6.29.2015

Shianne Hoodie


Introducing the Shianne Hoodie! You can find this fab pattern in Crochet! Autumn 2015. This cute cardigan comes in sizes 2, 4, 6, and 8. The yarn is Berroco Maya which is a cotton/alpaca blend with a chainette construction. You need 3(4, 5, 6) skeins of the main color and 2(2, 3, 3) skeins of the second color. This yarn is machine washable. Of course, who wants to make something for children if it isn't machine washable, right? The yarn was soft and nice to work with. I have a little left and I may design in it again. FYI, it is a worsted weight yarn.

You'll need an I/9/5.5 mm crochet hook and a separating zipper to complete this jacket.

First of all, isn't the model adorable?

This hoodie was something that I originally envisioned in tween and teen sizes and all in one color, the blue, actually. My oldest daughter, Drama Queen, helped me dream up this design. I named if for my oldest niece, who is 16, since I was thinking of it in larger sizes.

The yoke detail is, of course, my favorite part of this design. If you click on the picture and zoom in you can see it a little better. The stitch pattern at the top is more open, and it is also textured. My choice to open up the stitch pattern around the shoulders was inspired by all the fashionable tops we see today that have crochet lace around the shoulders with a more solid fabric covering the rest of the torso. Obviously, we don't want a jacket to be too open around the shoulders. We want warmth there. So, it is just a little open.

You can see that the texture extends down into the purple section a little. This isn't some super-complicated thing of using 2 colors in the same row. Those are just really long post stitches. So, no worries, that part will be easy.

Customizing length will be easy if that's something you need. Just work extra rows before beginning the armhole. Just remember that you'll need a longer zipper than the pattern suggests if you do this. Another possible customization is in the depth of the hood. There is not some magic number of stitches that you need around the neckline in order to make the hood instructions work. If you want the hood to provide more coverage, just begin with more stitches around the neckline, or work some increases in the first few rows of the hood to make it larger. If you want the hood to provide less coverage, you can begin with fewer stitches around the neckline, or work some decreases into the first few rows. Don't want a hood at all? No problem, just edge the neckline with single crochet and leave it.

Which size will you be making? Who will it be for? What colors will you use? Could you see this jacket for little boys? I think it could work for boys or girls. What do you think? If you make this hoodie, please share pictures on Ravelry or on my Facebook page! It makes my day to see pictures of FOs from my patterns!

Happy stitching!

April

6.22.2015

Tide Wrap Reveal



I've got a new crochet pattern out for you! I'm so excited about this one! This pattern makes me so happy. Start to finish, it was a wonderful project. This is Tide Wrap, available from Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts.

In January I traveled to Phoenix, AZ for my first TNNA show. I met Caroline Sommerfeld of Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts. The first day I was there, she and her team gave me a small sample skein. I swatched with it that night, and drew up an idea. I took it to her on the last day of the show and she was very happy with it. However, that swatch and sketch were not for this design, so, more to come...

Not long after returning home from TNNA, Ancient Arts Design Director Barb Brown asked me about the possibility of designing a 2-skein crochet pattern to be released with the June Yarnbox Classic, since Ancient Arts would be the featured yarn company. The only requirement was that I had to finish the pattern quickly. 

I set to work thinking of ideas and sketching. This was the result -- a buttoned wrap with panels of filet lace separated by rows of texture. The filet panels have cresting waves in them. The texture is created by post stitches. As I was nearly finished stitching I went looking for just the right buttons for this wrap. I found real stone buttons on Etsy by Lake House Beach Glass. They were such PERFECT buttons for this wrap! I'm super excited to have 2 of them left to use for something for myself.

The yarn for this design is the fingering weight Merino/Bamboo/Nylon by Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts. This yarn is very soft and delightful to work with! You'll need 2 skeins of the yarn, a size F crochet hook, and 2 buttons (about 1" diameter).

I was able to go to the TNNA show in Columbus just a few weeks ago, but my trip was very short. I was happy to get to visit the Ancient Arts booth and see that they used this photo in a new banner that was hanging around the top edge of their booth. I was so excited to see that my design was pictured there! 


