2.20.2018

Minco Shawl: An Easy Knit Shawl Pattern

Easy, free knit shawl pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Free and Easy Knit Shawl Pattern

Hi friends! I have another free pattern for you! This one is a knit shawl called "Minco Shawl." This shawl is nice and big! Plenty of coverage here. You can easily wrap it around your neck, and let the ends hang over your shoulders. No shawl pin needed.




The pattern begins along the top edge. You'll work decreases on every right side row, and on every third wrong side row. After you finish the seed stitch shawl, you'll add fringe up both sides, incorporating your beginning and ending ends into your fringe, so you won't have to weave them in!

The yarn that I've used, Lion Brand Yarns Mandala, was graciously provided by Lion Brand Yarns. It is 100% Acrylic, and is nice to wear. I've been wearing it all day and am very pleased at how comfortable it is on my neck. It does all this lovely color-changing on it's own, so you won't need to change colors as you work. Easy. 

I came up with an easy way to cut all these fringe pieces just the right length. I'll share a tutorial in the next day or two for that, so that I can show you in pictures how to do it, though I describe it with words in the pattern below.

And can we all just take a minute and appreciate the cool photography here? I love that I was not wearing much color, and neither were our woods, so the shawl really stands out in this background! Anyhow, continue below for the free pattern!

Easy, free knit shawl pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio



Difficulty Level Easy

Finished Measurements About 64 ¾” (164.5 cm) wide; about 27 ¾” (70.5 cm) tall. Measurements do not include fringe.

Yarn Lion BrandYarns Mandala [100% Acrylic; 590 yds (540 m); 5.3 oz (150 g); CYCA weight: 3/light]: 2 skeins #208 Valkyrie.

Knitting Needles Size 5 circular needles at least 32” (81.5 cm) long, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions
Piece of cardboard about 7” square
Size F crochet hook

Gauge 24 sts x 42 rows = about 4 ½” (11.5 cm) in seed stitch.

Notes The shawl begins along the top edge. It is worked in seed stitch with decreases along both sides in rows 1, 3, 5, and 6 of the repeat. After binding off at the point, fringe is added along both sides, using the crochet hook. No need to weave in your beginning and ending ends, just tie them into the fringe!

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Shawl
Co 346 sts
Row 1(RS): K 1st st, ssk, *P1, K1, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, K last st.
Row 2: P2, K1, P1, repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2.
Row 3: K 1st st, ssk, *K1, P1, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, K last st.
Row 4: P2, *P1, K1, repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2.
Row 5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 6: P 1st st, p2tog, *P1, K1, repeat from * to last 3 sts, ssp, P last st.

(Repeat Rows 1-6) 41 times.
Repeat Rows 1-5 again.

Row 258: P2tog, ssp.
Row 259: Slip 1st st, P1, psso. Bind off last st.

Easy, free knit shawl pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Finishing


To make fringe, cut a piece of cardboard about 7” (18 cm) square. Without stretching tightly, wrap yarn around cardboard 130 times. Cut yarn. Place wrapped cardboard on a flat service and lay your non-cutting hand on top of it, pressing down a little. Use sharp scissors to cut along both cardboard edges, so that strands on top of cardboard are completely separated from strands on bottom. This should make 260 strands of yarn, all about 7” (18 cm) long. Lay shawl out with RS facing up. Lay two strands of fringe together with edges even. Insert crochet hook up through WS of shawl at bottom point. Fold two fringe pieces in half, pull fold part way through shawl edge with crochet hook. Pull fringe ends through this loop and pull snug. Repeat this process up both edges, placing fringe through every other row end. At bottom point and at top edge, pull beg and ending ends through loop of fringe along with fringe ends to secure, then trim even with fringe. All done!

