Sunday, April 11, 2010

Peas on Earth...

Yes, that is a ridiculous name, but how could I not? Anyway, here is the pattern! Also available as a free PDF download on Ravelry. Or download it directly here.


Finished Measurements:

5” x 1 ¼” x 1”

13cm x 3 cm x 2.5cm

Materials:

  • A small amount of any type of yarn will do, with the appropriate size crochet hook. I used Kingcole Pricewise Double Knitting 100% Acrylic yarn in shade 272 for the mid green of the pod, and shade 53 for the lighter green of the peas.
  • 3.5mm (U.S. Size 3) hook (or the correct size for your yarn)
  • A yarn needle for sewing up

Gauge:

16 sts or 10 rows dc per 4”/10cm

Abbreviations:

I use American crochet names, but the British ones are given here in italics also.

ch – chain/s

sc – single crochet = British – double crochet

dc – double crochet = British – treble crochet

st/s – stitch/es

sl st – slip stitch = British – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet = British – half treble crochet

sc dec – single crochet decrease (pull a loop through each of the next 2 sts, yarn over hook and draw through both sts)


DIRECTIONS:

Pea Pod side (Make two)

Using mid-green, ch 24.

Row 1: Skip one ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 17 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, ss in next ch. (This leaves one ch with no st in it and makes the pea pod nice and pointy)

Row 2: Turn work. Skip 1 ch, ss in next st, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 12 sts, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, ss in next st.** Fasten off.

For second side of pea pod, work from * to **, then ss to end of pod.


Hold both sides flat against each other and work a line of sc through both sides to join them together. This leaves a nice ridge along the back. You could also sew along the edge using blanket stitch instead.


Pea (Make 5)

Make a slip ring (magic ring), (instructions here) and ch 2. (Counts as first hdc)

Make 6 hdc in ring, pull the ring closed and join with a ss. (7 sts)

Next round: Ch 2, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in each of next 5 sts, ss to join.

Next round: Ch 1, sc dec three times, ss to join and fasten off. Leave a long tail of yarn and use this to stuff the pea. Push it into the pea with the wrong end of the crochet hook.

Making up:

Stuff all your peas and sew in place. Attach yarn to one end of the pod and ch 20 to make a tendril. Sew in any loose ends. Et voila!