Spring Into Style With 14 Crochet Ponchos and Capelets

What do you think of when I say "poncho"?

Clint Eastwood and his cowboy pals riding the range?
A field full of hippies swaying to the groovy music with flowers in their hair?
Or maybe you picture that famous fisherman in yellow from the grocery store?

It's time to cast aside those old ideas and get ready for a new era of fashion!  According to trend reports, the poncho is back! Open any magazine and you are sure to see one. From the runway to Hollywood, college campuses to the beach, ponchos are everywhere! Women, children and yes, even men will be wearing them this year.

The poncho is often considered a transition piece that moves us into the cold weather. With spring approaching and summer not far behind, it is time to explore warm weather options.

Ponchos: Cover up in style

Once upon a time, as early as 500 B.C., the poncho was a wardrobe staple. A simple rectangle made from woven fabric with a hole or slit for the head in the center. Look how far we have come! What was once worn only for function is now fashionable.

The collection I've put together for you today shows just how versatile this humble garment is. When choosing a pattern for warm weather wear, consider using a cotton, linen or  bamboo yarn. These will produce a fabric more suited to the temperatures.

1) Sweater Poncho

Sweater Poncho via Bluprint member  margaret.landis

Get the Sweater Poncho pattern here.

2) Swirly Twirly Poncho

Swirly Twirly Poncho via Bluprint member  Tiggztoo

Get the Swirly Twirly Poncho pattern here.

3) Crochet Bulky Poncho

Crocheted Bulky Poncho via Bluprint member  Vogue Knitting

Get the Crocheted Bulky Poncho pattern here.

4) Poncho Poncho

Poncho Poncho via Bluprint member Harrietta

Get the Poncho Poncho pattern here.

5) Fairy Lace Poncho

Fairy Lace Poncho via Bluprint member  Crystalized

Get the Fairy Lace Poncho pattern here.

6) Poncho

Poncho via Bluprint member  Yolanda M

Get the Poncho pattern here.

7) Kauni Poncho

Kauni Poncho via Bluprint member Crochet Editor

Get the Kauni Poncho pattern here.

Capelets: The petite cover up

The Capelet (also the caplet or capelette) is the petite little sister of the poncho. Similar in construction it offers versatile, easy to wear style. Because it has less bulk than a poncho it is a great option to chase the chill of the air conditioner at the office or the grocery store.

It is also time to start thinking about prom and wedding season. A capelet is the perfect formal wear accessory. The fixed shaping is convenient and will keep hands free and shoulders covered. It can be made to coordinate with any gown style, in colors that subtly compliment or pop with contrast.

Here are a few patterns that can be worn for a day at the park or the biggest day of ever!

8) Wildwood Capelet Cape

Wildwood Capelet Cape via Bluprint member  LazyTcrochet

Get the Wildwood Capelet Cape pattern here.

9) Summer (or Winter) Cape Capelet

Summer or Winter Cape Capelet via Bluprint member  LazyTcrochet

Get the Summer or Winter Cape Capelet pattern here.

10) Paisley Capelet

Paisley Capelet via Bluprint member  SalenaBaca

Get the Paisley Capelet pattern here.

11) Cottage Caplet

Cottage Caplet via Bluprint member Mitten Made

Get the Cottage Caplet pattern here.

12) Austen Capelet

Austen Capelet via Bluprint member Holland Designs

Get the Austen Capelet pattern here .

13) Victoria Capelette

Victorian Capelette via Bluprint member CityStyle

Get the Victorian Capelette pattern here.

14) Pineapples Capelet

Pineapples Capelet via Bluprint member  Nancy Brown-Designer

Get the Pineapples Capelet pattern here.

March 15, 2015
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