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A Gorgeous Lacy Scarf – Free Pattern by Fosbas Designs

A Gorgeous Lacy Scarf – Free Pattern by Fosbas Designs

  Today, Susanna from Fosbas Designs is today introducing this gorgeous lacy scarf to you! She is such a talented designer and has a gorgeous catalogue of patterns under her belt already. The Phlox Scarf was designed specifically for me to share with you here. 

Women’s Textured Scarf – Free Crochet Pattern

Women’s Textured Scarf – Free Crochet Pattern

The Paige Mod Scarf is a women’s textured scarf pattern that is just beautiful and so cosy to wear! The shape of it means that it works up quickly and uses only 1 mandala cake! Together these mean that this pattern is a great stash 

Loveland Lace Bow – Free Pattern from Banana Moon Studio

Loveland Lace Bow – Free Pattern from Banana Moon Studio

This gorgeous textured lace bow is a special design that April from Banana Moon Studio is sharing with you today!

I am so excited that April is guest designing here at Sunflower Cottage Crochet. She has been part of several events that I have been lucky enough to participate in. Her patterns are fabulous and she is just such a lovely person.

April has designed this fabulous Loveland Lace Bow pattern for us. What do you think?

I love the lacy textures in this one. The use of this lacy stitch also means that the bow will not be too heavy, and can be worn for an occasion or teamed with jeans and a tee.

As I type this my daughter has spied it and would like one (or six!) making for each of her friends at her sleepover next week! I also know a couple of adults who would love this!

More about April and Banana Moon Studio

Hi there! I’m April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio. I love to design crochet and knit wearables and home decor that you will love making and enjoy using. Among my designs you’ll find a lot of wearable accessories like scarves, cowls, shawls, mittens, and hats. You’ll also find cozy sweaters and comfortable blankets, pillows, potholders, and more.

I started out designing patterns for magazines and yarn companies. My first design was based on a blessing day dress for my youngest. It was published in Interweave Crochet. It was strange, but when the yarn arrived for the design to be made I was terrified to touch it, afraid I would mess it up!

I braved that first design, and over 50 more for publication with magazines and yarn companies. Through those projects, I gained wonderful professional experience which I apply to writing and self-publishing patterns for you today. If you are used to using magazines and published books and pamphlets, you will probably feel very comfortable with my writing style, as it will be familiar.

Eventually, as I moved more toward self-publishing and blogging, I wanted to choose a business name for my website. I was a young mother at the time. I recalled my oldest as a toddler pointing up at a yellow crescent moon one night and saying, “bina!” That was toddler speak for “banana.” I loved that she thought there was a banana in the sky! That memory was the inspiration for my business name, Banana Moon Studio. 

I originally designed a lot for children. Now that I don’t have any in-house models for children’s items, I design more for adults, teens, and homes. But some things that will always be at the center of me and what I do, is family, home, and comfort.

I live in Oklahoma, USA with my husband, four children, two rescue dogs, and one cranky cat. I moved around a lot in my young childhood years, as my father was in the Air Force. When I was eight years old my family settled in Oklahoma and I’ve, more or less, been here ever since. 

I have wonderful memories of sitting next to my mom while she would cross stitch. I loved how she would make little patches of color that seemed unrelated, but then gradually, as she filled in more squares, they would turn into a picture. She also quilted, sewed, and knitted. I grew up with a tradition of beautiful needle arts in my family. My loft studio today has cross stitch pictures made by my grandma, myself, my mom, and my sister. I have two antique quilts hanging over the banister. I have doilies crocheted by my grandma, and many other loved handmade treasures.

In addition to crochet and knitting, I love to spin yarn, hike, kayak, and listen to audiobooks. Lately I’ve been listening to the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson and still have a sunburn and some scrapes on my leg from my last kayaking adventure.


Where can you find Banana Moon Studio?

April has a good few places where you can find her and her designs!

