12.29.2016

Hollis Headband



Hi friends! Today I have another free pattern to share with you! Let's call it a New Year's gift and pretend that I had no intention of having this ready for Christmas (wink). This is Hollis Headband, a simple ribbed headband in crochet. Color-changing worsted weight yarn, and the right stitch pattern make this both warm and so trendy!

This is pretty much a one-size-fits-most accessory. The headband is about 16 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. or 42 x 9 cm. But it stretches to fit even my big 'ol 22 in. melon. However, I have included suggestions in the notes to make a different size.



As with all my patterns, please don't make copies to share with other stitchers, just direct them to my blog or pattern store so they can get their own. Thank you!

Hollis Headband
Design by April Garwood

Difficulty Level: Easy

Finished Measurements: About 16 ½ x 3 ½ in. or 42 x 9 cm. This stretches to fit most adult head sizes.

Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Treasure #1901 Mosaic (3.5 oz/100 g, 151 yd/138 m, 70% Acrylic/30% Wool, CYCA weight category 4/medium): 1 skein.

Crochet Hook: K – 10 ½ (6.5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: yarn needle.

Gauge: 12 sts x 9 rnds = about 3 ½ in. or 9 cm

Abbreviations:
Bpdc     back post double crochet
Ch        chain
Dc        double crochet
Fpdc     front post double crochet
Sl st      slip stitch
St         stitch

Notes:
            -  Your headband will look best if you work Rnd 1 sts into the bottom ridge of the chains, rather than the usual top loops.
         -  Do not turn between rnds.
         -  Need it smaller? Start with a smaller (odd) number of chains. Need it larger? Start with a larger (odd) number of chains. Need it wider? Work another rnd or two. Need it narrower? Work a rnd or two fewer.

Headband:
Ch 55, without twisting chain, join to first ch with sl st to join.

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in each ch, join to first st with sl st – 55 sts.
Rnds 2-9: Ch 2, Fpdc in first st, *Bpdc in next st, Fpdc in next st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st.

Fasten off after Rnd 9. Weave in all ends. Done!


Enjoy!

April Garwood


12.15.2016

Primary Sweater Dress


This lovely pattern is my "Primary Sweater Dress". I <3 this dress! We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and this dress is named for the children's classes there, called "Primary". My daughter, Lady Hops-a-lot, loves wearing this dress to church, as it is soft, stretchy, comfy, and cozy.

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The dress is made in 6 colors of Valley Yarns Valley Superwash dk, a favorite yarn of mine! I used the same yarn for my Sweet Little Mittens, Sweet Little Hat, and Edmond Sweater. I've also submitted dozens of designs to magazines in this yarn, however, the publishers have always changed it to something else. This yarn is so soft with a nice, smooth, smooshy texture, and it is machine washable. Love! If you want to use fewer, or more colors, be my guest. Just divide the total number of rows by the number of colors you are using to see how many rows to do in each color.

One of the really fun parts of this dress for me, was choosing the colors! I have this yarn in almost every color, as it is kind of my go-to superwash for designing. Color selection used to be really hard for me, but I've done a few things that have helped me figure it out. First, I bought, downloaded, and watched this online color class by Laura Bryant of Prism Yarn:


This helped me a lot! Also, I've followed the blog Attic24 and seen how the writer, Lucy, uses color in her projects. I am still a novice comparatively, but I did find that, in addition to what Laura teaches in her class, you can use colors that are a darker shade of one of the others in your palette, and have them look harmonious.

So, when you go to pick our your colors, find 5 or so that are all of a similar "weight" (degree of light to dark), and then you can choose one more color that is a darker shade of one of the first 5. I chose 5 of the lightest colors of Valley Yarns, Valley Superwash dk, and then the last color is similar to the light blue, but a darker version of it. You can start with 5 colors in the mid range, or 5 in the dark range, and then choose one that is lighter or darker, but a similar color to one of these. 

I arranged my colors from lightest at the bottom, to darkest at the top, If you find it difficult to tell whether one is darker or lighter than the others, line them all up next to each other, take a photo (your smart phone will work brilliantly for this), and then change the photo to a black and white picture. It will be more obvious this way because you take out the complication of color.


