crochet how-to, handspinning, how to knit, Uncategorized

Learn to Wind a Center-pull Ball of Yarn by Hand

Maybe you don't have a ball-winder and a swift. I know most of us have seen the "hack" of using a toilet paper tube and hand mixer to wind our yarn, but the idea of my yarn, or worse yet, my hand mixer, touching a toilet paper tube just really grosses me out. Maybe you're… Continue reading Learn to Wind a Center-pull Ball of Yarn by Hand

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Learn to join sections of crochet as you work, tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
crochet how-to, Scarves, Uncategorized

Learn to Join Sections of Crochet as You Work

You can use slip stitches to join different sections of crochet as you work. This is great for color blocking! As it turns out, it's also great for working in plaid! Just recently I released a new free crochet pattern called Stratford Scarf (click here to see it on Ravelry). I used this joining technique… Continue reading Learn to Join Sections of Crochet as You Work

Plaid scarf free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
Crochet for women, crochet patterns, free crochet patterns, Free Patterns, Scarves, Uncategorized

Plaid Scarf Free Crochet Pattern: Stratford Scarf

This glorious crochet scarf pattern is now available free right here on my blog! I'm calling this "Stratford Scarf." It is a plaid scarf crocheted in strips that are joined together as you go. It's maybe a little complex to grasp the joining technique if you haven't done it before, but once you understand how… Continue reading Plaid Scarf Free Crochet Pattern: Stratford Scarf

Easy Knit Winter Accessories, Free patterns! Headband, Mittens, and Cowl by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
Free Patterns, how to knit, knitting patterns, mittens, Uncategorized

How to Knit a Mitten, Parts 2 and 3

Would you like to learn how to knit a set of mittens? I've made a series of three tutorial videos to teach the skills needed to make the mittens in my Wanette Winter Set! This is a free knitting pattern. Get it by clicking here! You can see the first video in my previous post,… Continue reading How to Knit a Mitten, Parts 2 and 3

How to Knit Ribbing in the Round, How to Knit Mittens. A video tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
Cowls, Free Patterns, how to knit, knitting patterns, mittens, Scarves, Tutorials, Uncategorized

How to Knit a Mitten, Part 1: How to Knit Ribbing in the Round

I could also call this post, "How to use circular knitting needles in the Magic Loop Method," or "How to make mittens," or "How to do the long tail cast on." There are several skills involved that are all great things to learn! The primary purpose of this tutorial, however, is to teach you how… Continue reading How to Knit a Mitten, Part 1: How to Knit Ribbing in the Round