Lovely Flowers

Purple Orchids by The Purple Poncho 2014

Purple Orchids I found at the grocery store. The color is SO vivid!

Hi friends,

I’ve been meaning to update my site with some of the flower photographs I’ve taken the past few months. I post them on my Facebook page every Monday, (or try to) and wanted to share them with you all. “Have a great week” is the caption I use, but here I wanted to go into more detail about where and why I took these photos. Hope you enjoy…

June 2014 - The Purple Poncho

Leaving work one day last summer, it was about 100 degrees outside. I saw this pretty flower and snapped a shot, I think it turned out amazing! This is one of my favorite pictures.

Fern by The Purple Poncho

Lovely fern I bought for our backyard. I love the delicate and airy look of it, reminds me of lace.

 

Dahlias - The Purple Poncho

Here are some Dahlia’s we got at the Farmer’s Market one day and a shawl that I was working on at the time – looks so pretty together.

Succulents The Purple Poncho

On vacation last summer, these succulents were everywhere.

Purple Aeonium - The Purple Poncho 2014

This succulent was at the vacation house we rented.

Fall Flowers - The Purple Poncho

Some Fall flowers I bought at the store one day, preparing for Halloween.

Bougainvillea Oct 2014

This was taken outside the Hospital after taking my daughter to get an X-ray of her ankle. It’s really bad when they recognize you there! She’s ok, but really swollen and sprained. I love the color of this Bougainvillea.

Red Rose - The Purple Poncho

The morning after our first rain in a while, walking to the soccer field we noticed a huge rose bush filled with these beauties. You can still see the raindrops.

Vintage glass flower The Purple Poncho

This is a flower made out of glass plates and a vase. We got this at the Farmer’s Market last summer. A permanent flower in our garden.

Lily & Roses The Purple Poncho

Walking into the grocery store one day we saw this lovely flower arrangement right by the entrance. What a nice display, I love roses & lilies.

Floral Centerpiece The Purple Poncho 11152014

This was the floral centerpiece at a friend’s Quinceanera recently.  Her colors were lavender and silver.  It was a gorgeous arrangement and was 3 feet tall.  This is the top and it had a base of flowers around the bottom.  One of the best parties ever!

I find inspiration and joy in photographing flowers. Flowers are one of my favorite things, so it makes me happy to capture them.

Thanks for reading!

Have a great day!

 

Carolyn :)

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Sparkle Flower Hair Accessory A Free Crochet Pattern

Sparkle Flower Hair Accessory Free Crochet Pattern The Purple Poncho

Sparkle Flower Hair Accessory A  Free Crochet Pattern by The Purple Poncho

Sparkle Flower Hair Accessory  -  A Free Crochet Pattern by Carolyn

This is a simple and elegant sparkle flower hair accessory to make for those special occasions.  It can also be worn as a beautiful bracelet too!  The yarn is what really makes it pop with the metallic thread running through it and the pretty sequins.  I topped it off with a beveled bead in the center for an extra splash of bling. 

Sparkle Flower Hair Accessory Free Crochet Pattern

I designed this pretty sparkle flower hair accessory for a family friend’s Quinceanera.  Some of the girls wore them in their hair and a few wore them on their wrist as a bracelet.   They turned out to be just the right amount of sparkle to match their dresses! 

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Supplies:

Yarn:  Loops & Threads Payette –Color is Sterling Silver

Yarn weight:  Fine #2 – 4 Yards for one flower

Sewing Thread

Crystal Beveled Glass beads – 4 holes

Goody Ouchless Elastics Hair Accessory – Color is Chocolate Cake

Hook:   US F / 3.75 MM

Spray Starch – Aleene’s Stiffen Quik

Sewing needle

Yarn needle

Wax Paper

Gauge:  Flower measures approximately 2 inches

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

Skill level: Easy

Instructions: Ch 4, sl st to beginning ch to form a loop. 

Round 1: Ch 1, 12 sc stitches in ch 4 loop; sl st to beginning ch 1. (12 sc).

Round 2: Ch 6, sl st in next st (do not skip a stitch), repeat 11 more times. (12 – ch 6 petals). 

End off, leave a 12 inch tail.

Embellish: 

Place 1 bead in the center of the flower.  Hand sew it onto the flower with sewing thread.  Weave in thread.