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2.17.2018

A Beginning Crochet Pattern - Beginner Bracelet Pattern and Tutorial

Free crochet pattern for beginners, Beginning crochet pattern with tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

A crochet pattern for beginners

Hi friends! Today's post is actually not about something new, but about a change. Years ago I designed this very simple cuff bracelet as a way to teach my students how to make the most basic crochet stitches, while still giving them the opportunity to make something usable and wearable. I think that people are more motivated to crochet, when they feel that they can make something they like right of the bat. I also hope that as they make this project, along with my video tutorial, they will learn how to read a pattern.




This beginning crochet pattern is now available in print - for FREE!

At first, I only gave the printed pattern to those who had paid to take my class. I also put together a tutorial video so that my students could get help remembering what to do even after the class was over. This was, if I remember right, the first video ever posted to my YouTube channel. The video has always been public, so anyone could watch it and get the pattern that way, just not in writing.

Today I am happy to say that I am adding the free written pattern to my blog, and will have the tutorial video embedded here in this post. 

What if I'm not a beginner?

Many of my loyal readers have been crocheting for years, so you will probably think that this post does nothing for you. However, this post will be a great one to share with friends or family members that would like to learn how to crochet, so please share! 

Here's that free beginning crochet pattern

Beginner's Bracelet

By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Finished Measurements: Child size: about 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" [Adult size: 1 1/2" x 8 1/4"].

Yarn: CYCA weight 4/Medium/Worsted.

Crochet hook: K/10.5 (6.5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: 1 button about 3/4" in diameter, tapestry needle.

Guage: 12 sts = about 4"; 3 rows of bracelet pattern = about 1 1/2".

Abbreviations used in this pattern:
ch      chain
sc      single crochet
rem   remaining
st       stitch
hdc    half-double crochet
dc      double crochet
sp      space

Bracelet
Ch 21 [26]
Row 1: Skip first ch, sc in each rem ch, turn – 20 [25] sc.
Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st now and throughout), hdc in first 2 sc, ch 1, skip next sc, hdc in each rem sc, turn – 19 [24] hdc.
Row 3: Ch 2, dc in each hdc to ch sp, dc in ch sp, dc in last 2 hdc, turn – 20 [25] dc. Fasten off.

Finishing
Sew button on end of bracelet, opposite buttonhole. Weave in ends.


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1.17.2018

How to do Tunisian Smock Stitch

How to do Tunisian smock stitch, tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Tunisian Crochet Smock Stitch

Tunisian crochet smock stitch is the beautiful, textured stitch you see in the photo above. I used this pattern stitch in a Tunisian crochet pattern called Iridescent Cowl (click here for the pattern!). This is a free crochet pattern on my blog!

Free Tunisian crochet pattern featuring Tunisian smock stitch, pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio




It's a lovely cowl that uses Tunisian knit stitch (tutorial here) and Tunisian smock stitch (this is the tutorial!). Please "like" the video and subscribe to my channel, and all that jazz, because it helps me get more views and all that jazz. And look below for links to additional cowl and scarf patterns, and links to find me on your favorite social media sites.

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1.10.2018

How to do Tunisian Knit Stitch - Crochet that Looks Like Knitting!

How to do Tunisian Knit Stitch, Crochet that Looks Like Knitting, tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian crochet is a specific variety of crochet. In Tunisian crochet you pick up loops all across your row in a "forward pass" and then work them off your hook in a "return pass." There are lots of different Tunisian crochet stitches, and they can produce some beautiful fabrics!




Tunisian Crochet Cowl - FREE pattern!


My recently-released crochet design, Iridescent Cowl, uses Tunisian knit stitch and Tunisian smock stitch. The subject of this post, is to show you how to do the Tunisian knit stitch. I will have another post soon to show you how to work the Tunisian smock stitch.

The Iridescent Cowl is shown below, and a close-up above. This is a FREE pattern. Click this sentence to get the pattern! Scroll down for the tutorial video so that you can get started on the pattern!

