I just can't stop thinking about strawberries lately. Maybe it has something to do with all the wooden ones we carved this spring, or maybe it's my desperate attempt to hang on to summer for just a little bit longer.
Whatever the case, I found myself knitting up some little lovely berries the other night. Unlike the wooden ones, these ARE big enough to share with the littlest ones in our lives. And I'm truly happy to be able to share this pattern with you.
- US #4 (3.5mm) DPNs
- small amounts of worsted weight yarn in red and green
- small amount worsted weight yarn in contrasting color for seeds (optional)
- stuffing material
CO 9 stitches and divide evenly on 3 dpns. Place marker and join to knit in the round.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: *Kfb* repeat to end (18 sts)
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: *K3, kfb* repeat to end (24 sts)
Rounds 5 - 8: Knit
Round 9: *K4, k2tog* repeat to end (20 sts)
Round 10: Knit
Round 11: *K3, k2tog* repeat to end (16 sts)
Rounds 12 - 14: Knit
Round 15: *K2, k2tog* repeat to end (12 sts)
Round 16: Knit
Round 17: *K1, k2tog* repeat to end (8 sts)
Round 18: Knit
Round 19: *K2tog* repeat to end (4 sts)
Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches to close. Stuff strawberry body through the top and close hole. Embroider seeds if desired, and weave in ends.
With green yarn CO 6 stitches and join to knit in the round.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: *Kfb* repeat to end (12 sts)
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: *Kfb* repeat to end (24 sts)
Round 5: Knit
The following round creates the leaf-tip shaping through decreasing and binding off certain stitches while leaving others live on the needles.
Round 6: BO the first stitch (k2, pass first stitch over), *k2tog, k1, BO 1 (pass the decreased stitch over)* repeat to one stitch from end of round, k1. (9 sts)
Cut your working yarn leaving a 12” tail. Keeping your live stitches on the dpns, place your top on the strawberry.
Using a yarn needle, sew into your last stitch and remove it from the dpn and secure it to the upper side of the strawberry. Bring your needle up through the top of the strawberry to secure it, then bring your needle down into the side of the strawberry where you want your second stitch to attach.
Slip your needle into the next live stitch and attach it as you did the first live stitch. Repeat until you have secured all live stitches to the strawberry.
Bring your needle up to the center of the strawberry top and use the remaining yarn to cinch together the first row from your CO edge to form the stem. Weave in all ends.
If you prefer, this pattern is also available as a PDF download both HERE and on Ravelry. As always, if you knit one of my patterns, I would love to see!