Website: https://bananamoonstudio.com Ravelry: https://ravelry.com/stores/banana-moon-studio
Facebook: https://facebook.com/bananamoonstudio Etsy: https://bananamoonstudio.etsy.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/bananamoonstudio    
Ravelry: https://ravelry.com/designers/april-garwood    
YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/bananamoonstudio    

Pattern Specifics for the Loveland Lace Bow:

** this post contains some affiliate links at no extra cost to you. If you use any of the links I may get a small commission which helps me to produce more patterns and content for you.

Difficulty Level:


Available Sizes:

Small [Large]

Finished Measurements:

3 ¼ x 1 ¾ [4 ½ x 2 ¼] inches.


We Crochet Comfy Fingering Weight (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 218 yds; 50 g; yarn weight category 1/fingering/super fine): About 13 [20] yds of #9437 White. 

Crochet Hook: E/4 (3.5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle, clear-drying fabric glue, alligator clip (optional).

Gauge: 3 pattern repeats x 14 rows = 4 ½ inches


This pattern is written in standard US terms

Each bow is a small rectangle with yarn wrapped around the center to pull it in. 

Use the finished bow with an alligator clip to make a hair bow, or use it as a bow tie, applique, or embellishment for décor items.

Abbreviations Used:

ch(s) – chain(s)

dc – double crochet

RS – right side

sc – single crochet

sl st – slip stitch

sp – space

st(s) – stitch(es)

Special Stitches: 

Shell: [(dc, ch 1) 3 times, dc] in designated ch or ch sp.

V-stitch [v-st]: (dc, ch 1, dc) in designated st.


The Loveland Lace Bow Pattern:

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Ch 18 [26]

Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 3 chs, shell [see Special Stitches] in next ch, ch 1, skip 3 chs, sc in next ch, repeat from * across, turn – 2 [3] shells; 3 [4] sc.

Row 2: Ch 3 [counts as dc], dc in first st, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch sp of shell, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, *v-st [see Special Stitches] in next sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch sp of shell, ch 2, skip next 2 sts repeat from * 0 [1] time to last st, 2 dc in last sc, turn – 1 [2] v-sts plus a 2-dc group on each end.

Row 3: Ch 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) in first st, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, sc in next ch sp, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, *shell in center of v-st, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, sc in next ch sp, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, repeat from * 0 [1] time to last st, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in last st, turn – 1 [2] shells; 2 half shells; 2 [3] sc.

Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, v-st in next sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch sp of shell, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, v-st in next sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, repeat from * 0 [1] time to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn – 2 [3] v-sts; 6 [8] sc.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, skip next 2 sts, shell in center of v-st, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, sc in next ch sp, repeat from * across, placing last sc in last st, turn – 2 [3] shells; 3 [4] sc.

Repeat Rows 2-5 for pattern.

Work in pattern for a total of 6 [10] rows.

Fasten off.


Weave in ends. Block.



You will be able to find a video tutorial of the lace bow assembly process on April’s YouTube Channel from 25th August 2022


Fold the rectangle long ways by bringing RS together (figure 1), then fold both long edges back and even with edge of first fold (figure 2).

Figure 1
Figure 2

Tie end of yarn around center somewhat loosely (figure 3). Wrap yarn around center and over knot and tail several times. Cut yarn and use fabric glue to secure end on the WS of the bow’s center. Leave to dry. 

Figure 3

Once this is dry, slide the top portion of an alligator clip under the center wrap if desired.

Thank you April!

Thank you April for a fantastic pattern! I am thrilled that you could join our little corner of the internet!

If you make this sweet Loveland Lace Bow then please do tag April in your posts if you share on social media! It is a great way of saying thank you for a free pattern!


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Free Crochet pattern – Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf

Free Crochet pattern – Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf

Spring is in the Air and this infinity scarf is the perfect accessory! The bitterly cold winds coming off the North Sea are starting to warm up. The sun is fighting its way through the clouds. Crocuses and snowdrops are starting to bloom! With Christmas 

Trinity Sweater – the Perfect Transitional Piece!

