Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wrapping Up Japanese Style!

I was looking for a unique way to stay warm this winter and came across a great Japanese pattern on the Pintrest.
I can across this cute wrap poncho that would go with a lot of different outfits! One of the problems that I faced was the pattern was in Japanese so I had to search the internet to see if I could find it in English or find a way to interpret the pattern. Well I found the pattern on Raverly (this is a great resource for may different knit and crochet patterns) and it led me to the Pieorrt yarn website. This is a Japanese yarn company, that has a website with some of their free patterns in English. So I found the wrap pattern here. It has the instructions in English, a crochet chart, and diagram for arm hole placement.

The yarn I used for my wrap was Stylecraft Life DK in Stone Nepp, it took 9 skeins of yarn with a size D (3.25 mm) crochet hook.

Here are a few photos of the finished product, but I was limited on what I could take since the weather here has been overcast and cloudy. My wrap look alike the one on the pattern just a different color!

 Making this wrap was like making a small blanket, it took a lot longer to make than I expected.

 The arm holes were done by splitting up the row and working on one side at a time for 35 rows.

     This is a close-up of the pattern stitch for the wrap poncho. It is a very delicate looking stitch.

After finding this pattern I started looking around for other Japanese crochet patterns and found some really great books!

Next week will share a scarf from my Japanese crochet book made with hand dyed yarn!

Happy Holidays
Crochet On,