Fresh picked from the pumpkin patch

Our friend Cass says that someday when he buys a house, he wants to have a pumpkin patch. No amount of cajoling from Chris and I can convince him that you kinda need a field to have a pumpkin patch, that every reasonable gardener knows that you don’t just get “a” pumpkin from a patch. So in jest, I knitted him his own miniature patch.

Knitted Pumpkin Patch

Knitted Pumpkin Patch

With Blue Sky Alpacas sport weight yarn (soooo soft!) I made these in various sizes, starting by working in the flat and adding increases every other stitch or every two stitches as needed to try to make different shapes for each of the pumpkins, always trying to end with a division of 8 stitches (the leaves are started by adding a green stitch every eighth stitch). The pumpkins are started flat and then when they reach the widest point, joined and worked with dpns in the round. The smallest pumpkin is 48 stitches at his widest point, the biggest is 56 stitches wide.

The leaves I did like Ann Norling’s Kids Fruit Cap, which has you doing the decreases fairly late, because its a hat. For a different effect with each pumpkin I just decreased every stitch early, or later, or every other stitch, to add more or less green.

Finishing: just sew up the side until there is a coin-sized hole for adding a bit of stuffing for the top. The bottom I filled with green lentils to give them weight, which helps them sit nicely.

Finally, the corkscrew vine piece was done by casting on a large number of stitches (I didn’t count). Row 1: knit; Row 2: increase 3 stitches for every stitch (knit into front, then back, then front again); Row 3: bind off.

Knitted Pumpkin Patch

Knitted Pumpkin Patch

For your noggin’

I’ve managed to whip up a few little FO’s over the last few weeks which I’ve finally gifted so I can post about. One is Calorimetry (how on Earth are you supposed to pronounce that?) from Knitty for my friend Alice. This colourway was just right for her and her amazingly curly reddish hair, which she always has piled up in a gorgeously haphazard updo.

Calorimetry

Calorimetry

The yarn is Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Spirit, in #511. It’s just perfect for fall. I think if I make this for myself though, which I’m considering, I’ll make it narrower. I tried it on and it felt pretty wide, but when Alice gave it a try she looked amazing. Happy B-Day Alice!

Calorimetry

Calorimetry

Next up is a pumpkin hat, from the Kids Fruit Cap pattern series by Ann Norling, which can be customized to make anything from a strawberry to a raspberry to whatever kind of fruit hat you like. This is for my new baby nephew. Hopefully I’ll have a nice shot of him wearing it this fall.

Pumpkin Hat

Pumpkin Hat

I made this using Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight yarn which I had left over after making Lovable Teddy. It’s a beautifully luxurious yarn that I’ve fallen totally in love with after making all three of the Lovable Toys.