Monday, 12 July 2010

A Week of Gifts - Aubergine Knitting Pattern


Lady Luck has been smiling on me recently, with a delightful win on Twig and Toadstools lovely blog - a rainbow of Gnomes http://twigandtoadstool.blogspot.com/ this blog is pure inspiration, bursting full of ideas for good times from an amazing Mama.
I was overwhelmed to then find, I had won a gorgeous handmade bag at My Mother's Apron Strings http://mymothersapronstrings.blogspot.com/ tummy treats aplenty found at this very special blog, written by a lovely lady with a warm and generous heart.
What is a girl to do, when friendship from fellow bloggers keeps her smiling for days .. well .. spread those smiles round of course.
So, to celebrate, so many lovely things , my wins, nearly 400 posts, am on 398 with this one, so I think 400 deserves a Summer giveaway and to say thanks for over 125 friends who follow this blog and all the wonderful comments you leave.

So my first treat, a huge first for me, my first knitting pattern.

Aubergine

I used up oddments of dk yarn and size 3.5mm dpn.

CO - Cast on
KFB - Knit into front and back of stitch
K2tog - Knit 2 stitches together.
Cast on 12 stitches, marking start of round, join, being careful not to twist stitches.

Increasing
1. KFB then K3 - repeat until end of round ( 15 sts )
2. Knit.
3. KFB then K4 - repeat until end of round ( 18 sts )
4. Knit.
5. KFB then K2 - repeat until end of round ( 24 sts )
6. Knit.
7. KFB then K3 - repeat until end of round ( 30 sts )
8. Knit.
9. KFB then K4 - repeat until end of round ( 36 sts )
10.Knit.
11.KFB then K5 - repeat until end of round ( 42 sts )

Knit 8 rows, this will produce a small, baby aurbergine, for a longer one, add more rows until you reach length required.

Decreasing.
1. K2tog then K5 - repeat until end of round ( 36 sts )
2. Knit.
3. K2tog then K4 - repeat until end of round ( 30 sts )
4. Knit.
5. K2tog then K3 - repeat until end of round ( 24 sts )
6. K3 then K1 stitch using green yarn for stem - repeat until end of round.
7. Knit round using both yarns, adding a green stitch each side of previous green stitch, so K2 in aubergine colour then K3 in green, continue round.
8. Cut aubergine yarn and knit round in green, weaving in the other yarn end.
9. K2tog - repeat until end of round ( 12 sts )

Now is the time to add some stuffing.

10. K2tog - repeat until end of round ( 6 sts )
11. K2tog - repeat until end of round ( 3 sts )

Transfer the last 3 sts onto 1 needle and icord length needed for end of stem,approx 4 rows but up to you.

Cast off. Weave in all ends.
Instructions for icord making - http://naturalsuburbia.blogspot.com/2010/03/i-cord-knitting-tutorial.html yet another amazing blogger with a blog that never stops giving and sharing, so many wonderful projects, patterns and love.
I must admit to feeling very nervous about this pattern, as I made it up as I went along and then jotted down notes after finishing, so it has been checked, over and over again ! I would love to see your aubergines, if you give it a try.
Questions answered from my last post - Summer Knitting, wow, thanks so much for all your very kind comments, am never sure where to answer them, so have opted for here
Keep a look out for some of these knitted treats in my Summer Giveaway, later in the week !
3. How I wish I'd made the mosaic in my header but sadly I didn't, the photo was taken at Ryton Organic Gardens - http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/gardens/ryton.php
Happy Knitting.

10 comments:

Dawn said...

It certainly has the right shape for an aubergine - clever you x Well done.

I have a pattern for one somewhere, and knitted some as a veg play set and they looked like yours.
Glad you've had some lucky times too, I saw the rainbow gnomes on Twig and Toadstools too - very nice blog too.

You have been busy lately with your needles haven't you?
Take care x

Daisy said...

Cool! Thanks for sharing it! Have you put it on Ravelry?

Twig and Toadstool said...

Well...I know what my next knitting project is!!!
Love them!!
Thanks for the LOVE!!!
xo maureen

denise said...

Very cute. Love it!

Jen said...

Hello Momma! I wanted to LYK that I'm giving you a Sunshine Award for your lovely blog!

http://ancienthearth2.blogspot.com/2010/07/sunshine-award.html

Hugs to you,
Jen

angelina said...

it goes like that..doesnt it . a lucky chain of events! enjoy your goodies!!

Elisa said...

Hey! Thanks for following my blog..now I know about yours! I LOVE it. I have always wanted to knit little fruits and veggies...but haven't gotten around to it yet. Sigh. It seems like that with a lot of things in life sometimes. But I think it's ok to be patient and wait until other more important things (like getting a college degree) are finished =) I look forward to reading your posts (and catching up on some of the old ones).

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the pattern and the links for the others. I will be adding these to my list for dd Christmas.

Blessings, Elizabeth

WonderWhyGal said...

Thank you for sharing...love the pattern and the links plus congrats on all the posts and followers.

K said...

I was astonished to read of your wins. I believe that I haven't won anything for - decades, really. And these lovely things. Congratulations. I do sit and wonder what it must feel like to have been touched by magic for a while.

Your response is typical of your community: you give back. This whole circle of moms seems so like that.