I took some time off from beading to knit this cute fruit cap for Seth, the latest addition to our extended family. I combined patterns by Ann Norling and Michele Sabatier for my version. Ann's pattern calls them fruit caps but the yarn I chose makes it look more like an eggplant cap. I actually chose the eggplant color because it was closest I could find to the maroon color of his dad's favorite college.
I wrapped the hat in a conventional wrapping paper but it didn't look very special so I got creative. First I crocheted some mini-vegeatbles.
|crocheted vegetables from left: cherry tomatoes, eggplant, corn, and mushrooms|
I found a lot of crocheted food patterns at Crochetpatterncentral.com. For my purposes, Sheepdogsfleece had some patterns for cherry tomatoes, corn, and mushrooms that provided a good starting point for my experiments. I couldn't find an eggplant pattern the right size so I made up my own. Here it is:
Small amounts of worsted-weight yarn in purple and green
Fiberfill or cotton balls
Size F crochet hook
Round 1) With purple yarn, make a magic adjustable ring and put 5 sc in the circle
Round 2) 2 sc in each sc (10 stitches)
Round 3) *1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in stitch after that* 5 times (15 stitches)
Round 4-10) Work 15 sc around. Stuff eggplant as you go along.
Round 11) *1 sc, 1 decrease* 3 times (12 stitches)
Round 12) Work 12 sc around
Round 13) *1sc, 1 decrease* 3 times (9 stitches)
Round 14) *1 sc, 1 decrease* 3 times (6 stitches) Fasten off and sew hole
Round 1) With green yarn, make a magic adjustable ring and put 3 sc in the
Round 2) 2 sc in each stitch (6 stitches)
Round 3) 2 sc in each stitch (12 stitches)
Round 4) *1 sc, 1 increase* 6 times (18 stitches). Slip stitch to 1 st stitch
and fasten off.
Sew wide end of stem to the eggplant body
After I finished crocheting the vegeatables, I put the hat in a brown paper bag, strung the corn, cherry tomatoes, and eggplant on twine and ribbon, and put 2 holes through the bag. I then tied a knot in the twine and ribbon.
|The front of the present|
For the back of the present, I made a tag that said "Fresh Produce from the Recklies Farm, Brooklyn, NY". I then strung the tag on the twine and put 1 mushroom on each end of the twine and ribbon and tied it shut.
|The back of the wrapped present|