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1.17.2018

How to do Tunisian Smock Stitch

How to do Tunisian smock stitch, tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Tunisian Crochet Smock Stitch

Tunisian crochet smock stitch is the beautiful, textured stitch you see in the photo above. I used this pattern stitch in a Tunisian crochet pattern called Iridescent Cowl (click here for the pattern!). This is a free crochet pattern on my blog!

Free Tunisian crochet pattern featuring Tunisian smock stitch, pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio




It's a lovely cowl that uses Tunisian knit stitch (tutorial here) and Tunisian smock stitch (this is the tutorial!). Please "like" the video and subscribe to my channel, and all that jazz, because it helps me get more views and all that jazz. And look below for links to additional cowl and scarf patterns, and links to find me on your favorite social media sites.

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April




1.10.2018

How to do Tunisian Knit Stitch - Crochet that Looks Like Knitting!

How to do Tunisian Knit Stitch, Crochet that Looks Like Knitting, tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian crochet is a specific variety of crochet. In Tunisian crochet you pick up loops all across your row in a "forward pass" and then work them off your hook in a "return pass." There are lots of different Tunisian crochet stitches, and they can produce some beautiful fabrics!




Tunisian Crochet Cowl - FREE pattern!


My recently-released crochet design, Iridescent Cowl, uses Tunisian knit stitch and Tunisian smock stitch. The subject of this post, is to show you how to do the Tunisian knit stitch. I will have another post soon to show you how to work the Tunisian smock stitch.

The Iridescent Cowl is shown below, and a close-up above. This is a FREE pattern. Click this sentence to get the pattern! Scroll down for the tutorial video so that you can get started on the pattern!

How to do Tunisian Knit Stitch, Crochet that Looks Like Knitting, tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio



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How to do the Tunisian Knit Stitch




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April


1.05.2018

Tunisian Crochet Cowl Free Pattern, Featuring Tunisian Smock Stitch

 Tunisian crochet cowl, featuring Tunisian smock stitch, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

A Tunisian Crochet Cowl


Hello friends! I'm so happy to share with you today, this lovely new cowl that I've designed using Tunisian crochet! This is Iridescent Cowl.

The cowl is worked flat, and seamed at the end. You'll start on one long edge, and work up to the other long edge, changing colors and stitch patterns a couple times as you go.




The yarn is Brooks Farm Yarn Solo Silk in colors E13 and NY51, but sadly, these are no longer available. I've had them in my stash for years. Bummer.

So, I went looking for a current yarn to recommend for this cowl. The yarn I used is a single ply, sport weight, 50/50 blend of wool and silk. I was not able to find a yarn available today that is exactly like this AND comes in the right colors, but my best recommendation to get similar colors in a sport weight yarn is to use Ancient Arts Fibre Passion 8 in colors Prairie Flower (Water Lily is also close for the multi-color) and Water Lily Blue.

You'll need about 180 yds of the multi-colored yarn, and about 220 yds of the solid (or semi-solid). Now, on to the pattern!


Tunisian crochet cowl, featuring Tunisian smock stitch, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Iridescent Cowl

Designed by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Difficulty Level Intermediate

Finished size About 31” [78.5 cm] circumference x 11” [28 cm] tall.

Yarn used in model (discontinued) Brooks Farm Yarn Solo Silk (50% Fine Wool, 50% Silk; 400 yds [366 m]; 4 oz [113.5 g]; CYCA weight: 2/fine): 1 skein E13, 1 skein NY51.

Recommended yarn Ancient Arts Fibre Passion 8 (80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon; 435 yds [400 m]; 4 oz [113 g]; CYCA weight: 2/fine): 1 skein (or 180 yds) Prairie Flower, 1 skein (or 220 yds) Water Lily Blue.

Crochet Hook J/10 [6 mm] Tunisian crochet hook (affiliate link) at least 31” [78.5 cm] long, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions yarn needle

Gauge 14 sts x 20 rows = about 4” in tks

Notes Cowl is worked flat from one long edge to the other, and seamed at the end.

Stitch Guide
Return Pass (RetP): Yo, pull through first loop, *yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * until only 1 loop remains on hook.
Reverse yarn over (RevYo): Yarn over in reverse direction, so that the yarn crosses the hook from bottom to top.
Single crochet 2 sts together (sc2tog): Insert hook into first st, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into second st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.