How to do Tunisian Knit Stitch, Crochet that Looks Like Knitting, tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio



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How to do the Tunisian Knit Stitch




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1.05.2018

Tunisian Crochet Cowl Free Pattern, Featuring Tunisian Smock Stitch

 Tunisian crochet cowl, featuring Tunisian smock stitch, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

A Tunisian Crochet Cowl


Hello friends! I'm so happy to share with you today, this lovely new cowl that I've designed using Tunisian crochet! This is Iridescent Cowl.

The cowl is worked flat, and seamed at the end. You'll start on one long edge, and work up to the other long edge, changing colors and stitch patterns a couple times as you go.




The yarn is Brooks Farm Yarn Solo Silk in colors E13 and NY51, but sadly, these are no longer available. I've had them in my stash for years. Bummer.

So, I went looking for a current yarn to recommend for this cowl. The yarn I used is a single ply, sport weight, 50/50 blend of wool and silk. I was not able to find a yarn available today that is exactly like this AND comes in the right colors, but my best recommendation to get similar colors in a sport weight yarn is to use Ancient Arts Fibre Passion 8 in colors Prairie Flower (Water Lily is also close for the multi-color) and Water Lily Blue.

You'll need about 180 yds of the multi-colored yarn, and about 220 yds of the solid (or semi-solid). Now, on to the pattern!


Tunisian crochet cowl, featuring Tunisian smock stitch, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Iridescent Cowl

Designed by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Difficulty Level Intermediate

Finished size About 31” [78.5 cm] circumference x 11” [28 cm] tall.

Yarn used in model (discontinued) Brooks Farm Yarn Solo Silk (50% Fine Wool, 50% Silk; 400 yds [366 m]; 4 oz [113.5 g]; CYCA weight: 2/fine): 1 skein E13, 1 skein NY51.

Recommended yarn Ancient Arts Fibre Passion 8 (80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon; 435 yds [400 m]; 4 oz [113 g]; CYCA weight: 2/fine): 1 skein (or 180 yds) Prairie Flower, 1 skein (or 220 yds) Water Lily Blue.

Crochet Hook J/10 [6 mm] Tunisian crochet hook (affiliate link) at least 31” [78.5 cm] long, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions yarn needle

Gauge 14 sts x 20 rows = about 4” in tks

Notes Cowl is worked flat from one long edge to the other, and seamed at the end.

Stitch Guide
Return Pass (RetP): Yo, pull through first loop, *yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * until only 1 loop remains on hook.
Reverse yarn over (RevYo): Yarn over in reverse direction, so that the yarn crosses the hook from bottom to top.
Single crochet 2 sts together (sc2tog): Insert hook into first st, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into second st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.


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Cowl
With multi-color, ch 114
Row 1, FwdP (work in tks, click for a tutorial): Skip first ch, pull up a loop in each remaining ch. RetP (see Stitch Guide).
Row 2, FwdP: Skip first st, *insert hook between 2 vertical bars of next st, pull up a loop, repeat from * across. RetP.
Rows 3-13: Repeat Row 2.
Row 14: Repeat Row 2 to the last yo, leave a tail and cut yarn, with semi-solid colorway leave a tail and wrap yarn over hook, pull through last 2 loops with semi-solid.
Row 15: Repeat Row 2.
Row 16 (begin smock st, click for a tutorial): Skip first st, *RevYo (counts as a st, see Stitch Guide), hold this yo in place**, insert hook through vertical bars of next 2 sts, yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across, ending last rep at **, insert hook through vertical bar of last st, yo, pull up a loop. RetP.
Row 17: Skip first 2 sts, insert hook through vertical bar of next st, yo, pull up a loop, *RevYo, hold this yo in place**, insert hook through vertical bars of next 2 sts, yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, ending last rep at **, (insert hook through vertical bar of next st, yo, pull up a loop) 2 times. RetP.
Row 18: Skip first 2 sts, *RevYo, hold this yo in place**, insert hook through vertical bars of next 2 sts, yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across to last st, ending last rep at **, insert hook through vertical bar of last st, yo, pull up a loop. RetP.
Rows 19-38: Alternate repeating Rows 17 and 18, ending with a Row 18 repeat, changing colors back to multi-color at the last yo, just as in Row 14.
Note: Row 39 will be a little different to work in tks because some of the vertical bars in the previous row are yarn-overs. They have a front vertical bar, but not a back vertical bar. On these sts, just insert your hook through the fabric as usual, just to the right of the front vertical bar.
Row 39, FwdP (back to tks): Skip first 2 sts, *insert hook between 2 vertical bars of next st, pull up a loop, repeat from * across. RetP.
Rows 40-52: Repeat Row 2.
Row 53: Ch 1, skip first st, *sc between 2 vertical bars of next 5 sts, sc2tog (see Stitch Guide) between 2 vertical bars of next 2 sts, repeat from * across to last 5 sts, sc between 2 vertical bars of last 5 sts. Don’t fasten off.


