Last year I let my daughter pick out a few skeins of yarn and asked her what she wanted me to make for her. She said anything would be fine. So, I designed this very easy Soft Cowl Neck Poncho for my daughter Madeline and she wears it everywhere!
This was a very simple design that started the exact same way as the Lazy Diamond Crochet Poncho that I made for her in September. It is all done in double crochet with every fifth row adding a chain space between every stitch.
The cowl was added to the poncho after the main body was finished. I attached the yarn to the neckline then crocheted in the round with the first three rows including some decrease stitches. Then I just continued to crochet in the round until the collar was as tall as I wanted it to be. This design is very easy to customize the cowl to be large and loose, or more like a turtleneck if you want.
Adding the fringe took almost as long as it did to crochet the poncho! My trick for making fringe is to wrap yarn around a book and then cutting at the top and bottom. You can make tons of strands that are all exactly the same length really quick.
To attach the fringe to the poncho I used my favorite crafting tool – a safety pin!! I folded three strands of yarn in half then used the safety pin to pull them through.
The very best thing about this poncho is how versatile it is. Madeline has worn it with casual outfits and has dressed it up a bit to wear out to dinner with friends. It is always very satisfying to envision a project and then to have it come off of your hook the way you pictured it – but it is WAY more satisfying to see Maddie wearing this poncho and loving it!!
Thanks for reading!