6.22.2017

Tiffany Blanket


FREE crochet baby blanket pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio. Colorful, worked mostly in moss or seed stitch.


I'm so excited to share this new pattern with you today! This is the Tiffany Blanket, a crochet baby blanket pattern. I'm so in love with all the color in this pattern! I designed this in six colors of Valley Yarns Valley Superwash dk! If you want to change up the colors, I suggest that you choose five colors that are all about the same "weight". This means that they are all about the same on a scale of light to dark. If you were to take a black and white picture of those colors together, they would all look like the same grey. Then, for the sixth color, choose one that is a lighter or darker shade of one of the other five colors.

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FREE crochet pattern for a colorful seed stitch baby blanket by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
Just look at the close-up of that edging! <3

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FREE crochet pattern for a baby blanket made in seed or moss stitch by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Designed by April Garwood

Difficulty Level
Intermediate

Finished Dimensions
26 ½” x 26 ½”

Yarn
Valley Yarns Valley Superwash dk (100% Extra Fine Superwash Merino Wool; 50 g/1.75 yds/137 yds/125.5 m; CYCA weight category: 3/light): 3 balls #19 Misty Lilac, 3 balls #15 Blue Mist, 1 ball #14 Teal, 1 ball #08 Copper, 1 ball #07 Red, and 1 ball #02 Steel Gray.

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Hook
I/9 – 5.5 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions

Gauge
10 patt reps x 19 rows = about 4” or (10 cm) in seed stitch.

Notes
This crochet baby blanket begins with a center section that is worked back and forth in rows. The rest of the blanket is a very wide edging, worked in rounds.

Seed Stitch Pattern
Number of patt reps x 2 chs + 2 more.
Row 1(RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * to end, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next ch *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next ch sp, repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next ch sp, repeat from * to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, sc in last st, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for pattern.

Special Stitches
Cluster: Yo, insert hook in designated place, [yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops] 2 times, yo, pull through all 3 loops.
Sc join: Begin with sl knot on hook as usual, insert hook in designated spot, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through both loops. Counts as sc.
Dc join: Begin with sl knot on hook as usual, yo, holding the loop in place with finger, insert hook in designated spot, still holding loops in place on hook, yo, pull up a loop, [yo, pull through 2 loops] 2 times. Counts as dc.

Unusual Abbreviations:
BLO      Back loop only (see my tutorial post about this)
Pm         place marker

Center Panel
With Misty Lilac, ch 58
Work in Seed Stitch Pattern (see above) for 56 rows. Fasten off.

Edging
Note: Work Rnds 1-7 with RS always facing. Do not turn between rnds.

Rnd 1: With RS facing, join Blue Mist to top, right corner with *3 sc in first st [corner made], sc in each rem st and ch sp along edge, 3 sc total in last st, turn to work down next edge, 49 sc evenly down side edge, turn to work across next edge, repeat from *, join to first st with sl st – 208 sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, *sc in first corner st, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st, sc in next st, [ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st] across to st before next corner, ch 1, sk next st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 112 sts.
Rnd 3: Sl st in next st, sl st in corner ch sp, ch 2 [does not count as a st], *(cluster [see Special Stitches], ch 3, cluster) in corner ch sp, [ch 1, sk next st, cluster in next ch sp] to corner ch sp, ch 1, sk next st, repeat from * around, join to first cluster with sl st – 108 clusters. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: With Teal join to first corner ch sp with *(sc, ch 4, sc) in corner ch sp, [ch 3, sk next cluster, sc in next ch sp] across to next corner, ch 3, skip first corner cluster, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 116 sts. Fasten off.

Rnd 5: With Copper join to first corner ch sp with *5 sc in corner ch sp (corner made), [sk next st, 2 sc in next ch sp] across to next corner, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st – 388 sts. Fasten off.

Rnd 6: With Red join with *sc in BLO (see Unusual Abbreviations) of 3rd st of corner, tr in corner ch sp of Edging Rnd 3 between two sts from Rnd 4, sc in BLO again in 3rd st of corner from Rnd 5, sc in BLO of next 28 sts, 2 tr in top of 14th cluster from Rnd 3, sk next 2 sts from Rnd 5, sc in BLO of each st to next corner, sc in BLO of first 2 corner sts, repeat from * around, joining to first st with sl st – 244 sts. Fasten off.

