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Friday, 24 August 2012

UPCYCLE!!! - Knitted poncho to Scarflette

Its that time of year people!! That beautiful, magical time of year when you bring out all of the accessories in your closet! Ponchos, wraps, scarves, hats, boots.......oh yeah.........its awesome.....

I guess for me, its even better 'cause I work for a ladies fashion accessories company and get "first dibs" on whatevers hot right now.

Walking around the warehouse the other day I found a poncho.......I didn't take a picture of it (As I clearly should have for blogging purposes) but I managed to find it on a customers website:





 Its a cable knit poncho in a stone colour. Its really nice and quite popular (expect to see alot of people with this one - like next month). Personally, I'm not really a fan of the turtle / roll neck so I gave this one a miss. I absolutely loved the knit and the colour though. The perks of working here........I got to take the sample. Granted, it had a big hole cut out the side for a swatch but nonetheless, it was a perk!!

So......here's my inspiration for this "work perk"


I love the look of this scarf. I sometimes would avoid the knitted scarf as it can make me feel a little claustrophobic. Some knitted styles are really cute and chunky but not the easiest to wear, you know? Anyhow, I liked how this little scarflette still kept the chunky cable knit feel but it wasn't long and hard to wear.

Now, I don't knit.....I can't manage. Its just one of those things in life that you accept as an inevitability. Seasons will change, You will get older, Helen can't knit. So, "how did she get around this??" you ask? CHEAT!

I cut a length of knitting out of the poncho. This is measured by the length that you are comfortable with around your neck. As you can see from the pic, this is wrapped around your neck and the back end is tucked in behind the front, where the buttons are.

What I did was take the length of poncho that I cut (making sure that I had enough to fold over to have the cable knit on both sides. Turned the project inside out and took embroidery thread to the edge (just making sure the piece wouldn't unravel) Once the edges were all secure (all but one - so you can turn it back right side out) I stitched the last edge and added two wood buttons. I didn't want to actually create button holes as I knew I would be taking this one on and off, over my head. No need for more work, right??

So, here is the finished project......for a big, massive, whopping cost of £0!!!!


I have had a massive amount of love recently on my blog. Thank you so very much for all of the great comments, and well, the pageviews really!! It makes my day to see that people have actually taken the time to read what I've written. Massive thank you.......

So, I would like to offer you a small gift. If you like this scarf, let me know. Leave me a comment and if you've got a blog of your own, please let me know so I can return the love. This time next week I will pick one comment at random, make a scarf like this one for you, and send it to you (wherEVER you may be) as a token of my blogappreciation....

Once again, thank you for the love.

Have an awesome weekend :-)





23 comments:

  1. Hi Helen
    I think that scarf looks really warm and cosy lovely idea :)
    Sally

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  2. Gorgeous. You are a talented knitter! :D

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  3. I am beyond jealous. It sounds like you have my dream job. I love a good cheater...thanks for sharing how even a non knitter can achieve this super cool look. Love it!

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  4. Oh my gosh I want it! It looks so fabulous and exactly what I've been looking for. I came over from SixSistersStuff and I want to find one to do for my 2yr old too so we can be matching. I'm a new follower. I love sewing and alterations, but I don't really blog about it. Instead I blog about food:) check it out. http://carissasfoodblog.blogspot.com

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  5. This is really cute! Thank you for your comment on my subway art. I wanted to reply by email to it, but did you know that you are a "no-reply" blogger?? If you change that in your settings, you'll get a lot more feedback from your comments! Just sayin...

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  6. Too cute! And I love your blog design. Thanks for sharing!

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  7. I love it Helen! You are so creative! And that scarf would not only be a great fashion accessory, but perfect for a super cold & windy day! Angie xo

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  8. Really cute. I like it a lot, almost makes me ready for the cooler weather!

    Rachel
    www.onceuponasewingmachine.com

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  9. I love this scarf! I don't usually wear scarves either because I feel all tangled up, so this is a great alternative. If only I had more than a month of cool winter weather to enjoy sweaters & scarves. Have a wonderful week :) http://www.wonkywonderful.com

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  10. Wow! First of all, I am super impressed with your blog. It's adorable. Secondly, I love how crafty you are in making this scarf! I've never seen one like it before, but it's darling :)

    lifemedschoolwife.blogspot.com

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  11. The scarf is adorable! I even wear light ones in the summer because I can never seem to get warm (I'm getting old!) Also, I wanted to pass on a "versatile blogger award" to you. I hope you'll accept it. Come grab it at
    http://followmehome.shellybean.com/2012/08/two-awards-and-crossroad.html

    Congrats on the award and the growing-of-you-blog. It's not at all surprising; it's a wonderful read!

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  12. Me, reading this post:

    "Hmmm, I like this girl."

    "Oh wow, that scarf is sweet."

    "Oh wow, she made one for herself."

    "OH MY GOODNESS SHE'S GIVING ONE AWAY I GOTTA HAVE IT."

    So, yeah. I'm a scarf hoarder.

    Honestly. I have like fifty. I use them as wall decorations when they're not on my neck.

    Classy as hell, this girl right here.

    P.S. So glad you emailed me :)

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  13. I'm so happy that you visited my blog--and now that I visited yours! Great scarf tut and I LOVE the comic strip chair! I'm a new follower now. :)

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  14. What a great idea, makes me ready for fall!! I would love for you to link it to my Tasty Thursdays party at The Mandatory Mooch. http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursdays-6.html

    Thanks,
    Nichi

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  15. Great project! Happy to have found you blog and to be your newest follower. i'd love it if you'd stop by my blog and check out my diy ideas: http://dosmallthingswithlove.blogspot.com

    Nancy

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  16. That is so super cute! I love chunky knit accessories...so cozy!

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  17. Helen...I love your scarf...It definitely looks hand-knitted..I am like you, can't work the knitting needles...Tried, but they work me...Blessings, Becky

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  18. Great upcycle - such a lovely scarf!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  19. Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight!! www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

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  20. Thanks so much linking up with the Photo Show at Tell at http://dosmallthingswithlove.blogspot.com. Here will be another challenge up and running tomorrow. This week's theme is "Family". I can't wait to see what you've got to share!

    Nancy

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  21. Wow, so beautiful & clever! I'm impressed. Thanks so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. You helped make my par-tay a success!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  22. Very Cute!
    Thanks for linking up to Friday Fascinations! You have been featured, come over and get a button! http://domesticrandomness.blogspot.com/2012/09/friday-fascinations-4-and-5-feature.html

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