Trinity Sweater – the Perfect Transitional Piece!

Today I am introducing you to the Trinity Sweater. To be honest I wasn’t sure whether to call it a sweater or a tee …. it’s somewhere in-between! Those shorter sleeves make the trinity sweater the perfect transitional piece and is a must for any 

Easy Crochet Patterns Just for You

Easy Crochet Patterns Just for You

The first week of the Sweet and Simple event went well! This week there are 13 awesome  easy crochet patterns for you which are free with the coupon code between 15th and 21st February 2022.


How do I get my free PDF patterns?

The answer to that is easy.

  1. Make a note of the coupon code you need for this week (see below)
  2. Scroll down and check out the patterns that are available free this week
  3. Click on the photos of the ones you would like
  4. If you do not go straight to Ravelry for your download, scroll the designer’s post until you see the Download now button. It looks like this:

the button you need looks like this


Please make sure you use this button – Etsy does not allow free patterns and there is only one place you can get each pdf free from for each designer.

5. Use the code to get your free PDF Pattern

6. Come back here and get another one!




The coupon code

This week the code you need is SIMPLECROCHET



Shall I show you the fabulous easy crochet patterns for this week?

This Week’s Patterns





Elegant Hair Scarf by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

This week I am contributing my Elegant Hair Scarf to this event.

This one is a super simple pattern using double crochets (US terms – triple crochet in UK terms) and works up quickly!




The Freedom Beanie by Carroway Crochet

This one is worked up using a chunky yarn so you will be finished this one in no time!

The thicker yarn with the gaps make this one a perfect make for those chillier late winter / early Spring Days.




The Suzette Hanging Basket by Made by Gootie

I adore this basket so much! The stitch is so pretty and the basket is so handy for lots of things.

Would you use yours as decoration like Agat has here, or would you keep it by your bed to keep your phone and glasses in? What about somewhere to keep those extra toilet rolls in the bathroom?




Crochet Rose Bobble by Off the Hook for You

How cute is this one? I know that my daughter and nieces will be wanting a few of these along with a few done in smaller yarn with a smaller hook for pigtails and plaits.




Ear Warmer / Head band by My Crochet Space

These are really popular gifts and quick makes! Whether you just make the ear warmer, or add a scarf to match, maybe add it to a spa set for the perfect pamper yourself gift, you cannot go wrong with making one or two (or seven or eight) of these!




Cross Stitch Infinity Scarf by Loops and Love Crochet

This winter I have been drawn to infinity scarves and this one is a great one with an easy repeat. It is a perfect project for practicing those X stitches on and will look great dressed up if you are going for a meal, or dressed down for walking the dogs!




Alpine Scarf by Crochets by Trista

How elegant and cozy does this one look?

Trista has a great eye for detail and the simple repeat in this pattern works just perfectly!




Pine Trees Headband by Creations by Courtney

Now this lady is not afraid to play with texture.

Courtney’s design is perfect for the Spring and is another quick and easier than it looks project!

What colours would you make yours?




Houndstooth Sunglasses Case by Itchin’ for some Stitchin’

Can you go wrong with a bit of houndstooth?

If you have never tried it before then grab this project and give it a go!




Criss Cross Hat by Pam’s Cozy Corner

This project would make a great set with the criss cross scarf by Loops and Love above!

By the time you have finished this project you will be a master at the X stitch!

I love how a row or two of a complimentary colour work so well in designs.




Striped Cup Cozy by Pine Tree Crochet

In my house I can never have enough cup cozies. It is an unspoken rule that there must be one or two in both my car and my husband’s, and at least one in my bag. My daughter has been known to also give them away in the local coffee shop because people have admired them!




Boho Wall Decor by Valzies Boutique

This COLOURWAYS reminds me of the setting sun. This wall hanging just makes me smile.

Do you have any particular colours that mean anything to you that you would make this one in? What about birthstone colours of your children / grandchildren?




The midsummer infinity scarf by Once Upon a Cheerio

There are a few ways to wear this beautiful design – you should check them out!

