3.09.2017

NatCroMo 2017 - Pond Creek Pillow - Free Crochet Pattern


Happy National Crochet Month friends! 


Today I am here to celebrate the art of crochet and to make my contribution to the Crochetville 2017 NatCroMo blog tour. 

There are posts every day this month from designers, yarn stores, and yarn and other crochet-related companies. There are daily giveaways as well! You can keep up with the daily posts on Crochetville's blog and Facebook Page


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Glamping


So, the theme of this year's blog tour is "Glamping" (in case you aren't in the know, that's glamorous camping). Well, when I camp, it's not glamorous. In fact, I went camping this past weekend, and I can tell you, there wasn't a thing about me, or our campsite that was glamorous. Since I am not experienced in this field, I had to consult Pinterest

Thankfully, it won't take you more than a few minutes after typing "glamping" in the search box on Pinterest to discover the secret to successful glamping... 

Throw Pillows


You need perfectly chosen throw pillows to match your stunning campsite decor. You'll need them on the luxe bed in your massive tent, and on the cute upholstered chairs around your campfire. Never mind the fact that they'll smell like campfire and be full of burrs after day one. Suck it up, buttercup. If you want to be a glamper, you need throw pillows, and since we are crocheters, you'll need crochet throw pillows.

Crochet throw pillow free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Good news is, I've got you covered with a new, original crochet throw pillow pattern in honor of the occasion. Without further ado, allow me to introduce:

Pond Creek Pillow

Difficutly Level: Easy+

Finished Size: 14 inches or 35.5 cm diameter.

Yarn: Valley Yarns Valley Superwash dk (100% Extrafine Merino; 137 yds/125.5 m/1.75 oz/50 g; weight category 3/light): #01 Natural, 1 ball; #10 Soft Yellow, 3 balls; #23 Boy Blue, 1 ball.

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

Notions: Yarn needle, 14 inch or 35.5 cm diameter pillow form.

Gauge: First 5 rounds of pillow front = about 4 ½” or 11.5 cm across.

Special Stitches
Picot (picot): Ch 3, insert hook under front loop, and left vertical bar of last st, yo, pull through all loops.
Quadruple Treble (quadtr): Yo 5 times, insert hook in designated st and pull up a loop, *yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * until only 1 loop remains on hook.
Extended Double Crochet (edc): Yo, insert hook in designated st and pull up a loop, yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops)2 times.
Triple Treble (trtr): Yo 4 times, insert hook in designated st and pull up a loop, *yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * until only 1 loop remains on hook.

Notes:
Do not turn between rounds.

When working qdtr or trtr stitches, wrap yarnovers tightly, and push yarnovers towards end of hook as you work them off, so that the last loop doesn’t wind up being overly loose.

The front and back of the pillow cover are crocheted separately. Then they are stitched together around the edges while placing a pillow form inside.

