Designer Spotlight: Punch Pillow by April Garwood

April Garwood began designing in 2010 when she was expecting her fourth daughter. Her first pattern was a crochet baby dress that she made for a special church ceremony. She’s published more than 50 patterns since and has even begun expanding into knit design.

April’s Punch Pillow, is a new pattern featured in the special issue of Crochet! Magazine: From Scraps to Sensational. The colorful pillowcase is actually crocheted in a single shade of Berroco Weekend DK. The front and back pieces are worked separately and seamed, then colorwork is added through slip stitches. It’s a great project for using up your yarn scraps and a nice accessory for adding a “punch” of color to your surroundings.

When did you learn to knit/crochet?

My sister taught me to crochet around 25 years ago, and I have taught myself how to knit with the help of books and YouTube videos over the last 2-3 years.

Punch Pillow by April Garwood
Punch Pillow by April Garwood

How did you come up with this pattern?

This particular issue was meant to focus on outstanding projects that could be made with small amounts of scrap yarn. I thought of surface slip stitching as a neat technique that can be done with small lengths of yarn. It makes a stiff fabric, and the back of the fabric doesn’t look very nice, so I wanted this to be a project that would benefit from a heavier fabric and that would keep the wrong side hidden.

Did you design it for anyone in particular?

It’s not made for a particular person, but I think when I get the model back we may have to have a rock, paper, scissors tournament to decide which of my girls gets to have it!

If you could knit/crochet something for anyone in the world, it would be…?

If I could crochet or knit something for anyone, I’d find a way to send a project back in time for my grandma or great-grandma. I have handmade treasures from both of them and I love the connection I feel to them through those heirlooms. If only I could have made something for them.

What is your favorite thing about knitting/crocheting?

I love how I can play with color when I make things. It is magical the way colors can come together to look so beautiful. When I design, I love when I hit on something that I know is a great idea and then get to bring it to life!

Do you have a cool design you want to share? Or did you recently finish a project with Berroco yarn? You can email Ashley: apalumbo@berroco.com or post it to the Berroco Lovers forum in Ravelry.

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