Step 1: A Bit of Yarn
B - Chose your hardware. I used a 4mm or G hook and got a 4" banana. You can enlarge your project by using a J hook and two strands of yarn and get a 6" banana.
C - Get fluffy. A handfull of Poly-Fil Fiber will make your banana nice and squishable, without the mess of a real banana. A 12oz bag will run you roughly $3.00 and will make you bunches of bananas.
Step 2: Get Stitchin!
Ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook 3 times.
Sc (yo, pull up loop, yo and pull through both loops) in each st around - (3 sc)
Sc twice in first st, sc in last 2 - (4sc)
Sc twice in 1st st, sc in last 3 - (5sc)
Doing ok so far? Good, you've just completed your stem.
But wait there's more!
Step 3: Body Work
4 Sc in 2nd ch from hook. (Bottom of banana)
Row 1 - Sc back across chain to stem, sc in nearest st of stem, turn
Row 2 - Sc in next 3 sts, hdc (yo, pull up loop, yo and pull through all three loops) in next 14 sts, sc in next 3 sts, sc in bottom of banana, turn
Row 3 - Sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, dc (yo, pull up loop, yo and pull through two loops twice) in next 12 st, hdc in next st, sc in last 3 sts, sc in in stem, turn
Row 4 - Sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next st, htc (yo twice, pull up loop, yo and pull through two loops, yo, pull through last three on hook) in next 10 st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next 3 st, sc in bottom, turn
Row 5 - Sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next st, htc in next st, tc (yo twice, pull up loop, yo and pull through two loops three times) in next 8 sts, htc in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next 3 st, sc in stem, turn
Half way there!
Step 4: Flip That, Rewind It Back
Row 6 - repeat row 4
Row 7 - Repeat row 3
Row 8 - Repeat row 2
Row 9 - Repeat row 1
Now fasten off, leaving a tail that is twice as long as your banana. We'll be using that to sew the seam shut.
Step 5: Now I Stuff You.... With Fluff
I may need counseling.
Also, now would be a good time to pull in your starter tail. This part can be tricky, especially if your beggining stitches are tight. Then finish sewing things up, and trim your tail to a reasonable length so you can tuck it inside the nearest stitch.
Ta-Da! A banana. Good amo for a monkey ninja, or for dialing up your simian pals.
Never stop crafting!