Free Pattern-Heirloom Tomato Pincushion.
I’ve just planted my heirloom tomato plants into their containers and cannot wait to feast upon the fruit of my labor! I see crochet in everything, so came up with this new free pattern for the Heirloom Tomato Pincushion. The perfect yarn stash-buster, quick to work (about an hour of your time), and fun results! Makes a GREAT gift for yourself, family and friends.
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Heirloom Tomato Pincushion
Designed by The Hooked Haberdasher
- Worsted Weight yarn. Samples made with Lily Sugar n’ Cream.
- Size G (4.00mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry/yarn needle
- Finished size: Approximately 4” diameter, 2-1/2” height
Ch=chain, Dc=double crochet, FLO=front loop only, Hdc=half double crochet, MR=magic ring, P=picot, PM=place marker, Sc=single crochet, Sc2tog=single crochet two together (decrease), Sl st=slip stitch, St(s)=stitch(es), R=round
- When you see instructions within brackets [ ] this indicates working as a set into the same st.
- Parentheses ( ) at the end of a R indicates total sts for that R.
- Asterisks * indicate to repeat the instructions within ** as indicated.
- The tomato is worked in a spiral fashion without joining rounds.
- Tighten your MR at the end of R1 and work over your tail in R2, securing your tail.
- PM R2, move up every R.
- PM R7.
- Invisible sc2tog (decrease): insert hook FLO next two sts, YO and pull through two, YO and pull through two. See my photo tutorial on this technique here.
- Picot (P): ch3, sc in 3rd ch from hook.
HEIRLOOM TOMATO: Tip: when working this pattern, work it wrong-side out until R19 to keep sts even and tight.
R1: Start with a MR and work 8 sc into the ring. Tighten ring. (8)
R2: Work 2sc into each st around. (16)
R3: Work a sc into each st around. (16)
R4: Work 2sc into each st around. (32)
R5: Work a sc into each st around. (32)
R6: Work *sc, 2sc* repeat * around. (48)
R7-12: Work a sc into each st around. (48)
R13: Work *2sc, sc2tog* repeat * around. (36)
R14: Work a sc into each st around. (36)
R15: Work *1sc, sc2tog* repeat * around (24)
R16: Work a sc into each st around (24)
R17: Work *1sc, sc2tog* repeat * around (16)
R18: Work a sc into each st around. (16)
Turn right-side out and stuff firmly with fiberfill
R1: Start with a MR and a long tail. Work 6 sc into ring. Join with sl st to 1st sc. Pull ring tight to close.
R2: *[ch2, dc, P, dc, hdc, sc], sl st in next st*, repeat * five more times for a total of six leaves. Finish off, leaving a long tail.
Take an approximate 2 yard length of your yarn and thread your tapestry/yarn needle. Double your non-needle end onto itself for about 3”, tie a double knot. Run your knotted threaded needle through the tomato center of R19 and out through the center hole of R1. Now working around the tomato, run your needle back through the bottom center of R19, pulling the yarn taut to form the indentations of the tomato. Repeat the sequence until you have 6 evenly spaced “wedges” on your tomato.
ADDING LEAF & STEM
Pull the tail ends of your leaf through the center hole and through to the right side of your work. Using the long tail end from adding your wedges to your tomato, sew the leaf to the center of your tomato. Bury your tail through the tomato and cut remaining tail. With the remaining two tails in the center of the leaf, simply knot about 20 times to form the little stem. Trim tails short.
©2015, Designed by Wendy Bickford aka The Hooked Haberdasher. All Rights Reserved. The design, pattern, and images are property of The Hooked Haberdasher. You may use this pattern for personal use/charity. Sale of finished item is also permitted with pattern credit given to www.thehookedhaberdasher.com. No part of this document may be reproduced, altered, or distributed in any form, or by any means, without express written permission from Wendy Bickford.
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