Last year I decided to make Lily a poncho. I was searching through various different types patterns and pictures to find something I liked the look of for her. I eventually came across this pattern for a hooded fox poncho. It's a paid pattern, although I generally use the free ones I love this so much I bought it. I could also see that the pattern could be adapted for other animals and so I decided to make Oliver one as well as both my niece's one each for Christmas.
I actually made one in grey with a white trim and bunny ears initially as I happened to have this wool already. The pattern originally calls for super chunky wool, but I ended up using 3 strands of aran to give the same thickness. My niece Holly really loves her bunny and so this one was for her.
I then went shopping for wool to make the remaining 3 ponchos and could only find chunky wool in the colours I wanted. I had to adapt the stitch count and hook size to get the ponchos to come out in the size I wanted. After a bit if work adapting one I just copied them for the others. In the end I had created 4 great looking animal ponchos. Oliver has a green dinosaur, Lily the fox, Holly the bunny and my other niece Layla has the panda.
I deliberately made them a little big to give them room to grow into them so they would last longer. As a result I think they will do better for next winter than this one so I haven't really got photos of them all in them. I have bribed my two kids with sweets to model them for this blog post though! I really love how they turned out and actually wouldn't mind an adult sized one for me! Maybe when I have some spare time I will make one for me for next winter!
Hope you have enjoyed this week's blog post. See you again next week.