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Free tapestry crochet pattern – What is more autumnal than squirrels?

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Tapestry crochet is a great technique. If you haven’t yet tried it you should give it a go. It allows you to create pictures and patterns with your crochet easily and looks great! Better yet, it usually only uses single crochets (double crochets in UK 

The Book Square – Free C2C Pattern

The Book Square – Free C2C Pattern

September 8th 2022 is International Literacy Day (ILD). This is different to World Book Day which was held in March. But the book square will work perfectly to celebrate both days. It would look fabulous as a wall hanging in a library or reading corner! 

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:

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Difficulty Level:

Easy

Available Sizes:

Small [Large]

Finished Measurements:

3 ¼ x 1 ¾ [4 ½ x 2 ¼] inches.

Yarn:

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

Notes:

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.

Finishing

Weave in ends. Block.

 

Assembly:

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

https://youtu.be/XatozywNgXk

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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