With MC and smaller hook, Base ch/sc 56. Join with slip st to first sc, being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1 (RS) Set up 14 spiral sections as follows:
Ch 3, 2 dc in first sc, dc next sc, dc2tog, ch 2, (3 dc in next sc, dc next sc, dc2tog, ch 2) 13 times. Slip st in top of beg ch. Do not turn.
Rnds 2-19 Work (Even Row, Inc Row) 9 times.
Rnd 20 Continuing on RS, ch 1, sc in same st as join, (sc in each dc, 2 sc in each ch2- space) around. Slip st in beg sc ó 224 scs. Fasten off.
Weave in ends and block Poncho to approximate measurements before adding trim.
Note Most efficient use of yarn is to do Hem first, holding together 1 strand each from 2 balls of CC. Use remaining yarn in Collar.
With 2 strands of CC held together and larger hook, RS facing, join with slip st in any sc at bottom edge of Poncho. Ch 1, sc in same sc, skip next sc, (sc in next sc, skip next sc) around, slip st in beg sc. Turn.
Next Rnd Ch 1, skip slip st, sc in each sc around, slip st in beg sc. Fasten off.
(Note Fun Fur, when worked sc in the round, always seems furrier on the wrong side, so Collar is designed to fold over to the outside of Poncho, wrong side of fur facing out.)
With a single strand of CC and smaller hook, RS facing, join with slip st in any ch of neck base ch.
Rnd 1 Ch 1, sc in same ch and in each ch around ó 56 scs. Do not join. Place marker and continue to work in the round. Rnd 2 (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around ó 84 scs. Rnd 3-11 Work 9 rounds of sc on 84 sts. Slip st in beg of rnd. There should be enough yarn for these rows, making Collar approximately 31o2" deep. If you run out sooner, simply stop there. If you're left with yarn and want to make Collar larger, continue sc until used up. Then slip st in next sc, fasten off. Partial rounds will never be noticed.
Weave in ends.
Wool-Ease and Fun Fur wash beautifully, so the wet-blocking method works well. Thoroughly wet Poncho by gently squeezing in cool water. Roll in towel(s) and gently press to remove excess water. Spread clean towel(s) on a carpeted floor or on a bed. Lay the damp Poncho on the towel(s) and gently ease it into shape, blocking to size, pinning where necessary. Allow to dry completely.
Doris Chanës designerís tip
I donët usually crochet over loose ends, preferring instead to thread them onto a needle and into the stitch of the work for neatness and security. The one exception is Fun Fur. Worked-over ends wonít pull free, the strands blend into the work almost invisibly. When you run out and need to join a new ball, simply overlap the old and new strands by a couple of inches, work the next stitch or stitches with 2 strands, continue with the new yarn.