Sometimes an idea just pops in my head and I think, I'll have a go at that, which is basically what happened with the poncho.
There are loads of poncho patterns out there but after trying and failing several times to follow a 'basic crochet pattern for beginners' I gave up. I can crochet row after row no problem, but crocheting round and round completely foxed me. Then quite by chance I came across a picture of how to join a poncho together, which basically showed two rectangles folded in a certain way.
After making a template out of grease proof paper and folding it as directed, I didn't see any reason why it wouldn't work and set to.
Going off the template I cast on 30 stitches and worked 40 rows of half double crochet. Then I did exactly the same again, ending up with 2 rectangles. The colours were done in the same order, I've just photographed one of the rectangles upside down.
The magic bit then comes with the joining and folding. First you join the 2 pieces together to make an 'L' shape.
Then you fold the bottom over to the edge of the other rectangle. There's nothing to sew here, it's just so you can line the next part up.
Which is bringing down the top to meet the edge of the folded over piece. This seam needs to be sewn.
Give it a little turn and hey presto it's looking like a poncho.
I usually crochet my ends in as I go, no idea why I didn't do that this time, but sewing them in took ages and was very tedious. After I'd done that boring job, I crocheted a border around the neck and a scallop border around the edges, to end up with this.
There's plenty of give at the opening and it would easily go over a child's head. At a guess I'd say it would be suitable for a 2 year old. It just needs a wash and a light press and it's done.
Have to say I'm rather proud of this, so much so that there's another one on the go already.