Happy National Crochet Month! And, welcome to Banana Moon Studio!
This blog tour was organized by Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka of Crochetville, a wonderful crochet community with forums, free and for sale patterns sold by indie designers, and classes. All month long there will be crochet professionals blogging to celebrate crochet, and I am pleased to be a part of it, for the second year in a row. Please see Crochetville’s blog for a full schedule of the participants.
We’re doing a few things with this blog tour. First, is that we are supporting Halos of Hope, an organization that collects and donates hats to cancer centers and hospitals around the country for those who have undergone treatments. You can donate money to help them cover shipping costs (100% of your donation is used for postage, not admin costs), or you can make and donate hats to contribute to a Crochetville group donation. Please see Crochetville’s website for details on how to contribute as part of the group effort.
The second thing we are doing with this blog tour is promoting the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). I joined the CGOA when I began designing in 2010, because I wanted to be a part of the mentor program so that I would have someone that I could ask when I had questions or needed a cheerleader. I got that and more! Jocelyn Sass was my mentor, and she is still my friend. I also got connected with all the professionals that are members of CGOA through a Yahoo! group forum, and by meeting them at the conferences. Getting to know those professionals and meet them face-to-face was the #1 biggest boost to my crochet career!
The third thing we are doing is celebrating the art of crochet with you by putting on this tour, and by offering something to our readers in honor of this craft we all love! I have written a pattern, “Gardens Galore Garland” to share with you here on the blog. This pattern will stay available for free on the blog. Please don’t copy this to any other website or share it by email. If you know someone that would like the pattern, please direct them to my blog.
Gardens Galore Garland Crochet Pattern
By April Garwood
Yarn: Valley Yarns Longmeadow (60% Cotton, 40% Microfiber; 117 yd [107 m]/1 ¾ oz [50 g]; CYCA #3):
#15 Dark Blue
Hook: Size G/6 [4.00 mm]
Gauge: 8-Petal Flower = 3” [7.5 cm] diameter. Gauge is not critical for this project.
Note: Use these colors as you desire, making as many of each piece as you like (I made 2 of each) in whichever colors you like. You can combine shapes as desired or leave some or all of them by themselves. Also, use whichever color you choose for the garland chain (I used #01 White).
Make an adjustable ring (Not sure how to do this? Click here for a tutorial!)
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull tail tight to close center, join to first sc with sl st – 6 sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, dc)in first st, 2 dc in next st, sl st in next st, 2 dc in next st, (dc, sc)in next st, (sc, ch 2, sc)in last st, join to first st with sl st – 11 sts. Fasten off.
Ch 8, join to first ch with sl st to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2(does not count as a st), 20 dc in ring, join to first st with sl st – 20 sts. Fasten off.
Make an adjustable ring (See my how-to video, click here!)
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), 12 dc in ring, pull tail tight to close, join to first st with sl st – 12 sts. Fasten off.
Make an adjustable ring (Learn how to do this, click here!)
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), (dc, ch 2)6 times in ring, join to first st with sl st – 6 sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) in each ch sp around, join to first st with sl st – 30 sts. Fasten off.
Make an adjustable ring (I’ll show you how to do this in a video, click here!)
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, pull tail to tighten just enough to close, leaving a small hole in the middle, join to first st with sl st – 8 sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 2)in each st around, join to first st with sl st.
Rnd 3: Sl st in first ch sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 3)in each ch sp around, join to first st with sl st.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, dc, ch 1, dc, hdc, sc)in each ch sp around, join to first st with sl st – 48 sts. Fasten off.
Ch 40, sc in top of first piece (all pieces should have RS facing when you st into them), *ch 20, sc in top of next piece, repeat from star until all pieces are attached, ch 40. Fasten off.
Great thing about this pattern is that it is giving you the tools to build something that is very individually yours. You can put these little motifs together however you like. You can make a garland with them; you can make hairclips or headbands with them. You could use them to applique to t-shirts, or to decorate bags, or even to decorate a hat — that you could send to Halos of Hope!