This pattern is really quite easy. The dress begins at the bottom with a few rounds of ribbing, and then continues up to the armpits with no shaping. It doesn't get much easier folks. There is a little more work to make the raglan seams in the yoke, but this is not really very difficult either. You can do this!

This pattern is written in sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10! It costs $5.00 and you can get it on Ravelry and Craftsy. If you'd like to visit, hop on over to my Facebook page to share your FO photos or say hi!

Happy stitching!

April


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12.06.2016

Basically Beanie



Hi everyone! I was recently asked to teach women from church to crochet baby hats to donate to Infant Crisis Services here in Oklahoma City. So, I wrote a pattern. It maybe isn't the most simple pattern out there, but I made it to be very flexible. This explains how to make a very basic beanie in double crochet in any yarn you want to use, and make it whatever size you want. Keep in mind, if you are going to donate it, that you should use a machine washable yarn.

If you are looking for other crochet hat patterns, try one of these:



Basically Beanie
Design by April Garwood

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Yarn: Any yarn you like

Hook: Sized to match your yarn, suggestions as follows…
Yarn weight             Hook size
0/Lace                      Steel hook 6 to 8, or B/1
1/Super Fine            B/1 to E/4
2/Fine                       E/4 to 7
3/Light                     7 to I/9
4/Medium                I/9 to K/10 ½
5/Bulky                    K/10 ½ to M/13
6/Super Bulky         M/13 to Q

Notions: Yarn needle

Gauge: Varies

Abbreviations:
Ch        chain
Sl st      slip stitch
St         Stitch
Dc        double crochet

Notes:
-     -   If the above stitches are unfamiliar to you, I suggest a Google or YouTube search. There are many tutorials on the internet that will lead you through them step by step.
-      -  The hat begins at the center top by gradually increasing to make a flat circle of the desired circumference. Each round thereafter is worked with no increasing until the desired length has been reached.


Top of hat:
Ch 4, sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st, now and throughout), dc in ring 12 times, join to first st with sl st – 12 sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, join to first st with sl st – 24 sts.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc (increase made), repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 36 sts.
Rnd 4: Ch 2, *dc in each dc to next increase, dc in first st of increase, 2 dc in 2nd st of increase, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 48 sts.

Repeat Rnd 4 until your circle reaches a circumference 0” to 2” less than the head circumference of the wearer. Remember circumference = 3.14 x diameter.


Sides of hat:
Rnd 1: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join to first st with sl st.

Repeat Rnd 1 until hat has reached desired length (see Notes below). Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Notes about sizing:
-     -   A hat made from a thicker yarn will need to measure closer to the actual head circumference than a hat made with a thinner yarn.
-    -    I recommend making this a few inches longer than needed to cover the ears. The bottom can be folded up when worn, or the hat can be worn “slouchy” if desired. This will also prevent having a too-short hat.
-     -   Below I have some “standard” and “suggested” measurements. Since people come in all shapes and sizes, the person wearing your hat may not fit these measurements. Thankfully, crochet fabric is very stretchy and forgiving. If you are crocheting for someone that you can’t measure, these will give you some estimated measurements to shoot for. If you can measure the person to wear the hat, go by their measurements.


“Standard” head circumferences (remember, your hat should be a little smaller around than this):

Preemie            12” or smaller
Baby                 14”
Toddler             16”
Child                 18”
Woman             21”
Man                  23”

Suggested lengths from crown to bottom edge (this includes the extra 1 ½” I recommend):

Preemie            6” or smaller
Baby                 7 ½”
Toddler             8 ½”
Child                 9 ½”
Woman             10 ½”
Man                  10 ½”

To share this pattern with others, please direct them to my blog rather than copying this pattern for them. Thank you! When you finish your hats, please share your photos on Ravelry, or on my Facebook page! I love hearing from you.


Happy stitching!
April 




12.01.2016

Canton Cardigan


My Canton Cardigan is one of my newer crochet patterns. It has a crossover front and long sleeves. It is made with side-to-side construction. The greatest feature of this cardigan, however, is the textured trim! You can see it so well in this top photo. The trim is at the edge of both front pieces, and at the end of each sleeve. This textured trim is made using post stitches. You can learn about post stitch in my "Post Stitch Post". You don't have to sew in the sleeves, but you will have to seam the sides and underarms.

