A while back, I told you about crocheting a bunch of certified T-4 Angel free tomatoes to give to my people in New York as a little thank you for everything they do for me every day. There was some interest from you crafters out there, and since I modified the pattern I had for a pumpkin and pepper to make the silly thing, (as in I am not taking this from a book but my own thoughts) I figure that it is okay to share. I knit and crochet both in this, so if you don’t know both medias, you will have to adapt . . . somehow . . .
For the body:
Make the bottom by making a disk.
1. Ch 2
2. In the first Ch, make six sc, and joint to first chain with a ss. (six loops around)
3. Ch 2.(counts as first sc) Increase by making two sc in next loop, then sc in following, and repeating around to get 9 loops, join with ss to first ch. (nine loops)
4. Ch 2. (counts as first sc) SC in next loop. Increase by making two sc in next loop, sc in following two loops, and repeat around to get 12 loops, joining to first Ch2 space with ss. (12 loops)
To crochet body:
1. without cutting yarn, chain 12
2. SS in second stitch from hook. SC, HDC, DC (8 times) HDC, SC, ss into next loop in disc.
3. Turn. SC, HDC, DC (8 times) HDC, SC, SS in end of chain. Ch 1.(should be 10-11 loops)
4. Turn. SS in last Ch1 space. SC, HDC, DC (8 times) HDC, SC SS into next loop in disc.
5. repeat step 3.
6. Repeat step 4.
Continue with pattern until there is a row sprouting from each loop in your 12 disk base. Join edges with a loose slip stitch. Fasten off, turn inside out, and stuff with fiber fill.
To knit top. work pattern so that it’s knit all on one side purls on the other.
1. With two double pointed needles, size one, cast on three stitches.
2. Knit across
3. Purl across
4. Increase row by 2 stitches by. knit first stitch, pull up strand between stitches and knit. Knit second stitch, pull up strand between stitches and knit. Knit third stitch. (5 stitches)
5. Purl across
6. Knit across, increasing by four as in step 4. (9 stitches)
7. Purl across
8. Knit across, increasing by 6 stitches. (K, I, K, I, K, K, I, K, I, K, K, I, K, I, K, ( (15 stitches)
To make 1 leaf:
9. purl three stitches and put remaining stitches on stitch holder.
10. Working with three stitches only for rest of leaf, turn, knit three, turn, purl three, turn, knit three.
11. without turning, slide three stitches to other end of needle, and keeping yarn to back, KNIT the row over again. (this will make a tiny tube after a while)
12. Repeat 11 twice more.
14. knit two together, knit one. (2 stitches on needle)
15. Knit last two stitches together.
16. fasten off, and weave tail into work
Repeat 10-16 four more times, joining a new thread to start work on next three stitches. When done, join ends of top together to form a disk with spiky leaves. Make a stem by crocheting three to five loops coming out from the center, and ss back down to base. Break yarn and work ends into work. Fasten finished top to body.
I know this is really messy, and you probably should not make this your first project if you’ve never knitted/crocheted, because I left out a lot of little stuff that I don’t actually know how to describe, but hopefully some of you experienced knitters and crocheters out there will be able to figure it out.