a few posts ago I shared that I was blessed enough to receive a copy of Big Stitch Wearables, Adventures in Fat Fibers and Felts. A book that was edited and compiled by Becca Smith of The BagSmith. A book that includes 20 patterns by six designers; two of which I have made before..the Madyson Capelet and The Topper. What? You know I am a chunky lover..in this case size absolutely matters πŸ‘€ you know how I feel, knit big or go home.  

Well not only did I get the book, but I got the kit to make the Chicago Poncho designed by Heather Dixon. The kit includes a skein of Apple Creek chunky yarn…which is super yummy AND a large felt pelt. This is easily a weekend project as all you need to knit are the sleeves.  If you have never worked with Felt pelts, then please give it a try. This is actually my second time using it, the first was from The BagSmith as well. Can you tell I am a big fan? πŸ˜‹ below is the fabulous Becca Smith wearing one of the felt wraps. I had the pleasure of wearing one while I was working the booth at Vogue Knitting live earlier this year. I’m tellin you give it a try. On the website they sell the felt pelts in full or half and they have the yarn that is died to match πŸ’πŸΎ


Ok on to the Chicago Poncho, as stated this is quick and satisfying. After I got on the right track πŸ˜’ can we talk about reading the pattern fully before starting? Yea, let’s! Because in my haste, because I had gone a few days without knitting and was very, very unhappy. Every time someone said what’s wrong, I looked at them just like this πŸ‘‡πŸΎπŸ‘‡πŸΎπŸ‘‡πŸΎπŸ‘‡πŸΎ

   
Didn’t they notice the absence of yarn? I mean other than when I am sleep, or showering and yea I don’t knit on the toilet 😜, the point is I am ALWAYS KNITTING. Anyway back to the project that I had to frog 🐸 because I was using the wrong size needle  

 Once I got my life together it was smooth sailing from there. The pattern is well written and easy to follow. When I got to the end and realized I had a decent amount of yarn left, I opted to make turtle neck (not included on the pattern) I love turtle necks. I just can not waste yarn. I am happy with the outcome and would absolutely do it again. It is more of a sweater than a poncho if you ask me, but since you didn’t, lol! 

Here are some pics of the process and completed project. 

   
    
    
   
   
    
 The book is on Amazon and retails for $21.00, which is a great price for all the wonderful patterns. Here are a few of the patterns 

  
Happy 4th of July! 

Knit on my fiber friends knit on…..

~GG