If you make this wrap I sure hope you'll add photos to Ravelry and/or share them on my Facebook page. It makes my day when I see that someone loved one of my patterns enough to make it!

Happy stitching!
April

6.15.2015

Bloom Headband, Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet headband, crochet flowers, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Small Crochet Motifs: FREE patterns!


This is my latest indie pattern, Bloom Headband. This pattern uses small amounts of two colors of Cascade Ultra Pima Fine, a fingering weight 100% cotton. It is a soft, smooth cotton with a nice amount of shine.




The pattern gives instructions for the flowers you see, four of them. The center flower in the picture is actually two flowers layered together. You stitch these to an elastic headband of any size, so you can make this for a baby, child, teen, or adult. You can make just the flowers you like, or all of them; you can place them wherever you like on your headband, so it is very versatile!

If you've never crocheted something round before, you'll need to know how for these flowers. Good news, I have a tutorial for that! Click here to go to the tutorial.

I hope you enjoy this free pattern!

Bloom Headband

By April Garwood

Difficulty Level: Easy

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Fine (100% Pima Cotton; 136.5 yds (125 m); 1.75 oz (50 g); CYCA weight: 2/Fine):
-       #3731 Alaska Sky (A), 1 skein
-       #3764 Sunshine (B), 1 skein
-       Note: 1 skein of each color is sufficient to make several headbands.

Hook: E/4 (3.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to achieve correct gauge.

Notions: yarn needle, elastic headband, sewing thread to match yarn, sewing needle.

Gauge: Large flower about 3” (7.5 cm) diameter.

Note: Make 1 of each flower.

Stitch Guide
Adjustable Ring: Leaving a 4” to 6” (10 cm to 15 cm) tail, lay yarn across right index finger with end to the right, wrap tail around finger until you come all the way around your finger, holding circle, remove from finger, insert hook through circle from front to back, yo.

Join yarn with sc2tog: Place slip knot on hook, insert hook in designated location, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook in next designated location, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Join yarn with sc: Place slip knot on hook, insert hook in designated location, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook.


Crochet headband, crochet flowers, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio


Large Flower
With A, make an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, pull tail to tighten circle, but don’t overdo it, leave a small hole in the middle, join to first st with sl st – 8 sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch-1 sp), skip first st, (dc, ch 1) in each rem st, join to 3rd ch of beg ch – 8 sts.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 3, *sc in next st, ch 3, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 8 ch sps.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, *(sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) in ch sp, skip next st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 40 sts. Fasten off A.
Rnd 5: With B, working in back loops only, join yarn with sc2tog in last st of prev rnd, continuing dec into first st of prev rnd, sc in next st, 3 sc in next st, sc in next st, *sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 48 sts. Fasten off.

Med Flower
With B, make an adjustable ring.
Rnds 1-4: Work as for Large Flower. Fasten off B.
Inset
Rnd 1: With A, join yarn with sc around post of any dc from Rnd 2, ch 4, *sc around post of next dc, ch 4, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 8 ch-4 sps. Fasten off.


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Small Flower
With A, make an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, pull tail to tighten circle, but don’t overdo it, leave a small hole in the middle, join to first st with sl st – 8 sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 3) in each st around, join to first st with sl st – 8 ch sps.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, *4 sc in ch sp, skip next st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 32 sts. Fasten off.

Extra-small Flower
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, pull tail to tighten circle, but don’t overdo it, leave a small hole in the middle, join to first st with sl st – 8 sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 2) in each st around, join to first st with sl st – 8 ch sps. Fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block flowers. Layer Extra-small Flower over center of Small Flower. Place flowers along elastic headband using photo as a guide, or choose your own placement. Use matching thread and sewing needle to sew flowers to headband. St along diameter of flower and through all thicknesses. Weave in beginning ends of sewing thread as you work. Weave in final ends of sewing thread under top layer of elastic headband.

Crochet headband, crochet flowers, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio



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April