I did remember I had a long scarf got some years back (2008) which was packed away with the winter wools so as I unpacked some sweaters and put away some summer clothes, there it was…….
This scarf measures about 180 x 70cm approx and its a viscose mix. I always like this colour. The scarf seems to curl in on itself, and it was also a bit long, it was handy for evenings but rarely worn.
The measurements of the crocheted ‘pillar to post’ I made for my sister, were 150cm x 60cm, so I cut the scarf to 155 cm and put some iron-on lightweight vilene strips along the hems at each end, and hand stitched each hem. This also seems to have stopped the ‘curling’ and now the hem sits flat.
Sewing the button-holes was a nightmare. I knew I would be placing 6 button holes along approx 30cm on each end (diagram below not to scale but shows the placement), and the buttonholes would be opposite.
I wasnt sure how I would make the buttonholes. My machine buttonhole tests were a disaster, and I had more success sewing through paper each side, but this was still distinctly dodgy, so in the end, I hand stitched them. In truth, the are a bit lumpy, and perhaps its as well that I now use reading glasses as in practice I don’t notice them (and now they are done, I don’t inspect them either!). The buttons came from the button jar, one set of 6 is from an old suit I have to remake, and the other from a coat from last year. If it was a white or cream scarf, then various multi-coloured buttons could have been good fun. This poncho has been worn twice as much since I made it a few weeks ago, than its whole life time as a scarf.
and the only non blurry photo of me wearing it (better try and get a better one)