Have you ever noticed how when your friends learn you know how to do a certain craft, they automatically assume you're capable of making anything? I was recently asked by my dear fiend, I mean friend, if I would make her a crocheted banana. Specifically, a rotting banana she could give to a friend - an inside joke between them. I don't judge, I just crochet. So when she kindly supplied the yarn, and I regrettably said I would make her dirty stinky rotten banana. At least that is how I've come to think of it. I spent HOURS working on it, over the ccourse of many weeks, trying to figure out how to make a banana. Finally after much consternation, foul words, and much frogging ( a knitting term that here means to relentlessly tear out your stitches while crying), VOILA! A plushy banana.
Step 1: A Bit of Yarn
A - Find a yarn you're comfortable working with. For a plushy like this, I prefer working with cotton yarns. Cotton is sturdy, washable, soft and inexpensive. In the pictures shown you will see I chose a nice banana-esque yellow from the makers of Peaches & Cream yarns. It will run you about $2.00
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.