Tunisian crochet cowl, featuring Tunisian smock stitch, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Seaming
Row 1: Turn cowl so that WS is facing you, line up short edges so they are even, sl st evenly through both thicknesses to seam. Fasten off.

Finishing
Weave in all ends. Block. Don’t skip blocking. Tunisian knit stitch curls badly, as you’ve probably noticed. The blocking will help tremendously!

Tunisian crochet cowl, featuring Tunisian smock stitch, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

I'm hoping that you LOVE this cowl! But, if you've never tried Tunisian crochet, you may be feeling frustrated. No worries! I'll be putting together tutorials for both of the stitch patterns used in this cowl.

How to do Tunisian knit stitch

How to do Tunisian smock stitch

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1.04.2018

Crochet a Sweater in Chunky Yarn! It'll Be Warm and Cozy!

Crochet sweater pattern, crochet sweater in chunky yarn, crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Ever crocheted a sweater? In chunky yarn?

Allow me to introduce Pryor Creek Sweater. This sweater is made with Kraemer Yarns Perfection Chunky in color #7133 Raggedy Andy. It's written in a whopping SIX sizes from Small to 3X! I really wanted a range of people to be able to wear this sweater. You'll need between 8 and 14 skeins of the yarn, depending on the sweater size you choose to make. You can buy the pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, and LoveCrochet!


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The front of the sweater is made with post stitch ribbing (unfamiliar with post stitches? See my tutorial). In a solid yarn, this texture would be a lot easier to see, but in this marled colorway the texture is subtle, and I like that. The sleeves and back are smooth, stitched in half-double crochet. The body and sleeves are stitched in the round, and attached as you go with raglan seams. The sweater is *almost* seamless. You'll just need to sew up a small gap in each underarm. Fortunately it won't be visible unless you raise your arms, so if you are a little less than proficient at seaming, chances are, no one will know.

Crochet sweater pattern, crochet sweater in chunky yarn, crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

The raglan seams decrease up to a boat neck. The pattern is pretty simple and straight forward. The most challenging part will be the first ten rounds of the yoke, where the instructions get a little complicated because the different sizes decrease at different rates. That's just kinda how it is when you start with different circumferences and try to bring them all down to about the same size at the end. I've worked at making the instructions as simple as possible, and if it gets confusing, I'm just an email away!

Crochet sweater pattern, crochet sweater in chunky yarn, crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

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April



12.05.2017

How to Crochet in a Spiral: A Video Tutorial

How to Crochet in a Spiral, a tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Why would you want to crochet in a spiral?


Some crochet patterns are written in a way that makes two or more colors spiral out from the center. You can do some fun things with this technique. I have two patterns available that use this technique:


Crochet slouchy hat, Lucien Hat, by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
Lucien Hat

Kewpie Beret (C) Interweave Crochet

One nice thing about this technique is that you are able to make stripes, without cutting your yarn or making floats on the wrong side of your project in order to change colors.




How do I crochet in a spiral?

I'm glad you asked! I put together a video tutorial for you!



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April