8.24.2017

Variety Show Scarf - A Free Super Scarf Crochet Pattern

Free Super Scarf Crochet Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

The back story of this crochet Super Scarf

This is a new super scarf crochet pattern that I call "Variety Show Scarf". Why did I name it that? My kids were working on a theater production, a variety show or musical revue, during the time I was making this scarf. Given the color of the yarn, I thought it was apt.

This scarf is stitched in Perfection Chunky, by Kraemer Yarns. I met this yarn when I attended The National Needle Arts (TNNA) trade show in Columbus, OH earlier this summer. I noticed right away that this yarn would make something really cozy. It was soft, squishy, and chunky. I loved it!

At the show they were sharing several new colorways that are a 3-ply yarn. Two plies is ivory colored, and the other is a muted color. In this colorway, #7126 Ragg Time, the colored strand is burnt orange.

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Free Super Scarf Crochet Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Why this crochet scarf design?

With the very busy coloring of this yarn, I wanted to keep the stitches simple. Texture or lace patterns tend to get lost when you stitch them with non-solid colors. The simple stitches in this pattern allow the yarn color to be the star of the show. I also like to have patterns available for lots of different kinds of crocheters. Sometimes, a stitcher just wants something easy. And why make such a large scarf? Because it is SO cozy! Also, I'm tall, so I like a looooong scarf!


crochet patterns for scarves by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio


Variety Show Scarf

By April Garwood

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Finished Measurements: About 10 inches x 86 inches (25.5 cm x 218.5 cm)

Yarn: Kraemer Yarns Perfection Chunky (30% Domestic Merino, 70% Acrylic; 120 yds (110 m); 3.5 oz (100 g); CYCA weight: 5/Bulky): #7126 Ragg Time, 4 skeins.

Crochet Hook: M/13 9.0 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle.

Gauge: 11 sts x 5 rows = About 4 ¼ inches (11 cm).

Notes: Scarf begins at one short end and work progresses toward the opposite short end. Fringe is added in the finishing step.

Free Super Scarf Crochet Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Abbreviations:
ch    chain
dc    double crochet
st     stitch
sk    skip
sp    space

Scarf:
Ch 28
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook (ch 2 does not count as a st), dc in next 7 sts, *ch 1, sk next ch, dc in 8 chs, repeat from *, turn – 24 sts.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in 8 sts, *ch 1, sk ch sp, dc in 8 sts, repeat from *, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you have completed 110 rows. Fasten off.

Finishing:
Cut 56 pieces of yarn, each of them 10 inches (25.5 cm) long. Place 4 pieces together, ends even. Don’t be uptight about perfection here, you can trim ends later if you have a piece that is much longer than the others. Fold a group of 4 in half. With RS of scarf facing you, insert a crochet hook from back to front of the first st or ch on one short edge. Pull the fold of the group of four yarn pieces through this st or ch with the crochet hook. Pull the 8 ends of these yarn pieces through the fold that you just pulled through the st or ch. Pull snug, but don’t overdo it. Repeat this procedure in every other st or ch, so that this short edge has 14 groups of fringe pieces. Repeat for second short end.

Your scarf will probably not need blocking. Weave in ends. This yarn can be machine washed and dried, however, if you machine wash and dry it, the fringe pieces will come unplied and somewhat frizzy looking. I suggest handwashing and lying flat to dry to keep the fringe looking nice.

Enjoy!

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Wrapping up...

What kinds of scarves do you like? Lacy, thin, thick, long, short, bulky??? Comment below and let me know! I like lots of different kinds of course, but I can't wait to wear this one this winter!

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April


8.15.2017

Patina Poncho - a Free Crochet Pattern

Patina Poncho free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Today I have a free crochet pattern for you dear readers! This is Patina Poncho, an easy crochet pattern for women. I'd say it's for beginners, but not quite. It is made in a soft Pima cotton, so it has a really nice feel to it without being super warm.

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Patina Poncho free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

 This women's poncho is crocheted as a long rectangle, about 18 inches x 52 inches (or 45.5 cm x 132 cm). It begins on the bottom long edge, and works up from there. There is very little finishing to do. It is not edged. The only finishing is one small seam at one shoulder, which you can leave out if you prefer and just wear as a wrap with a shawl pin to close it.

Patina Poncho free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Patina Poncho
By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Difficulty Level Easy

Finished Measurements About 18 inches x 52 inches or 45.5 cm x 132 cm.

Yarn

I used Berroco Pure Pima (100% Pima Cotton; 115 yds or 106 m; 1.75 oz or 50 g; Weight 3/light): 7 skeins #2203 Oyster, 1 skein #2230 Mellow Rose, 2 skeins #2217 Limelight, but this yarn has been discontinued.

Recommended substitutes


Crochet Hook H/8 (or 5 mm) and I/9 or (5.5 mm) hooks. Adjust hook size(s) if necessary to obtain gauge.

Notions Yarn needle.

Gauge 6 patt reps and 12 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm in Wattle stitch.


Note
To change colors, fasten off at end of last row before color change. With new color on hook, join with sl st in first ch sp, continue with instructions for Row 2, which are repeated for pattern.

Wattle Stitch
With off-white yarn and smaller hook, ch 254.

Row 1(RS) With larger hook (Sc, ch 1, dc) in 2nd ch from hook (one patt rep made), *sk 2 chs, (sc, ch 1, dc) in next ch, repeat from * across, turn – 85 patt reps.
Row 2 Ch 1, sk first st, *(sc, ch 1, dc) in next ch sp**, sk 2 sts, repeat from * across, ending at **, turn.

Repeat Row 2 for patt.

Wrap
Beginning with Row 1, work in pattern 4 rows of off-white..
Work 2 rows in red/pink.
Work 2 rows in off-white.
Work 12 rows in green.
Work 2 rows in off-white.
Work 2 rows in red/pink.
Work 34 rows in off-white. Fasten off.

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Finishing

Fold wrap in half with RS together, lining up short edges. Begin at both edges, working toward fold, count 15 patt reps along top edge (the edge without the stripes). With off-white on hook, join with sl st through ch sps of 15th patt reps of both thicknesses. Working through both thicknesses, sl st in each set of ch sps and sts, working across 10 patt reps. This will make a seam along one shoulder. Weave in ends. Turn wrap RS out.

Patina Poncho free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Leave a comment with your thoughts! I'd love to know what you think of this design. What colors will you make it in? Who will you make it for?

Looking for other poncho/wrap/shawl crochet patterns? Find some of my others by clicking the links below:

Willow Creek Wrap - Just $3 on Ravelry!

Twinkle Shawl - Pattern available from Interweave

Shifting Shawl - Pattern available from Interweave

Rosalie Wrap - Tunisian pattern available from Interweave


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April

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8.08.2017

How to Fix Broken Yarn When Spinning - It's Easy!

How to fix broken yarn when spinning, a tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

So you're spinning along, enjoying the relaxing rhythm of your work, when your yarn unexpectedly breaks! Maybe you over-drafted (my usual problem) or maybe your yarn wasn't twisted enough and just fell apart. What now?!

No worries friends. It is easily fixed. I have made a short video to show you how it's done. Enjoy!


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April