(This post contains affiliate links. It helps my bottom line when you click on one and load up your cart, so thanks in advance).


The yarn for this pattern is King Cole Baby Comfort dk in #772 Silver and #1731 Mulberry. It takes 4-6 skeins of the Silver and 1 skein of the Mulberry. You'll also need a size H/8/5mm and a couple of buttons, one big and one small.


This makes a great lightweight cardigan. The yarn is a very soft blend of acrylic and nylon, so it isn't going to over hear you, and it will be easy to take care of. The pattern is written in 5 sizes from 35.75 in - 51.75 in (or 102 cm - 131.5 cm) bust circumference. You can buy the pattern for $6.00 on Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy.

Happy stitching!
April 


11.23.2016

Stribet Scarf

Today I am happy to tell you about my design, "Stribet". This is a design that I did for Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts, a delightful yarn company out of Canada.


The yarn for this design is Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts Merino/Cashmere/Nylon fingering weight. Let me tell you, this yarn is so nice to work with and wear! The colors are Lapis Lazuli (the blue) and Vancouver (the variegate).


This pattern is easy, but uses an interesting stitch, which you can see fairly well in the close-up below. These are shell stitches that sit on top of each other, instead of sitting down in the "valleys" of the row below.


This long and wide scarf doubles as a wrap, so you can style it either way and it looks really great!


 It is shaped like a trapezoid, so when you have it wrapped around you, the ends come to a point.


You can purchase this pattern through Ravelry, or on Ancient Arts' website.

Happy stitching!

April

11.17.2016

Plaza Shrug

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(C) Annie's
This is Plaza Shrug, one of my all-time favorite designs! It can be found in Crochet!, Autumn 2016. I love how such a simple design can be so beautiful! Also, I have this thing for lines...I love when there are interesting lines in a design. This pattern, because it uses a mitered square and a striping yarn, has square-shaped stripes on the back, and a diagonal line from one shoulder to the opposite hip that is formed by the increases.


Even a beginning crocheter could make this once they have even tension and maybe a little guidance on seaming. You intermediate and advanced crocheters can make this while you binge watch your favorite TV show on Netflix or listen to an audio book.

The yarn used is Plymouth Yarns Gina Chunky #0102 Calm Brights. You'll need 3 or 4 skeins, depending on the size you make. It uses a 10 mm hook (my 10 mm hook is an N, but sometimes they are called a P hook). Because of the chunky yarn and large hook, this pattern will work up pretty quickly, which we all love, of course!

(C) Annie's
When I make a design for a magazine, the yarn manufacturer typically provides the yarn. I have to estimate ahead of time how much yarn I will need to finish a design. Well, designers tend to estimate generously, because it is much better to have too much, than too little. If you don't have enough, they have to pay to ship more, and you have to match dye lots...really a mess. 

I overestimated by quite a lot when I designed this shrug, so you, dear readers, are going to benefit. I will gift 4 skeins of Gina Chunky in the colorway shown here to one lucky crocheter so that you can make this shrug for yourself! You can enter this giveaway by signing up for my monthly newsletter. You can click this link to sign up. In one week, I'll choose a winner from all those subscribed to my newsletter (that's right, if you're already signed up, you are entered as well). This is open only to those in the US (sorry, but shipping anywhere else is too pricey for me right now).

Happy stitching!
April

11.10.2016

Lime Breeze Scarf



Lime Breeze Scarf is one of my newer magazine patterns. This was published in I Like Crochet, June 2016. (Yes, I'm a little behind).

This scarf is crochet in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, color Celery Leaves. This is a worsted weight, cotton/wool blend. Even if you don't want to use the Cotton Fleece, I'd recommend using a natural fiber yarn so that the lace pattern will block nicely.

This is a simple "spider lace" stitch pattern that really has a pleasing look. This is not a difficult pattern, so even if you are a newbie, look it up, and enjoy!

Happy stitching!
April