Pillow Front
With Natural, make an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 12 dc in ring, join to first st with sl st – 12 sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), Fpdc in first st (see my tutorial), (hdc, Fpdc) in each rem st, join to first st with sl st – 24 sts. 
Rnd 3: Ch 2, (hdc, Fpdc in 2nd st), *hdc in next st, (hdc, Fpdc) in next st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 36 sts. Fasten off. 
Rnd 4: With Soft Yellow (join with sc, hdc, sc) in first post st, *ch 1, skip 2 sts**, (sc, hdc, sc) in next post st, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st – 36 sts. 
Rnd 5: Sl st in next 2 sts, (sl st, ch 5, tr, ch 2, dc) in next ch sp, skip 3 sts, *(dc, ch 2, tr, ch 2, dc) in next ch sp, skip 3 sts, repeat from * around, join to 3rd ch of ch-5 with sl st – 36 sts.
Rnd 6: Ch 1, *3 sc in next ch sp, (sc, picot) in next st (see Special Stitches), 3 sc in next ch sp, skip 2 sts, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 84 sts. Fasten off. 
Rnd 7: Working in back loops only, with Boy Blue, join with sc in second st, sc in next st, *ch 1, skip next st and picot, place ch behind picot, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts**, sc in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st – 60 sts. Fasten off. 
Rnd 8: With Soft Yellow, join with edc to 2nd st, *dc in next st, 3 dc in ch sp, dc in next st, edc in next st, skip next st**, edc in next st, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st – 84 sts. Fasten off. Note that the front loops of each edc will be used in Rnd 12 to stitch into. Make a mental note or mark them with waste yarn or locking st markers for easy ID later on.
Rnd 9: With Boy Blue, and working in back loops only, join with sc in first st, sc in next 6 sts, ch 2, *sc in next 7 sts, ch 2, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 84 sts. 
Rnd 10: Sl st in next 2 sts, (sl st, ch 2, 3 dc) in next st (ch 2 does not count as a st), ch 1, *skip 3 sts, (2 dc, tr, ch 1, tr, 2 dc) in next ch sp, ch 1, skip 3 sts**, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st – 108 sts. Fasten off. 
Rnd 11: With Natural (Join with sc, 2 sc) in 2nd st, *ch 4, skip 4 sts, sc in next ch sp, ch 4, skip 4 sts**, 3 sc in next st, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st – 48 sts. Fasten off. 
Rnd 12: With yellow (join with sc, sc, 2 hdc, dc) in first ch sp, *quadtr in front loop of next 2 edc from Rnd 8, skip next st, (dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc) in next ch sp, ch 2, skip 3 sts**, (2 sc, 2 hdc, dc) in next ch sp, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st – 144 sts. Fasten off.
Rnd 13: With Boy Blue, (Join with sc, sc, picot, sc) in first ch sp, *working in back loops only, sc in each st to next ch sp**, (2 sc, picot, sc) in next ch sp, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st – 180 sts. Fasten off.
Rnd 14: With Natural, join with sc in first picot, *ch 3, skip 6 sts, 4 tr in next st, ch 1, 4 tr in next st, ch 3, skip 7 sts**, sc in next picot, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st – 108 sts. Fasten off.
Rnd 15: Join Soft Yellow with sc in first st, *2 sc in next ch sp, trtr in front loop of next quadtr from Rnd 12, skip next st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next ch sp, sc in next 3 sts, trtr in front loop of next quadtr from Rnd 12, skip next st, 2 sc in next ch sp**, sc in next st, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st – 180 sts.
Rnd 16: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), working in back loops only, edc in first 2 sts, *dc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 5 sts**, edc in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, edc in last st, 
join to first st with sl st.
Rnds 17-18: Ch 2, does not count as a st, dc in each st around, join to first st with sl st – 180 sts.

Weave in ends.

Crochet scarf patterns by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio


Pillow Back
Note: You can change colors as you like, or work the whole back piece in one solid color. When you want to change colors, you begin with the join in the rnd prior to the change. Insert hook into the first st, yo with the new color, pull through st and loop on hook with this new color, continue the next rnd in this new color. I began in Natural, changed to Boy Blue in Rnd 7, and changed to Soft Yellow in Rnd 9.
With Natural, make an adjustable ring.
Rnds 1-3: Repeat Rnds 1-3 of Pillow Front.
Rnds 4-8: Ch 2, *hdc in each st to next post st, (hdc, Fpdc) in next post st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st.
Rnd 9: Ch 2, *hdc in each st to next post st, Fpdc in next post st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st.
Rnd 10: Repeat Rnd 4.
Rnds 11-22: Alternate repeating Rnds 9 and 4 – 180 sts.

Weave in ends.

Finishing
Place Pillow Front and Pillow Back with WS together. When you have finished joining the pieces a little past halfway around, insert the pillow form and continue stitching. With front piece facing you, and working through both thicknesses, join yarn with sc in any set of sts, *sc in next 14 sets of sts, 2 sc in next set of sts, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 192 sts. Weave in ends.

Tada! All finished! 

