As a superhero, I love creating things with my bare hands. Crochet is usually my weapon of choice.
I’m fairly new to the craft and I’m learning how to use patterns. In my first post here I shared a child size poncho that I recently made. It was actually the second one for me. When I made the first one, I followed a pattern and video that I found at The Crochet Crowd blog. The yarn they recommended was Caron Cakes, which for right now, can only be found at Michaels.
I thought the Caron Cakes was amazing to work with but you need to keep in mind that it’s made of 80% acrylic and 20% wool and the washing instructions say that you should hand wash whatever you make and lay flat to dry. That’s why I was okay with using it to make my adult poncho but chose a 100% acrylic yarn to make one for my granddaughters. Kids get messy. It’s just easier for their mom to wash the acrylic.
The Crochet Crowd blog not only shares a video that makes understanding the pattern so easy, but you’ll also find one to help you if you’re a left-handed crocheter.
I’m really proud of the way mine turned out.
How I Created My Poncho
I used the color Cookies & Cream which is a gorgeous combination cream-beige-tan-Olive green color. The stripes were created automatically while I worked because the yarn has variegated colors that stop short instead of blending into each other. I used a little more than two skeins of yarn and a USH8/5.00 MM size crochet hook. The pattern actually calls for two skeins but I wanted to play around with the color ways and also make mine longer than what was shown.
Depending on how much crochet time you have, and how fast you crochet, this can be made very quickly. I completed it in about 4 days but keep in mind that I’m a newbie at this. With more free time and experience you could probably do it much faster.
I made a couple of changes to the pattern when I created mine.
The pattern calls for this to be created by making the front first, then creating the back and finally sewing the two sides together. Mikey at the Crochet Crowd said to just start the back side with a new skein and not worry about the color way but I felt the need to make the two sides match so when I bought my yarn at Michaels Arts and Crafts, I grabbed a couple of skeins that started with the same color. This made the two sides very close to matching which made me happy.
I followed Mikey’s example and instead of sewing at the end, I joined the two sides as I crocheted the back and was pleased with the outcome.
I also left off the sting tie with pom pom that was shown in the original pattern and instead did a row of single crochet using the dark green color, that ended up at the bottom of my poncho, to finish the neckline.
Finally, I carefully chose the two colors that I used to make the fringe so that it also reflected the darkest color in the Cookies & Cream yarn.
I’ve included the video here in case you want to jump right in or watch it before you actually get started but I do suggest you go to the original page at their blog too in order to read their great tips.
And if you’d rather just see the free pattern (available in several sizes) that was used, you can find that and download it at Yarnspirations right HERE.
If you’re looking for an easy crochet pattern for a poncho, you won’t go wrong trying this one. I plan on making several more. I think they’d make great gifts.
What do you think? Will you try to DIY one yourself? Have you already made a poncho? Share your thoughts or your best crochet tips in the comments.