Keeping up with runway fashion trends is not my thing. For decades what delights me is what I wear. There is the occasional "must wear" for specific events or command performances and typically those ensembles do not put a smile on my face. Thus, I am sometimes not quite in step with the latest look. Especially considering that there is probably not a trendy look for a short, slightly puffy aging Cajun.
Lately, I have once again become enamored with the square and rectangle method of creating garments. Wiggle being the most recent example. Having designed and knitted that one rather quickly, I wanted another quick to make pattern that would work well with a recent Koigu purchase. When I saw the colorway of the KPPPM, I bought enough to crochet a long vest. But I have a crocheted long vest and while it was a pleasant experience, the thrill of something different was calling me.
Enter Lily Chin's Sycamore poncho published in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2010. A quick ten days (give or take) resulted in a lovely fall layering piece. The pattern claims "half a dozen way to wear." So far, ways 4, 5 & 6 remain a mystery.
All in all, I am thrilled. The main body is worked in extended single crochet (esc) which blocks so differently from plain old single crochet. The best thing about the pattern is that you work a rectangle with a huge hole then add rectangles to each side and voila! A huge square shaped poncho. It might not be cutting edge fashion, but it is squarely my fashion.