Crochet throw pillow free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

How do you celebrate National Crochet Month? Better yet, why do you celebrate National Crochet Month?

Have you seen my posts for the National Crochet Month blog tour in year's past? I've shared a new, original free pattern each year that I've participated! See them here:

NatCroMo 2013 - includes the Peacock Afghan Square free pattern!

NatCroMo 2014 - includes the Gardens Galore Garland free pattern!

NatCroMo 2016 - includes the Berry Scarf free pattern!




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Happy glamping and stitching friends! I hope you enjoy the rest of the tour!
April

thumbless baby mitten crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

3.02.2017

Vinita Mitts Jr

Crochet fingerless gloves for girls, a FREE crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

If you have visited my blog before, you may have seen my original Vinita Mitts pattern. I mentioned there how much Baby wanted a pair of her own. Well, like any mom, I spoil my youngest, so I had to make her a pair.



You, dear readers, get to benefit from her request. This pattern makes the same fingerless mitts in smaller sizes for your littles. This pattern includes a carry-along thread made by Kreinik that is sparkly, and of course, big bows made with ribbon. Many thanks to Kreink for providing the thread. This pattern could easily work without the sparkle or the bows if you have a recipient that would not care for those.

Crochet fingerless gloves for girls, a FREE crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Design by April Garwood

Available Sizes: 4 ½ [5 ¼, 5 ¾]” or 10 [13.5, 14.5] cm arm circumference a few inches above the wrist.

Yarn:
- Valley Yarns Valley Superwash dk (100% Extrafine Merino; 137 yds/125.5 m/1.75 oz/50 g; weight category 3/light): #16 Ice Blue, 1 ball.
- Kreinik Ombre Carry-Along Yarn (330 yd/302 m; weight category 1/fine): #1300 Misty Violet, 1 cone.

Crochet hook: H/8/5.00 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: About 42” or 106.5 cm of 1” or 2.5 cm wide gross-grain ribbon in complementary color, yarn needle.

Gauge: 7 patt repeats and 9 rnds = about 4” or 10 cm

Notes:
1. Ch 3 at beg of rnd counts as dc.
2. Ch 6 at beg of rnd 11 does not count as a st. This large ch sp forms the thumbhole.

Ch 16 [18, 20], join to first ch with sl st.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, dc in first ch, *skip next ch, 2 dc in next ch, repeat from * around, skip last ch, join to tch with sl st – 16 [18, 20] sts.
Rnd 2: (Sl st, ch 3, dc) in sp between tch and first st, *skip next st, 2 dc in between next 2 sts, repeat from * around, skip last st, join to tch with sl st.
Rnds 3-7: Repeat Rnd 2.
Rnd 8:  (Sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in sp between tch and first st, *skip next st, 2 dc in between next 2 sts, repeat from * around, skip last st, join to tch with sl st – 17 [19, 21] sts.
Rnd 9: (Sl st, ch 3, dc) in sp between tch and first st, 2 dc in sp between 1st and 2nd sts, *skip next st, 2 dc in between next 2 sts, repeat from * around, skip last st, join to tch with sl st – 18 [20, 22] sts.
Rnd 10: Repeat Rnd 2.
Rnd 11: Ch 6, skip first 2 sts, dc in between next 2 sts, *skip next st, 2 dc in between next 2 sts, repeat form * around, skip last st, join to 3rd ch of tch with sl st – 16 [18, 20] sts.
Rnd 12: (Sl st, ch 1, sc) in first ch sp, *2 dc in between next 2 sts, skip next st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 17 [19, 21] sts.
Rnd 13: Sl st in next st, (Sl st, ch 3, dc) in sp between this and next st, *skip next st, 2 dc in between next 2 sts, repeat from * around, skip last st, join to top of ch-3 with sl st.
Rnd 14: Repeat Rnd 2. Fasten off.

Finishing:
Weave in ends.

Crochet fingerless gloves for girls, a FREE crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio


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Happy stitching!
April