What I Made for Interweave Yarn Fest

Every year I wander the aisles of the marketplace at Interweave Yarn Fest and pine over the skillfully made garments I see on other attendees. I have longed for my crochet skills to be at the level required to craft an out-of-this-world frock. This year, I will be darned if I’m showing up without a cool and fashion-forward look.

Wondering what I made for Interweave Yarn Fest?

In preparation for the festival, I have successfully constructed the Cuddle Up Poncho from Interweave Crochet, Winter 2018. Sara Dudek has really outdone herself with this design. The garment is bohemian chic, appropriate for lounging around the house or wearing out for a casual event. It is worked from side to side. The hood is completed separately and then attached later. The pattern works up quickly thanks to the Red Heart Soft Essentials yarn used in the design.

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The yarn is heavenly soft and a delight to crochet with. The pattern calls for 10 balls and you will use nearly all of the yarn. I chose the cocoa colorway, but Red Heart produces 15 colors in the Soft Essentials line. I could go crazy and make one of these ponchos in every color!

This is truly one of the first fashions I’ve made for myself and am proud to wear out in public. This is a must-have pattern and a must-have yarn. The combination is unstoppable. I hope to see you all at Yarn Fest!

Keep on hookin’ on,
—Dana Leigh

Pattern Details

Finished Size: About 72″ circumference and 33¼ ” long, after seaming. Sample modeled with 32″ bust.

Specific Yarn Used: Red Heart Yarns Soft Essentials (100% acrylic; 131 yd [120 m]/5 oz [141 g]; #7340 cocoa, 10 balls.

Hook: Size L/11 (8 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle; stitch markers (m); pins; 1½ ” diameter round buttons, 5.

Gauge: 9 sts and 5 rows = 4″.



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