With winter just around the corner, I started thinking about making my big kids something warm and cozy to wear while they are out and about. I was reminded of the poncho my Grandma made me when I was just a kid. Remember how everyone had a poncho in the ’70s? This got me feeling nostalgic, so I mentioned making one each for the girls, and I got laughed at! So I set out to prove that I am so awesome I can make something drab very cool!

First, I decided on two different colorways for the ponchos—one in blues for the youngest and one in purples. Then I just started crocheting. I had an idea in my head what I wanted the poncho to look like, but I didn’t have a pattern. It took me about 6 hours of crocheting and frogging to get a look I loved for the basic square pattern. (Frogging is a crochet term for when you have to undo the work you have just crocheted because of a mistake or you when you just don’t like it….. “Rip it, Rip it, Rip it!” Crocheters say. That’s frogging.)

Once I had the square design done, I just had to make more! Each poncho is made up of four squares. It took about 3 hours to make each square, and I needed 4 for the body of each poncho and two more because the girls wanted me to add a hood. That’s 6 per poncho! This poncho is one of my favorite things to make. All you need is eight balls of yarn, a few beads for decoration, some time and lots of patience.

I taught myself to crochet when I was about 8. After many years of sitting and watching my Grandma stitch away, I was intrigued. Once I figured out how to crochet, I was… wait for it… HOOKED! I have had a love affair with crochet ever since. Dolls, Toys, Clothes, Blankets you name it, I can make it. To me, crochet is just another form of sculpture and self-expression.

I am happy to report the girls LOVED their ponchos, and they wear them all the time! Yay me! And as more proof of how cool the ponchos are, I have had several of their friends hint that they’d like me to make them one too. It looks like this Mum is cool after all!

I named it the “BONNIE BOHO PONCHO.” You can find this and other of my crochet patterns in my Etsy store below!

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