11.30.2015

Zinnia Cap and Slouch Hat - A Crochet Hat Pattern Made Two Ways

Flowered crochet hat pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio for Interweave Crochet
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A colorful crochet hat pattern



Introducing my Zinnia Cap and Slouch Hat, click here to get the pattern from Interweave! I'm so excited to have this design out! This pattern is found in the new Interweave Crochet Accessories 2016. This hat is made of square motifs. I've found that square motifs make a pretty nice hat. Our heads aren't cube-shaped, but this hat is, and the stretch of crochet allows it to fit nicely on your head. You can make the fitted version with 5 motifs, or the slouch version with 9 motifs. You can make a wide band as on the left, or just single row of sc as on the right.






Flowered crochet hat pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio for Interweave Crochet
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Whichever color you seam with, will show through when you stretch the hat out on your head, so use a color if you want your seams to show. Use white if you don't want them to show. The yarn is Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool; 220 yds or 200 m per skein). I used colors #910A winter white, #821 daffodil, #1940 peach, and #1960 pacific. One skein of each color is enough to make both a fitted and slouch hat, or two fitted hats.

Flowered crochet hat pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio for Interweave Crochet
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When I get these two hats back, I'll keep one for myself and give the other to one of my daughters. That will be kind of fun to have matching, but still slightly different, hats. You could make a set for yourself and a friend, daughter, mother, or sister.

Interesting things about this last photo...the hats are wrong side out. Oops! That happens sometimes. When you don't have the designer there for the photo shoot, and if they've done a very good job of keeping the wrong side neat, you don't always know. This is not the first time I've seen a published photo wrong side out.


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Back story of this crochet hat pattern



Anyhow...I first designed this hat a few years ago when I was gearing up for a book proposal. That proposal didn't pan out, and it turned out to be a really bad time for me to do a book, so it's a good thing that it didn't work out. But this was one of the designs in the proposal. Here is my original hat done in Cascade 220 Superwash Sport #812 Turquoise, #821 Daffodil, #807 Raspberry, and #871 White.
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What colors will you use for your hat? I look forward to seeing lots of these completed. This is a design that I'm really proud of, and so pleased how it turned out! Please share photos of your finished Zinnia hat or cap on my Facebook page or on Ravelry. I love seeing FOs from my patterns!

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11.23.2015

Brassica Scarf


Today I'm here to share my Brassica Scarf. The yarn you see here is the lovely Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts 100% Superwash Merino Wool 3 ply fingering/sock. There are 372 yds [340 m] to a skein. I offer this in two different lengths: Standard 6" x 65 1/2" or Extra-long 6" x 77 1/2". The standard length uses one skein of each color, the extra-long requires 2 skeins of the main color plus 1 skein of the accent color. I used French Lilac for the main color and Beaujolais Nouveau for the accent color.







The scarf begins at one long edge and is worked in a textured ripple stitch. Post stitches provide the texture. No worries though, this is really a pretty easy stitch pattern. If you've never tried post stitches, check out my "Post Stitch Post". After completing several rows of the main stitch pattern, you complete the scarf by edging just one side with a complementary edging. I really love asymmetry and unexpected details, such as this one-sided edging.

I actually wore this scarf out and about today and loved how it completed my outfit.

You should definitely hop on over to the Ancient Arts website and see all the lovely colors that they have to offer! Pick out two of your favorites today and make this beautiful scarf. It will be your new favorite for the season! Available on Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy for just $3.00!




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April

10.20.2015

Shifting Shawl - a Crochet Shawl Pattern with Filet Lace

Crochet shawl pattern with filet lace, by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
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Introducing a new crochet shawl pattern!



Today I'm here to tell you about "Shifting Shawl", a pattern of mine found in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2015.



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Truthfully, this is such an awesome design! This is an asymmetric triangular shawl. The filet panel you see is offset in this triangle.

The only stitches used in this shawl are double crochet and chains. You begin at one corner, and increase every few rows to widen the shawl to the point. Then you decrease to reach the other corner. The "edging" of this shawl is not really an edging, it is just the pattern made by the increases and decreases to shape the shawl. 

This is a really easy pattern. You'll need to focus on the filet chart while doing the filet panel, but the rest of the shawl could probably be worked while chatting with friends.

Crochet shawl pattern with filet lace, by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
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The yarn for this design is Lion Brand LB Collection Superwash Merino. This is a nice yarn, and it is inexpensive, so that's good news for you. It's a DK weight yarn that comes in 26 colors. You'll need 2 skeins to complete the shawl.




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10.13.2015

Holly Sweater - A Darling Crochet Sweater for Girls!

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A Darling Crochet Sweater for Girls!


Introducing my "Holly Sweater" from Crochet! Winter 2015.


I was looking to make a girls sweater with fashionable details. This sweater has a small split at each hip that is edged with small panels of ribbing. The boat neck is also edged with ribbed panels. The sleeves are made separately and sewn in. There are small buttons where the ribbed panels overlap. These are for looks, not function.


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The really soft yarn that I used for this sweater is Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash. You'll need 3(4, 5) skeins #1121 fuchsia, 1(1, 2) skeins #1127 blush, and 1 skein #1132 green lake to make your own in size 2, 4, or 6.

