Soft Cowl Crochet Poncho

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!

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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.

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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!

~ Tami

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43 responses to “Soft Cowl Crochet Poncho

    • Thank you Robin!! I get so happy when I see her wearing it. I think I need to make her a few more because she’s going to wear this one out before long! LOL πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks Britnee!! I’m sure there are easier ways to do fringe out there, but this is the way I do it. It still takes a long time but it’s worth it for some projects! πŸ˜€

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  1. You can tell shes lovin the poncho with the sassy look in the first photo, she totally rocks it!! Will have to give a poncho ago, i always say it LOL. You can’t even tell that the collar is added on after, looks very well made πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tip on making a fringe! It’s so tedious and really does take ageeeees. Good job as per ❀

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    • Thanks Rebecca!!!! She is sassy!!! Someday I will convince her that she needs to learn how to crochet. But until then I’m happy to make things for her. I have only added fringe to a few projects because it’s a pain in the butt and takes forever. My biggest problem was cutting all of the strands the same size – using the book solved that. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      • Lol!! The more stuff you make for her I bet she will be like maaaaaam I wanna learn. Fringing is deffo a pain in the ass, when I made that doll ages ago. Adding the hair reminded me of fringing aaaaaaaargh. Least you found a good way to get it exact though!

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    • Thanks Kathy! It’s awesome to hear other people say that they think your work is good, but to see one of your kids actually want to wear it in public is the BEST compliment ever!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  2. The cowl top is a great idea. I’ve planning on making a poncho (for about the last ten years, hehe) and think I’m going to add a cowl now! πŸ™‚ Seeing someone use something we make is the best feeling in the world. My son continually uses the latest phone case I made for him and it makes me go all glowy inside. The previous versions he used in his backpack at school so he didn’t use it for once out of school. He got a shiny new Pixel so he needed a new case and he pointed out to me that he loves case so much he always uses it now. He told me he gets many compliments on it. It’s a great feeling. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Yolanda! Isn’t it amazing when they ‘for real’ want to use or wear what we make!! That is the best compliment ever! You should make a poncho. The sweaters you make are just gorgeous and a poncho is really just a sweater with no sleeves – and I think we can both agree that sleeves are the most annoying thing to make!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks!! I’m crazy excited that she likes the turtleneck too. I was worried that she wouldn’t but she says it’s what she likes best about it. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  3. That’s beautiful! I made a throw quite a few years ago using this colourway in Bernat Satin yarn (I don’t think they even make this combination any more in that yarn). I love the combination of colours.

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  4. Love, love, love this!!! ❀ I wish I had 10 of them to wear right now in this ridiculously cold weather. πŸ˜€ You always make such beautiful pieces and your instructions and tips give me hope that my projects will turn out as pretty (albeit crooked, because I HATE reworking when I miscount!) πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks Teresa!! It has been ridiculously cold here, and then for two days it was over 50 degrees!!! Now it’s back to freezing cold LOL! Honestly almost all of my projects have a little ooopsy in them that I notice several rows later and sort of fudge around it. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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