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3.28.2018

New Crochet Pattern, a Chunky Crochet Cowl!

Chunky crochet cowl pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

New crochet pattern!



I have a new crochet pattern for you! I'm calling this "Semita Cowl." It is made in super bulky yarn, Malabrigo Rasta, and a Q [16 mm] crochet hook, those are the really big, usually plastic ones. You'll need two skeins, but you won't use quite all of the second one.

Find this crochet pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, and LoveCrochet!


http://eepurl.com/b-Fl5T



It's double sided!


This cowl is made using post stitches. If you've never used post stitches, you might not know how. See my tutorial by clicking here. The post stitches produce an extra thick fabric! Between the super bulky yarn and the post stitches, this is a thick cowl! Another interesting thing that post stitches do is produce texture. You can see the texture of one side in the picture above. That's the same side as this picture:

Chunky crochet cowl pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Here is the other side:

Chunky crochet cowl pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio


Here is yours truly wearing it with the second side out:

Chunky crochet cowl pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

The finished cowl is about 27 inches [68 cm] around and 7 1/2 inches [19 cm] wide. It's very warm. I finished this cowl while on a road trip with the Mr. We stopped for dinner at a pizza place in Ardmore, OK (Ten Star Pizza Kitchen, yum!). I'm always cold in restaurants. I went back out to the car to grab this cowl and was almost instantly warmer after putting it on. It kept me pleasantly warm while we finished dinner, even though I was wearing short sleeves. Keep it handy!






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April






3.03.2018

How to Make Fringe for a Crochet or Knitting Project


how to make fringe for a crochet or knitting project, tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Why would I want to make fringe?


Howdy all! Recently I released a new knitting pattern, Minco Shawl, that has fringe all along the edge. The pictures in this tutorial are from that project, using Lion Brand Yarns Mandala, graciously provided by Lion Brand Yarns. That required cutting a LOT of fringe! Fortunately, I came up with an easy way to cut all those fringe pieces just the perfect length very quickly. 


http://eepurl.com/b-Fl5T


Now, my shawl pattern is far from the only knitting or crochet pattern that uses fringe, so you'll be able to use this info many times! If you are a crocheter, rather than a knitter, you would more likely be interested in my Variety Show Scarf crochet pattern, which uses fringe, and is also a free pattern! 

How to Easily Make Fringe


Begin by cutting a piece of cardboard in a square the same length as your fringe pieces need to be. Then, wrap your yarn around the piece of cardboard half as many times as you need fringe pieces. Each complete wrap makes 2 pieces of fringe. Don't stretch your yarn as you wrap. You don't want it loosey goosey, but if you pull tight and stretch your yarn, your fringe pieces will actually be shorter than intended because the yarn won't stay stretched over the cardboard once you cut them.

how to make fringe for a crochet or knitting project, tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Next, lay your wrapped cardboard on a flat surface and lay your non-cutting hand on top of it to hold the yarn in place. Use some large, sharp scissors to cut the folds along each side of your cardboard square. Once you finish cutting, you'll have all the fringe pieces cut to the perfect length. Voila!

how to make fringe for a crochet or knitting project, tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio




Once all your pieces are cut, you'll hold 2 or more pieces together with ends even. Your pattern should tell you how many to hold together. Next, fold the pieces in half. Insert a crochet hook up through your fabric from wrong side to right side. Grab the fold with the crochet hook, and pull it part way through the fabric. Pull the ends of the fringe pieces through the loop this creates and pull snug. You'll repeat this process all along the edge of your project.

how to make fringe for a crochet or knitting project, tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio


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April