Boho Crosses Poncho for Dolls, Little girls - Women XL

Ponchos are everywhere - quite the trend this season. And for good reason - they are so versatile - where them to keep the breeze off you or to really warm you up - depending on the stitch pattern and fiber they are made with.

My new poncho design - Boho Crosses Poncho -  is a mix of fun stitches – open stitches and crossed stitches – hence the name. Add as much or as little fringe as you want to create a trendy boho styled poncho.

This crochet pattern creates a great season changing poncho in a bohemian style. Make it in your or her favorite color!

And every girl wants her doll to match her - so the Boho Crosses Poncho come is doll size too!

In addition to doll size, the Boho Crosses Poncho crochet pattern is available in Baby – Girls – Teens – Women sizes (2/3, 4/6, 8/10, 12/14, adult S, M, L, XL) – adjustable for custom measurements. 

You’ll need a J crochet hook and your favorite worsted weight yarn. I used Mountain Meadow Wool – Laramie in Cowboy Brown for the sample poncho.

This bohemian fringed poncho pullover will make a great warm gift for a that sweet girl or girlfriend in your life – or for yourself! Pattern is available on my Little Monkey's Designs shop.

Crochet Tips to make you a better Crocheter

We all are looking for ways to become better at what we do.
I've created a list of some of my favorite crochet  tips - a lot from personal experience!

1. Get organized - yarn bags or bowls are great and keep your yarn from rolling all over the place and picking up dust and hair. Baby wipe containers or even a plastic Ziploc bag with a hole cut in one corner works well for keeping your yarn clean as well.
tulip crochet hooks
Tulip Hooks
2. Use good hooks! If you are crocheting a lot you don't want sore hands. A good set of hooks is worth the investment.
3. Collect a good library of crochet stitch books. This one is my favorite so far. You can often find crochet books in great condition at used book stores.
4. Search Pinterest for sizing and tutorials for what you need - don't reinvent the wheel! I don't know how much time I've wasted trying to figure out a hat or blanket size when the answer was just a few clicks away!


5. Learn to block your finished items - especially those with delicate stitches. It shows off your work so much better!

6. Be proud of your work! You can buy label for your finished items from many places - Joann's and Etsy to name two that I know of.

7. Use stich markers (or safety pins, paper clips or bobby pins) as a count guide on larger projects. When purchasing them, get the stitch markers for crochet - they are much easier to use than the knitting stitch markers.

8. Count often! Unless you like to take out several rows/hours of crochet when you find a mistake halfway thru a project!

9. Don't crochet in the dark! Every time I've done this, I've regretted it because I'll usually find a mistake and have to take all the work out that I did in the dark. (We road trip a lot, so I'm often to crochet when we're driving at night.)

10. On the same note - don't buy a lighted hook for crocheting in the car at night. It drives my husband batty seeing a small light go up and down next to him in the car while he's driving. I can see that it would be a big distraction and could lead to an accident. Maybe it works well for a movie theater???

There's my top 10 crochet tips for the moment. I think I could add on for a week. I'll save that for a later post!

What is your favorite crochet tip or trick or something you wished you had discovered a long time ago related to crochet?

Happy New Year!

I hope you are enjoying the beginnings of 2016!
I wanted to show you two crochet patterns I finished up over the holidays. I love the results so much, I'm keeping the finished items for myself! I hope you like them too!

The first is the Boho Fringed Scarf. I've been wanting to make a fringed scarf all Fall, and it finally made it to the top of my To-Do list. It is 7.5" wide and 66" long. You can leave it as a scarf or stitch the ends together to create an infinity scarf. I used a unique stitch pattern that gives the scarf an interesting texture. I've worn it out shopping several times and have gotten lots of compliments! I think the natural cream merino wool from Mountain Meadow Wool Mill is so beautiful of itself, that it just invites compliments!

Last April at Stitches (a yarn festival in Nashville) I purchased several hanks of USA Alpaca yarn from a shop here in Nashville. I finally decided what I wanted to so with it!

I love the idea of a triangle shawl that can also be worn as a scarf. I created it as I crocheted it, and I am excited about how it turned out. The lacy stitch pattern is an easy to memorize pattern once you learn it (instructions given in pattern). The edging looks complicated, but it's not - just takes a little time to work those little stitches that give it that delicate look.

The back view really shows the shawl off.

The Alpaca Triangle Shawl or Scarf can be worn in so many different ways - very versatile! Here I show it with a shawl pin that I purchased on Etsy.
What's on your hook this year? Any suggestions how pattern you'd like to see me create?
Happy Crocheting!