Rnd 7: With Steel Gray, join with dc (see Special Stitches) in first corner tr st, still working in same st (ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in corner tr st, *ch 1, [dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st] across to next corner tr st**, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in corner tr st (corner made), repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st – 132 sts. Fasten off.


Note: Begin Rnd 8 with RS facing, for Rnds 8-17, turn at the end of each rnd. Place markers as explained in Rnd 8. Move markers up as work progresses.

Rnd 8: With Misty Lilac, join with sc in 2nd dc of corner (pm in this st), *ch 1, sc in next ch sp, [ch 1, sk next st, sc in next ch sp] across to 2nd dc of next corner, ch 1**, sc in next st (pm in this st), repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st, turn – 136 sts.
Rnds 9-17: Ch 1, sc in first marked st, *ch 1, sc in next ch sp, [ch 1, sk next st, sc in next ch sp] across to next marked st, ch 1**, sc in next st, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st, turn – 208 sts. Fasten off.

Note: For all remaining rnds work with RS always facing. Do not turn between remaining rnds.

Rnd 18: Join Blue Mist with sc in first marked st, 2 additional sc in same st (corner made, remove m), *sc in every st and ch sp across to next marked st**, 3 sc in marked st (corner made, remove m), repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st – 424 sts.
Rnd 19: (Sl st, ch 1, sc, ch 1, sc) in 2nd corner st, *[ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st] across to next corner, ch 1, sk first corner st**, (sc, ch 1, sc) in 2nd corner st, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first st with sl st – 180 sts.
Rnd 20: Sl st in corner ch sp, ch 2 [does not count as a st], *(cluster [see Special Stitches], ch 3, cluster) in corner ch sp, [ch 1, sk next st, cluster in next ch sp] to corner ch sp, ch 1, sk next st, repeat from * around, join to first cluster with sl st – 184 clusters. Fasten off.

Rnds 21-22: Repeat Edging Rnds 4-5 – 388 sts. Fasten off.

Rnd 23: With Red, sl st in BLO (see my tutorial post about this) of 3rd sc of first corner, ch 1, still working in same st, *sc in BLO of 3rd st of corner, tr in corner ch sp of Edging Rnd 20 between two sts from Rnd 21, sc in BLO again in 3rd st of corner from Rnd 22, sc in BLO of next 38 sts, 2 tr in top of 19th cluster from Rnd 20, sk next 2 sts from Rnd 22, sc in BLO of next 16 sts, 2 tr in top of 28th cluster from Rnd 20, sk next 2 sts from Rnd 22 sc in BLO of each st to next corner, sc in BLO of first 2 corner sts, repeat from * around, joining to first st with sl st – 396 sts. Fasten off. 

Rnds 24-25: Repeat Rnds 7-8 – 212 sts. Fasten off.

Rnds 26-28: Repeat Rnds 18-20 – 224 clusters. Fasten off.

Rnd 29: Repeat Rnd 4 – 228 sts. Fasten off.

Rnd 30: Beginning on left edge of first corner ch sp, join Blue Mist with sc2tog, placing first leg in corner ch sp, and 2nd leg in next ch sp, (hdc, dc) in same ch sp, *[(dc, hdc, sc2tog, hdc, dc) over next 2 ch sps, placing one leg of sc2tog in each ch sp] across until you have worked into corner ch sp, ch 1**, continuing to work 3 more sts into corner ch sp, repeat from * around, ending last rep at **, (dc, hdc) in same corner ch sp, join to first st with sl st – 580 sts. Fasten off.

Finishing
Block if needed. Weave in all ends. Enjoy! 

Since I'm human, I sometimes make mistakes. I have checked my work carefully, but sometimes errors slip through. If you think you've found a mistake, please contact me and let me know. I'll take a look, and fix any mistakes ASAP! Thanks!

FREE crochet pattern. Colorful baby blanket in seed or moss stitch. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

I look so forward to seeing pictures of finished blankets on Ravelry! You are also welcome to share them on my Facebook page, and as always, if you'd like to have a picture of your finished project from this, or any of my patterns, featured in my newsletter, please subscribe to my newsletter, and then reply to it with your picture!

Is there a special baby in your life, or coming soon, that you'll be making sweet crochet baby blanket for? What colors will you use?

