Great expectations


Two weeks have passed since I first posted about my “ponchette” project. Well, I’ve progressed far enough that I can say definitively: it’s not turning out as planned. It’s supposed to look like this:

PonchettePic

Drape-y, elegant, and lovely all around, right? Instead, it looks like this:

PonchetteFlat

Waa waah. I’ve measured the thing a thousand times and all the circumferences match the pattern, but it just doesn’t have the length. It is supposed to have a beaded fringe, which will probably help it hang correctly.

KirstinPonchette

To be fair, it doesn’t look quite so bad when it’s actually on. And the stitches are nice and even. Hopefully between blocking and the beads on the fringe, which I may make more elaborate than the pattern, it won’t look too terrible.

PonchetteTop

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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3 Responses to Great expectations

  1. starproms says:

    Oh! Those patterns! Tell me about it. This is nothing like the pattern. How annoying. I think you should write to them and complain. Don’t get me wrong, what you have made is lovely, but it is nothing like the picture. In my experience, and I am very experienced! that happens a lot. In fact it happened to me just recently when I tried a new pattern. I made a little jumper for my new grandbaby – due in two months. It looked lovely in the ‘Australian’ book and it turned out wearable, but nothing like the picture. In fact the back on mine looked more like the front on the pattern! Now I know I read the pattern right and I was cross at what it looked like when I’d finished it. Perhaps it was because I used an Australian pattern and back means front? Who knows but I won’t use that pattern again.
    Thank you for sharing that happening. It’s nice to know that we are not alone in our findings. However, I can see that you have not done anything wrong. It is definitely the pattern.

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! I usually don’t make garments from patterns (or much at all, really, since I’m a spinner/blanket crocheter usually), and I just couldn’t figure out what I did wrong! I know I checked my gauge, I know I measured all my circumferences and lengths, and it still looks NOTHING like the stupid pattern. I thought it was just me.

      I got a smile out of the back and the front maybe being different because it’s an Australian book! Let’s hope after enough time passes, I’ll get a chuckle out of my misadventure too.

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