Easy Girls Poncho Crochet Instructions

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A simple poncho style requires little to no shaping to create, making it an ideal project for the novice crocheter. Composed of just two crocheted rectangles, this poncho pattern is as basic as can be. It's stylish and infinitely customizable, and it can be completed in an afternoon, coffee breaks included. The girl you make it for will treasure it. With a pattern this simple, she might be inspired to try making one for herself.

Things You'll Need

  • 5mm crochet hook for poncho
  • 4mm crochet hook for trim (optional)
  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Determine the shoulder-to-wrist measurement of the person for whom you're making the poncho. If you're making the poncho as a surprise, it's all right to estimate; as a rule, ponchos are loose and casual. They don't need to be an exact fit.

  • Determine the measurement around your recipient's hips, and add 15 inches.

  • Crochet a chain to the shoulder-to-wrist measurement. Make two more chains and turn your work.

  • Make one double crochet in the third chain from your hook. Continue to the end of the row in double crochet. When you reach the end of the row, chain two and turn your work. Continue in this manner until you have a rectangle the length of measurement mentioned in Step 2.

  • End your work and make a second rectangle, exactly the same as the first, after the first rectangle is complete.

  • Take the short side of one rectangle and whip-stitch it to the corner of the long end of the other rectangle. It will look like a big "V." Repeat, backwards, with the top two legs of the V. There's your poncho.

  • Make a ruffled trim by attaching your yarn to the hem of the poncho. Using a 4mm crochet hook, chain 1 and make a row of single crochet around the hem. Join to chain 1. Chain 1, and do 1 single crochet into the same stitch as join. Do 2 single crochet in each stitch around. You'll see a ruffle begin to emerge. You can stop after row 2, or for a more dramatic ruffle, continue in this manner, always placing 2 single crochet in each stitch.

  • Make a traditional poncho fringe by first counting the stitches around the hem of the poncho. For each stitch, cut four 10-inch lengths of yarn. Three strands of yarn = one stitch of fringe.

    Insert your crochet hook from back to front into a stitch in the hem of the poncho. Take three strands of yarn and fold them in half, so you have a loop. Grab that loop with your crochet hook and pull it through the stitch. When the loop is halfway through the stitch, pull the ends of the fringe through the loop tightly. Do the same in each stitch in the hem to complete the fringe.

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