I'd love to hear from you!
April


FREE crochet pattern. Colorful baby blanket in seed or moss stitch. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

6.15.2017

Willow Creek Wrap


Wrap your shoulders in lacy cotton as you stroll in the springtime. Willow Creek Wrap will add a light and lovely layer. It is crocheted in Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Fine in color #3717 Sand. It requires 7 skeins. This yarn is my favorite cotton yarn out there! It is really soft and pleasant to work with and wear. You'll also need a size G/6/4 mm crochet hook, 2 large buttons, sewing thread to match your yarn, a sewing needle, and a yarn needle. It is available on Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy for just $3.




I designed this stunning wrap with my friend Shauna, of Slappy Feet Design, in mind. It seemed like something she would really love, and it is lacy and light for warmer weather, though, let's be real, if you live in the south, like me, you aren't wearing any more layers than necessary in the summer. Start now, and it will be perfect for fall! I chose the color because Shauna likes neutrals. I perused the latest Pantone Color Report to find the trendiest neutral, and here you have it, Sand, though they call it "Hazelnut". Same thing. More or less.

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This wrap uses vertical stripes of solid stitching alternating with stripes of a lace pattern I came up with myself. I named it Torch Stitch. I decided to make the stripes diagonal, and make a solid border around all 4 sides. I attached 2 large buttons so that it can be buttoned on one shoulder, but you can play around with how it's styled, as I did in the pictures below.



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April


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6.08.2017

Book Review: Every Which Way Crochet Borders



Today I have a book review for you. This is Every Which Way Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman. I was sent this book by Storey Publishing (thank you!), in hopes that I would write a favorable review, but I never say what I don't mean, so no worries there.


This book came at the perfect time for me! I was almost finished with a lace table runner, and I needed an idea for the edging. I went with #89 (each of the edging patterns is numbered, rather than named). I tweaked it though, to make it fit my piece.


The photographs in the book are really nice and colorful. The instructions are nice and clear, and include symbol charts for every edging pattern.

At the beginning of the book, Edie discusses choices about color and yarn type, and various ways to customize your edging. In another section, she teachers how to apply the edging to your piece.

The book contains a glossary of abbreviations with detailed instructions for how to do each of those stitches. It boasts a full-color photographic index at the back, that shows each edging in miniature and where to find it. Also included, is this great table in the back that shows which edgings have certain attributes like reversible, wide, medium, narrow, undulating, straight, motifs, lacy, layered, fringy, and textured. You'll also find instructions about how to read written crochet patterns and how to read symbol charts.

I really like this book. It is a great resource! If you are making anything to which you want to add an edging, you'll benefit from having this book in your library!

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April


6.06.2017

Granny's Girl Tunic


Today's post is all about this adorable little tunic from Crochet! Spring 2017. This is Granny's Girl Tunic. This pattern is written in sizes 3 mo, 6 mo, 12 mo, and 18 mo. It uses Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay, which is a dk weight cotton/superwash merino blend. It uses 1 to 2 skeins of the blue, and 1 skein each of the other 3 colors.


This sweet tunic begins with 2 granny squares that form the bottom of the dress. The bodice is worked from the top of the granny squares up.

When I first submitted this design to the editor, I submitted this swatch:


This shows my idea for the granny square motifs, the bodice, and the edging. I included a drawing and written explanation of what I had in mind.

The editor responded that she liked it, but would prefer a motif that wasn't just the basic granny. She asked me to submit a different idea for the motif. So, I came up with this:


This one was a go! I kept the beginnings of the traditional granny in the middle because I really liked how the center of the motif looked. After that, it was time to request the yarn from Cascade Yarns, who generously supplied skeins of Anchor Bay for this project. Unfortunately, the pink colorway of Anchor Bay wasn't available at that point, so we could choose from yellow or purple to replace the pink. I chose yellow. So, here is the swatch with yellow, next to the swatch with pink:


I decided to make a section of single crochet on both sides of the tunic between the motifs. These are then taken up by pleats before beginning the bodice. Here are some close-up shots of the pleats:


In this photo, you can see how I've folded the pleat. This is looking straight down at the top of the pleat.


I used these great clips to hold the pleats while I was working. You stitch through all 3 thicknesses when you come to the pleats, and in that way you begin working the bodice right from the top of the motifs.

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April