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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April




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?

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April

11.14.2017

Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern: Lucien Hat

Slouchy hat crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

New crochet pattern!


Hi friends! I'm here today to share my newest crochet pattern with you! This is Lucien Hat. It is a slouchy hat at heart. A little silly and fun, with colorful stripes. The bottom edge can be folded up, however, in order to give it a more fitted look.

Slouchy hat crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio





All about this new slouchy hat crochet pattern:


The yarn used in this pattern is Cascade Yarns Longwood Sport (the solid white), and Cascade Yarns Longwood Sport Stripe (the color). The great thing about using the striping colorway, is that the color changes nicely as you come down the hat. The two yarns are worked in a spiral from the top down, so there is no joining and turning, and no fastening off of colors, or making floats on the wrong side of the hat. Pretty clever of me to design it that way, huh?! (wink, wink).

Slouchy hat crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

I decided to top this hat with a chunky tassel, and I love how the striping yarn made the tassel look, it's multi-colored.

Slouchy hat crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

I've written the pattern in two sizes: 14 and 17 1/2 inches (35.5 and 44.5 cm). It's very stretchy! I was able to wear the 17 1/2 inch (44.5 cm) size myself, and my head circumference is 22 1/2 inches (57 cm)! So, you can choose a size that is up to 5 inches (13 cm) smaller around than the wearer's head circumference. If you still want a larger size, it will be easy to add in a few more increases in round 4 of the pattern instructions.

Slouchy hat crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

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8.24.2017

Variety Show Scarf - A Free Super Scarf Crochet Pattern

Free Super Scarf Crochet Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

The back story of this crochet Super Scarf

This is a new super scarf crochet pattern that I call "Variety Show Scarf". Why did I name it that? My kids were working on a theater production, a variety show or musical revue, during the time I was making this scarf. Given the color of the yarn, I thought it was apt.

This scarf is stitched in Perfection Chunky, by Kraemer Yarns. I met this yarn when I attended The National Needle Arts (TNNA) trade show in Columbus, OH earlier this summer. I noticed right away that this yarn would make something really cozy. It was soft, squishy, and chunky. I loved it!

At the show they were sharing several new colorways that are a 3-ply yarn. Two plies is ivory colored, and the other is a muted color. In this colorway, #7126 Ragg Time, the colored strand is burnt orange.

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Free Super Scarf Crochet Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Why this crochet scarf design?

With the very busy coloring of this yarn, I wanted to keep the stitches simple. Texture or lace patterns tend to get lost when you stitch them with non-solid colors. The simple stitches in this pattern allow the yarn color to be the star of the show. I also like to have patterns available for lots of different kinds of crocheters. Sometimes, a stitcher just wants something easy. And why make such a large scarf? Because it is SO cozy! Also, I'm tall, so I like a looooong scarf!


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Variety Show Scarf

By April Garwood

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Finished Measurements: About 10 inches x 86 inches (25.5 cm x 218.5 cm)

Yarn: Kraemer Yarns Perfection Chunky (30% Domestic Merino, 70% Acrylic; 120 yds (110 m); 3.5 oz (100 g); CYCA weight: 5/Bulky): #7126 Ragg Time, 4 skeins.

Crochet Hook: M/13 9.0 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle.

Gauge: 11 sts x 5 rows = About 4 ¼ inches (11 cm).

Notes: Scarf begins at one short end and work progresses toward the opposite short end. Fringe is added in the finishing step.

Free Super Scarf Crochet Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Abbreviations:
ch    chain
dc    double crochet
st     stitch
sk    skip
sp    space

Scarf:
Ch 28
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook (ch 2 does not count as a st), dc in next 7 sts, *ch 1, sk next ch, dc in 8 chs, repeat from *, turn – 24 sts.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in 8 sts, *ch 1, sk ch sp, dc in 8 sts, repeat from *, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you have completed 110 rows. Fasten off.

Finishing:
Cut 56 pieces of yarn, each of them 10 inches (25.5 cm) long. Place 4 pieces together, ends even. Don’t be uptight about perfection here, you can trim ends later if you have a piece that is much longer than the others. Fold a group of 4 in half. With RS of scarf facing you, insert a crochet hook from back to front of the first st or ch on one short edge. Pull the fold of the group of four yarn pieces through this st or ch with the crochet hook. Pull the 8 ends of these yarn pieces through the fold that you just pulled through the st or ch. Pull snug, but don’t overdo it. Repeat this procedure in every other st or ch, so that this short edge has 14 groups of fringe pieces. Repeat for second short end.

Your scarf will probably not need blocking. Weave in ends. This yarn can be machine washed and dried, however, if you machine wash and dry it, the fringe pieces will come unplied and somewhat frizzy looking. I suggest handwashing and lying flat to dry to keep the fringe looking nice.

Enjoy!

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Wrapping up...

What kinds of scarves do you like? Lacy, thin, thick, long, short, bulky??? Comment below and let me know! I like lots of different kinds of course, but I can't wait to wear this one this winter!




Free Super Scarf Crochet Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

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April