Next, center the flower over the elastic hear band.  Using 12 inch tail and yarn needle, sew the flower to hair band.  Approximately 8 stitches to hold it on.  End off, weave in ends.

Placing finished flowers onto wax paper, spray starch both sides and place them with the bead face down and the hair band face up.  Let them dry.  Repeat for desired stiffness.  I sprayed mine 3 times. 

WIP - Sparkle Flower Hair Accessory by The Purple Poncho

Sparkle Flower Hair Accessory -  Free Pattern

This is how I placed them for starching & drying. You can also see the stitching to hold the flower onto the hair band.

Sparkle Flower Hair Accessory Free Crochet Pattern by The Purple Poncho

Thank you for your interest in my designs, and I hope you enjoy the pattern!

 Have a great day!

Carolyn :)

 

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Herringbone Infinity Scarf A Free Crochet Pattern

Herringbone Infinity Scarf  A Free Crochet Pattern by The Purple Poncho

I love the look of color blocking and this herringbone stitch adds so much texture to the scarf.  It works up quickly and once you get the rhythm of the stitch, it is one of those patterns that you can make on autopilot.  It’s very versatile, the size and gauge can easily be adjusted to make it longer (2 st repeat) or wider (add more rows).  This is a very attractive scarf and looks great in a solid or variegated yarn too! 

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Supplies:

Yarn:  Charisma in Charcoal & Dark Purple

Yarn weight:  Bulky #5, 109 yards each color, 218 yards total

Hook:   US K / 6.50 MM

Yarn needle

Gauge:  3 HBhdc stitches & 4 Rows = 2 Inches

Abbreviations:  ch – chain; sl st – slip stitch; fdsc – foundation single crochet; sc – single crochet

Special StitchHBhdc – herringbone half double crochet- yo, insert hook, draw through st and first loop on hook, yo, draw through both loops on hook.

Skill: Intermediate

Herringbone Infinity Scarf Free Crochet Pattern - The Purple Poncho

Notes:  This infinity scarf is worked in the back loops only when making the herringbone stitch, placing the HBhdc stitch in the chain 1 space from the previous row.  It gives one side a textured look and the other side a smoother finish.  Do not turn your work, always keeping the right side facing you.  This stitch count will use up most of your skeins, if you make it longer or wider, you will need 2 skeins of each color.

Instructions: Begin with Charcoal color-

Row 1: Fdsc 126 sc stitches, sl st to beginning stitch, careful not to twist your work, to form the circle. (126 sc).

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 HBhdc and ch 1 throughout); 1 HBhdc in 2nd ch from hook in back loop only, *ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 HBhdc in next st (in back loop only)*; repeat * * around; ch 1, sl st to 2nd ch of beginning ch 3.  (63 HBhdc). 

Row 3:  Ch 3, *1 HBhdc in back loop of ch 1 space, ch 1*; Repeat * * around. Sl st to 2nd ch of beginning ch 3.  (63 HBhdc).

Rows 4-7: Repeat Row 3.  End off yarn, weave in end.

Join Dark Purple color by sl st to any ch 1 space.

Rows 8-14: Repeat Row 3.  (63 HBhdc).

Row 15: Ch 1, 1 sc in back loop of each stitch around, sl st to beginning st. (126 sc).  End off yarn, weave in end.

Embellish:  Optional

Add a crochet flower, brooch or a bow to make it your own.

Thank you for your interest in my designs, and I hope you enjoy the pattern!

 Have a great day!

Carolyn  :)

Herringbone Infinity Scarf by The Purple Poncho A Free Crochet Pattern

Wrap it around twice for a warm and cozy neck warmer.

Color Block - Herringbone Infinity Scarf by The Purple Poncho  A Free Crochet Pattern

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Climbing Braids Beanie – Crochet Pattern

 

Climbing Braids Beanie Crochet Pattern by The Purple Poncho

 

Purple Climbing Braids Beanie crochet pattern by The Purple Poncho

Climbing Braids Beanie in solid Purple!

Introducing the Climbing Braids Beanie, a crochet pattern, which offers lots of great texture, interest and a braid design.   I designed this hat to keep you warm and cozy while looking fashionable this Fall and Winter season.  Braids are very popular and have always been a favorite of mine.  I hope you like them too.

