Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Crochet Pineapple & Crochet Mandarin - Crochet Tropical Fruits Series

 

Crochet Tropical Fruit

This week is the last week of the Crochet Tropical Fruits Series and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.     This week we have our final two new Tropical Fruit patterns for you - Penelope the Pineapple & Melvin the Mandarin.   Both are made from Paintbox Simply Aran yarn in two shades of yellow & green plus orange.  They also both use 10mm safety eyes and some stuffing.  Neither of them use a whole ball of yarn so the rest will be perfect for creating all the Tropical Fruits if you haven't already done so.

Penelope the Crochet Pineapple was actually the first of the crochet Tropical Fruit I made.  Everywhere I went there were images of flamingos and pineapples and I guess this is what inspired me to make my own pineapple.   She actually took the longest to design as I really wanted her to have texture to her skin to look as close to a real pineapple as possible.   Since pineapples are also a mixture of colour I worked with two different shades of yellow held together.

Penelope is crocheted from the bottom up and is made in one continuous piece, only changing colour for the green leaves at the top of the pineapple.   She uses a technique similar to the apache tears patterns I used on my crochet cushions last year.   All single crochets are made in the back loops leaving the front loops available to place double crochets in at certain angles to create the diamond shape.   It required a bit of fiddling around but I managed to create the look I was after.   The diamonds are then finished off with a spot of brown sewn in the middle to give the effect of the dark spike on pineapples.

You can find the written pattern below and the video tutorial for Penelope the Crochet Pineapple here.

Penelope Pineapple

 

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this hat

·        Paintbox Simply Aran – 100g balls in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;

o   Mustard Yellow (223)

o   Buttercup Yellow (222)

o   Grass Green (229)

o   Coffee Bean (210) Small amount for spots

o   Small amount of black for mouth 

·        2 x 10mm safety eyes

·        stuffing

·        4mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        Dc – double crochet

·        Trc – treble crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease (invisible kind)

·        Dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together – yarn over, insert hook through stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, leave remaining 2 loops on the stitch, repeat for the next stitch and then yarn over and pull through all remaining loops on the hook.

·        f/l – front loop

·        b/l – back loops

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

  

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        Gauge – no specific gauge required but you need to work as tightly as possible to avoid stuffing showing through.

·        Work all sc stitches in b/l from rounds 7 to 28.

 

4.  Pattern

Item – work holding 1 strand of mustard yellow and 1 strand buttercup yellow together

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

7-8

Sc around in b/l only

36

9

[Dc in f/l from round 7, 1 stitch to the left (creates right side of V), 2 sc in b/l, dc in f/l from first stitch of round 9 (to create left side of V)] rep [ to ] 8 more times

9 V’s

10-11

Sc around in b/l

36

12

sc in b/l, [dc2tog in the f/l from round 10 above each of the points of the V from round 9 (completes diamond), sk 2 sc, 3 sc in b/l] rep from [ to ] 8 more times but only work 2 sc in b/l on final repeat

9 ^to make 9 diamonds

13-24

Repeat rows 7 to 12 2 more times

9 diamonds per 6 rows

 

Add eyes between rows 18 & 19 in the centre of the diamonds.   Eave 1 diamond in between the eyes.

 

25

In b/l (4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

26

In b/l (3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

27

repeat row 12 with only 7 v’s (the last V will be in between the 2 diamonds from the set below.)

7 V’s

28

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

29

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Switch to green (using 2 strands

 

30

Sc around, sl st and turn

12

31

[In b/l (sc, hdc, dc, trc) in 1st stitch, ch 1, (trc, dc, hdc, sc) in 2nd stitch (creates 1 leaf)] repeat [ to ] 5 more times

6 leaves

32

Sc in f/l of round 30

12

33

Sc dec, 8 sc, sc dec

10

34

Repeat [ to ] of row 31 5 times

5 leaves

35

Sc around in b/l of row 34

10

36

Sc dec, 6 sc, sc dec

8

37

Repeat [ to ] of row 31 4 times

4 leaves

 

Sl st to starting leaf of row 37 and cast off

Sew in ends

 

 

·        Sew a brown spot in the centre of every diamond on the pineapple.

·        Sew a mouth centrally under the eyes in black.

 

 



Crochet Mandarin - Melvin

Melvin the Crochet Mandarin is the last of the smaller Crochet Tropical Fruits and should only take around 30-45 minutes to make.   He is made in the round in one piece in a lovely shade of orange.  His mouth and top spot are sewn on afterwards.   I wasn't initially sure if I was making an orange, satsuma, clementine or Mandarin, but once he was finished and alongside his friends, I think Mandarin seemed most appropriate and definitely the most Tropical.

The written pattern is below and the video tutorial can be found here.

Melvin Mandarin

 1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this hat

·        Paintbox Simply Aran – 100g balls in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;

o   Blood Orange (219)

o   Small amount of black for mouth 

·        2 x 10mm safety eyes

·        stuffing

·        4mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease (invisible kind)

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch


3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        Gauge – no specific gauge required but you need to work as tightly as possible to avoid stuffing showing through.

 

4.  Pattern

Item – in orange

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

7-11

Sc around

36

12

(4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

13

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

14

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

15

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Add eyes between rows 7 & 8 with 5 sc in between

Stuff

 

16

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Cast off and sew shut

 

 

·        Sew a mouth centrally under the eyes in black.

·        Sew a small black spot at the centre top of the mandarin.


I hope that you have enjoyed the final section of my Tropical Fruit Series with Penelope the Crochet Pineapple and Melvin the Crochet Mandarin,   Have fun making them and please feel free to share your makes on my Social Media channels.   Join me next week for a completely new Series - the Horse Playbag.

See you next week,

Vicky x

 

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