I used one of my favorite stitch patterns for this sweater: wattle stitch. When worked in stripes like this, it almost looks like a chevron stitch, but it's not.

I thought you might like to see my sketch from my original submission for this design:

Main sketch with details pointed out in writing

Detail of side split
When you send a submission to a magazine editor, it usually involves a written description, a sketch, like these, and a swatch. You don't have to be a great artist to sketch a design. Clearly, mine are not fabulous. You just need to get your point across. Editors must have great imaginations to be able to envision the finished product!




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10.06.2015

Suburbia Cowl - An Easy Knitting Pattern

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

A new easy knitting pattern



I'm back today to introduce my latest knitting pattern, "Suburbia Cowl." This is made in Baah Sonoma in color Tart Apple. This is a smooth dk weight 100% Merino Superwash yarn. It is comfortable against my skin and pleasant to work with.

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

This cowl is knit in the round from the bottom-up. It's a very simple pattern, with nice texture, but easy enough for a near-beginner. The most complicated part is the applied i-cord edging on top and bottom. However, I had never done applied i-cord before making this cowl. I found this tutorial video from Berroco and was able to figure it out very easily. You can do this!

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

I knit this cowl on size 9 needles, which makes a fabric with nice drape -- very nice to wear. Both sides have an attractive appearance so, it's no problem to have either, or both, sides showing. The color is so on trend! Pantone just released its 2016 color report, and bright green is going to be a great shade to use!

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9.29.2015

Cumulus Cowl - Super Chunky Crochet Cowl Pattern

Super chunky crochet cowl pattern found in Interweave Crochet, by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
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 Ready for a super chunky crochet cowl? Here it is!



Today I have the pleasure of showing you one of my latest designs, "Cumulus Cowl" published in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2015. I seriously cannot wait to get this sample back from the publisher. I'm hoping I'll have it back before winter sets in. This cowl is so warm! Click here to find and favorite it on Ravelry. Click here to see and buy the individual pattern from Interweave.


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Now, you can see that the stylist decided to have the model wear this as a stole, and that can work if you are fairly small, and believe me it will be cozy. I did, however, mean for this to be a very chunky cowl, so I guess it is a very versatile piece that you can wear many ways. In addition to doubling as a stole, it has an interesting texture on both sides, so it is reversible as well. The first two pictures show it on both sides. If you can zoom into those, you'll see the difference. 

Super chunky crochet cowl pattern found in Interweave Crochet, by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
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The yarn used is Cascade Yarns Magnum, which is super bulky 100% wool that comes in 123 yd skeins. You'll need 3 of these deliciously soft skeins and a 15 mm/Q hook to make this fast-finish accessory. Start today and you could have it finished before the week is over.

In this last photo you can see the very visible diagonal join. While making this, I thought about trying to find a less-visible way to join the rounds, but I decided I rather liked this feature. I'm guessing that the publisher liked it as well since they decided to photograph it. I can see wearing this cowl with the join showing since it adds another interesting line to the piece.

Super chunky crochet cowl pattern found in Interweave Crochet, by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
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9.22.2015

Free Crochet Pattern for an Infinity Scarf!

Free crochet pattern for an infinity scarf, pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Today I have another free pattern for you dear readers! I put this scarf together from some partially used skeins of sock yarn. It's nothing complicated, or challenging. Surely others have some partially used skeins of sock yarn hanging around. It's not just me, right? I'm sure it's not just me!

So, since we all have this problem, I offer a solution.


Free crochet pattern for an infinity scarf, pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio






Flyover Scarf
Design by April Garwood

Difficulty Level Easy

Finished Measurements 54 ½” x 9” [138.5 cm x 23 cm]

Yarn
(A) Abt 340 yds [308 m] Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk #5607 Red
(B) Abt 130 yds [119 m] Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Flames
(C) Abt 220 yds [200 m] Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine #1293 Brown

Hook G/6/4 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions clips or locking stitch markers to hold while seaming, yarn needle

Gauge 5 patt rep x 13 rows = about 4” [10 cm] in patt st.

Pattern Stitch
Ch 22
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *sk next ch, 3 dc in next ch, sk next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * across, turn – 21 sts.
Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), 2 dc in first st, *sk next dc, sc in next dc, sk next dc**, 3 dc in next st, repeat from * across, ending last rep at **, 2 dc in last st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *skip next dc, 3 dc in next sc, sk next dc, sc in next dc, repeat from * across, turn.
Alternate repeating Rows 2 and 3 for pattern.

Stitch Guide
Puff st: *Yo, insert hook in designated st, pull up a lp, elongate lp to height of dc, repeat from * 2 more times, yo, pull through all lps on hook.


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Scarf
Section A
With A, Ch 50
Row 1(RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *sk next ch, 3 dc in next ch, sk next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * across, turn – 49 sts.
Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st, now and throughout), 2 dc in first st, *sk next dc, sc in next dc, sk next dc**, 3 dc in next st, repeat from * across, ending last rep at **, 2 dc in last st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *skip next dc, 3 dc in next sc, sk next dc, sc in next dc, repeat from * across, turn.
Rows 4-81: Alternate repeating Rows 2 and 3. Fasten off.

