Looking for Crochet Gift Ideas? 3 Reasons to Make the Cuddle Up Poncho

As crocheters, we’re always on the hunt for crochet gift ideas. It’s a great feeling to make something for someone you really care about, but will they like it? Will the yarn be affordable? Will it fit them? Look no further. Here are 3 reasons the Cuddle Up Poncho from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018 makes the perfect gift.

1. They’ll love it.

You don’t want to take the time to make something by hand that your friend or loved one won’t like. This poncho is so simple and minimal in its style, it has the potential to appeal to almost everybody. Even if it’s not their style for wearing out and about, everyone loves having something to cuddle up in at the end of a long day. The Cuddle Up Poncho is great for wearing around the house, cozying up with a book, or wrapping up in after getting out of bed in the morning.

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2. It’s simple and affordable to make.

This project is easy to make even for a beginning crocheter. If you’re comfortable with double crochet stitches, this project will fly by. For more advanced stitchers, this is a great one for setting down and picking back up quickly without having to re-familiarize yourself with the pattern. This pattern is worked in Red Heart Yarns Soft Essentials, which has many benefits. First, the bulky-weight yarn helps the project work up quickly. Second, the yarn is quite affordable (This project takes about 10 balls of yarn, so you’re looking at under $50 for a pretty large project. It’s a great deal!). Finally, this is a super soft 100% acrylic yarn. It doesn’t have the stiffness you see with other acrylic yarns, and it is still easy to wash and clean if it gets dirty. Soft Essentials is available in 15 colors, so you are sure to find something your loved one will want to wear.

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3. It fits almost everyone.

This pattern is written in one size, but it fits just about everyone. The project is meant to be loose and drapes really nicely on smaller bodies. It has a circumference of about 72”, so it easily fits larger bodies as well. If you’re worried about sizing, the lack of shaping in this project makes it easy to adjust. To make the project shorter, simply work fewer foundation double crochet stitches at the beginning (work more to make it longer). To adjust the circumference, work more rows before the Back Rows for a larger circumference, and fewer rows before the Back Rows for a smaller circumference. Just make sure you make the same adjustments on the other side so it’s symmetrical.

I’ve already made this poncho as a gift for several of my family members. They love wrapping up in it to watch TV or stashing it in the RV or car for chilly winter road trips.

Who will you make this project for? Or will you save this one for yourself? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy stitching!
Sara Dudek
Editor, Interweave Crochet

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