Octopus banana saver (fancy flamingo) on top of banana stem with Darn Good Twist fancy flamingo beside.

Octopus Banana Saver

Written by Alyssa Scott

Octopus banana saver (fancy flamingo) on top of banana stem with Darn Good Twist fancy flamingo beside.
Ring ring ring - banana octopus

Do you have trouble eating your bananas before they go bad? A great way to extend the life of your bananas is to cover their stems to reduce the amount of ethylene gas (a ripening agent) they can absorb. A great DIY hack is to cover the stems of your bunch of bananas using aluminum foil or plastic wrap. 

These solutions, while helpful, are not very attractive to look at. So we injected a little bit of whimsy into the equation! Check out this crochet banana saver hat which can be slipped over the aluminum foil to keep your bananas fresh and stylin’!

DIY crochet banana saver hat with button eyes  beside one skein of darn good twist sport weight silk yarn fancy flamingo and red 3.5 mm crochet hook.
Our adorable friend made out of Twist Sport Weight Silk Yarn in Fancy Flamingo!

Materials required:

  • Darn Good Twist Sport Weight Silk yarn (5 grams)
  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • 2 small buttons

Let's Get Started!

Main body:

Make a magic ring.

Row 1: 6sc. Slst join

Row 2: 2sc in each st. slst join (12 sc)

Row 3: *Sc, 2sc in next st* *around. Slst to join. (18sc)

Row 4: *2 sc, 2sc in next st* *around. Slst to join (24sc)

Row 5-12: Sc around, slst to join (24 sc)

Legs:

Ch 15, working into back bumps of chain.2 sc into second chain from hook, sc, 2 sc into next stitch, sc , 2 sc into next stitch, 1 sc, 2 sc into next stitch, 1 sc, 2 sc into next stitch, 4 sc. 1 sc into first st of main body round, 2 sc. *Ch 14, working into back bumps of chain. 2 sc into second chain from hook, sc, 2 sc into next stitch, sc , 2 sc into next stitch, 1 sc, 2 sc into next stitch, 1 sc, 2 sc into next stitch, 4 sc. 1 sc into first st of main body round, 2 sc.* Repeat around, slst to join.

Finishing:

Break yarn, weave in ends. Attach button eyes.

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It’s as simple as that! With one skein of Darn Good Twist sport weight silk yarn, you can create banana savers for all your potassium loving pals. If you create a banana saver of your own, we’d love to see! Share a photo and tag Darn Good Yarn. Happy Crafting!

Darn Good Twist sport weight silk in fancy flamingo beside handmade crochet banana saver hat.
You'd be bananas to say no to this little guy!

Meet the Author

Close up of the author, Alyssa Scott wearing a magenta top, a black cardigan and one of the prettiest smiles you've ever seen!.

Alyssa began working at Darn Good Yarn in the spring of 2021. She has been knitting and crocheting as a hobby since childhood. Alyssa graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies, with a minor in Social Justice