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Hahaha! The name says it all. Quite literally. It is what it is, get your minds out of the gutter kids :)

A few years ago we bought one of those counter-top stands with a hook for your bananas but we got a little over-excited and broke it as soon as we took it out of the box. A few weeks ago I found it shoved in the back of a rarely-used cupboard and thought that a banana hammock would be better for 2 reasons:

1: It gives you a reason to say "banana hammock" throughout the day.
2: What do you do when you only have one last banana and you can't hang it on the hook?



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I used a Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn and a 6mm hook.

Notes:

* We're using only 3 chains to turn at the beginning of each row to keep the hammock edges more snug than the body.

* At the end of each row, the final treble crochet stitch is placed in the 3rd stitch of the turning chain.

* For each row the stitches skip over the chain spaces and are placed in the treble stitch of the previous row to form a mesh or net-like fabric. (Have a look at the following images or my sketch for a better idea).

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To begin, ch 15 and join with a sl st to the 11th chain from hook. Sl into next 4 ch

Row 1: Working in the same space as last sl st, ch 4 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch), *tr, ch1* (3 times), tr.

Row 2: ch 5 [counts as 1 tr and 2 ch], *tr, ch 2*x3, tr.

Row 3: ch 6 [counts as 1 tr and 3 ch], *tr, ch 3*x3, tr.

Row 4: ch 7 [counts as 1 tr and 4 ch], *tr, ch 4*x3, tr.

Row 5: ch 7, tr, ch 4, in next stitch (tr, ch 3, tr), *ch 4, tr*x2.

Row 6: ch 7, tr, ch 4, *in next stitch (tr, ch 3, tr), ch 4*x2, tr, ch 4, tr.

Row 7: ch 7, *tr, ch 4*x6, tr.

Row 8: ch 7, tr, ch 4, *in next stitch (tr, ch 3, tr), ch 4*x4, tr, ch 4, tr.

Row 9: ch 7, *tr, ch 4*x10, tr.

Row 10 & 11: Repeat Row 9

Row 12: ch 7, *tr, ch 4, tr, ch 3,*x4, tr, *ch 4, tr*x2

Row 13: ch 7, tr, ch 4, *tr 2 sts tog, ch 4*x4, tr, ch 4, tr

Row 14: ch 7, *tr, ch 4, tr, ch 3*x2, *tr, ch 4* x2, tr.

Row 15: ch 7, tr, ch 4, tr 2 sts tog, ch 3, tr 2 sts tog, *ch 4, tr* x2

Row 16: ch 7, tr, ch 4, tr 2 sts tog, *ch4, tr*x2

Row 17: ch 6, *tr, ch 3*x3, tr

Row 18: ch 5, *tr, ch 2*x3, tr

Row 19: ch 4, *tr, ch 1*x3, tr

Row 20: ch 3, tr 4 sts tog, do not fasten off

To finish, ch 15, join to 11th ch from hook and sl for next 4 sts.

Fasten off and weave in ends.







I'm actually pretty proud of how this turned out for a first try. I scribbled out a sketch and decided to place the increases down the center to give it more of a boat-like shape rather than at the edge which would make it fan out. If that makes sense. It's a bit long, but if you had more stuff in it, then the length would be reduced by the increase in bulk.

Edit:4/20 Here's a good and detailed video with a how-to on Treble 2 Together.

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The Original Banana Hammock - Crochet Pattern by Jennette Reid is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Comments

(Anonymous)
Jul. 24th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
Banana Hammock has a use for my MELONS!
I lowered the hook size to 4.5mm to make it a little smaller.

Material: Some grocery bags laying around and when I ran out of that some old yarn as well.

Instead of bananas I am using them to hold up my Ambrosia melons growing in my back yard! This is great! The old yarn ones I made can be washed when the crop is over and I can reuse them next year! Thank you so much for the pattern.

It has been a pain to keep my Ambrosia melons off the ground and this is just perfect. People look for weird ways to lift and cradle the melons (Stockings, grocery bags, old coffee cans, nets, etc.) and when I saw this I couldn't help but give it a try and the result was perfect! I always have bits of old yarn laying around and if I feel like recycling my old grocery bags- it works just as well.

Next year I may make even larger ones and extend it a little longer for watermelons. I am so excited!

THANK YOU!!!!
jennetters
Jul. 24th, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Banana Hammock has a use for my MELONS!
Awesome! So glad you found a use for them.. I guess it's an Ambrosia Hammock now :) I don't even know what an ambrosia melon is, do you have a picture of the Hammock in action?
(Anonymous)
Jul. 27th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Banana Hammock has a use for my MELONS!
I do have a picture, but I don't know how to post it! I can't find any "attach" button and I can't paste it in here. So I will elaborate...

An ambrosia melon is like a super sweet cantelope. People may differ in that opinion, but for someone who doesn't know- thats the best way to describe it! If you know how big a cantelope gets, then you will understand that they are heavy. I am tying these "banana hammocks" onto my trellis so that the "cantelope" grows into them and is supported by the hammock. This way they stay off the ground and have less chance of bruising or getting eaten by pests!

It really is wonderful! Thank you again! Oh - and I am going to keep calling them "banana hammocks" because its a GREAT name and then I get to tell people why it's called that!