I see a lot of plain white shawls at the flea and garage sales. You can even unravel sweaters to get the yarn.

Handmade crochet hooded poncho with fringe and by woollythings

Handmade crochet hooded ponpcho poncho cho with fringe and tassel in fabulous red.

Pinwheel Crochet Cardigan

Crochet Jacket Lots Of Gorgeous Free Patterns

Pinwheel Cardigan By Amy Depew - Free Crochet Pattern (Basic Instructions) - (ravelry) ~ I love these jeweled tones!

Mery Conde

CROCHET FRINGE VEST: Use the back of a t-shirt. Crochet a mesh front and add the fringes.