Friday, January 4, 2013

Simple Mangosteen Crochet Pattern



A Mangosteen is a type of fruit I first tasted in Southeast Asia. It seems to have received a lot of attention the past decade as an ingredient in “health” drinks and supplements. I can’t say how true the claims that mangosteen is “good” for your health, but it is a fruit and it is delicious so it’s got that going for it.  There is a pretty comprehensive website about mangosteens if you want to learn more. www.mangosteen.com

I was fortunate enough to travel as a teenager with my Father, a botanist, to Southeast Asia. Those trips were some of the most influential in my life and are what drove me to pursue a degree in Anthropology and continued world travel my whole life. The mangosteen is one of my favorite fruits ever! It is so delicious! They have made their way into Asian and even some Hispanic grocery markets here in the U.S. I usually find them in refrigerated department. I have even spotted mangosteen at the Whole Foods store! Of course, the ones you get the in store don’t really compare to those you can by in the fruit markets of Southeast Asia, but can’t that be said for most store bought tropical fruit?

Well, my father and I have always shared our love for mangosteen, and he has a birthday coming up - so I thought I would whip him up a crocheted Mangosteen! The pattern below is very simple, but the stem may be a bit tricky for beginners.

 

Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn – purples (body) & greens (stem) – I went with very bright purple and green … obviously not the most realistic of colors – but hey – it’s a crocheted fruit – give me a break! Anyway, any colors you pick in those families will do just nicely. 
  • Hook - G/4.00mm
  • Stitch Maker (I like to use safety pins)
  • Fiber filling (I use polyfil)
  • Needle for stitching and darning

Stitches & Techniques you need to know:
  • Magic Ring
  • Crocheting in Continuous Rounds (Amigurumi style)
  • Slip Stitch  (SLST)
  • Single Crochet (SC)
  • Half Double Crochet (HDC)
  • Double Crochet (DC)
  • Single Crochet 2 Together (SC2TOG)
  • Repeat Between **

THE BODY:

USING YOUR PURPLE YARN MAKE MAGIC CIRCLE, THEN CH1

ROUND 1: SC 6 INTO CIRCLE, PULL TIGHT

ROUND 2: SC 2 IN EACH SC (you are now crocheting in the round, you do not need to slip stitch in the first stitch from the first round – you simply start the next round in that stitch, get it?) Use your stitch marker after you have made your first SC so you know where your next round will begin. 
ROUND 3: *SC 2 IN FIRST SC, THEN SC IN NEXT*
ROUND 4: *SC 2 IN FIRST SC, THEN SC IN NEXT 2*
ROUND 5: *SC 2 IN FIRST SC, THEN SC IN NEXT 3*
ROUND 6: *SC 2 IN FIRST SC, THEN SC IN NEXT 4*
ROUND 7: *SC 2 IN FIRST SC, THEN SC IN NEXT 5*
ROUND 8: *SC 2 IN FIRST SC, THEN SC IN NEXT 6*
ROUND 9-12: SC IN EACH STITCH
ROUND 13: *SC2TOG, SC IN 6*
ROUND 14: *SC2TOG, SC IN 5*
ROUND 15: *SC2TOG, SC IN 4*
ROUND 16: *SC2TOG, SC IN 3*
ROUND 17: *SC2TOG, SC IN 2*
ROUND 18: SC2TO, SC*
ROUND 19: SC2TOG
FINISHING THE BODY: LEAVE A LONG TAIL!!! THREAD THROUGH REMAINING STITCHES AND PULL TIGHT. WITH THE REMAINING TAIL PUSH YOUR NEEDLE THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE BODY UP THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE FIRST ROUND (SMALL HOLE). PULL THE YARN TIGHT SO IT CREATES A SORT OF INDENTION IN THE BOTTOM OF THE BODY. THIS WILL ALLOW THE FRUIT TO SIT FLATLY ON A SURFACE AND NOT TOPPLE OVER. WHEN FINISHED TIE OFF AND WEAVE IN ENDS.

STEM:
MAKE MAGIC CIRCLE, CH 1
ROUND1: CROCHET 4 SC LOOSELY IN MAGIC RING, PULL RIGHT TIGHT
ROUND2-4: SC IN EACH SC
ROUND 5: CROCHET THROUGH FRONT LOOP ONLY!
YOU ARE NOW MAKING THE "PETALS" AT THE BASE OF THE STEM. EACH OF THE 4 SC WILL BECOME A “PETAL."

IN FIRST SC: SLST, HDC, DC, DC, HDC, SC
IN SECOND SC: SLST, HDC, DC, DC, HDC, SC                  
IN THIRD SC: SLST, HDC, DC, DC, HDC, SC
IN FOURTH SC: SLST, HDC, DC, DC, HDC, SC – SLST IN THE FIRST PETAL AND TIGHT OFF … LEAVE LONG TAIL FOR SEWING.
FINISHING THE STEM: SEW THE STEM TO THE TOP OF THE BODY. WITH THE REMAINING GREEN THREAD PUSH YOUR NEEDLE DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE  FRUIT AND EMBROIDER A LITTLE BOTTOM.

VIOLA!

Hope you found my pattern easy! It shouldn't take very long to make one of these. What I like about this pattern is that it can be a base for so many other types of things! You are pretty much making a ball for the body. Change the colors and you could make a tomato, pumpkin ...etc. 

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions at all, I would also love to see your finished mangosteen if you have one to share! 

** I will add that I hope to make another Mangosteen that has been opened to show off the white pulpy deliciousness that is inside! **



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