This is another elegant but simple project that will work up in no time.



Share your projects with me!

Use the hashtag #sweetandsimple and share your easy crochet pattern projects online so that the designers can see your makes too! We LOVE seeing them!!

Want to join a friendly, welcoming and active face book group? Then the Sunflower Cottage Crochet Community may just be for you.







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Treat yourself with the Susan Set!

Treat yourself with the Susan Set!

The Susan Set was designed for you to make for yourself. Of course, you can make it to gift or donate, but I think as crocheters we should make more for ourselves! Most of the crocheters I know make things and gift them. Or they 

Robin’s Cables Blanket

Robin’s Cables Blanket

  We couldn’t miss the opportunity to bring you a pattern for the Robin’s Cables Blanket now could we? It uses the same stitch combo as the Robin’s Poncho, hat and scarf, coffee beanie cozy and mug cozy (which will be released soon). I mean, 

2 in 1 Beach / Market Bag Free Pattern

2 in 1 Beach / Market Bag Free Pattern

This 2 in 1 beach / Market bag started life as a market bag. But I loved the textures and way these stitch combinations were working and so had to make the tote style too! The peacock fan stitch is definitely one I will be using again.

That is a bonus for you guys, because it means that you get both styles in the pdf pattern!

The handles are super easy to adjust the sizing of – you literally just make them longer before attaching the second end.

The free pattern below is for the round market bag style (which can also double as a great beach bag) – you will surprised how much it holds. I think the round version can hold a little more than the tote version.

Please  note that this post will contain some affiliate links. If you choose to purchase anything from them we may get a small commission at no extra cost to you! This helps us pay our way so that we can continue to bring you patterns and tutorials.

Yarn Used:

I used Dishie yarn for these bags. Do you remember the Ava Table runner? You may remember that was also designed specifically for an event that was sponsored by WeCrochet. Well, the lovely guys there sent me this Dishie yarn to try and compare it to the LionBrand 24/7 that they had sent for me to work up the table runner design.

Being in the UK getting hold of some yarns can be difficult for me. I am really grateful to WeCrochet for going above and beyond to support indie designers like us in this way!



The Dishie Yarn was really nice to work with and frogged easily when I needed it to. It was much easier on my tension finger than the Lionbrand 24/7 (which caused a huge divit in my finger and rubbed it raw). And it looks great worked up. The stitch definition of the Dishie is really nice. However, I do think that I made the right call to use the 24/7 for the table runner – because of the sheen it gives such a nice finish to a statement piece which is on show in the home, rather than the softer comfort of the Dishie.


PDF Pattern links:

If you would like the PDF Pattern, which also contains the pattern for the tote style bag, you can get it by clicking any of these buttons:


  • #4 worsted weight cotton (I used 3 skeins of dishie in green and 2 skeins in white for the market bag and 2 skeins of green and just over 1 white for the tote version)
  • 5mm hook
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle


Not important for this project as long as your tension is consistent


My bag is 15” wide and the body section is 15” tall, with the bottom being 15” in diameter.


  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep—repeat
  • YO – yarn over
  • SC–single crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • SS–slip stitch
  • sk—skip
  • TC – treble crochet
  • FDC – foundation double crochet

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • Chain 1 does not count as a stitch unless specifically stated.
  • Pattern is worked from the bottom up, and in one piece.
  • You can make this one as a round market bag or a beach bag / tote style.
  • One of my testers preferred to do the dc rows with a 4.5mm hook, and the peacock fan sections with a 5mm hook as she found the fan section was a little tighter so looked like it pulled the bag in a smidge.

