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Crochet Tropical Fruit
This week I want to introduce you to new theme I have been working on. The UK had a mini heatwave over the last week or so and this has been the source of my inspiration – Tropical Fruit. Nothing screams summer quite as much as Tropical Fruit – drinking it or eating it and so in preparation for summer I felt we needed some Crochet Tropical Fruit in our house.
You may remember I made Stella the cuddly Strawberry for Oliver last year and you can find her pattern here. But I wanted to expand on this a little further. I didn’t have in mind that they should have arms and legs, but rather be as realistic looking as possible, but still really cute and fun to play with, which is why they have faces.
Over the next 5 weeks, I will bring you two of my Tropical Fruit patterns in both written and video tutorial formats. Each week will be a bigger fruit and a quick smaller one. The larger fruit shouldn’t take more than 2 hours to make, whilst the smaller one is really a quick 30 minute project. I hope that you enjoy these patterns and they put you in the summer mood if you haven’t already been enjoying some summer sunshine.
Crochet Coconut – Claire
So this week I want to introduce to you Claire the Crochet Coconut and Sarah the crochet Strawberry. Claire is the bigger pattern and is made in 4 parts that are crocheted together. It was actually an advert with someone drinking from a coconut that had the top chopped off, showing only 3/4 of the coconut. I really liked this idea and so I wanted to create a coconut who had a removable top and was hollow inside so it could be filled with other fruit and used as a drink container too. However, I also wanted the top of the coconut too, to allow you to see a complete coconut. So the top is attached part of the way as a flap to either open or close the coconut.
It turns out the Crochet Coconut is the favourite of the kids and when I had only created my first coconut there were many arguments over which one of them would take the coconut to bed. Its just as well I make more than one of these toys during the design process as they now both have their own coconut to play with. They really do seem to enjoy putting things inside it and closing it up.
Claire shouldn’t take you more than a couple of hours to make. She requires less than 100g of each brown & white Simple Aran by Paintbox* so you will have plenty left to make another coconut or some of the other fruits in the Tropical Fruit Series.
You can find the written & video tutorial for Claire the crochet Coconut here.
Crochet Strawberry – Sarah
Alongside Claire is the smaller Tropical Fruit pattern released this week, Sarah the crochet Strawberry and she shouldn’t take you more than about 30 mins to an hour to complete. You can make Sarah in scrap aran yarn in red, green and yellow if you have them lying around.
Sarah is made in one continuous piece with the leaves and spots added on at the end. She also uses minimal stuffing and 10mm safety eyes if you have them, or you can sew them on like I did if you don’t. Sarah the Crochet Strawberry also perfectly fits inside of Claire the Coconut if you wanted a coconut & strawberry drink.
Here is the written & video tutorial for Sarah the crochet Strawberry.
I hope that you have enjoyed the first part of my Crochet Tropical Fruit Series with Claire the Crochet Coconut & Sarah the Crochet Strawberry. Have fun making them and please feel free to share your makes on my Social Media channels. Join me next week for the next Tropical Fruit pair – Lawrence Lemon & Lee Lime.
See you next week,
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