun. She’s quite the inspiring athlete! Knitting is a lot easier than triathlons. xo

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  • Mandy
    November 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Agreed! The yarn is delicious! I want to bake it into a dessert and eat it with whipped cream!!!

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  • […] you’re interested, you can see more of the work-in-progress Cable Caplet here. And if you’d like to see the other poncho-esque patterns I considered, look here. […]

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  • […] Read more about which pattern you helped me choose here and […]

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  • […] you’re interested, you can see more of the work-in-progress Cable Caplet here. And if you’d like to see the other poncho-esque patterns I considered, look […]

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  • […] See the pattern I decided to knit here and the finished poncho […]

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  • My knit poncho is finished!
    November 3, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    […] you’re interested, you can see more of the work-in-progress Cable Caplet here. And if you’d like to see the other knit poncho patterns I considered, look […]

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