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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

jennetters
Feb. 2nd, 2015 01:41 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm lost...
Hi There,

In Row 12 you're starting to decrease the number of chains between the stitches that will be joined in row 13. So that is why it is "...tr, ch 4, tr, ch 3.."

In Row 13 when you actually do the decrease you are working a tr 2 sts together over the ch 3 space. To do this: Yarn over hook twice, insert hook into first stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over & pull through 2 loops (two times), skip ch 3 space, yarn over hook twice, insert hook into next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over & draw through 2 loops (3 times).

I hope that helps. There's a lot of good videos for how to decrease with treble crochet. It's the exact same but you are skipping those 3 chains.

Cheers,