This Crochet Child’s Poncho is so easy to do and I think I’ve made about 10 of them. What I really like most about it is the ability to change the size easily both length and neck hole. Gauge doesn’t really matter – this is a loose-fit pattern which is why it fits such a wide age range of children.
The pattern is created by alternating rounds of loops and shells and increases at 2 areas during each round. These increases occur in front and back of the poncho making the “points”.
Give a try, it’s simple. I’d say it is a beginner pattern and have provided a printable version below which include the author’s and my notes.
Also, I’ve been asked a few times, below are my favorite crochet hooks and books. I like the “depth” of the Susan Bates hooks and ease of the handle. The weight is nice too!