Tristin from Two Girls Being Crafty is here to share this Too-Cute Tute for a Granny Square Poncho. Hmnn. I think we might need her to do one for the hat too, right? Leave Tristin a comment here and you could win a yard of my pom-pom trim which I have been creepily petting for you until it ships off to it’s new home. I love trim. Sorry, I’m sleep deprived. Take it away Tristin… please.

Hey Prudent Baby-Mommas! I am so excited to share a fun and funky granny square project with you today–so get your crochet hook ready! I glean so much inspiration from Prudent Baby and am happy to be able to share a project in hopes of inspiring you.

Get the full Granny Square Poncho Tutorial after the jump.

I came up with the idea to crochet a poncho for my toddler to wear in cold weather because she strongly dislikes wearing long-sleeves (she’s a Florida girl, through and through–if it were up to her, clothing and shoes would always be optional).  Anyhow, after looking all over the web for free toddler poncho patterns (’cause I’m cheap like that) with very depressing results, I decided I’d just have to come up with my own design.

I was inspired by running across this retro concept for an adult granny square poncho.

Sure, it’s a pretty old pattern, and I’d never wear it–but putting the concept into a more modern design suited for a kiddo worked like a charm. Note from Jacinda: I would totally wear that.

I used 4 colors of yarn for Junebug’s poncho–all from the Caron Simply Soft collection. Obviously, you can use whatever you like!

Off White
Soft Pink

Round 1: Off White
Round 2: Soft Pink
Round 3: Pistachio
(Rows 1-3 are made using a basic granny square method.  For super-awesome instructions on granny square making, check out the Purl Bee’s step-by-step tutorial.)
Round 4: One round of sc in each stitch using Off White
Round 5&6: 1 sc in each st using Camel

In total, you’ll need 16 squares to make a toddler-sized poncho.  My squares were about 4″ each when finished. 

I estimate that this would fit a toddler from 12 months to a 2T size–and of course the pattern is totally adjustable based on the size you desire.  If it’s for an older child, just add an extra row or two when creating your granny squares.   Junebug is a teeny toddler–she’s 19 months old and still wearing 12 month sized clothing.  I’m thinking this poncho will fit her next winter, too.

I used a version of the slipstitch method (using Caron Simply Soft in Camel) to join the squares in this layout:

Once they’re joined in the “seven” shape, use this schematic to join the poncho into it’s final shape:

Once the poncho had the structure in place, I crocheted one row of single crochet around the neck opening to make it stronger and more cohesive.

I finished the bottom of the poncho by single crocheting two rows around (again, to make it stronger and more cohesive) and then used a basic shell stitch for some girly flair.  A fringe would be a lot of fun if your kid is past the stage of putting everything in their mouths.
The shell edging pattern I used goes a little something like this:

1 sc *skip 1 st, 5dc into next st, skip 1st, 1sc into next st; rep from * to end.

Then, of course, I tucked in all the loose strands. That’s never the fun part of the project, but alas, it’s necessary for true “completion”.

In hindsight I wish I had used different colors. You know, something brighter and bolder, and a bit more fun. I think the poncho came out very sweet and baby-like, and very un-toddlerish (don’t you like my technical terms?).  Well, live and learn! 

So, don’t you want to make a granny square poncho now?
And in case you were wondering, Junebug doesn’t actually like to wear the poncho I made her. In fact, she pretty much hates to wear anything I make for her. Some of you may recall the ladybug costume I made her for Halloween and her, umm, less than grateful reaction. The first dozen reactions to the poncho were pretty similar.

Persistence paid off and on one super-cold day, I finally got Junebug to leave the poncho on. My will just had to be a little bit stronger than her will of iron.

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