Section B
Row 1(WS): With WS facing, join B with sl st to first st, ch 2, dc in first st, *ch 1, sk next st, puff st (see Stitch Guide) in next st, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, dc in last st, turn – 23 puff sts.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in first st, *ch 1, sk ch sp, puff st in next st, repeat from * across, ch 1, sk last ch sp, dc in last st, turn.
Rows 3-22: Repeat Row 2. Fasten off.

Section C
Row 1(RS): With RS facing, join C with sl st to first st, ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, sk next ch, sc in next st, repeat from * across, turn – 37 sts.
Row 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, *sk next dc, sc in next ch sp, sk next dc**, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, repeat from * across, ending last rep at **, 2 dc in last st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *skip next dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next sc, sk next dc, sc in next ch sp, repeat from * across, placing last sc in last dc, turn.
Rows 4-72: Alternate repeating Rows 2 and 3, ending with a Row 2 repeat.

Without twisting scarf, line up ends with RS facing each other, secure with clips or st markers, ch 1, working through both thicknesses, sl st across ends to seam. Fasten off.

Finishing
Block if desired. Weave in all ends.

(C)2015 April Garwood. All rights reserved.

Free crochet pattern for an infinity scarf, pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

I've given you the yarn types, colors, and amounts that I used, and the exact instructions to make your scarf just like mine. However, you probably do not have all the same sock yarn bits hanging around that I had, let alone in the same amounts. So, I hope you'll use this pattern to improvise a way to use up your own yarns. You can make each section longer or shorter. You can make your scarf wider. You can even make fewer or more sections using the same stitches. Make it yours!
This size is long enough to double. When doubled, it isn't tight around my neck, but it is a comfortable length that keeps my neck warm.

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9.15.2015

Book Review: Custom Socks

Review of Custom Socks by Kate Atherley. Review by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet
By Kate Atherley
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Today I have a great book review for you! This is Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet, by Kate Atherley. This book is going to help you solve all of your sock-knitting woes! It will help you make socks for yourself, and socks to gift to others. If you have ever found that standard sock sizes don't work for your feet, this book will really be indispensable!


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Let's talk about making socks for other people. Have you ever gifted handmade socks? or wanted to? There are great charts in here that will help you with measuring a foot, or with estimating sock size based on shoe size. Or, if you have only some of the needed measurements there are charts to help you estimate the rest.

There is information about estimated yardage depending on sock size and gauge. There are recommendations for yarn types and tools. Author Kate Atherly, also discusses different construction methods like dpns or circulars, toe-up or cuff-down. She gives tips for different parts and aspects of the sock.

This book gives you options for heel stitch patterns, cast-ons, and bind-offs to keep your heels durable, and your leg-end stretchy. There are also helps for those of you that detest grafting your toes with kitchener stitch. Kate discusses the suitability of various stitch patterns to sock knitting and discusses color-work and swatching. There are great how-to instructions in this book with wonderful illustrations and diagrams.

There are 11 sock patterns in this book. There are basic patterns and cabled ones. There are patterns that are a teensy bit lacy. There are textured patterns and color-work patterns, and even a knee sock. Most of the patterns include charts.

Here are a few of my favorite patterns from this book:

"Oh, Valencia!"
Review of Custom Socks by Kate Atherley. Review by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
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"Harcourt"
Review of Custom Socks by Kate Atherley. Review by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
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"Fitzcarraldo Knee Sock"
Review of Custom Socks by Kate Atherley. Review by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
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I've actually now made all three of the above patterns myself, and others from this book. It's been my go-to source for sock patterns since I received it!

If you're looking to dive further into sock knitting to help yourself knit better socks, you'll want to look this book over!






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9.08.2015

Edmond Sweater, a Classic Crochet Baby Sweater


Crochet pattern for a classic baby sweater, by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio


Today's featured design is the "Edmond Sweater." I designed this a few months ago, had it professionally tech-edited, and have it available on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveCrochet and Craftsy. This is a baby sweater, designed in sizes 3 mo, 6 mo, 12 mo, and 18 mo. I used one of my favorite solid stitch patterns for this sweater. I think that "seed stitch" has something of a woven look to it. I crocheted a matching frog closure for this sweater and the instructions are included.


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Crochet pattern for a classic baby sweater, by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

The yarn I used is Valley Yarns Valley Superwash dk, available at WEBS. As you can guess from the name, this is a dk weight superwash wool yarn. It is one of my favorites! I've also used this yarn for my "Sweet Little (Rounded) Mittens" and my matching "Sweet Little Hat." The pattern also uses a size I/9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or the size needed to match my gauge.

Crochet pattern for a classic baby sweater, by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

This will be a spectacular baby gift for a loved one or friend! Be prepared for lots of "awww!" if you gift this at a baby shower. Great thing is, it really is pretty quick to make, just because babies are so small. This will be a wonderful sweater to make for your own little one as well. This will make a great fall or spring jacket for him or her!




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