My little, rust-coloured, cotton cover-up is finished.
Very Harlot Poncho and The Fern Kerchief were incorporated in the design, I am calling mine The Fern Poncho.
Starting with a cast on of 84 stitches and a 6.5mm needle (More stitches, but smaller needle than the V.H.Poncho) I used a Yarn Over increase on every other row to grow the poncho. I wanted the points of my piece to fall just below the waist and the sides to come to about my elbows. When the poncho was just short of that length, I worked the lace portion of the Fern Kerchief then cast off.
To get the lace to work out as I envisioned took a bit of finagling with stitch count. What I saw in my mind's eye was the center of the lace point immediately under the stitch between the two Yarn Overs. On both front and back. A few, hard to find - I hope - 'fudges' and I was there.
The pictures show the poncho being worn with the outfit that inspired it. A simple black 'tee' and a new-to-me black skirt.
I cut the skirt off at knee length and machine hemmed it. Then I cut a few of the print blocks into smaller blocks and positioned them in a 'tumbling block' arrangement near the side seam. This was my first attempt at re-fashioning a thrift store purchase. I can see now that I could have done better. With more and bigger blocks the look would have been more dramatic. But as a first attempt, I'm happy.
I do think it makes a rather dressy summer outfit. Total cost? Skirt - $3.69 - US dollars though; the poncho - yarn was a gift; the tee - purchased at Simon's in Quebec City for the bargain price of $10. Makes me smile to think of being able to look this good for under $15.00. Well, I think I look good.
I love fudge, the knitting kind or the candy kind! I also love it when the points work into the pattern. A great outfit and a seriously fine price!
What a clever you! It looks fantastic - I especially like the blocks applique at the bottom of the skirt!
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