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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For your info, in the video I am spinning on my Ashford Traveller spinning wheel and working with some lovely roving that I got from Greenwood Fiberworks on Etsy.


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7.31.2017

Crochet Book Review: Interweave Presents Classic Crochet Shawls

Interweave Presents Classic Crochet Shawls Book Review
(C) 2017 Interweave/F+W Media
Photo by Joe Hancock

Today it is my pleasure to review Interweave Presents Classic Crochet Shawls: 20 Free-Spirited Designs Featuring Lace, Color, and More.

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I am fortunate to have a design in this book, so it was very exciting to get a copy and see my name in it. While I've been in magazines many times, this is my first time being included in a book!

 

So, what's inside this book?

Mostly patterns. The book jumps right into shawl patterns, of which there are twenty. Also included are a list of abbreviations, a glossary of stitches used, with instructions, brief bios of the designers, including yours truly, and sources for each of the yarns used.

Most of the patterns include symbol charts and sometimes diagrams, though not all.

I'll share a few of my favorite patterns from the book.

First, my own Shifting Shawl:

Shifting Shawl Crochet Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
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This shawl has an interesting asymmetric shape that is made just by increasing/decreasing differently on each side of the point. There is a filet panel set just above the point. I'll share one more photo here that shows the shape better. This pattern was first published in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2015.

Shifting Shawl Crochet Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
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Another favorite pattern from this book is Emergence Shawl by Kathryn White. This beauty is so feminine and beautiful. Very classy! Originally found in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2013.

Emergence Shawl by Kathryn White for Interweave Crochet
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And, one more favorite, Dover by Sara Kay Hartmann. I believe this pattern originally appeared in Poetic Crochet. I really love the stitch pattern in this shawl! It makes a very pretty repeating pattern.

Dover crochet shawl pattern by Sara Kay Hartmann in Poetic Crochet
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Are you interested in other yarn craft book reviews? I've written several! Check out the following posts:

Crochet to Calm Book Review

Every Which Way Crochet Borders Book Review

Vintage Modern Crochet Book Review

Custom Socks Book Review (Knitting)

Top-Down Crochet Sweaters Book Review


What is the last yarn craft book that you purchased? Was it for crochet or knitting? What made you decide to buy it? What do you like most about it?

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7.03.2017

How to Carry Yarn Up the Side of a Crochet Project

Hi friends! Lately I've been working on a new design project. It will be on the blog soon. In the meantime, I want to share tutorial about one of the skills involved. This is a striped crochet project, which means color changes.

How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

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Pros and Cons:

When you are changing colors, you can cut your yarn at the end of each section, and leave a tail hanging off. This simplifies things a little as you go, since you don't have to carry the unused yarn. Of course, that will mean weaving in all those ends later. It also means that your crochet project will use up more yarn.

In this project, the edges of each piece will be inside the finished project, as well as being inside a seam allowance, so the edges won't show. This means that I can carry the unused yarn up the side of my crochet project, and those bits of yarn that are carried won't show when it is finished. This means that I don't have to cut my yarn when I finish a section, and I won't have nearly so many ends to weave in at the end! Brilliant!

Supplies:
For this project I am using my Susan Bates I/9 crochet hook and Zombie Yarns Monster, a dk weight superwash wool. Click below to get this hook with my affiliate link:


Here's how to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project:

How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

 ^ You begin carrying when it is time to work the last stitch in the row above your color change. First insert your crochet hook into the last stitch of the row you are working on.

How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

^ Yarn over (this just means to wrap your yarn around your crochet hook), pull that yarn through the stitch.

How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

^ Now is where the magic happens! Take your unused yarn and pass it between your working yarn and your crochet hook, then let it fall to the back of your working yarn.

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How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

^ Keep the unused yarn out of the way while you pick your working yarn back up and wrap it around your crochet hook as usual to complete the stitch. Your unused yarn should now be trapped.

How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

^ Complete the stitch as usual, and your unused yarn will be secured inside of that stitch. Just be sure you are doing this with the last stitch along the side so that these carries stay right on the edge. You can then pass it around your working yarn again just before you make the first turning chain for your next row. Keep working up the side like this, passing your unused yarn around your working yarn every time you work a stitch or turning chain along that side.

How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

^ Here's how the side of my crochet project looks from carrying the unused yarn up the side. That's how you do it!

What is the last striped project you made? What tips do you have for managing multiple colors in a project? I'd love to hear them!

Looking for a colorful crochet project to make? Try one of these!

Tiffany Blanket - a colorful baby blanket to adore - free pattern on my blog!

Pond Creek Pillow - a throw pillow that begins with a mandala - free pattern on my blog!

Tulip Gauntlets - unique and bold fingerless gloves - $5.50 from Interweave

Primary Sweater Dress - a sweet sweater dress in wide stripes - $5 on Ravelry

Berry Scarf - a striped infinity scarf in wattle stitch - free pattern on my blog!

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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
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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.

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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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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