12.29.2016

Hollis Headband


Free crochet pattern for an earwarmer headband. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

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 or earwarmer 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 earwarmer. 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. This pattern uses post stitches. If you aren't familiar with those, see my Post-Stitch Post to learn how!

Crochet Scarf Patterns with texture, beads, and ruffles by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

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!

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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.


Notions: yarn needle.

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

350 X 200

Abbreviations:
Bpdc     back post double crochet (see my tutorial)
Ch        chain
Dc        double crochet
Fpdc     front post double crochet (see my tutorial)
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.

300 X 250

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 (see my tutorial) 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!

Free crochet pattern for an earwarmer headband. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

There are so many great striping yarns out there that you could make this in. What striping yarns do you have in your stash, or wish you had in your stash? Enjoy!

Interested in hat patterns? Try one of these:

Basically Beanie - a really basic hat in any yarn and any size - free on my blog!

Roserock Ripple Hat - a beaded slouchy hat. $4 on Ravelry.

Zinnia Cap and Slouch Hat - funky flowered hats both fitted and slouchy - $5.50 from Interweave.

Kewpie Beret - Neutral colored beret with a bright spiral on top - $5.50 from Interweave.

Giant Redwood Cap - a beanie made from cabled motifs - $3 on Ravelry.

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April Garwood

Crochet Thumbless baby mitten pattern with accent button by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

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.

Interweave

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. Want to hang out more? Visit my Facebook page or sign up for my monthly newsletter!

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.

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Happy stitching!
April