Pattern for the Market Bag

In color A:

Round 1        In magic ring ch3 (counts as a st), 9DC. Ss to join (10)

Round 2        Ch3, DC in same st, 2DC in next and each st around. Ss to join (20)

Round 3        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next st, *2DC in next st, DC in next st* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (30)

Round 4        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 2 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (40)



Round 5        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 3 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (50)

Round 6        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 4 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 4 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (60)

Round 7        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 5 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 5 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (70)

Round 8        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 6 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 6 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (80)

Round 9        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 7 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 7 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (90)

Round 10       Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 8 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 8 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (100)

Round 11       Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 9 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 9 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (110)

Round 12       Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 10 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 10 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (120)

Round 13        Ch3 or alt DC in the first st, Working in the back loops only, DC in each st around. Ss to join (120)

                    Note: if you are comfortable with third loops you may prefer to go through both the back and the third loops to help your bag keep its shape with heavier items. See fig photo above.

Rounds 14-15 Ch3 or alt DC, DC in each st around. Ss to join (120)


In color B:

Round 16       Ch1, SC in first st, *sk 4 sts, 9 TC in next st, sk 4 sts, 1 SC in next st* rep from * to * around, ending with sk 4 sts, 9 TC in next st, sk 4 sts, ss to first SC. (12 sets of 9TC, and 12 SC)

Round 17         Ch4 (counts as a TC), 1 TC in the first sc of the previous round, *ch3, sk 4 TC, 1 SC in the next TC (which is the middle of the 9TC fan), ch3, sk 4 TC, 2 TC in next SC*. Rep from * to * around ending with ch3, sk 4 TC, SC in the next TC, ch3, sk 4 TC and then ss to the top of the ch4 to join.



Round 18      Ch1, SC between the ch4 and TC which started the previous round, *sk 3 ch, 9 TC in the next SC, sk 3 ch, SC in the space between the next 2 TC.* Rep from * to * around. On the last repeat instead of working a SC in the sp between the next 2 TC, ss to top of the first SC to join.

Round 19       repeat round 17

Round 20       repeat round 18

Round 21       repeat round 17

Change to color A:

Attach color A between any set of of tc’s.

Round 22      Ch3(counts as a st),  4 DC in the ch3 sp, DC in the next SC, 4 DC in next ch3 sp, DC between the next 2 TC of the previous round *. Rep from * to * around ending with 4 DC in ch3 sp, ss to top of ch3 to join. (120)

Rounds 23-24 Ch3 or alt DC, DC in each st around. Ss to join (120)




Rounds 25-30  In color B rep rounds 16-21

Rounds 31-33 In color A rep rounds 22-24



If you want 2 straps / handles on the market bag

Row 1            Ch1, SC in same st and next 7 sts, turn (8)

Rows 2-66     repeat row 1 (or until strap is desired length).

Take a stitch marker. Find the left hand side of your strap and mark the 20th unworked st to the left. Take another st marker. Moving in the same direction count out another 7 sts mark that st. Between these stitch markers is where you need to attach your handle. You can SC it together or whip st.

(*If you are doing one strap you need to leave 54 stitches between the straps on either side).

FO and weave in ends

Lay you bag flat so that the handle is effectively folded in half. From the left of that handle mark the 29th stitch across with a stitch marker. Attach your yarn here for the second handle.



Repeat rows 1 -66 for the second handle and follow the same process and counts to attach the other end of the strap.

FO and weave in ends.


Quick Summer Makes Event by LittleJohns Yarns

This event runs throughout June 2022. Each day features a different pattern suitable for summer that you can sip up in no time!

I am giving you the Free PDF Pattern for the Peacock Fan Market Bag as part of this event.

If you missed any of the patterns you can purchase the bundle for and amazing!  You can find out more about this bundle and purchase it by clicking the button below.

On 8th June 2022 only you can get the free pdf version of this pattern which also contains the instructions for the tote style bag. You will need the special coupon code for this which you can find by clicking the button below:


Once you have the code click the button below to use it to get your free pdf patterns!


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Free Lacy Hair Scarf Pattern

Free Lacy Hair Scarf Pattern

The Lacy Hair Scarf was actually the first hair scarf pattern that I designed! Even before the Elegant Hair Scarf (also a free pattern). My hair scarves are inspired by those glamourous silver screen icons. The carefree car rides over the mountains or along the