One question I know I asked myself when I first heard talk of crocheted ponchos was 'What exactly is this thing we are talking about, again?' I found out. Crocheted ponchos are basically a crossbreed between crocheted sweaters and crocheted shawls. Not enough material to fit into the sweater category (although, to their own chagrin I hope, some manufacturers have attempted to meld these two worlds by creating the sweater-poncho. They say it's up-and-coming, I say it's pathetic! Decide one way or the other, sweater or poncho?!), but too much to be deemed shawl- worthy, crocheted ponchos have fallen somewhere right in the middle. And lucky for us that they have!
Crocheted ponchos are fun members of the large crochet family. Great in all types of weather, crocheted ponchos make an excellent addition to any outfit. Their styles range from sporty, to casual fun, to upscale formal. Favorite patterns include stripes, flowers, circles, v-stitch, and shell. J or L gauge needles are usually used, but you can use a smaller gauge to create more intricate and detailed crocheted ponchos that are stunning, as well. In any form, crocheted ponchos have really made a splash in the fashion pool.
For many people, winter holds two choices: oversized polar bear, or frost bitten pixie. These people, sad to say, have not yet discovered the wonderful third choice; crocheted ponchos. This winter, you don't have to freeze, and you don't have to get lost in your wardrobe, either. You can don a stylish (homemade!) crocheted poncho. They're cute, they're smart, and they even keep you warm. (This is a government warning* Wearing crocheted ponchos may lead to jealousy, disloyalty, and even vehement hatred among other female members of society. Please take appropriate precautions.*) Add a hood to your winter poncho to keep your head and ears toasty, too. For an extra touch of style, try attaching a faux fur trimming to the edge of your crocheted poncho and hood. If this option will draw too much attention for your taste, maybe just add some fringes along the bottom!
When the weather gets warmer, don't put away your crochet hooks, just substitute the winter patterns. Summer ponchos are made of a lighter weight thread, and, very often, use a larger gauge. These lightweight beauties make for a fun finishing piece to an already great outfit, or can be thrown over any color tank top for a ready to go look. Crocheted ponchos are great by the pool or at the beach when you want to wear a swimsuit, but you're not quite confident enough to go sans cover-up (at least, not in front of that cute lifeguard).
The variety of crocheted poncho styles reach far beyond the seasonal changes. If you're looking for something different, try crocheting an asymmetrical poncho. This neo-cubic style is really great when crocheted in a bright color and worn over a black shirt and bottom. There are several patterns out there for bead-trimmed ponchos. Adding beads to crocheting is a popular style, and makes for a lot of fun on the dance floor! If you're looking for a more refined look, use the filet crochet stitch to create a stunning poncho. This stitch uses a series of open and closed spaces to create intricate designs and patterns. The lace-like results are simply breath taking.
Another attractive and chic` choice of poncho style is the off the shoulder look. This pattern basically calls for a larger neck, allowing one side of the poncho to rest down below the shoulder. The great thing about these crocheted ponchos that they can be worn on either side (left or right, and front or back). This is great because you can take any pattern for this style, do each side a different color, and you have yourself two outfits in one! A variation of this same idea is the multi-colored block crocheted poncho. What this lady did was crochet four different color blocks. She then used a whip stitch to sew them together along the seams, thus creating a four-colored poncho. As she said, you can change the color in the front to match your outfit or mood!
Then there is the time-honored granny square crocheted poncho. This is an unpretentious and beautiful pattern that can never grow old. For those who simply cannot put on something that her grandmother might have worn, here's another idea; the psychedelic granny square crocheted poncho. This is the same design as the granny square, only the flowers are crocheted on open spaces instead of the traditional closed squares. This gives a new twist to an old favorite.
How about those cute mini ponchos called short ponchos or shrugs (or nicknamed ponchettes)? I just saw a really funky pattern for the poncho slit design (this is, however, branching very close to crocheted shawl territory!) Basically, stitch one side together all the way down (or stitch your whole poncho in one piece, and skip to the second half of the instructions, depending on what your pattern calls for). On the other side, only stitch together a quarter of the way down, leaving the rest open, like a slit. This can also be done with a zipper so you can decide how much of a slit you want.
Apparently, it is a very popular trend to dress your little ones in this fun and classy fashion because I also found tons of crocheted poncho patterns for children. I saw the most adorable outfit for a baby's hooded crocheted poncho and matching footed pants set. These crocheted ponchos are beautiful, charming, delightful, and take a fraction of the time as it does to make a regular sized poncho!
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| November 21, 2017
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