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Climbing Braids Beanie - Crochet Pattern - The Purple Poncho

 

This hat is worked from the brim to the crown and has been rated as beginner to intermediate level.  Stitches used consist of chains, half double crochet, double crochet, and slip stitches.  Some feedback I received was that the pattern was easy to follow, it’s pleasing to make, it’s a great pattern, it’s a great hat! 
I want to thank my awesome pattern testers, Maria and Brooke, they did a fantastic job to ensure a smooth pattern without any hiccups.  They bring expertise in pattern reading, writing, and crocheting.  I love the color combinations they chose too!

Climbing Braids Beanie Test Hat by Maria Bittner

Photographs courtesy of Maria Bittner, Pattern Paradise.

Climbing Braids Beanie Test Hat by Brooke Olson

Photographs courtesy of Brooke Olson, BD-Lish’s Stitches.

I hope you enjoy my latest pattern, and if you do make one, please “hook it up” to my Ravelry page to show it off. 

Climbing Braids Beanie in Hobby Lobby in the color Firecracker and Red Heart with Love in black.

Climbing Braids Beanie in Hobby Lobby yarn in the color Firecracker and Red Heart with Love in black.

Climbing Braids Beanie - Crochet Pattern by The Purple Poncho

Thanks for reading! Have a great day,

Carolyn  :)

 

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Cute Pumpkin Applique – Free Crochet Pattern

 

Crochet Pumpkin Applique - Free Crochet Pattern - The Purple Poncho

Cute Pumpkin Applique

Here is a cute pumpkin applique to add to your festive fall decorations.  This little pumpkin can be used alone, or make several for a fun pumpkin garland.  Another idea is make two and sew them together for a cute pumpkin treat bag.  Here we go…

Supplies:  Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver–Color Pumpkin 20 yards
Red Heart Super SaverColor Café Latte 4 yards
Red Heart Super Saver–Color Spring Green 10 yards
Yarn weight: WW #4
Hook: US J /6.00 MM
Yarn needle

Gauge: 3 dc & 1 fpdc stitches = 1 Inch
Size is 5” across by 5 1/2“ tall

Abbreviations: ch – chain; sl st – slip stitch;  hdc – half double crochet;  dc – double crochet;  fpdc – front post double crochet; st(s) – stitch(es)
 
Pumpkin Instructions:  Color – Pumpkin
Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 ch and 1 dc), 11 dc in 4th ch from hook. (12 dc).
Round 2: Ch 1 (does not count as st throughout), fpdc in same st, *1 dc in next st, 1 fpdc in next st*, repeat * * around, sl st to beginning fpdc. (12 fpdc, 12 dc).
Round 3: Ch 1, fpdc in same st, *1 dc in next 2 dc, 1 fpdc in next st *, repeat * * around, sl st to beginning fpdc. (12 fpdc, 24 dc).
Round 4: Ch 1, fpdc in same st, *1 dc in next 3 dc, 1 fpdc in next st *, repeat * * around, sl st to beginning fpdc. (12 fpdc, 36 dc).
Round 5: Ch 1, sl st in each st around in back loop only. (48 sl st). End off, weave in ends.

Rind Instructions:  Color – Café Latte
Row 1: Start your first hdc by counting 3 sts to the right of any fpdc. 1 hdc in next 6 sts.  (6 hdc).
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as st), 5 hdc across. (6 hdc). End off, weave in ends.

Curly Q Vine Instructions:  Color – Spring Green
Ch 9; *6 dc in 3rd ch from hook*; repeat ** 2 more times. (18 dc). Continue with:  Ch 30; * repeat 3 more times for the other end; sl st in next st. (18 dc, 21 chs).  End off, weave in ends. Twist curly Q’s into spirals. Using long chain, thread through pumpkin at corner of rind on either side.

Garland:  Optional
Using any string or yarn, make a long chain.  Thread pumpkins through chain, spacing them apart, hang and enjoy.

Cute Pumpkin Applique Garland by The Purple Poncho CC

Cute Pumpkin Applique  Free Crochet Pattern by The Purple Poncho

Back view of the pumpkin

 

Using my pattern book

Loving my pattern book.

Thank you for your interest in my designs and I hope you enjoy the pattern and have fun with it!  If you have any questions please contact me HERE and I will be happy to help.
Have a great day!
Carolyn :)

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