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Cowl
With multi-color, ch 114
Row 1, FwdP (work in tks, click for a tutorial): Skip first ch, pull up a loop in each remaining ch. RetP (see Stitch Guide).
Row 2, FwdP: Skip first st, *insert hook between 2 vertical bars of next st, pull up a loop, repeat from * across. RetP.
Rows 3-13: Repeat Row 2.
Row 14: Repeat Row 2 to the last yo, leave a tail and cut yarn, with semi-solid colorway leave a tail and wrap yarn over hook, pull through last 2 loops with semi-solid.
Row 15: Repeat Row 2.
Row 16 (begin smock st, click for a tutorial): Skip first st, *RevYo (counts as a st, see Stitch Guide), hold this yo in place**, insert hook through vertical bars of next 2 sts, yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across, ending last rep at **, insert hook through vertical bar of last st, yo, pull up a loop. RetP.
Row 17: Skip first 2 sts, insert hook through vertical bar of next st, yo, pull up a loop, *RevYo, hold this yo in place**, insert hook through vertical bars of next 2 sts, yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, ending last rep at **, (insert hook through vertical bar of next st, yo, pull up a loop) 2 times. RetP.
Row 18: Skip first 2 sts, *RevYo, hold this yo in place**, insert hook through vertical bars of next 2 sts, yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across to last st, ending last rep at **, insert hook through vertical bar of last st, yo, pull up a loop. RetP.
Rows 19-38: Alternate repeating Rows 17 and 18, ending with a Row 18 repeat, changing colors back to multi-color at the last yo, just as in Row 14.
Note: Row 39 will be a little different to work in tks because some of the vertical bars in the previous row are yarn-overs. They have a front vertical bar, but not a back vertical bar. On these sts, just insert your hook through the fabric as usual, just to the right of the front vertical bar.
Row 39, FwdP (back to tks): Skip first 2 sts, *insert hook between 2 vertical bars of next st, pull up a loop, repeat from * across. RetP.
Rows 40-52: Repeat Row 2.
Row 53: Ch 1, skip first st, *sc between 2 vertical bars of next 5 sts, sc2tog (see Stitch Guide) between 2 vertical bars of next 2 sts, repeat from * across to last 5 sts, sc between 2 vertical bars of last 5 sts. Don’t fasten off.


Tunisian crochet cowl, featuring Tunisian smock stitch, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Seaming
Row 1: Turn cowl so that WS is facing you, line up short edges so they are even, sl st evenly through both thicknesses to seam. Fasten off.

Finishing
Weave in all ends. Block. Don’t skip blocking. Tunisian knit stitch curls badly, as you’ve probably noticed. The blocking will help tremendously!

Tunisian crochet cowl, featuring Tunisian smock stitch, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

I'm hoping that you LOVE this cowl! But, if you've never tried Tunisian crochet, you may be feeling frustrated. No worries! I'll be putting together tutorials for both of the stitch patterns used in this cowl.

How to do Tunisian knit stitch

How to do Tunisian smock stitch

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April



1.04.2018

Crochet a Sweater in Chunky Yarn! It'll Be Warm and Cozy!

Crochet sweater pattern, crochet sweater in chunky yarn, crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Ever crocheted a sweater? In chunky yarn?

Allow me to introduce Pryor Creek Sweater. This sweater is made with Kraemer Yarns Perfection Chunky in color #7133 Raggedy Andy. It's written in a whopping SIX sizes from Small to 3X! I really wanted a range of people to be able to wear this sweater. You'll need between 8 and 14 skeins of the yarn, depending on the sweater size you choose to make. You can buy the pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, and LoveCrochet!


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The front of the sweater is made with post stitch ribbing (unfamiliar with post stitches? See my tutorial). In a solid yarn, this texture would be a lot easier to see, but in this marled colorway the texture is subtle, and I like that. The sleeves and back are smooth, stitched in half-double crochet. The body and sleeves are stitched in the round, and attached as you go with raglan seams. The sweater is *almost* seamless. You'll just need to sew up a small gap in each underarm. Fortunately it won't be visible unless you raise your arms, so if you are a little less than proficient at seaming, chances are, no one will know.

Crochet sweater pattern, crochet sweater in chunky yarn, crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

The raglan seams decrease up to a boat neck. The pattern is pretty simple and straight forward. The most challenging part will be the first ten rounds of the yoke, where the instructions get a little complicated because the different sizes decrease at different rates. That's just kinda how it is when you start with different circumferences and try to bring them all down to about the same size at the end. I've worked at making the instructions as simple as possible, and if it gets confusing, I'm just an email away!

Crochet sweater pattern, crochet sweater in chunky yarn, crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of pretty finished sweaters on Ravelry, so be sure to share yours! Also, please find me on your favorite social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram.




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April