Reveal! T. Rex Hat and Mitts

T-rex hat and mittens, crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio for Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011
(C) Interweave/F+W Media

Hooray!  I finally get to reveal a new pattern! This new crochet pattern is a matching hat and mittens set for kids with an intarsia T-rex on the hat, and split in half for the mittens.

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This pattern "T. Rex Hat and Mitts" will be available shortly in the new Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011.  This is the BIGGEST issue of IC ever!  It has 59+ patterns in it.  That's just awesome!  The preview for the issue is up here.  The preview with all the pics and details for my pattern is here.  The yarn for these is Patons Decor (75% Acrylic/25% Wool) in New Teal and Mandarin.  The size shown here is for a child around age 8, but it looks like their model is a bit younger than that, so they fit loosely.  Measure the child and go by your measurements for best results.

The T. Rex worked into the hat and mitts is done with crochet intarsia.  Soon I'll have an instructional blog post on intarsia to go along with this.  I can't say that there was anything in particular that inspired this idea.  I was thinking of ideas for hat, mitten, and scarf sets for all ages and genders with the idea of proposing ideas for the whole family.  This was my idea for a young boy.  It struck me as kind of funny that the pattern they chose was the one for little boys, when clearly little boys are not my area of expertise ;)  Not long after the proposal was accepted, a few members of the editorial staff told me how excited they were to make these for little boys in their families.  There is nothing that makes a designer's day like hearing that someone wants to make your pattern!  It made me very happy.  I hope that many of my readers will want to make it as well.  This Accessories issue is a special issue, which means that it does not get included in subscriptions.  If you want this issue you can order it from Amazon (with my affiliate link).

I've added the project to Ravelry, so be sure to post pics if you decide to make it.  It would make me seriously happy to see them!

Interested in crocheting for kids? You'll love these:

Spring Creek Jumper - Available from Interweave

Sweet Little Hat - $4 on Ravelry

Sweet Little Mittens - $4 on Ravelry

Gracie Lacy Capris - $5 on Ravelry

Snuggly Crochet Quilt - Free pattern on my blog

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Happy crocheting everyone!

April :)


Finished Christmas Stocking (slightly off-topic)

I finally finished Baby's Christmas stocking!  This is obviously not crocheted.  It is a kit that I bought with felt pieces and thread.  This has been my "Sunday Project" for quite some time.  What I mean by that is that I don't do business on Sunday, I adhere to the Biblical commandment to "remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy".  While sewing isn't really a "holy" task.  It gave my hands something to do while we were driving to and from church or visiting with family on Sunday evenings, and it was making something nice for my Baby.  It is pretty typical for me to start on each child's stocking just after their first Christmas and finish it in time for their third Christmas, when they are 2 years old.  But now they are all done.  This one turned out so cute, just perfect for her personality.  You might wonder why her name isn't on it.  It actually is, but it is embroidered on a fancy felt tag that hangs off the top, which I have hidden since I only use my kids' secret code names on the blog.  Do you have handmade Christmas stockings for your family?  What kind?  Tell me about them!

I am busy on a design project this week, but close to finishing that.  I have some yarn on the way for submission swatches.

Happy crocheting everyone!

April :)


Cowl for my sister & a box!

 This is me wearing a cowl that I made.  I made it for my sister, but she wasn't around when I finished it to snap a picture.  I gave it to her yesterday.  I really like how it turned out!  The yarn is Noro Furisode which is a silk/cotton/wool blend.  It is a bulky weight.  I didn't realize this at first.  It looked like a worsted weight to me, but I found that it really needed at least an M hook, which is what I used.  It probably could have worked equally well on a size or two larger hook.  It is a hand wash/dry flat yarn.  It doesn't feel especially soft in the hank but felt quite a bit softer once I had stitched it.  Still though, I'm hoping that it will soften even more after washing.  The colors turned out really pretty.  It striped just perfectly!  Almost one complete round per color.  This is simply a shell stitch, nothing fancy.  What do you think, would someone be interested in paying for a pattern for this?

The box pictured below contains what has kept me busy and quiet for the last few weeks.  I can't tell you much about what's in it, except that I will be so thrilled to show you pictures of it once the pattern is published!  I shipped it off last week.  I have a short breather so that I can blog, do last month's biz finance, and maybe even crank out a simple self-publish pattern today. 
Have a lovely day and happy stitching everyone!

April :)